Acer has a very extensive catalog. The manufacturer is certainly present in the corporate sector but it also launched several years ago now a gaming-oriented gamut, the famous Predator. In this family of products, there are screens but also accessories and several computers.
The Predator G6 is probably the best known of all and the brand had the extreme kindness to send me a copy of his machine last week.
The Predator G6 comes in several different configurations, with extremely varied selling prices.
Acer sent me one of the high-end models and it does not do in lace. On the contrary, even, since it is equipped with an Intel Core i7-6700K processor, 16 GB of RAM and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 with 4 GB of dedicated memory. Not 1080 unfortunately but it’s quite logical since the tower is released before the latest Nvidia graphics cards.
Despite everything, the machine is stamped VR Ready and it will be quite able to rotate the Oculus Rift or even the HTC Vive.
Storage is no exception either. The operating system (Windows 10) is installed on a 256 GB SSD and there is also a 2TB hard disk for documents and holiday movies.
Behind it, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth and a full HDMI connection, six USB 3.0 ports, an Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, an audio line-in, an audio line-out and a DisplayPort output.
The Predator G6 is delivered in a huge and very heavy box. It includes visuals of the machine, of course, but also a reminder of its main characteristics.
Once the box is opened, one comes across documentation and a huge block of polystyrene. Acer slipped the power cable into one of its holes.
It is necessary to remove this block to access the machine and the box containing its accessories.
The offer is complete. The machine comes with a mechanical keypad with a LED backlight system and a gaming-oriented mouse. No need to invest in dedicated accessories so it’s a good thing.
The G6 is protected by a plastic film otherwise. The packaging is neat, there is nothing to say.
Design & Ergonomics
The Predator G6 does not go unnoticed, it’s a fact. The tower is massive and richly decorated. It gives the impression of coming straight from the future.
On the color side, Acer opted for a dark dress with a few spikes of red. It will not be to the taste of all but it corresponds well to the positioning of the machine. To drive the nail, Acer has affixed the seal of its range on the side of the tower.
The front of the machine contains many different elements.
At the top, there are two buttons. One to turn on the computer, another to turn on the Turbo mode. By pressing it, you will temporarily boost the power of the machine .. and thus the frequency of the processor.
Acer has placed an expansion bay a bit lower. It will allow us to insert a hard drive in a few moments, effortlessly and hot. There will actually be no need to turn off the machine to change drive.
Then there is a block containing two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, a headphone jack and a microphone input. A helmet holder is located underneath it and it will have to be pressed to make it appear, as if by magic.
The rest of the connectivity is present at the back. A lot of things here also with the video outputs, but also the USB ports, the Ethernet port and all the connectivity of the integrated sound card.
Many manufacturers have abandoned the PC market for players but this is not the case with Acer.
On the contrary, he took advantage of the IFA 2016 to lift the veil on a totally crazy new transportable, the Predator 21 X.
The Predator G6 is not very young for its part and it also ignores the 1080, the 1070 or the 1060 of Nvidia, but it still has strong arguments to seduce, starting with a technical sheet which place it straight on the high end.
Between its Intel Core i7-6700K, its 16GB of RAM and its GeForce 980, it should have no trouble running the biggest games and even the most demanding applications.
Now, to be certain, it will be necessary to wait for my test, a test that will be put online in a few weeks.