Acer has unveiled the first laptop in the world to have a curved screen, called the Predator 21 X, at the IFA technology show in Berlin.
Weighing a mighty 8kg, the aptly-named beast of a gaming laptop has a 21-inch screen (generally laptop screens are no larger than 18 inches), which integrates eye-tracking technology to further enhance a user’s experience.
In addition to this, the Predator 21 X has two GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs, a 7th Generation Intel Core K-series processor, five cooling fans and a built-in mechanical keyboard. Crazy stats.
The eye-tracking tech means that gamers can simply aim at targets by looking at them, with their eye movements being registered by the sensors, freeing their hands up to use other controls. Their eyes can also change the direction they are looking in within the game, among other useful features.
Most people will already be familiar with curved screen devices – TVs with curved screens have been available for a few years now, while cinemas also make use of them. The idea of them is to create a greater sense of depth, due to the images not being shown on one single plane. However, until now, manufacturers have dropped their attempts to produce curved screen laptops, with the jury still out on their performance.
Speaking to the BBC, John Miedema, of Acer Europe, said: “The curvature of the screen matches the natural curve of the eyes and gives a wider field of view. This allows people to pick-up in-game details – like spotting enemies or looking in the rear view mirror in racing games – more easily, to give a better, more immersive gaming experience.”
If you want this goliath of a laptop, expect to pay handsomely. It is being reported that it will cost upwards of $5,000 (around £3,800), being made to order from January 2017 onwards.