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Acer Predator 17 (G9-791)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 reviews of Acer Predator 17 (G9-791). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the keyboard and screen are on the whole positive. The battery and design also get good comments, whereas there are mixed opinions on the energy efficiency and durability. The reliability and size get critical opinions.

performance, design, battery, screen, keyboard

portability, sound, size, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Acer Predator 17 (G9-791) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Alastair Stevenson (trustedreviews.com)

Acer Predator 17

 

Acer Predator 17 review: A ginormous beast of a gaming rig

Scythes through any game at 1080p ; Impressive keyboard and trackpad ; Good screen and speakers ; Surprisingly good battery life

Rivals offer slightly better screen and sound ; Heavy and bulky build ; Mediocre SSD ; Divisive design

Acer’s offering the Predator in three configurations in the UK, each of which will deliver varying performance. You can see the three options below:

Oct, 2017

Techradar Recommended 2016

Expert review by : James Archer (techradar.com)

Acer Predator 17 review

 

A big and brash gaming powerhouse

Vibrant display ; Eye-catching design ; Powerful at 1080p ; Efficient cooling system

Bulky chassis ; Heavy ; Noisy fans

Acer does it again: the Predator 17 is a handful, but it performs better and lasts even longer than the Predator 15.

Mar, 2016

Expert review by : Ryan Noik (techsmart.co.za)

Acer Predator 17

 

The Predator 17 is a beast of a machine, unapologetically devouring as much space on your desk as it pleases, but it has the machine to back up its appetite.

Powerful, Beautiful screen, Lovely backlit keyboard, Excellent sound

Heavy, expensive

Great performance, comfortable keyboard, beautiful display, but how well does this Predator make its growl heard? Extremely well, in fact, as the sound on offer is fantastic, with strong and solid bass emerging from the notebook’s frame, thanks in no...

Aug, 2016

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by : Matt Smith (digitaltrends.com)

Acer Predator 17 (2015) review

 

The Acer Predator 17 is the best gaming laptop we've ever reviewed.

The new Predator 17 was the most promising new laptop to debut at IFA 2015, and it lives up to that promise. While it’s not the most exciting notebook at first glance, its conventional design, combined with excellent hardware, makes for an incredible...

Dec, 2015

Expert review by : Sam Byford (theverge.com)

Acer Predator 17 review: who would want a gaming laptop?

 

It's easy to see why PC makers are targeting gamers — what other consumer demographic is willing to pay high prices for premium Windows hardware? But the problem with PC gamers is that many of them...

Awesome power ; Sensible design ; Wonderful keyboard

Questionable utility ; Weak trackpad ; Not quite VR-ready

Mar, 2016

Expert review by : Laptop Mag (laptopmag.com)

Acer Predator 17 Review

 

The Predator 17 combines awesome gaming performance with a head-turning design and cool software,for those willing to pay a premium.

Fantastic performance; Striking design; Long battery life; Useful software ; Monitor maxes out at 1080p; Lacks Nvidia G-Sync ; The Predator 17 combines awesome gaming performance with a head-turning design and cool software for those willing to pay a...

Monitor maxes out at 1080p; Lacks Nvidia G-Sync ; The Predator 17 combines awesome gaming performance with a head-turning design and cool software for those willing to pay a premium.

The Predator 17 combines awesome gaming performance with a head-turning design and cool software for those willing to pay a premium.

Dec, 2015

Expert review by : Chris Burns (slashgear.com)

Acer Predator 17 gaming laptop Review: Big Red

 

The Acer Predator 17 is not just a good first-shot from a relatively new gaming line, it's a darn good notebook in and of itself. This laptop is large enough to give you a full gaming experience without being so bulky you'll never move it from your...

This machine is a monster. It’s not made to bring you the same graphics and experience as your top-powered gaming tower, it’s meant to give you the ability to win at the games you play competitively whilst on the go. Or on your couch. Whichever....

Jan, 2016

Expert review by : Andreas Osthoff (notebookcheck.net)

Acer Predator 17 G9-791 Notebook Review

 

The hunt continues. The Predator 17 is the second device from Acer's new gaming series. Despite the bulky chassis, the cooling solution cannot completely convince us.

bright and high-contrast IPS display, comfortable touchpad surface, USB 3.1 with Thunderbolt, good build quality, cool palm rest, replaceable optical drive, illuminated keyboard, very good battery runtime, useful tools, high performance

CPU Turbo cannot be utilized completely, GTX 970M with 3 GB RAM instead of 6 GB, GPU throttles in extreme situations, pretty high noise development, G-Sync only for external monitors, heavy chassis, limited maintenance, battery is drained under maximum...

