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Acer Predator G1-710-70001 Gaming Desktop Review

Price Analysis And Conclusion

The Predator G1-710-70001 is intended to give consumers a powerful gaming machine that comes with several attractive extras, and to that end, Acer is successful. The G1 demonstrates respectable framerates at the most demanding game settings thanks to its top-tier processor and GPU, and it comes with axiomatic peripherals (a gaming keyboard and mouse) and a hardshell rolling case. Overall, we’re really behind the idea of the Predator-branded SFF gaming PC. However, we feel that Acer falls short on a few key implementations.

We’re torn on the design of the Predator G1. We like the tower’s compact chassis, RGB LED lighting, and industrial aesthetic, but we’re sourly disappointed with the way Acer powers the device. Although the system is small enough to go where larger mid-tower cases can’t, the power supply is obtrusive with its dual 230W laptop adapters, which require two plugs from the wall and two to the PC. We’d have been okay with a few extra inches of computer and an SFX PSU if it meant we only needed to use one wire to power the Predator G1 and reduce the jungle of cables behind the desk or TV stand.

The internal design lets virtually no space go to waste, which is both a blessing and a curse for the Predator G1. On one side of the coin, it allows for a small footprint, but on the other, it’s definitely not repair or upgrade friendly. The components that you would want to possibly update first (specifically, the storage and the GPU) are encased in aluminum cages and shrouds that offer limited access only through serious dismantling. The M.2 slot is inaccessible without removing the optical drive, 3.5" HDD, and both of their drive cages. We tried to remove the GPU, but gave up after fear of damaging the device before testing it. If upgradability is a concern, the Predator G1 wouldn't be among our consideration set.

If performance is also a primary buying factor, the Predator G1’s asking price (currently $2,149 on Acer’s website) could be better spent on virtually any of the custom-shop gaming rigs we’ve recently reviewed. They may not come with peripherals (although the Syber M comes with a gaming mouse) or a travel case, but the similarly-priced competition achieves higher benchmark scores across the gamut of our tests, and we can’t recommend purchasing the Predator G1 if you're eyeing it in a price/performance battle against systems that offer unlocked, overclocked, and water-cooled CPUs. You could say it’s almost unfair to make the comparison between these vastly different configurations to begin with, but Acer invites that assessment with its unsavory price tag (unless the case and peripherals tip the scales for you).

We’ve been told not to judge books by their covers (which is precisely why we removed it), but when you look inside the Acer Predator G1 you realize that the cool, calm exterior is a front for an awkwardly-designed system that portends greatness, but settles for mediocrity.


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  • Big_D_Design
    It's always the same result with the Teir One companies. What a waste of time trying to get their engineers to make a gaming pc different than the boutique builds or do-it-yourself ones. You would think with all their money that they could come up with something cutting edge. The last thing I have witnessed was HP Blackbird. Now that was a well thought out Gaming PC.

    I find Acer to be a great company that has earned respect on many sides of the tech industry. They have shown an increase in quality in their products. I have 3 of their laptops having switched from Dell (due to Dell's quality issues with their budget offerings). I also just bought their Surface 4 clone (Switch Alpha 12) and am loving the quality of that. Fact is, Acer offers one of the best quality items as of lately. How these engineering departments get away with this substandard type of design is beyond me. Being a designer myself and a futurist, I see many missing things that can be done with Gaming PC design. But I applaud the amount of new case designs that come out daily that really are refreshing to look at. I like it clean and simple, and I like it 'Over the Top'. Fact is that we are in a place now where PC Gaming is flourishing and boy am I happy about that..... I don't know about you, but these new clear window systems are really getting quite good looking. See ya.
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  • sillynilly
    That external DOUBLE cord power supply is the stupidest thing I have ever seen on a desktop. Makes this a completely idiotic product. DUMB DUMB DUMB.
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  • The PSU is a piece of junk. Two power cables for 460W? Maybe they has surplus of laptop power supplies, and this was a way to get rid of them.
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  • g-unit1111
    That disc drive ruins it, IMO. I want to like that case design, but the positioning of that CD drive sticks out like a sore thumb, and that's something that could easily be done away with in this day and age.
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  • James Mason
    Huh I wonder, If you guys hooked up a normal PSU to the system instead of the twin laptop PSUs, might it perform better? Or maybe just show a "regular desktop" version of it, since you probably have the same parts lying around.
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  • g-unit1111
    19147638 said:
    That external DOUBLE cord power supply is the stupidest thing I have ever seen on a desktop. Makes this a completely idiotic product. DUMB DUMB DUMB.

    I completely agree! That plus the CD drive make this one of the dumbest case designs I've ever seen.
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  • shrapnel_indie
    I can live with the optical drive. I can live with the compactness.

    I can't live with the price. AND... They could have at least repackaged the laptop PSU "bricks" into a single housing with the looks they tried to give it, powering BOTH units from a single cord. Two output power cables would be just the other side of acceptable, while making it a single power connection to the PC is obviously ideal.

    This begs the question... Was this a Prototype Unit, a Production unit, or a hybrid of the two? Meanwhile, just give me the asking price for this unit, and, while maybe not as small, I'll come up with something easier to work in and on AND perform better.
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  • Rufinoman
    The rear IO is the neatest aspect of the whole PC.
    The rest is just a mess.
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  • SoFlaWill
    conclusion - real nice article describing POS
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  • sillynilly
    19150516 said:
    conclusion - real nice article describing POS

    Well said!!
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