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Acer unleashes Predator Orion 9000 gaming PC and X35 monitor

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Whenever Acer announces a pack of Predator machines at a major event, expect a couple of powerhouses. For IFA 2017, we have the Predator Orion 9000 gaming desktop PC and Predator X35 gaming monitor.

Predator Orion 9000

Here’s a good example of looks that could kill. Opting for the blue aesthetic last seen on the Predator Triton 700, the Orion 9000 is nothing short of intimidating with its tall stance. The RGB lighting on the sides are customizable, and the window panel reveals all its guts.

This being a desktop PC, configurations are numerous. The most souped-up version you can order has Intel’s Core i9 Extreme Edition 18-core processor and up to 128GB of quad-channel DDR4 memory. Couple that with support for up to four AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards at once or two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards in SLI, and you have a monster that’ll run high-end games for years to come.

Obviously, you’ll need to keep the temperatures in check, so Acer employed liquid cooling and an airflow system called IceTunnel 2.0. The latter ensures that each zone of the tower receives proper ventilation through tunnels and metal mesh panels.

Consumers in North America can purchase the Orion 9000 beginning December. Pricing starts at US$ 1,999, or EUR 1,999 for the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, and Africa).

Predator X35

What’s a gaming rig without a suitable monitor to show off all the wonderful graphics? Acer kept that in mind while creating the Predator X35.

It’s massive for a monitor at 35 inches, and it comes with a perfect curve for its 21:9 aspect ratio. You’re clearly getting a fitting resolution, as well — 3440 x 1440 pixels to be exact. And to ensure your games won’t experience any stuttering or tearing, NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology is on board to control the super-fast 200Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time.

A behemoth like this would surely command an equally premium price. Unfortunately, Acer hasn’t shared that information yet. All we know is it’ll be available by the first quarter of 2018, so you have time to save up for whatever price it commands.

SEE ALSO: Acer Predator 17 X Review: A heavy beast

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LG’s UltraWide and UltraGear monitors are coming to CES 2019

Meant for productivity and gaming

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LG UltraWide

CES 2019 is almost here, and when it begins, we’ll have new monitors from LG to enjoy.

The first one is the 49-inch UltraWide monitor (model name 49WL95), which has a long 32:9 aspect ratio. That’s like have two standard 16:9 screens combined!

It has a 5120 x 1440 resolution that spans the immersive curved IPS panel. With its 99 percent sRGB colors space and support for HDR10, it’s ideal for both work and play. There’s even a USB-C port that can charge a connected laptop or smartphone with 85W of power.

LG UltraGear

Next is the 38-inch UltraGear (38GL950G), a more manageable 21:9 monitor that’s geared towards gaming. It’s backed by NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology for smoother gameplay on the 144Hz refresh rate, as well as its 3840 x 1600 resolution and curved Nano IPS panel.

To give it a more gamer feel, Sphere Lighting is available to light up the back of the monitor with six color settings for you to choose from. This complements the 98 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut in front.

No pricing or availability details have been provided by LG, but both monitors will be shown at CES 2019, happening from January 8 to 11.

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ASUSPRO D340MC is designed with budget-conscious workers in mind

Prioritizes security and endurance

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ASUSPRO is known for producing reliable laptops, but did you business-grade desktop computers are part of its portfolio, too?

The D340MC is an example of this, and it delivers on several fronts. It may seem like a standard boxy PC at first, but most of the features are on the inside.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves; this is how it looks:

It definitely has a strong presence on any desk

Check out that port selection and DVD drive

The keyboard and mouse are part of the package

There’s lots of ventilation for cooling

Here’s a closer look at its ports

It’s easy to upgrade as needed

This is certainly a no-frills, get-the-job-done type of PC. Fortunately, it comes with good specs to show off: an Intel Core i7-8700 processor, up to 32GB of memory, 1TB of HDD storage, and a simple GeForce GT 720 graphics card to get you going.

But should really interest you are the reliability and endurance. The company claims the unit goes through rigorous quality tests in diverse environments, uses solid capacitors to lengthen lifespan, and produces little noise thanks to the thermal design.

The ASUSPRO D340MC starts at around US$ 600, but with its upgradability, it’s easy to give it more power when needed.

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Microsoft says you need a real computer, not an iPad

‘Don’t run out and buy an iPad’

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You’re probably familiar with Samsung teasing Apple and its iPhones through humorous commercials. But did you know Microsoft does the same against iPads?

Like Sammy, Microsoft loves to promote its products while humiliating those of close competitors. The latest attempt comes with this short holiday ad for the Surface Go.

Check it out:

The very first line — “Grandma, don’t run out and buy an iPad” — is already a clear dig at Apple. The little girl’s lyrics continue with, “It was fine when I was six, but now I’m 10. My dreams are big so I need a real computer to do all the amazing things I know I can.”

Yes, a real computer. If you’ve been following Apple’s promotions for the recently launched iPad Pro, you’d know that they tout it as a laptop replacement in a sense. Consumers and techies have since been debating whether the claims are true or not.

Well, Microsoft doesn’t think so, and instead believes that you need a Surface Go to cater to all computing needs. It runs desktop-class Windows 10 and is quite flexible productivity-wise when used together with the stylus and keyboard.

It seems like Microsoft’s goal here is to take away some of Apple’s strong younger market for iPads. Kids traditionally choose an iPad because of its portability, ease of use, and strong library of apps.

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