Acer Predator 8

Differentiate the Android tablet is a business. Acer is trying a specific template for gamers, especially in the form and finishes, with 4 front speakers and an unprecedented double motor for vibration. Acer Predator 8 GT-810 is the model presented at IFA 2015 last September, now available in Italy with price list of 349 euro but prices online already best- see the offer of Giunglainformatica.

Differentiate, I said, it’s hard. Do it in the micro-category where the best product is priced very competitively priced (I mean Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 from 199 euro) requires effort. Need to add something more, use expertise to enhance the experience, put yourself in the shoes of those who will then find her and try to be, in one way or another, significantly, not so much to do that. Acer has succeeded? Let’s start looking at specs.

Datasheet Acer Predator 8 GT-810

  • Display: 8 inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,200 pixels) IPS Zero Air Gap with Predator TacSense Predator and Predator ColorBlast Precision Plus
  • Processor: Intel Atom 1.6-2.6 GHz Quad x 7-Z8700
  • GPU: Intel HD 200-600 MHz Gen 8 16 EU
  • Internal memory: 32/64 GB expandable via microSD (up to 128 GB)
  • Audio: Predator meets Perry (4 front speakers) with Dolby Audio
  • Video camera: 2 megapixel (front) and 5 (rear)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • Frame: 218 x 127 x 8.7 mm, 350 grams

These figures depict a tablet. Acer has ventured into the design, finishes, to choose a different material at the points in your hands (those darker backs are porous, improve grip), putting four speakers hanging in such fronts and influential.

Chose the most modern Intel SoC line Cherry Trail (the same, say, of Surface 3) and has added features uncommon: the digitizer Precision Plus to interact with the touchscreen even with peaks of 2 mm (pencils, pens, chopsticks, forks) and the dual motor feedback TacSense for a vibration that can relate only to the right side or the left side of the frame , can be strong on one side and the other weak, can move in pairs and give the feeling of a real Jolt, or can play grounds, jingle-like the one that accompanies the boot animation.

There’s another technicality: the calibration of the display. The 283 PPI make the filter cake by 8 inch softer than some rivals, but remains a Full HD that you use — and for this price it is not necessary to go further. Its strength is the software called ColorBlast, accompanied by MediaMaster: are used to adjust color, contrast, and gamma, or activate settings ready for games, movies, music that also act on the audio delivery, not only on video.

Acer declares 100% coverage NTSC, but the most important thing is to have a Predator 8 with suitable colors and shot it right, with deep blacks when needed and the possibility of reducing the emission of blue for longer sessions.

This components. Everyday surrender is another deal. If we look at the results of the benchmark come out very suggestive, some inexplicably below SoC should be less powerful. There is a very good speed eMMC internal memory (second only to Samsung Tab) and web contexts management (then js and html5) facilitated by a newer software than others. So-so wireless bandwidth, a context that I would rather measure from a WiFi ac.

And then there are the 3 hours and 55 minutes of battery test by PCMark 8, less than everyone else, a value that is difficult to swallow. With Acer Predator 8 do 6 hours of battery life real, no more. The battery is a 4250 mAh, smaller rivals, and I believe it was one of the compromises required by the chassis, already heavy with her. If only the heat dissipation enjoys this extra space. With thermal camera arrival at 32° C on the frame and on the glass, 10° C under Shield Tablet K1. It’s a great result for a hardware platform than on other machines (the same Surface 3) gave thermal problems.

The user experience is okay. I had no real slowdowns and glitches in everyday use. The GPU with 16 EU has the power to handle most modern titles, the decoding h. 265 on Kodi or dedicated player (even over USB OTG) and do the same with the latest Youtube video player then VP9. Did not achieve the best results. The ROM Acer has some software too; the suite Acer Iconia is cute and the package of apps Acer BYOC useful to those who have other machines at the company, but not the things that make the difference and, for some users, there may be too many.

The two cameras are just adequate. Nothing is really dedicated to gaming. There is Asphalt with 320,000 free credits (about $ 50 in value), there is the MediaMaster already mentioned and then stop. Missing a key mapping, lacks an app to take advantage of the full screen, there is a cloud gaming service or gaming via streaming to the GeForce Now-to make you understand-there is no HDMI output. In these details, the tablet Shield remain ahead.

Final considerations

The difficult is figuring out if advise Acer Predator 8 as tablet by gaming or whether regard him as a powerful media tablet. Its has a really impressive display, has a great sound, quality construction and all the character data from a perfect frame in some quarters, for certain people. In terms of graphics power and modernity of SoC used is not discussed, and it was a pleasure to finally see it handled well temperatures and dissipation on a tablet Intel.

But the autonomy is penalized by a small battery, the software continues to have (because itis not the first Intel + Android that stands out for that matter) an optimization precarious, cameras are scarce for the price range and, above all, dedicated to video games are reduced. With this screen and this audio, Acer Predator 8 remains a tablet recommended in multimedia but gaming on Android has yet to grow, there is no doubt about this.