I tried to exchange ACER PREDATOR G9-793 for the Acer Predator 17 after the MSI came DOA but Amazon said they couldn't do exchanges like this which is odd, but it is that is it. I had to send this laptop back to Amazon, then when they processed the return and refunded my Amazon Card (which took another week) I decided to purchase this laptop instead. This Laptop took 3 days to ship and missed Christmas, so I didn't receive it until Tuesday morning. Amazon has given me promotional credit because of the hassle so good on them as it was frustrating, but disappointing how much effort it took to get a laptop.
The second con is while the typing is fantastic the edges of this laptop where your wrist rests, are very sharp and I could see it being a problem for some. It might also be associated with the fact that the keyboard is closer to the screen than most gaming laptops, so you have to reach over a litter further to use it. As stated, I urge people to go to the Microsoft Store to check this laptop out before they pick it up. It doesn't bother me much because I've already put the laptop at a 45 Degree angle so that the edge doesn't keeping bumping my wrists.
So on to the Review the packaging that this Acer Predator 17 comes in was fantastic, very high end as pictured you can see that Acer really spent time to make a nice presentation and these things go a far way. Inside the box it comes with the standard fare, however it comes with an add-on known as frostcore.
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Let's talk about the hardware specifically the Hard Drive. The way the 256GB SSD configuration is setup is it's two 128GB M2 Drives in Raid 0. I get read times of 1GB and write times of 500MB, good but really not that impressive compared to the newer NVME M.2 Drives, I'll take it however, since you're not really going to get over 1GB Read times in a Hard Drive out the box from a laptop for under 2 grand, also there's still that upgrade-ability factor down the road with the two M.2 Slots. With the 2.5" 1TB Drive (HGST), I replaced that out of the box with a brand new 1TB Kingston SSD. That 1TB HGST Mechanical drive that came from factory by default was getting read times of 145MB and write times of 135MB. The SSD I replaced it with is a Kingston 1TB SSD PLUS and that is giving me read and write times of 550MB and 450MB as promised by Kingston themselves, so a nice improvement over stock and exactly what Kingston promises, so good on their end.
This laptops build quality is fantastic, it's like a very strong reinforced leather/plastic feel, it feels really nice. If you want to see this laptop in person I highly recommend you visit the Microsoft Store, they sell this model in store and that was one of the things that drew me to this laptop as I was able to touch and hold this before I bought it. They keyboard is great, it has great travel and I'd say is on par with my previous laptop which was an MSI GT780DX which had the incredible Steel Series keyboard that was flawless for 5 years, hopefully this keyboard holds up the same way that MSI did.
The speakers on this laptop are also fantastic, every review made this statement and I can see why, Audio is very clear and loud. It comes with Dolby Audio software, which allows you to customize how it sounds. It was on Dynamic by default which didn't sound that great, but when I changed the mode to Music it sounded incredible, there was a noticeable difference. On Dynamic the Bass is too strong and drowns out the music, as someone who listens to a lot of music, this laptop is fantastic without speakers, and no headphones needed.
One of the reasons I went with the Acer over the MSI was for a couple of different reasons, the 3 things for me that stood out for me over the GT62 was this this laptop has two M.2 Slots, Thunderbolt, and a DVD Drive, which while not crucial is still nice to have for those legacy applications. The only noticeable con I've noticed that this has compared to the GT62 is that in order to access everything in the laptop it requires taking off the entire bottom which has around 8 screws (You can see this pictured). However, there is a small latch/service cover that only has 2 screws (also pictured) which allows you access the two RAM slots (Both are empty), the 2.5" 1TB Hard Drive, and both M.2 Slots. When you remove the entire bottom that let's you get to the fans and two other RAM slots (4 RAM slots total) on the Motherboard the RAM slots are 16GB (2 x 8GB) so you shouldn't really need to access this anytime soon since this laptop is as upgraded as you're going to find in a laptop today and then you also have the two empty RAM slots in the easy access latch/service cover.
While everything is well in the world, the laptop does have two cons that I should mention. The first is that there is backlight bleeding on the top left and top right of the display. It's not that bad and honestly I'm not that picky, but this is something I could see bothering someone else. What's interesting is it's only really noticeable when you turn the laptop on the first time, at the startup/bios screen (It might also have to do with the 100% brightness when started up), after that it goes down noticeably in Windows.
Acer Predator 17 Gaming Laptop, Core i7, GeForce GTX 1070, 17.3” Full HD G-SYNC, 16GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD, G9-793-78CM
- 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ Processor 2.6GHz (Up to 3.5GHz)
- 17.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
- 16GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD RAID 0, 1TB HDD
- Windows 10 Home
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