Acer brings eye-tracking tech and world's first curved laptop to IFA

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The world's first curved gaming laptop - the Predator 21 X - was on stage at IFA 2016(Credit: David Nield/New Atlas)

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Just a couple of weeks after we got a look at the insanely powerful Asus GX800 notebook, Acer has stepped into the spotlight at IFA 2016 to show off its own gaming offerings, which include the world's first curved screen gaming laptop. The company also took the opportunity to unveil a trio of new gaming monitors, all of which feature gaming-tailored eye-tracking tech.

With Nvidia's latest range of notebook graphics cards falling only a little short of their desktop counterparts, gaming on the go is more appealing than ever. Acer's new machine looks extremely powerful and is set to offer a truly novel mobile gaming experience, providing you have deep enough pockets to dive in.

The Predator 21 X gaming laptop has a huge 21-inch, 2,560 x 1,080 curved IPS display. The combination of that curve and the sheer size of the display should already make for a pretty immersive experience, but Acer is looking to really get you focused in on the action by including eye-tracking tech from Tobii.

Using an infrared sensor and software, the tech is designed to allow users to do things like identify on-screen enemies just by looking at them, and take cover behind obstacles by glaring at an object. The display also includes Nvidia's G-SYNC technology, which smooths out gameplay by matching the refresh rate of the monitor with the output of the graphics card.

The machine is powered by a 7th generation Intel Core processor and there are dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards on board, too. The keyboard has full-sized mechanical keys with Cherry MX switches, and there is, of course, customizable RGB backlighting included.

While perhaps not quite so eye-catching, Acer also has three new gaming monitors on show at IFA. All of the Predator-branded displays feature the same eye-tracking technology found in the Predator 21 X laptop, as well as the aforementioned G-SYNC frame-smoothing tech.

The Predator Z271T is a 27-inch curved screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, while the flat-screened XB271HUT provides a higher 2,560 x 1,440 resolution over number of inches. The also-flat-screened Predator XB251HQT is the smallest of the bunch, with 1,920 x 1,080 over 24.5-inches.

There's no news yet of when the displays will hit the US, but we do know when they'll arrive in EMEA countries, with the Predator Z271T shipping in October for €799 (US$890) and the Predator XB271HUT in December for €899 ($1000). There's no word yet on pricing and availability for either the 24.5-inch Predator XB251HQT monitor, or the Predator 21 X laptop.

New Atlas is on the ground at IFA 2016, where we'll be looking to get some hands on time with Acer's new toys later in the week. So stay tuned for that, and all the big news coming out of Berlin.

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