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Review of the Acer Predator – Budget Gaming Computer
The Acer Predator is a high-profile gaming computer from one of the world’s largest manufacturers of budget computers. With a flashy exterior, pretty decent specs, and a hard to beat price that starts at just $750 on Amazon, it’s an easy sell. But does it live up to its name?
The Acer Predator is Acer’s attempt at a high-end gaming computer, except like all of their other products, it aims at the budget market. As could be expected from a budget computer, you get a lot of cheap feeling plastic, the DVD slot is less than optimal, and you only get two USB slots in the front (and two in the back). However, it does have fairly decent specs, good performance, and a price that is hard to beat. If style is something you must have, it also looks the part.
- 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-4590 processor 3.3GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.7GHz (not as impressive as the wordage makes it sound, but nothing to sneeze at either unless you’re hardcore in which case, you should be building your own rig anyway)
- Windows 8.1 (You can load Windows 7 or boot OSX)
- 8GB DDR3 Memory (Upgradable)
- 1TB 7200RPM SATA3 Hard Drive (a little slow, all that memory isn’t THAT necessary, consider swapping it for a faster SSD)
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX745 Graphics with 4GB of Discrete Video Memory (Decent, but the 980 is still way better)
- Secure Digital™ (SD) Card Reader
- 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (All standard Ethernet cables)
- 802.11AC WiFi (2009-sooner WiFi)
- Bluetooth® 4.0 (Wireless heaphones/mouse/keyboard)
- 8X DVD-SuperMulti Double-Layer Drive (No Blu ray)
- High-Definition 5.1-Channel Audio Support (No speakers included)
- 4- USB 2.0 Ports (2 front, 2 rear) (Please don’t plug in USB Lights)
- 4- USB 3.0 Port (2 front, 2 rear) (See above)
- 1- HDMI™ Port (In case you have an old fashioned screen or want to use a TV)
- 1- DVI Port (See above)
- USB Keyboard and Optical Mouse included in the box. (No Monitor)
Out of the box, the Acer Predator looks and feels nice, it sets up quickly, and if you can get over the Windows 8.1, it looks decent running. Playing games, I didn’t have any issues at all, the graphics are superb with the right monitor, and it’s fast enough to keep up with World of Warcraft, World of Tanks, Call of Duty, or whatever other FPS, MMORPG, RPG, etc. that you want. While it may continue playing fine, I did run into some system stutters with games on ultra max, and full graphics, but for the most part, it ran them fine.
Like all Acer products, the Predator is a budget model and while it looks nice, it’s not top of the line. If you want a decent rig for upgrading, just want something that looks cool, or don’t’ necessarily need high-end, it’s a good way to go. Especially when you consider that you can add in an upgrade with Kingston RAM for less than $30. Plus, the 4GB of dedicated memory on the GTX745 Graphics is pretty tempting.
But still, you’re getting a decent computer housed in a bunch of plastic junk, so you will have to expect something to go wrong eventually. Of course, you could get lucky and have a flawless gaming experience, but that’s not really likely unless you take the upgrade route and swap out the hard drive and upgrade the RAM right away.
All in all, the computer is a best fit for someone looking to upgrade a cheaper computer, someone who wants a decent gaming experience without needing top of the line, or who only plays a few games like Blizzard that don’t necessarily need maxed out graphics and performance.