• Display: 8-inch WUXGA
  • Processor: Intel Atom x7
  • Connectivity: WiFi
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB expandable with microSD
  • Operating System: Android 5.1
  • Camera: 5MP Rear,2MP Front
  • Dimensions: 217.9 x 127 x 8.6mm
  • Weight: 358g
  • Pros:
  • Speakers
  • Performance
  • Cons:
  • 2GB RAM
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark Icestorm Unlimited: 23,187 points
  • Icestorm Extreme: 9,642 points
  • PC Mark Work: 5,117 points
  • Antutu: 69,663 points

Preying On Lesser Tablets

As IoT and mobile devices gain in popularity as the years go by, it’s hard to deny that smartphones and tablets are the future. In almost every modern household in our current generation there is a child with a tablet. Tablets can be used for education purposes, or entertainment purposes, or even convenience purposes.

Acer is taking a huge step into the mobile gaming industry with their Predator series which encompasses a large demographic of consumers. Their Predator desktops, laptops, and monitors are aimed towards the gamers who want more performance. Then there’s the Acer Predator 8 gaming tablet, aimed to bring a better gaming and entertainment experience to the handheld world.

The Predator 8 sports an 8-inch WUXGA screen with a resolution of 1,920×1,200 that produces great colour. One thing we noticed was the screen gets darker when tilted to a certain angle and is best viewed if it’s right in front of your eyes. The touchscreen is responsive which is important when it comes to gaming as every tap counts. When it comes to performance, the Predator 8 is definitely not lacking other than in terms of RAM. We think for a gaming tablet, it’ll be important to have at least 3GB of RAM because you could be gaming and multi-tasking since it is a tablet and not just a handheld console.

Although we didn’t run into any problems initially, we believe that sooner or later when you install more apps and games, the RAM could start to become a bottleneck as certain games run in the background without you noticing it. But in terms of pure performance the Intel Atom x7 does a great job making gaming and everything else smooth as silk, and giving a great experience when using the Predator 8. The Predator 8 comes with 32GB of flash memory but can expanded with a microSD card that’s found on the upper left corner of the tablet.

The biggest love we have for the Predator 8 is its speakers. We love front facing speakers a lot here because it always sounds better when sound is directed at you instead of away after all. The speakers produce great sound, while in games, watching videos and even our favourite blockbuster movies. We found the design quite gaudy but let’s chalk that up to personal taste, we can tell that it would attract its fair amount of lovers.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you’re looking for a tablet that performs great and sounds great, the Acer Predator 8 is a choice we can recommend. Maybe for the next Predator gaming tablet they might consider adding an additional 1GB of RAM.

(previously published in issue May 2016)

Acer Predator 8