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Acer Predator G9-793 Laptop Complete Review

What is black and red, weighing almost ten pounds? You guessed it right, the Acer gaming laptop! The Acer predator g9 793 provides VR-capable performance and decent gaming features at an affordable price. It is less expensive than the Acer predator 17 X.

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It is worthy to note that Acer predator gaming laptops have been available for some time. So far, Acer has only continued to improve the laptop line with newer and more remarkable models. The Acer predator g9 is one of the most recent versions in the Acer predator line. The Acer Predator 17 gaming laptop has impressive graphics and gaming performance.

Furthermore, this laptop’s Intel Core i7 CPU distinguishes it from other gaming laptops in the Acer Predator line. After discussing a few aspects of this laptop, let’s look more into the following laptop review.

Design

When it comes to gaming laptop design, you don’t anticipate a sleek and appealing appearance. Gaming laptops, in particular, are known to emphasize performance above aesthetics. Furthermore, the Acer predator 17 is no exception. Unboxing the Acer Predator 17 g9 shows a heavy laptop with the body of a muscle car.

Furthermore, the design of this laptop displays high performance, which sets a high standard for the laptop in the future. The Acer Predator 17’s plastic chassis, in particular, has this smart “bragging” appearance that says “high-performance laptop.” When pressed, the lid of the laptop bends slightly. Moreover, the lid rapidly attracts fingerprints. As a result, you’ll have to continuously clean the lid to keep fingerprint dirt off of it.

A predator logo is prominently displayed on the plus side in the middle of the laptop’s lid. In addition, a color line surrounds the cooling vents on the back of this Predator laptop, as it does on many other gaming laptops. The Predator 17’s vents, on the other hand, have a red line instead of the standard plain black line. This is hardly unexpected, given that black and red seem to be the standard color schemes for gaming laptops.

However, when you lift the lid of the Acer predator 17 g9 793, the design becomes more fascinating. The keyboard and screen, in particular, have great characteristics. More specifically, the Acer Predator 17 has a black keyboard with red highlights. These red highlights may also be seen on the rear side of the laptop’s hinge and around the wasd keys and arrow buttons.

Finding macro keys on gaming laptops is much harder than on desktop keyboards, but it’s not impossible. A solid set of programmed macro keys will allow you to quickly execute the most frequent activities in games. For this, the laptop maker normally provides custom software.

The laptop’s keyboard is illuminated, which is rather impressive. The illuminated function allows you to operate the keyboard in low-light environments. To the left of this laptop’s keyboard are five shortcut keys for activities such as changing the cooling-fan settings and launching the gaming bar. Furthermore, the palm resting underneath the keyboard is rather large. When it comes to typing, the keyboard is quite responsive, with a nice sound when each key is pushed. A full-sized touchpad with red accents is located underneath this keyboard.

Furthermore, the touchpad responds to touches quite smoothly and quickly. Surprisingly, a button immediately to the right of this touchpad allows you to easily deactivate the touchpad for lengthy typing sessions or gaming. Moving on to the display, the Acer Predator 17 has a 17.3-inch Full-HD (1920 x 1080) display. Although this laptop anticipated a 4K resolution display due to its powerful graphics processor, surprisingly, it was just an FHD resolution. Regardless, the laptop’s FHD resolution display is suitable for hardcore gaming. This display, in particular, provides a colorful, vivid, and bright visual quality.

A 720p HD webcam is located at the top of the laptop’s display screen. This webcam is sufficient for video calls and capturing pictures. Audio is important to players, and high sound quality adds significantly to a positive gaming experience. Thankfully, the Acer predator 17 does not disappoint in audio quality. This laptop, particularly, has Acer’s “SoundPound 4.2” sound system. Four speakers and two subwoofers are included in this sound system. Furthermore, the sound system generates high-quality audio. The sound system also creates adequate bass, owing to the subwoofers, to provide players with a quality gaming sound impression.

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Ports

On the left, there are two USB 3.0 ports, a power connector, a headphone jack, an SD card reader, an optical drive, and a microphone jack. The remaining two USB 3.0 ports, one USB-Type C connector, an Ethernet port, an HDMI port, and a Kensington lock slot are located on the right side.

The Acer Predator 17 has dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi for wireless networking. The laptop, however, lacks Bluetooth.

