Moving on to the other half, the Predator 21 X sports a full qwerty keyboard complete with separate function keys at the top row just like a desktop keyboard. It also has Cherry MX switches and the numeric keypad can be flipped upside down as it doubles as the trackpad. Tab Times stated that the keys’ backlight are RGB customizable.
The inside of the rig is even more impressive. At the core of the system is a 7th gen Intel Core i7 processor, the latest in the i7 line up. Of course, with great power comes great gaming responsibility and the Predator will not fall short as it has two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards. That’s two of those mighty GPUs which is pretty insane for a laptop.
It can also be affixed with up to 64GB RAM and upgradable storage of up to 4 terabytes. Sound won’t be a problem as it has a 4.2 channel audio system with Dolby support.
Finally to keep temps in check, five cooling fans are attached to the 21 X. The whole rig is quite large and to show a comparison, here’s a photo of the 21 X next to an adult (credit: Business Insider):
Considering that a lot of people today play games on their mobile devices, creating a laptop like the Predator 21 X seems to be a gamble. People are more into smartphone interactions, which includes spending large amounts of time gaming. On one end of the spectrum are casual, time and place independent games such as Slingo which has been played by 3 million people on Facebook, and has variants like Slingo Riches currently gathering momentum online. At the other end of the spectrum are games for more dedicated players like the sensational Pokémon Go which has been downloaded more than 100 million times, and Business of Apps showed that its revenues already amassed more than $260 million in just a few months of its release.
Nevertheless, the showcasing of the Predator 21 X at IFA made lots of people drool and has excited a lot of consumers and media members. There’s no pricing yet, but seeing the specs, it’s wouldn’t be surprising if it costs as much as a full-blown desktop or more. Delivery is slated on first quarter of next year. The 21 X might be overkill for some, but even if the rig is aimed primarily at gamers, when you consider that other professionals can use it on the go such as HD video editors, graphic artists, photographers, and the like, the Predator 21 X will really outshine all the rest.