There are three things most hardcore gamers look at: gameplay, graphics and a great story. That’s why most of them prefer using a personal computer for those really immersive games. Though, as we all know, you can’t always bring your PC around and hence over the years, Android game developers have shown us at they can pick up where you left your PC with games like Asphalt 8, Hearthstone and Batman Arkham Origins available at your finger tips. Of course, the Acer Predator 8 brings all these other worlds to you. Check out how it did when we went to battle with it.
Inside the Acer Predator 8:
- 8 Inch WUXGA IPS LCD display (1920 x 1200 resolution at 320 ppi)
- 2.4 GHz Intel Atom Quad-Core processor
- Intel HD Graphics
- Android 5.1 Lollipop
- 2 GB RAM
- 32 GB Internal Storage expandable via micro SD card slot up to 128 GB
- 5 MP Rear Camera & 2 MP Front Camera
- 4,420 mAh LiPo Battery
- WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
- 4 Speakers – Quadio
- SRP: PHP 17,990
HARDWARE & DESIGN
The Acer Predator 8’s design is reminiscent to Acer’s gaming laptop line also dubbed as Predator. There are very minimal physical buttons (3 to be exact – volume buttons and power button) and functionality is directed towards using the massive 8 inch touch screen provided. One striking thing about it is the four speakers sticking out at the corners which eventually digs into your palms if you’re not too careful.
The Predator has a rather aggressive design with brushed metal finish and straight cut edges. Moreover, it comes in sleek silver with black and metallic blood red details. The body is made of hard plastic to keep it light with a metal plate at the back to keep it classy. Acer definitely made sure this was a LAM (look-at-me) type of gadget.
DISPLAY & SOUND
The Acer Predator 8 definitely delivers hardcore gaming graphics quality. It sports an 8 inch IPS LCD display with resolution in the range of Wide Ultra Extended Graphics Array (1920 x 1200) which basically means 10% more pixels than Full High Definition screens. This allows for better game handling by allowing more space for in-screen controls. Intel HD graphics and Acer’s ColorBlast technology helps in making your in-game world more vivid. It boasts of showing you a wide range of color which helps in giving you that depth in a 3D world.
Quadio speakers can be found on all four corners and packs a mean punch. This technology by Acer definitely gets loud which helps in gameplay immersion. Playing music on it is also a plus.
SOFTWARE & PERFORMANCE
As they say, “Video games don’t make gamers violent but lag does.” During our time with the Acer Predator 8, we had experienced no lag that affected any of our gameplay. We were on Asphalt 8 for the most part and that game is known to give your gadget a run for it’s money in the graphics and memory department. We also had a chance to catch episodes of Mr. Robot on this and were pretty pleased with the experience.
Yes, it does get a little hot after a few minutes of heavy usage but doesn’t get uncomfortable.
BATTERY & CONNECTIVITY
The Predator 8 is powered by a 4420 mAh LiPo Battery which is not what we expected from a tablet that claims to be a gaming device. On continuous Asphalt 8 use, we were able to drain the battery from full in just 2.5 hours. On a bright screen and viewing tv episodes via VLC, it lasted a good 2 hours with around 23% battery left. It is a challenge to play games while charging as the microUSB port often gets in the way for most games. (Though we really do not recommend this as it ruins devices.)
Also, a friendly reminder to manually clean the running programs or get an app that does so for you before settling into your full gaming session to help with battery management. You don’t need to worry about cellular data getting at the battery since it isn’t supported here but you can toggle your WiFi off to keep background apps from triggering.
For the most part, tablets aren’t known for having very good cameras, so it isn’t surprising that this one sports a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front facing camera. Ideal for simple snapshots of everyday life but not really something to take to a party. Then again, this tablet wasn’t designed for photography and is probably built in to support AR (Augmented Reality) games that need camera access like Droid Shooting.
The Acer Predator 8 does bring your android gaming to the next level in terms of the power to support heavy graphics and better gameplay experience. Since more demanding games and applications are coming out on tablets, we trust that Acer’s Predator 8 would give you a fighting chance in which ever gaming world you choose to pursue. Acer Predator 8 will create your next great gaming story and don’t forget to let us know below what you think.
Words by Gian Ramirez | Photography by Yven Aldover