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Thunderbolt port allows users to access high-speed and high-resolution media with a single connection that can access both DisplayPort and PCI Express. In addition, Thunderbolt incorporates technology that enables PCI Express speed to be delivered simply and easily. Unfortunately, Acer g9 does not have a thunderbolt port.

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Weight

Moving on to the weight of the laptop, the Acer predator 17 weighs a whopping 4200 g. This laptop is far from light at this weight and cannot be readily carried about in a backpack. Furthermore, even by gaming laptop standards, the weight of the laptop seems to be a little excessive. In fact, at 2200 g, the ASUS vivobook Pro 17 N705 is about twice as light as the Acer predator 17.

In terms of measurements, the Predator 17 is 423 x 321.5 x 39.70 mm (W x D x H). With this size, this laptop is not portable and should always be on a desk.

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Processor

The Acer Predator 17 is powered by an Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU. The base frequency of this CPU is 2.80 GHz, while the highest frequency is 3.80 GHz. This CPU is also a 4-core processor with a 6 MB cache memory. That being said, with this CPU, the Predator 17 will be a capable task performer. While using the laptop, you will not experience any delay or slowness in running demanding programs or high-end games. With this CPU, the Acer Predator 17 should excel at multitasking. More specifically, this laptop will remain cool even with 20 Chrome tabs open.

Furthermore, the laptop does not slow down even while switching between Chrome tabs. To be clear and give further evidence concerning the Predator 17’s CPU performance, this review guide mentions the laptop’s Cinebench r15 benchmark test findings. This benchmark test is an app-based benchmark test that analyzes a computer’s total CPU performance. Therefore, a higher score on this benchmark test also implies excellent performance. So, the Acer Predator 17 achieved 732 points on the Cinebench r15 benchmark test, which is rather impressive.

Performance

The Acer Predator 17 has a standard memory of 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM. Furthermore, this laptop has four RAM slots with a maximum RAM capacity of 32 GB. However, this assessment is based on the Acer Predator 17 with 16 GB of standard memory. Although the laptop with 32 GB will provide a better performance, 16 GB is sufficient for any work you would be doing on this notebook. To be more exact, with 16GB ram, you can play most contemporary games easily. You will also be able to easily multitask on the Acer Predator 17 with 16 GB RAM.

You can access about 30 Chrome tabs on the laptop without noticing any slowness. In addition, when the Chrome tabs are active, you may also view roughly five YouTube videos simultaneously. To further demonstrate the performance, here are the laptop’s performance benchmark test results from PCMark 8. To be more specific, the PCMark 8 benchmark test analyzes how quickly a computer’s RAM can transmit information.

A high score on this benchmark exam also indicates superior performance. As a result, Acer Predator 17 received 4395 points in the benchmark test. This score is much higher than the category average of 4000 points.

The Predator 17 also fared well in multimedia activities, although it took 4 minutes and 10 seconds to finish the Photoshop CS6 test.

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Storage Options

The Acer Predator 17 comes with two storage choices. You may buy the laptop with either HDD or SSD storage. The HDD storage option has a capacity of up to 2 TB. In contrast, the SSD has a maximum capacity of 512 GB. If you need a lot of capacity or will be downloading a lot of games, the Acer Predator 17 with HDD storage is your best option. However, if speed is more important to you than storage capacity, the laptop with SSD storage is the best alternative.

Before proceeding, it’s important to note that this review is based on the Acer Predator 17 with 256 GB SSD storage. SSDs, as most of you are aware, are possibly the fastest storage drives available today. To back up this claim, here is what testers found about the Acer Predator 17’s file transfer test results. This laptop’s SSD could transmit 4.97 GB of multimedia files in 10 seconds during the file transfer test.

This laptop accomplished this accomplishment at a transfer rate of 226.4 MB/s.

Graphics Card Performance

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card powers the Acer Predator 17. The base frequency of this GPU is 1506 MHz, while the maximum frequency is 1683 MHz. In addition, this graphics card has an 8 GB GDDR5 dedicated VRAM as a dedicated GPU. Therefore, we anticipate the Acer Predator 17 to function smoothly while playing graphics-intensive current games because of its GPU’s substantial dedicated VRAM.

In reality, with this NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, the laptop will run AAA titles in 4K resolution effortlessly. To be more specific, the Acer Predator 17 will be able to play Witcher 3 in 4K at 70 frames per second (frame per second).

