Forget the fleshy (and stony) Marvel superheroes for a bit. At the launch event for Acer Malaysia’s FANtastic Four line-up, we were introduced to a quartet of gaming devices: a desktop, a laptop and two monitors.
Tech geeks we are not, but it’s not hard to get excited about new gaming products that are “stylish”, offer “great performance” and “features” and promise an “immersive” experience to boot, even if they’re not novel terms. And we were pretty impressed with what we saw and were told, mostly.
The Acer Aspire GX781 gaming desktop was the first product to be revealed. It has a nice-looking design (the armor-inspired chassis is described as “edgy” by the press release) with a Red Glow Emitting LED and packs a 7th Gen Intel Core processor (i7-7700), up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM (8GB’s the default) and a GTX 1050 card (2GB GDDR5). Storage-wise, it has a 1TB SATA HDD and a 128MB SSD.
The desktop has a starting price of RM4,399 and comes with 3-years local onsite warranty. It’s not bad, disregarding comparisons to custom PCs of course, but it didn’t quite stand out to me - I was lightly wishing that it came with a GTX 1050 Ti card instead.
What grabbed my heart instead was the Acer Aspire VX 15 laptop. Again, it comes with a starting price of RM4,399 and features an “aggressive” design, with a red chassis and an iron red backlit keyboard. Its processor is the latest 7th Gen Intel Core i7 HQ processor, and comes with 4GB of RAM by default - a noticeable downside that seems all-too common in gaming laptops - that can be upgraded to 32 GB.
The graphics card is what made me a fan of sorts. It’s a GTX 1050 Ti card, with 4GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM. It’s still a budget card, and since 4GB of RAM isn’t quite enough you’re unlikely to checkout with the laptop without spending more than RM4,399. But even so, I’d never have imagined seeing a laptop here with such a card that could be purchased for less than RM5,000, even if It’s lacking an optical drive. There's certainly more to a gaming machine than just graphic cards, but this still seems like a pretty good deal, especially compared to my own laptop’s sale price.
For storage, it has a 1TB 2.5-inch 5400 RPM and an SD card reader. Its touted feature is the dual fan cooling system, which is capable of “running quietly at optimal temperatures”.
Finally - the KG251Q and KG271 monitors; for them, I’ll have to indulge in the details more. The former possesses a length of 24.5 inches, while the latter measures 27 inches. Aside from that, their features are the same. Both offer 1080p displays, a TN panel and a 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio. For refresh rates, these gaming monitors are the first in Malaysia to offer a speed of 75Hz.
Other technical aspects: they have the screen tearing-eliminating FreeSync technology, a 1ms response time and Black Boost technology which provides more visible detail in the dark. Their viewing angle measures at 170 degrees, which promises a wonderful colour display regardless of one’s viewing angle. You customize settings and set three custom profiles to adjust to the type of game you’re playing on the fly.
Though it wasn’t a mind-blowing reveal, the three-pronged glossy black stand is a pretty nice feature in retrospect, and offers a visually-pleasing respite from typical monitor bases. The ergonomic stand can be tilted, and the Acer VisionCare technology implements a host of features to ease your eyes’ suffering. The monitors also have a 6-axis color adjustment ability.
For prices, the KG251Q costs RM659 (inclusive of GST, it was noted) while the KG271 costs RM899. Both come with a warranty of three years.
Considering the features on offer, those prices seem pretty… cheap? Like the Acer Aspire VX 15 laptop, I was expecting them to cost roughly RM1,000 more at least, and the revelation of those prices was met with unanimous-sounding applause from the assembled journalists.
"As the market leader in the industry, Acer is known for products with meaningful innovations and superior performance," said Acer Sales & Services Sdn Bhd Director of products Johnson Seet. "Our wide range of products is designed to improve usability, to meet the real needs of customers, both for work and for leisure, and this includes innovating devices for the gaming community."
So there you have it - Acer’s FANtastic Four. What do you guys think of them?