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Feature: A sea change for gaming laptops

Acer Predator Triton 500 review: Finally, a gaming laptop that isn’t a jet engine in disguise

The Acer Predator Triton 500 is probably the first gaming laptop I've tested where I've almost completely forgotten it's a gaming laptop. Sure, the keyboard's RGB backlight is a bit of a giveaway, as is the blue LED Predator logo on the back of the display, but this is by far one of the quietest gaming laptops I've had on my desk in quite some…

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Feature: Displays for today

Best gaming monitor 2019: Top 1080p, 1440p and 4K HDR displays

It's tempting to cut corners when buying a new gaming monitor, especially if you've already spent hundreds of pounds or dollars upgrading your PC or shelling out for one of today's [block id="604467" title="Best graphics card"]s. But your monitor is arguably one of the most important parts of your entire setup. After all, there's no point buying a fancy graphics card when your gaming display…

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Feature: Which laptop will emerge victorious?

Acer Predator Helios 500 review: GTX 1070 vs Vega 56

Take a look at the specs of any of today's gaming laptops and there's a 99.9% chance it's got an Intel CPU and Nvidia graphics chip inside it. That's mostly because AMD haven't really bothered with gaming laptops for the last couple of years, but that's slowly starting to change. Case in point: Acer's Predator Helios 500 laptop, which is available in both AMD and…

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Feature: A 4K, 144Hz, HDR screen for a fraction of the price

Acer’s Nvidia BFGD is still MIA, but their Predator CG437KP could be the next best thing

Conspicuous by its absence is a phrase that springs to mind when it comes to Acer's Nvidia BFGD, or Big Format Gaming Display. The mega monitor was first revealed back in January 2018, but at Acer's Next event in New York last week it was still nowhere to be seen. Instead, Acer revealed the Predator CG437KP - another giant 4K, 144Hz HDR gaming screen, only…

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Acer’s Predator Helios 700 laptop has a mad, extendable keyboard for superior cooling

Acer have unveiled a new monster 17.3in gaming laptop that has an extendable keyboard to help keep it cool. Dubbed the Predator Helios 700, Acer’s new flagship laptop promises “desktop gaming performance on the go” thanks to its full-fat Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics chip and one of Intel’s brand-new 9th Gen Core i9 mobile processors. Just make sure you don't whip it out on…

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Feature: The BFG of gaming monitors

Nvidia BFGD: Everything we know about their Big Format Gaming Displays, including price, specs and release date

Nvidia's BFGDs (or Big Format Gaming Displays, to you and me) are no longer going to be called BFGDs. Instead, as of January 2019, these massive 65in gaming displays are now part of Nvidia's wider G-Sync Ultimate family, which also includes their significantly smaller (but just as pricey) G-Sync HDR monitors such as the 27in Acer Predator X27 and Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ. Why the…

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Feature: It's daft, but I kinda love it

CES 2019: Acer’s Predator Triton 900 is the maddest gaming laptop I’ve ever seen

When it comes to bonkers gaming laptops, you can always rely on Acer to go that extra mile and create something that's utterly bananas. For as long as I've been writing about tech (and gaming laptops in particular), this Taiwanese giant has been responsible for almost every surprise and baffling bit of innovation I've encountered over the years, and their latest Predator Triton 900 laptop…

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018: Best monitor deals

Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be any more Black Friday deals on your favourite gaming monitors, Cyber Monday rolls round and coughs up a whole load more. And I, The Dealer, have sifted through them all, bringing you the best Cyber Monday monitor deals you can grab right now. With newly added entries to both our Nvidia G-Sync section, FreeSync, ultrawide and good…

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Feature: The hunt for the best 4K HDR monitor continues

Acer Predator X27 review: The Nvidia G-Sync HDR monitor that only lets you see half the fun

On paper, the Acer Predator X27 should be the bestest [block id="604469" title="Best gaming monitor"] to end all gaming monitors. It's got the same lovely 4K 144Hz IPS Nvidia G-Sync HDR panel with 384 dynamic backlight zones and 1000cd/m2 peak brightness as the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ, but in the UK it costs £200 less than its Asus rival. That might not be of much…

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Feature: A 24in 1920x1080 gaming monitor that's hard to beat

Acer Predator XB241H review: G-Sync and 180Hz goodness

After testing what seems like 387,001 monitors with AMD FreeSync support, I've finally got another honest-to-goodness Nvidia G-Sync one on my desk today, the Acer Predator XB241H - and boy, it's a good 'un. Part of Acer's XB1 range, this particular incarnation is the 24in, 1920x1080, TN model. It also comes as a 24in, 2560x1440 jobber and several different permutations with 27in, 28in and 32in…

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Feature: Take Five

Acer Nitro 5 review: A budget gaming laptop with one massive flaw

'Gaming laptops' and 'cheap' aren't words that normally go together. Decent machines need well over a grand to be sunk on them. But Acer’s Nitro 5 is a stab at making a budget laptop gaming around the £800 / $900 mark. At that price, you get an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor (you'll have to wait for one of Acer's Predator Helios laptops before we get a proper 8th…

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Feature: "Lethal avatar hybrid engineered by man with the might of a machine."

