If you want an alien like military futuristic gaming PC, then you should look the Acer Predator G1’s way. It may not be that aesthetically appealing to everyone given its tread tank militaristic and futuristic alien sci-fi design, but the PC which is a step-down version of the Acer Predator G6 performs wonderfully well.
The Predator G1 is one of the few gaming PCs that are ever ready to take on your VR and 4K tasks, thanks to its configurations. It’s about 14 inches tall and 5 inches wide, a tad larger than an Xbox on all sides. Within the confines of the panel which screams “Predator” is the GPU with a single Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card with 8GB dedicated memory, a Quad Core 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7-6700 CPU packed with 32GB RAM, a 512GB SSD and a 2TB HDD. It also houses 3 DisplayPorts, an HDMI port, a DVI-D port, four USB 3.0 ports, an Ethernet port, a Kensington lock slot, and a six port audio to the rear. Unlike its competitors such as the Falcon Tiki and the Origin Chronos which includes more dedicated ports for the mouse and keyboard as well as additional USB 3.0 ports, Acer thinks end users will be satisfied with the Predator G1’s features – well, most people aren’t. One of the downsides of the Acer Predator G1 is that you cannot upgrade it to your taste even though Acer says users can add another 2.5-inch drive, but a look into the compartment as seen on PCMAG shows that there’s little or no space in the complicated interior of the gaming PC.
But that doesn’t compromise on its performance. There’s a DVD-RW slot vertically placed in front of the Predator, alongside an audio port, a USB Type-C port, as well as an SD card reader and there’s something spectacular about the front of the PC… it’s not just the V-shaped design, it’s the cool ambient lighting that shines when the PC is in use – which can be tweaked using the Predator Sense app – and the dual headphone racks by the side. The Keyboard also shares the cool lighting features of the PC with its soft and springy buttons while the mouse sits conveniently beside it in matching colors. Acer did a great job on the Acer Predator G1 gaming PC which conveniently handled games like Metro: Last Night, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and even Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor, used for testing gaming PCs. It also worked flawlessly with both the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive VR headsets.
In other to achieve the minimalistic size of the Predator G1, Acer took out the power pack from the gaming rig and built an external dual brick power supply. It requires two power outlets at once, and might add to the luggage you intend to carry when you’re traveling “without” the cool $265 Predator suitcase that makes you feel like Iron Man.
In all, the $2,299 Acer Predator G1 gaming PC does all Acer says it can do and still yearns for more. Save for the fact that it’s quite pricey and has limited upgradeability, it’s definitely worth going for if you love gaming rigs like it.