THIS MONTH ON EDGE
When we weren’t doing everything else, we were thinking about stuff like this
Acer’s Predator 21X curved-screen laptop is likely to make your eyes water for several reasons. It costs $8,999 (at the time of writing, with UK pricing yet to be announced), it’s ugly in that way that’s exclusively reserved for high-end gaming kit – a thickset mess of aggressive, faux-stealth angles with an imposing bezel – and you might just put your back out trying to lift the thing. But it is also, undeniably, a formidable feat of engineering. The hefty unit packs two Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080s, a Core i7, six speakers, five fans, nine heat pipes and a mechanical keyboard. The curved screen folds down awkwardly over the keys, leaving a kind of grimace when closed, but looks great in use. The Predator is a ridiculous creation in every sense, but an attention-grabbing proof of concept nonetheless.