When you’re talking about a gaming laptop with presence, Acer’s Predator 21 X has it. Not only does this giant rig weigh in at over 15 pounds, but it also sports a full RGB mechanical keyboard and not one but two Nvidia 1080 GPUs. Oh, and its 20-inch screen is the first curved display we’ve ever seen on a laptop.
The beefy specs don’t end there either, as Acer says the Predator 21 X will also feature one of Intel’s upcoming 7th gen Core i CPUs, up to 64GB of RAM and room for four SSDs, which can be configured in RAID 0 for blisteringly fast storage speeds.
But what impressed me the most is that the 21 X isn’t just a big brute; it’s got some secrets too. To the right of the keyboard is a numpad with the kind of low-profile chiclet keys you’d get on a traditional laptop. While that would normally be OK, it arouses some suspicion on a system featuring a mechanical keyboard with Cherry switches. That is until you realize you can pry out the whole numpad and flip it over, revelaing a big two-button touchpad for when you can’t use a mouse. This gives the Predator 21 X a level of of adaptability and sophistication that’s a cut above other gaming laptops.
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