Acer Unveils New Predator 15 and 17, its Most Powerful Gaming Notebooks Ever

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Acer’s new Predator gaming notebooks, the Predator 15 and Predator 17, feature the high performance components hardcore gamers crave: a 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX980 graphics, up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, enterprise level NVMe PCIe solid state drives, Killer DoubleShot Pro, triple fan design to dissipate heat, a gaming control panel and up to four built-in speakers and two subwoofers.

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“For gamers, the difference between winning and losing is often only a fraction of a second,” said Michael Cubbage, CEO at Rivet Networks. “Like Acer, Killer is dedicated to helping gamers win."

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•Acer’s new Predator gaming notebooks feature the 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ processor1, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX980 graphics, up to 32GB of DDR4 memory and enterprise level 512GB2 NVMe PCIe solid state drives
•Killer DoubleShot™ Pro allows Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections to work together for the ultimate high-speed attack •Unique Predator FrostCore triple fan design dissipates heat and keeps the notebooks running cool and quiet
•The new notebooks also feature the Acer PredatorSense gaming control panel, allowing gamers to customize the keyboard’s lighting and control gaming features with programmable keys
•Predator SoundPound delivers a combination of stellar audio features including up to four built-in speakers and two subwoofers for 12 watts of crystal clear audio and rich bass

Today Acer took the wraps off its highly anticipated line of Predator gaming notebooks. Designed for those with a need for speed, the Predator 15 and Predator 17 gaming notebooks combine powerful 6th Gen Intel® Core™ processors with highperformance NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics, fast DDR4 memory, PCIe solid state drives, advanced cooling and stellar audio capabilities. Sporting red accents and a black chassis with geometric lines and soft texture coating for extra grip, the Predator notebooks are ready to tackle any challenge.

Full Throttle Acceleration
For extreme performance, all models include the 6th Gen Intel Core i76700HQ processor, while select models feature NVIDIA GeForce GTX980 graphics, up to 32GB of DDR4 memory and enterprise level 512GB NVMe PCIe solid state drives2, which can transfer a 10GB movie within 4 seconds. In addition, full USB 3.1 TypeC support allows the ultrafast transfer of files, movies, songs and photos between external storage devices.

“The Predator notebook PCs from Acer will offer gamers an incredible experience,” said Kirk Skaugen, Intel senior vice president and general manager, Client Computing Group. “Powered by the new 6th Gen Intel Core processor, our best processor ever, Predator notebook PCs deliver the performance needed for a fun, immersive and powerful mobile gaming experience.”

Preventing game lag and missed opportunities, Acer Predator notebooks include Killer DoubleShot Pro, which allows Ethernet and WiFi connections to work together for the ultimate highspeed attack. The Killer Network Manager determines the attributes of each link and determines which apps should run on each connection.

“For gamers, the difference between winning and losing is often only a fraction of a second,” said Michael Cubbage, CEO at Rivet Networks. “Like Acer, Killer is dedicated to helping gamers win by providing the fastest and the most powerful gaming experiences. The all new Predator 15 and 17 notebooks from Acer are designed from the ground up to give gamers the edge.”

The Predator 15 notebook line includes models with 15.6inch Full HD or 4K (3840x2160) Ultra HD panels. The Predator 17 notebooks feature 17.3inch Full HD displays. Both lines support up to three displays including one NVIDIA GSYNC™ monitor for the ultimate in gaming visuals and realism.

Triple Fan Design Keeps it Cool For extreme gamers who need to keep their notebook operating at lower temperatures, Predator FrostCore allows them to further enhance their notebook’s performance as needed. It consists of a swappable Cooler Master® fan module, exclusive to Acer, which can be inserted into the notebook’s optical disk drive bay to cool down intense gaming sessions.

Acer’s dust protection system, Predator DustDefender, uses dual highspeed fans with reverse rotation to remove dust buildup, improve heat dissipation and minimize noise. The fan blades utilize an ingenious dust propelling mechanism at an extremely high speed to vastly improve air flow around highperformance components. By removing dust and maintaining a cool temperature, Predator DustDefender ensures performance is consistent, enhances user comfort and extends the notebook’s lifespan.

Lastly, the CoolBoost app allows for custom adjustments to the fans’ airflow. A Turbo Mode option delivers maximum fan speed and cooling power when heavy use requires an added boost.

PredatorSense Gaming Control Panel
The new notebooks also feature the PredatorSense gaming control panel, which provides customization and control of gaming features, including macro programmable keys for up to 15 ingame 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. In addition, a dedicated physical key allows gamers to lock both the Windows key and touchpad quickly to prevent accidental invoking.

Predator SoundPound
Acer cranks up the entertainment value with SoundPound, a combination of stellar audio features. Predator 17 models feature SoundPound 4.2, which includes four builtin speakers and two subwoofers, delivering 12 watts of sound, while Predator 15 models feature SoundPound 2.1, which includes two speakers and one subwoofer, for six watts of sound. In addition, Dolby® Audio™ surround sound enhances the overall sound quality, while both notebooks support studio quality headphones of up to 600 Ohm (600O) impedance.

Pricing and Availability The Acer Predator 15 and Predator 17 notebook lines, shipping with Windows 10, will be available in North America in November with prices starting at US$1,499.99 for the Predator 15 and starting at $1,599.99 for the Predator 17. They will also be available in EMEA in November with prices starting at €1,599 for the Predator 15 and starting at €1,799 for the Predator 17. In China, they will be available in October with prices starting at ¥16,999.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To find out about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer via http://www.acer.com.

The new products were unveiled today at the next@acer press event at IFA Berlin in Germany, where the company announced its latest devices and solutions for gamers and consumers for the holiday season. Visit Acer’s booth at IFA 2015 in Messe Berlin (Hall 12/101) or learn about the new product range on acer.com/predator.

About Acer
Established in 1976, Acer is a hardware + software + services company dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of innovative products that enhance people's lives. Acer's product offerings include PCs, displays, projectors, servers, tablets, smartphones, and wearables. The company is also developing cloud solutions to bring together the Internet of Things. Acer employs 7,000 people and ranks No. 4 for total PCs globally (IDC 2014). Revenues for 2014 reached US$10.39 billion. Please visit http://www.acer.com for more information.

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