Acer announces world’s thinnest laptop and the first ever curved-screen notebook – Wired.co.uk

Acer Predator 21 X
Acer Predator 21 X
Acer Predator 21 X

Acer has announced two tech firsts; the first laptop to have a curved-screen and the first laptop to measure less than 1cm thick.

The Predator 21 X is the company’s latest high-end gaming laptop, complete with a curved 21-inch IPS display (2560 x 1080). While this screen is a laptop first, it isn’t an industry first. Acer, HP, LG and Samsung already sell a range of curved monitors and TVs.

As well as the eye-catching screen, the Predator 21 X has 7th generation Intel Core processors. Dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs in Scalable Link Interface (SLI) power the graphics and make the laptop virtual reality “ready”.

There’s also eye-tracking, powered by Tobii, to control games without using a controller. Compatible games can use the software and infrared sensor-powered system to aim weapons, navigate menus and move around environments by looking at the relevant parts of the screen.

Three new Predator monitors (Z271T, XB251HQT and XB271HUT) using Tobii eye-tracking technology have also been announced.

The Predator 21 X will be available during the first quarter of 2017. No price has been announced.

Acer Swift 7
Acer Swift 7
Acer Swift 7

Also unveiled by Acer at IFA 2016 was the world’s first less than 1cm thick laptop. The black and gold Swift 7 measures 9.98mm thick, weighs 1.1kg and has a reported battery life of nine hours. The previous record, for those keeping track, was HP’s Spectre, announced in April, which measured 1cm thick.

The Swift 7 has a 13.3in full HD display, aluminium body, 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB SSD and 8GB of memory. There’s also a dual USB 3.1 and USB-C port and HD webcam.

The slimline laptop will launch in October 2016 with prices starting at €1,299 (£1,107). The more budget-friendly Swift 5 €749 (£638), Swift 3 €499 (£425) and Swift 1 €349 (£297) will also go on sale in October.

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