Finding a solid gaming laptop on a budget isn’t always the easiest thing to do. You may think you’ve found one that can handle the more stringent requirements that AAA-level games require to run smoothly, but before you know it, you’re having to upgrade the memory, processor, and graphics card, defeating the purpose of a budget laptop.
Acer has already established themselves as one of the more reputable manufacturer of affordable laptops on numerous levels, and the Predator 17 is their foray into the world of gaming laptops. Just as is the case with their other lines, the Predator 17 largely succeeds in offering a lot more for the price.
And that’s not all. Aside from the necessary level of hardware to run games, the Predator 17 also has more than a few flashy features that you’re used to seeing on higher end gaming laptops. The result is an economical gaming laptop that can definitely hang with the big kids, or become a vital part of your home setup.
Acer designed this laptop for seasoned gamers who really know what they are looking for in terms of a gaming laptop. Hardware is obviously the first aspect to be considered, but added features are also needed to improve gameplay and overall operation. Acer has all of that covered quite well.
I’ll start with the system speed. An Intel Core i7 2.6GHz processor is the heart of it all, and a common choice for gaming laptops in this price range. You get just the amount of processing speed needed to ensure everything runs smoothly, delegating the right about of data and memory to the tasks that need it.
The available memory is impressive. With 16GB of DDR4 RAM, you have all the memory space required to keep your games fee of any lagging or freezing, while also ensuring instant transitions between programs and tasks. You definitely have enough memory to keep a browser window open, or stream a television show on another monitor.
The graphic quality of the Predator 17 is one of my favorite aspects. This laptop comes with a massive NVIDIA GeForce 1060 card, giving you the same graphic processing ability of gaming laptops twice the price. It’s actually rather remarkable. You’ll notice it when you’re playing.
The display serves as the perfect backdrop to let the GPU do its work. You get the full 17.3 inches, and a 1920 x 1080 full HD widescreen IPS resolution that brings games, video, and images to life. Smaller sizes are available, but I wouldn’t recommend them.
As mentioned earlier, the Predator SoundPound technology makes a huge difference, and the four speakers convey the superior audio processing well. Yes, you’ll likely be using a headset most of the time, but in the event you need external audio, you’ll be pleased with what you hear.
The storage amount is not to be overlooked. The best gaming laptops come with two separate drives, and that's exactly what the Predator 17 offers. This model includes 256GB on the SSD boot drive, and a full terabyte on the HDD, leaving you with a fast start up, and roem to store most of your files.
As far as connections go, you have all you need. Thunderbolt3, HDMI, mini-display, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and 4 total USB 3.0 ports are installed on the Predator 17, and that includes a 3.0 port with power-off charging ability.
Battery life is 3 hours during gameplay, but you can surely stretch that out to nearly double if you are using the laptop for basic web surfing and such. The overall weight and thickness of the Predator 17 aren’t exactly small, but not overly big to where you’ll loathe hauling it around either.
The Predator 17 has been a huge hit among other users from the reviews that I’ve seen. Many users have commented that this is their first time using an Acer laptop, and they were surprised by the quality of it in every aspect, including some its physical attributes. Since I’ve used Acers before, I wasn’t surprised, but I could see why they would be.
As with any laptop over $500, you need a damage protection plan, which you can find on Amazon for anywhere from the range of $200 to $300 depending on the plan’s length. There are cheaper versions of this laptop with less memory and storage, but this is the one you want. You don’t save enough money when downsizing.
I’m a big fan of the Predator 17. I’m actually a little perplexed as to why it doesn’t cost more, but that’s Acer’s way of doing things. The hardware quality is above and beyond what you need to handle AAA-level games, and the features are a bonus.
This is a deluxe gaming laptop in every sense, while costing a significant amount less. If you are looking for desktop-level performance, and want to keep things under the $1,400 price range, the Acer Predator 17 is one of the best buys you can possibly make