Acer’s Predator hardware brand has a comicbook origin story so awful that it’s amazing

We all love a good origin story, so much so that even today's reboots are birthing their own reboots - see the three different Spidermans we've had since 2002 and Lara Croft's recent transformation from busty tomb raider to notorious pot-trampler and Nathan Drake-alike across both games and film. We're experiencing something of an origin-ocalypse. One thing I sometimes wonder, though, is the story behind…

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Feature: Blue-eyed monster

Acer’s Predator Helios 500 laptop is so huge it needs two people to lift it

All right, that title might be a slight exaggeration, but in an age of lovely slim gaming laptops like the new Razer Blade, Acer's freshly-announced Predator Helios 500 is still very much in the 'absolute unit' category of these sort-of-but-not-really portable gaming machines - so much so that Acer's top man Jason Chen (pictured above, right) needed a little help showing it off onstage yesterday at his company's global press…

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Feature: Nit-picking Acer's new monitors

Acer introduce new family of Nitro gaming monitors that (hopefully) won’t break the bank

Just when you thought you'd had your fill of BRAND talk this week with the Asus Arez / ROG kerfuffle, Acer have jumped in on the action as well with the introduction of their new Nitro family of gaming monitors. A more entry-level series than their flagship Predator range, these new monitors may not have all the bells and whistles of Acer's Nvidia G-Sync HDR-enabled Predator X27, for example, but they still…

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Feature: Cat and mouse

Hands on with Acer’s new Predator Cestus 510 mouse and Aethon 500 keyboard

When you think of Acer's Predator range, laptops and monitors are probably the first things that come to mind. This year, however, Acer are going all in on PC gaming peripherals, as they've just unveiled a brand-new mouse and keyboard at their New York press conference - the highly-flexible Predator Cestus 510 and the blue mechanical switch-themed Aethon 500. And I've been plastering my grubby…

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Feature: Let them eat HDR cake

Nvidia’s G-Sync HDR monitors are the real deal and will be here in just four weeks time

HDR, or high dynamic range, has been around for a while, and you've probably heard countless barks from your console box friends about how amazing that new Dad of War looks on their giant OLED telly, or how they can never go back to a 'normal' screen after experiencing the wondrous glory of Final Fantasy Toast (even we're a bit guilty of that last one,…

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Feature: Get to the chopper!

Acer Predator Z35p review: A 21:9 monitor with a one-hit KO price

Of all the ultra-wide 21:9 displays I've looked at so far in my quest to find the [block id="604469" title="Best gaming monitor"] for Final Fantasy XII, the Acer Predator Z35p is by far the most expensive. At £800 / $990 at time of writing, it's around £150 / $300 more expensive than the Philips 349X7JEW and £50 / $200 more than the AOC Agon AG352UCG.…

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Feature: Picture perfect

Acer XF270HUA review: An oldie, but still a great 27in 144Hz monitor

Acer’s XF270HUA has been around for about a year, but this 27in monitor is still one of the [block id="604469" title="Best gaming monitor"]s you can buy while stocks last. With a resolution of 2560x1440, a high 144Hz refresh rate for super smooth gaming and superb picture quality, this is one display you won’t mind dropping £500 on.

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Feature: Bits and PCs

Hardware Hotness: AMD’s Zen CPU, Gaming Monitors, More VR And The Silliest Laptop Ever

What with the sober-suited Euro foil to CES that is the IFA consumer electronics show, Intel's IDF shindig, a new console or two from Sony and new version of the smartphone that dare not speak its name, it's been a busy week or two in tech. But has there been any joy for the good old PC? You know, that dessicated old thing that just…

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Feature: Thank science for capitalism!

Week in Tech: New Intel Chips, More Mega-Monitors

It's January and that can only mean one thing. Well, apart from New Year's resolutions serially and unceremoniously defenestrated by the second week and a general sense of futility. No, I speak of the festival of capitalism gone completely mad that is CES in Las Vegas. Which actually happened last week. CES isn't exactly the epicentre of all things PC. But it's so bleedin' huge,…

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