THIS MONTH ON EDGE

When we weren’t do­ing ev­ery­thing else, we were think­ing about stuff like this

EDGE - - KNOWLEDGE THIS MONTH - LAP­TOP Acer Preda­tor 21X bit.ly/preda­tor21xlap­top

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.

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