To further demonstrate this laptop’s graphical capabilities, here are the results of a 3DMark benchmark test. This benchmark test renders 2D and 3D visuals to show users how their PC handles graphics. A high score on this benchmark test also indicates superior graphics performance. For example, the Acer Predator 17 scored 16847 points in the 3DMark test. This score is somewhat higher than the ASUS G752VS- XB7816757 K’s points. The MSI GT73VR 6RF, on the other hand, outperformed both laptops, achieving a massive 27658 points.

Software

A pre-installed PredatorSense program controls keyboard illumination and the functionality of each shortcut key. In the software, you may set up various settings for keyboard illumination or turn it off entirely. Aside from customizing the appearance, you can create macros, switch between multimedia modes, and even overclock the Predator 17. Normal, Faster, and Turbo are the three overclocking options. The overclock settings will not operate until the Predator 17 is connected in and has at least 30% battery power. Unfortunately, customers do not trust laptop overclocking since thermal limits usually limit it to a little spike that the fans must cope with, making it an unacceptable tradeoff.

Battery Life

If you use your laptop to play games, you must keep it plugged in to get the most out of your GPU. And if you don’t, your laptop will be fortunate to endure an hour of gaming. Most gaming laptops, in our tests, only last a few hours on a charge while doing other chores and never as long as ultraportables without separate GPUs. It won’t be a gaming laptop if you need something to last 8 hours while working.

Some do last a long time, but at the price of the display, you don’t want to spend all of your time playing games on a dark, dull, or incorrect screen. Fortunately, a growing number of gaming laptops are compatible with both barrel chargers and USB Type-C. Of course, the latter will not provide enough power for games, but it will suffice for productive tasks.

Acer claims that the Predator 17’s battery life is three hours. The video test, however, fell short of that target, with the battery lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes before running out of power. If you loop a 4K movie in VLC with the screen brightness set to 50% and all extra services disabled (keyboard backlight, Bluetooth, and power management features). This isn’t bad for such a laptop class, but it would be good to get a little longer battery life out of it. As things are, it’s impossible to watch more than a few Game of Thrones episodes without needing to find an outlet.

What to Look for in Gaming Laptops?

Depending on your budget, you may obtain a strong Core i7 CPU or an overclockable CPU like the Intel Core i9-12900HK. Laptops with desktop CPUs are also available. However, most games benefit more from a good GPU than a good CPU. Thus a Core i5 processor would suffice.

Consider saving money if you notice anything older than the most recent Intel 12th Gen Core (model numbers start with 12) or with less power. Because CPUs are seldom upgradeable, you’ll only have to make this decision once. Intel’s 12th generation core components for mobile were released this year, making them the latest.

Never settle for anything less than a 1920 x 1080 screen. It’s uncommon to come across one with a lower resolution, but if you do, leave. Certain gaming laptops have 4K (3840 x 2160) panels, but you may need to adjust some settings, particularly if you activate ray tracing. A 1440p middle ground is becoming increasingly common in laptops, which is a decent choice.

SSD or hard drive? Why not have both? Some low-cost gaming laptops may include a hard drive (often 1TB). However, most gaming laptops will additionally contain a tiny SSD to function as a boot disc. It’s not unusual to find a 128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD coexisting. A bigger SSD may result in faster loading times, but it may also cost you much more money. Make sure you obtain a 7,200-rpm HDD rather than a 5,400-rpm HDD.

Storage, like RAM, is often upgradeable in gaming laptops. For example, you may add a 2TB or bigger HDD if you want extra space.

Conclusion

When purchasing a gaming laptop, choose one that will last a few years. If you can afford it, purchase a mid-range to high-end GPU, while a better card will give greater performance. This decision is more significant than RAM and CPU, yet both are crucial. Storage is likely to be upgradeable. Although more space is ideal since games take up a lot of storage. Decide if you like high resolutions or quicker screens, and think about what applications will be useful to you. Keep in mind that you won’t get good battery life.

The Predator is large and powerful, with a gaming-focused design that prioritizes ample cooling and maximum performance above refinement. Even though it’s a black slab that weighs more than a small dog, it’s substantial and a real desktop replacement. The Predator 17 is an excellent choice for someone looking for a full-fledged dedicated gaming laptop. Even though an outdated Intel Skylake CPU powers it, the Predator 17 is an excellent value considering its regular reduced price.