Acer Predator Gaming Laptop: Australian Hands On

Video: Acer's new Predator gaming laptops put extra emphasis on cooling to optimise performance. Features include two rear-exhaust fans and custom software that directs airflow — which also reduces dust and noise. The laptops also come with 'Frostcore', a cooling module that fits into the optical drive for intense gaming sessions. Let's take a look.

Shipping with Windows 10, the Predator 15 starts from $2999, and the 17 from $3299 in Australia.

Acer Predator 15 review configuration —hit up Acer Australia for full specs.

  • Windows 10
  • 15.6" LCD screen
  • Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980M with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • 16 GB of DDR4 system memory
  • 256GB SSD & 1000GB HDD
  • 8-cell Li-ion battery
  • Blu-ray Disc RE drive
  • 802.11ac WLAN
  • Frostcore fan module
  • HD Camera

  • FrostCore: An Acer-exclusive third fan module from Cooler Master that swaps out with the optical drive to lower the CPU/GPU temp by 5 per cent.

    DustDefender: Two fans and vents on the back of the device that use reverse rotation to remove dust build-up, improve heat dissipation and reduce noise. Added benefit of helping to improve the laptop's lifespan.

    AeroBlade: Acer claims to have patented the world's thinnest metal fan blade and a process built on its efficiency that improves thermals by a further 9 per cent.

    CoolBoost: Lastly, Acer's CoolBoost app lets you customise fan airflow, including kicking into a turbo mode for heavy use.

    Acer's PredatorSense gaming software also lets you tailor macro programmable keys for up to 15 in-game shortcuts and adjustable lighting controls. The Predator ProZone backlit keyboard is divided into four lighting zones which can be lit or dimmed individually and features a programmable key. And a dedicated physical key allows gamers to lock both the Windows key and touchpad quickly to prevent accidental key presses.

    Both the 15-Inch and 17-Inch Predator laptops support up to three displays, pack in four built-ins speakers (plus two subwooofers), and include USB 3.1 Type-C support. [Acer Predator]


    The rig I could build for $3.3k makes this seem like a huge waste of money.

      Subwoofers in a laptop with a mechanical drive doesnt seem like a brilliant idea to me... but maybe im just paranoid

    The laptops also come with ‘Frostcore’, a cooling module that fits into the optical drive for intense gaming sessions.

    Hey look, someone found a use for an optical drive on a gaming laptop!

    Last edited 15/01/16 1:28 pm

    Not worth the risk buying Acer. When I worked in retail we sold Acer, HP and Compaq. We probably sold more Compaq and HP than Acers, yet Acer made up the vast majority of faulty units.

    Considering that Nvidia announced the 980 for laptops I have no idea why you would buy something that is about to be superseded in mere months.

    BTW the Frostcore lower temperatures by 1 degree, it's a massive pile of snake oil.

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