Acer Predator 21X: Hands on with a curved 21”, dual-GTX 1080 “laptop” – Ars Technica


You have to wonder what the thinking was behind the Acer Predator 21X, “The world’s first curved-screen laptop.” After all, with its obscene 21-inch 21:9 display, full-width mechanical keyboard, and dual Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics cards, the 21X isn’t so much a laptop as it is an 8-kilogram eulogy to frivolousness. Very few need this much graphical grunt in a desktop, let alone a laptop sporting a display with a paltry 2560×1080 pixel resolution—even then, with the 21X costing a whopping $9000 (probably £9000), a similarly specced desktop would be a lot cheaper.

And yet, seeing the 21X in the flesh, it’s hard not to marvel at the sheer ridiculousness of it all, or admire the bravado behind a laptop likely concocted after one too many beers during a Friday afternoon marketing meeting. Even the box it comes in isn’t your typical cardboard affair. Instead, there’s a ginormous flight case, complete with custom foam cutouts for the two 300W power supplies, wrist rest, and X-shaped power supply holder. Suffice it to say, the 21X is unlikely to fit in the boot of a car, let alone an aircraft’s overhead locker.

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