CNET First Look
The Acer Predator 15 adds extra cooling for high-end gamingWith the most powerful mobile graphics card in a smaller 15-inch body, this gaming system wisely adds extra fans.
[MUSIC] If you're a serious laptop gamer, you know which graphics card you want right now. That's the Invidia G-Force 9 80M that's usually only available in big, bulky 17 inch gaming laptops, like this big guy right here or this guy over here. Laptops certainly, but I wouldn't exactly call them portable. If you wanted to get something that is just as powerful, but in a smaller, 15 inch package, that's gonna be very hard to find. But here's a relatively new one that manages to pack a lot of stuff in to a much smaller chassis. It is the Acer Predator 15. So in this somewhat smaller, 15 inch body, you can get all the power and all the features of a 17 inch gaming laptop without making any compromises. Except maybe for fan noise, especially when you have the extra fan cranked up. What's that you say about an extra fan? Well I'll tell you. You can outfit this thing with a traditional optical drive that goes into a slot in the side, or you can pull the optical drive out and replace with an extra fan. And why you'd need that extra cooling because if you have a big 980M card in here and core i7 CPU The system could conceivably get pretty hot and that is one of the few instances where you might actually need extra cooling in a laptop. Besides that I appreciate the fact that even though this looks like a gaming laptop they've had a little bit of fun with the design. They've marked out the W, A, S, D keys and the arrow keys with red Key caps. Of course, the backlit keys have different colored lights and you can change them up as you want. And I also like how it has a lot of Acer preloaded software on here that lets you monitor system functions, including the clock speed of the CPU, and the fan speed, and the system temperature, so you can actually see if all that extra fan noise is worth it. It's not the smallest gaming laptop out there and it's not the most powerful, but it's a really good mix of those two qualities. So if you want a gaming laptop that's' really fast, but is not going to dominate your life or your desk then check out the Acer Predator 15. [MUSIC]