Today, we dropped by the Axiata Arena, a day before the Kuala Lumpur Major 2018 kicks off to test Acer’s latest unconventional but inevitable product, the Acer Thronos. As the name implies it is indeed a throne of sorts, but made for gamers.
The Thronos comes packaged with a few things, one of them being the Acer Predator Orion 9000, three Acer Predator XB271HU monitors, a Predator Cestus 500 Gaming Mouse, a Predator Galae 300 Gaming Headset, a Predator Flare Gaming Keyboard and a TT eSports Predator Gaming Chair. The TT eSports Predator Gaming Chair is most likely the chair you sit on when you are in the Thronos.
That aside, let’s start with the Predator Orion 9000 that is bundled in the whole package. It sports an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor with not one, but two NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti running SLI, and 16GB of RAM. As for storage, you have plentiful with 256GB of PCIe SSD and a 2TB HDD for all your games and other media. If that has yet to impress you, then maybe the three monitor setup will.
As mentioned, it is also equipped with three Predator XB271H, an IPS monitor with 4K capabilities (2560 x 1440), can be overclocked to 165Hz of refresh rate, with 4ms of Grey to grey response time. It is also NVIDIA G-Sync ready, to work with the SLI setup to reduce screen tearing and offer a flawless, lag-free gaming experience. On the Predator Flare keyboard, you have your media controls to control your volume while you are in-game.
As for the gaming experience, we tried the Thronos with Project Cars 2 and DotA 2. While the extra screens were great for working and multitasking, for DotA 2 it was pretty weird as the game extends over the three monitors, and you have the map tucked all the way in the left corner. We even had to turn our head just to access the Play Now button, and that’s a ridiculous predicament to be in. As for Project Cars 2, the gaming experience is just sublime.
The throne of the Thronos actually vibrates when you are gaming as well. It comes with a controller that allows you to tweak the strength and amount of vibration when you are listening to music or playing games. It feels great when you are playing your simulators and you can feel the rumble depending on how loud the audio is! On the left side of the Thronos, you have the main controls. You can raise or lower the monitor arm, bring the keyboard away or close to you, and you can even adjust the tilt of the Thronos as it can recline to up to 140 degrees. By doing so allows you to almost fully lie in your throne and game away, an experience that you have to try yourself to fully understand and immerse yourself in the world of gaming. You can also spot a headset holder and two cup holders on the left side of the Thronos as well. Maybe one for your coffee and one for your soft drinks?
As mentioned, we do believe the setup is perfect for the people that like to play simulator games – be it Euro Truck Simulator or just your regular racing simulator, and not so much for first person shooters or fast paced action games. You could do so as well, as long as you set it up correctly. Having to turn your head to the other monitor when you are fighting or shooting enemies will tire you out easily.
That said, the full setup is currently priced at RM56,999 and comes with 1 year warranty from Acer. In Malaysia, there are only 2 units of the Thronos available for sale, and if you are interested, you will have to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, if you are attending the KL Major 2018, you can swing by Acer’s booth to win yourself some sweet prizes, and there will be cosplay competitions there as well!