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Acer Predator 8: Android Tablet With Eye Catching Design And Unique Specs

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(Source : androidcommunity.com)

There was a time gaming was limited to high end consoles and powerful desktops. Hardcore gamers spent oodles of money in setting up such gaming rigs. With time mobile gaming is gaining traction with more users. The PSP had been there for a while, but now brands are coming up with gaming oriented tablets! The new Acer Predator 8 is a small but powerful gaming beast that packs in impressive hardware and useful features. It was unveiled at the recent IFA 2015 in Berlin as part of the company’s Predator series of PC and gadgets.

Design: style and swagger

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(Source: indiatoday.intoday.in)

You would not like a gaming tablet to have the plain jane, rectangular block look, isn’t it? On the contrary, you would want it to be a head turner! So, how different is the Predator 8 from a typical Android tablet? Not much, in terms of spec, but Acer has ensured the design and build to be enticing enough to lure the gamer in you. The device is not going to appeal to the curve lovers. It is all angular and made of solid lines –as far as design goes.

The tablet with its black, red and silver body is quite attractive and there is no denying the sheer visual appeal. While a majority of the shell is made of plastic, it feels quite solid. There is brushed metal at the device’s back side. What looks most impressive is the speaker array. Acer says the 4 speakers, placed at corners of the tablet make it the world’s loudest gaming tablet.

At 350 grams, the Predator 8 is not very heavy. Acer has also incorporated vibration feedback in the tablet. The ‘TacSense’ force feedback may not be suitable for every gamer though.

Specs: Good, but not great

(Source: www.cnet.com)

(Source: www.cnet.com)

The Acer Predator 8 packs in hardware that is capable but not immensely powerful for gaming needs. The 8 inch fullHD IPS display looks nice, but it can’t match the QHD display of Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. Acer has used its ColourBlast tech in it. This device is powered by the Intel Atom x7-8700 CPU, which also powers the venerable Microsoft Surface 3. It is a beefy CPU for sure and you can blaze through graphically intensive Android games. The 2 GB RAM complements the CPU well and you also get 32 GB or double storage. Acer has given a microSD slot too. There is 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi in the device too. At the back there is a 5 MP camera. Accessories for the tablet like headset and carrying cases will be released.

Software

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The Predator 8 is shipped with Android 5.1 Lollipop installed. Acer has partnered with Gameloft, which means you get Asphalt 8 pre loaded. Acer has not made many changes to stock android, as it is. The Predator MediaMaster feature enables you to choose any of the 4 modes for sound and visual settings.

Performance

Using Intel CPU on a gaming tablet may make some hardcore gamers frown who stick to Nvidia like a cult! However, the Intel CPU is no slouch and the 8th Generation HD graphics chip tackles games like Asphalt 8 quite well. However, it falls a tad short of the Tegra K1 used in the Shield Tablet. After intense game play the device gets quite warm as well. It remains to be seen if this becomes an issue in future or not. The stereo speakers used in Predator 8 yield loud and clear output, though the absence of bass is felt.

Where it all leads to?

Acer has churned out a pretty interesting tablet in the form of the Predator 8 and it has some strong points with a few caveats. It looks a bit unusual with protruding speakers and you may either hate or love it. The FullHD display looks stunning and the colours pop out. However, the colours may look somewhat oversaturated in general. The speakers are loud and clear, but their placement makes holding the device comfortably a little uneasy. Hardcore gamers may wish the RAM was 4 GB. The Predator 8 lacks two features which Nvidia’s Shield Tablet has-namely Grid streaming from the web and ShadowPlay game streaming. Overall, it seems a good choice for mobile gaming addicts.

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There was a time gaming was limited to high end consoles and powerful desktops. Hardcore gamers spent oodles of money in setting up such gaming rigs. With time mobile gaming is gaining traction with more users. The PSP had been there for a while, but now brands are coming...
There was a time gaming was limited to high end consoles and powerful desktops. Hardcore gamers spent oodles of money in setting up such gaming rigs. With time mobile gaming is gaining traction with more users. The PSP had been there for a while, but now brands are coming up with gaming oriented tablets! The new Acer Predator 8 is a small but powerful gaming beast that packs in impressive hardware and useful features. It was unveiled at the recent IFA 2015 in Berlin as part of the company’s Predator series of PC and gadgets. <strong>Design: style and swagger</strong> You would not like a gaming tablet to have the plain jane, rectangular block look, isn’t it? On the contrary, you would want it to be a head turner! So, how different is the Predator 8 from a typical Android tablet? Not much, in terms of spec, but Acer has ensured the design and build to be enticing enough to lure the gamer in you. The device is not going to appeal to the curve lovers. It is all angular and made of solid lines –as far as design goes. The tablet with its black, red and silver body is quite attractive and there is no denying the sheer visual appeal. While a majority of the shell is made of plastic, it feels quite solid. There is brushed metal at the device’s back side. What looks most impressive is the speaker array. Acer says the 4 speakers, placed at corners of the tablet make it the world’s loudest gaming tablet. At 350 grams, the Predator 8 is not very heavy. Acer has also incorporated vibration feedback in the tablet. The ‘TacSense’ force feedback may not be suitable for every gamer though. <strong>Specs: Good, but not great</strong> The Acer Predator 8 packs in hardware that is capable but not immensely powerful for gaming needs. The 8 inch fullHD IPS display looks nice, but it can’t match the QHD display of Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. Acer has used its ColourBlast tech in it. This device is powered by the Intel Atom x7-8700 CPU, which also powers the venerable Microsoft Surface 3. It is a beefy CPU for sure and you can blaze through graphically intensive Android games. The 2 GB RAM complements the CPU well and you also get 32 GB or double storage. Acer has given a microSD slot too. There is 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi in the device too. At the back there is a 5 MP camera. Accessories for the tablet like headset and carrying cases will be released. <strong>Software</strong> The Predator 8 is shipped with Android 5.1 Lollipop installed. Acer has partnered with Gameloft, which means you get Asphalt 8 pre loaded. Acer has not made many changes to stock android, as it is. The Predator MediaMaster feature enables you to choose any of the 4 modes for sound and visual settings. <strong>Performance</strong> Using Intel CPU on a gaming tablet may make some hardcore gamers frown who stick to Nvidia like a cult! However, the Intel CPU is no slouch and the 8<sup>th</sup> Generation HD graphics chip tackles games like Asphalt 8 quite well. However, it falls a tad short of the Tegra K1 used in the Shield Tablet. After intense game play the device gets quite warm as well. It remains to be seen if this becomes an issue in future or not. The stereo speakers used in Predator 8 yield loud and clear output, though the absence of bass is felt. <strong>Where it all leads to?</strong> Acer has churned out a pretty interesting tablet in the form of the Predator 8 and it has some strong points with a few caveats. It looks a bit unusual with protruding speakers and you may either hate or love it. The FullHD display looks stunning and the colours pop out. However, the colours may look somewhat oversaturated in general. The speakers are loud and clear, but their placement makes holding the device comfortably a little uneasy. Hardcore gamers may wish the RAM was 4 GB. The Predator 8 lacks two features which Nvidia’s Shield Tablet has-namely Grid streaming from the web and ShadowPlay game streaming. Overall, it seems a good choice for mobile gaming addicts.

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