Acer joins the Windows 10 CES fray with new PCs and an impressively expensive gaming laptop

Kit McDonald

With CES 2017 this week, it’s no surprise that we’ve already seen some exciting announcements for the upcoming year. Earlier, HP announced many new devices that will be making use of better technologies. Of course, it wouldn’t be an event without seeing Acer butt heads with HP for the spotlight.

Today, the OEM revealed their line up of newest upgrades and Windows 10 devices ready to hit the shelves in the next two months.

The Aspire V Nitro Black Edition

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This notebook is designed to be for high-quality entertainment with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with an option to install up to 32GB DDR4 RAM. It also comes with some neat bells and whistles such as a built-in fingerprint reader and Tobii eye-tracking module that will respond to the user’s eye movements.

The Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro Black Edition will be available next month starting at $1,199 in North America, €1,299 for EMEA regions, ¥8,999 in China. The slightly upgraded Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro Black Edition will be just a little more at $1,399 in North America, but the other mentioned regions won’t have a price increase between the two.

Aspire VX 15

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This Windows 10 powered device is built for gaming with a heavy focus on keeping the uniquely shaped notebook cool.

  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti w/ GDDR5 VRAM
  • Up to 32 GB DDR4
  • 512 GB SSD / 1 TB HDD

The Acer Aspire VX 15 is coming out this month for only $799 in North America, €899 in EMEA regions, and ¥5,499 in China.

The Aspire GX desktop PC Series

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Notebooks aren’t the only computers arriving on the scene. Committed to bringing high powered desktops as well, Acer is pulling out the stops for their Aspire GX series. At the highest price, they come VR-ready with high performing graphics, ready to pull consumers into 4k resolution virtual reality with support for up to four displays.

  • 7th Generation Intel Core processors
  • Up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM
  • Up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics

Unfortunately for some, the Aspire GX series isn’t debuting in North America with prices such as  €799 in EMEA regions and ¥5,999 in China.

The Predator 21 X gaming laptop

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The crown jewel announcement for Acer, however, was the launch of their beast. The Predator 21 X gaming laptop is Acer’s aim for the most elite of gamers. Beyond the two high-performance NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs and intense Intel Core i7-7820HK processing, this thing has five cooling fans to keep it running smoothly.

The Predator 21 X also includes the Tobii eye-tracking so making quick and effective plays on the curved screen will keep any competitive gamer on their toes.

And that’s not all. Other features include:

  • Full-sized mechanical keyboard featuring Cherry MX Brown switches, with individually programmable backlit keys, offering 16.7 million color options. A unique numeric keypad allows it to be flipped over and turned into a Precision Touchpad.
  • A new 3-way (tweeter, midrange, woofer) audio design which produces Hi-Fi quality sound and is powered by 4 speakers (2 tweeters, 2 midrange) and 2 subwoofers to produce a full spectrum of sound.
  • Making each Predator 21 X unique, Acer lets customers add a design, flag and laser engraved name to the notebook’s maintenance panel
  • Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps.
  • Advanced cooling architecture of 5 system fans, 9 heat pipes and Acer Dust Defender

This beast of a laptop will be available in February starting at a whopping $8,999 price tag in North America and €9,999 for EMEA regions.

As a cheaper alternative, preceding Predator 17 X received an upgrade to include model options with both the i7-7820HK processor and the GeForce GTX 1080 GPU w/ 8GB GDDR5X memory. It will be available for purchase this month starting at $2,599 in North America, €2,999 in EMEA regions, and ¥39,999 in China.