The two new gaming notebooks from Acer, the Predator 15 and our test model Predator 17, are very similar in many regards, so our verdict is comparable as well. Besides the design, you will notice the size and the weight of the 17-inch device in...

Expert review by : Bennett Ring (pcauthority.com.au)

Review: Acer Predator 17

 

Finally, a relatively quiet gaming laptop.

The Predator 17 has oodles of processing power, with more than enough to handle any triple-A release, but it’s resoundingly beaten by the likes of the Metabox Prime.

Apr, 2016

Expert review by : Eric Grevstad (computershopper.com)

Acer Predator 17 Review and Ratings

 

Acer—yes, we said Acer—delivers a laptop to slug it out with Alienware, Asus, and MSI for heavyweight gaming supremacy, if you can spare the $2,599.

Glorious gaming performance ; Superb sound ; Class-leading battery life

Expensive ; Huge and heavy

After fully recharging the laptop, we set up the machine in power-save mode (as opposed to balanced or high-performance mode) and make a few other battery-conserving tweaks in preparation for our unplugged video rundown test. In this test, we loop a...

Dec, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Audio / Dolby Audio Enhancement / SoundPound 4.2
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:4 / 6

Battery

Battery Capacity:6000
Battery capacity (Watt hours):6000
Battery life (max):8
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6 / 8

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720

Certificates

Certification:ACPI 5.0

Design

Colour of product:Black / Black, Red
Form factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Gaming
Product colour:Black / Black, Red / Black,Red
Product Type:Notebook

Display

3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:43.9
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2160
Display Surface:Matt
Full HD: Yes
HD type:4K Ultra HD / Full HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS / TFT
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Graphics

4K streaming:Y
CUDA:Y / Yes
CUDA cores:1536
Discrete graphics adapter:No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1 / 3 / 4
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support:Y / Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:8
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2 / 3
NVIDIA G-SYNC:Y / Yes
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:No / Y
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:166 / 350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 500 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x191B
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter memory:1.7
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 530 / Intel® HD Graphics 530
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DVI, HDMI / DVI, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DisplayPort, HDMI
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (DisplayPort):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (HDMI):24

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Numeric keypad:Y / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 32 / 6 / 64 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:64
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):64
Memory clock speed:2133
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 8 / 4 x 16 / 4 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM / 4x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:No / Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 10,1000,100
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:BD-R, BD-RE
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / Blu-Ray ROM / Blu-ray RW / DVD Super Multi / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other features

Audio system:Dolby Audio / Dolby Audio Enhancement / SoundPound 4.2
Dolby technologies: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d, VT-x

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Power cord included: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector:N / No
DVI port:N / No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:4
USB 3.0 ports quantity:4
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter power:180

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI3
Configurable TDP-down:35
Conflict Free processor:No / Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):8
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:64 / 8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):12.8 / 34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1600,1866,2133 / 1866,2133,1600 / 800
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM170
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
PCI Express configurations:1x16 / 1x16, 1x8+2x4, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8+2x4, 1x16, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processing Die size:81
Processor boost frequency:2.133 / 3.2 / 3.5
Processor cache:4 / 6
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Arrandale / Skylake
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:6th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7-6xxx / Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:1.06 / 2.3 / 2.6
Processor lithography:14 / 32
Processor Model:i5-6300HQ / I7-620UM / I7-6700HQ
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-6300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6700 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA 1440 / BGA1288 / BGA1440 / FCBGA1440
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:C2 / R0
System bus rate:2.5 / 8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):18 / 45
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14 / 45
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):No / Y / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:1.0 / 2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y / Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):No / Yes
Intel® Insider™:No / Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):No / Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Y / Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36
Processor ARK ID:43562 / 88967
Processor code:SR2FP / SR2FQ
Processor package size:34 / 42
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:N / Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader:N / No / Yes
Password protection:Y
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD, SSD, Supervisor, User / BIOS, Supervisor, User / HDD, Supervisor, User

Software

Bundled software:Microsoft office 2013 Trial version (30 days trial version)
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Linux Linpus / WINDOWS 10 HOME

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 2000
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / SATA III / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
HDD Capacity:1000
HDD interface:SATA
HDD Speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of HDDs installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:1000 / 128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express / SATA / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:Serial ATA III
SSD capacity:128 / 256
SSD interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1128 / 1256 / 128 / 1512 / 2000 / 2256 / 2512 / 256 / 3000

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Clear Video Technology for MID

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:32.1 / 32.3 / 321.5 / 322.6
Height :3.97 / 39.7 / 4.06 / 40.6
Height (front):3.96 / 3.97
Height (rear):3.96 / 3.97
Weight:3.95 / 4.2
Width:42.3 / 42.4 / 423 / 424.2