Acer had some interesting new devices at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. New PCs include the Swift 7, Predator Triton 500, Predator Triton 900, and Chromebook 315. Oh right, and the firm was also showing off the Predator Thronos, a gaming chair that keeps you immersed in the game.
Let's start with the Thronos, because it's probably the coolest. After sitting in the chair, you can press a button to have the device close around you. There are three monitors that will come down from over your head, and the keyboard and mouse will come around from the right.
I'm pretty sure that this leaves you halfway to becoming a Dalek, but that's OK. It's awesome. Unfortunately, the controller was damaged, so I couldn't actually play. I soon learned why, as the Xbox controller you see in the image above hit the ground when the contraption opened up to let me out.
The Predator Thronos will run you $10,000, but it's the ultimate gaming experience and it's the complete package. It comes with the Predator Orion 9000 that you see above, which includes an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPU. Naturally, you get the chair, the three monitors, the mouse, and the keyboard.
Next, we have the Predator Triton 900. I was really excited about this too, also because it's actually something that I could see myself using in real life. This is a real gaming convertible, something that's really not been seen before. Acer has the Nitro 5 Spin, but that's made for the casual gamer.
The form factor is similar to that of the HP Spectre Folio. You can fit the display at different angles, or use it as a laptop. What's also cool is that you can flip the display over and it comes with an Xbox Wireless Adapter, so you can just flip the display, have it face you, and play games with the controller.
Another thing that seems cool is that the trackpad can turn into a number pad. Just double-tap the corner and it changes.
As you'd expect, you can use it as a tablet. And just to be clear, it uses Intel's eighth-generation 45W H-series CPUs, and it comes with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080.
We also have the Predator Triton 500. This is a more traditional clamshell laptop form factor. What's cool about this is that even with the H-series Intel processor and Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics, it's still pretty thin and light for a gaming laptop.
Digressing from gaming a bit, the Acer Swift 7 is a device I just fell in love with. The company made some solid improvements from last year's model, fitting it in an even smaller footprint by shrinking down the bezels. That massive chin that we had last year is gone now.
While it has a smaller footprint and it's even lighter at less than two pounds (!), it's just a tiny bit thicker. That's for good reason though. The display now supports touch and the trackpad is actually clickable.
It still uses a Y-series processor (eighth-generation Amber Lake), but this is one of those devices that the Y-series is actually built for. For example, when I see Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 with a Y-series processor, I have to ask why when competing devices have 15W U-series chips. But this device is so thin and light that the 5W CPU makes sense.
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