Acer Predator 8 review

With Predator 8, Acer is trying to bring gaming power to Android tablets. Acer Predator 8 offers great performance, clear screen and all-round feedback that really helps you in the game.

However, this tablet suffers from very low battery life as well as a bigger software problem: Compared to Apple’s iOS, Android is not the best ecosystem for tablet games. But if you like the games that Android offers, the Acer Predator 8 is a good tablet for gamers who can not cope with the market.

Looking at the Acer Predator 8, you can know that it is a “gamer” tablet. This is the latest product from the Acer Predator series, which is designed with hardcore gamers in mind. One thing is for sure, this tablet is not for ordinary mothers who play Candy Crush.

Acer introduces optimized tablet gamer features such as touch feedback, beautiful display and powerful sound. It also has a sturdy red and black design that just screams to get noticed. This is a somewhat polar design, but it certainly does not look simple.

This 8-inch tablet has a predominantly plastic case with polished metal on the back to hold it easily. Based on its claim of powerful sound, Acer has placed four separate speakers in each of the four corners of the tablet, providing a sound that can be heard in the middle of the room.

If you love the hustle and bustle mechanism on consoles, then Predator 8 also gives you vibration feedback. Vibrations can be caused by in-game explosions or when you touch potential clues or certain items.

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The game in Predator 8 is a visual celebration and has a screen of 1080 1920 1920 pixels that shows a full and vivid color. It offers a completely immersive experience with feedback and sharp sound.

However, while Acer has focused its marketing on these aspects, it seems to have overlooked one of the most important factors for gamers: performance. The Predator 8 is a direct competitor to the Nvidia Shield gaming tablet, and no comparison can be made between the two.

While Predator 8 is one of the two, its performance tells a different story. The quad-core Intel Predator 8 processor lacks the power and impact that Nvidia’s Shield offers with its quad-core Tegra K1 processor. Transportation does not help with just 2 GB of RAM, while most smartphones these days have at least 3 GB of memory.

Nevertheless, Predator 8 handles most, if not all, games easily. The difference in performance between the two tablets will not be noticeable to everyone, but the strictest standard players.

This tablet is pre-loaded with Android Lollipop with Acer flavor and takes care of its pre-installed programs. Predator 8 has a long list of pre-installed software that you probably won’t need, and only takes up space on your tablet. Fortunately, you can easily remove any of these anti-intrusion software if you wish.

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However, there are only a few Acer apps that you can not remove. These include Acer Liquid System, Power Power, Acer Portal, System Doctor, EZ Gadget, EZ Note, EZ Snap, EZ Wakeup, EZ Tasking, abMusic, abFiles and abPhoto.

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Another small inconvenience is that when launching a tablet, you will be greeted by a large number of game icons and applications that Acer thinks you want to install. Unfortunately for Predator 8, customization means removing all bloatware before you can start customizing with your favorite programs and configurations.

Predator 8 is equipped with a 420 mAh lithium polymer battery that is said to last up to 8.5 hours for regular use. You can even extend battery life by turning on battery saving, which limits Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, background playback, location services, and vibration.

The battery is not yet suitable for gaming, so if you plan to play on a tablet for a long time, you should have a charger near you. This is very important if you want to play action-hungry games. It also charges slowly, so be ready to play when plugged in.

In terms of connectivity, the Predator 8 only has Wi-Fi. There is no cellular connection to speak. Even then, communication is usually poor at best. Wi-Fi connectivity has a few disappointing features, such as poor connection or even complete disconnection despite being on the side of the Wi-Fi router.

Overall, the Acer Predator 8 gaming tablet performs worse than its competitors like the Nvidia Shield tablet. However, if you are looking for an impressive visual tablet, more storage space and a higher price, the Acer Predator 8 is for you.

Design and build

The Predator 8 tablet has a rather boring design to fit the rest of Acer’s Predator gaming range. This is probably the most angular tablet we have ever seen, and whether you like it or not is really up to you.

There are aspects we like, including the aluminum rear cover and the choice of dark red. However, the way the speakers stand in the corners makes it a bit difficult to hold – we do not think the ergonomics on the Acer list were high for this one.

Acer has kept its dimensions relatively thin up to 8.7 mm and 350 grams, so it does not look like a gaming laptop, which is inevitably heavy and bulky. In fact, the Predator 8 is a small, fully portable tablet that fits easily in a bag, though you really can’t put it in your pocket.

A variety of accessories will be available for the Predator 8, including a case, carrying case, pen, travel adapter, slimPort adapter dongle, and gaming headset.


NETWORKTechnologyNo cellular connectivity
LAUNCHAnnounced2015, September. Released 2015, November
BODYDimensions217.9 x 127 x 8.6 mm (8.58 x 5.0 x 0.34 in)
Weight353.8 g (12.49 oz)
Size8.0 inches, 185.6 cm2 (~67.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1920 x 1200 pixels, 16:10 ratio (~283 ppi density)
PLATFORMOSAndroid 5.0 (Lollipop)
ChipsetIntel Atom x7-Z8700
CPUQuad-core 1.6 GHz
MEMORYCard slotmicroSDXC (dedicated slot)
Internal32GB 2GB RAM, 64GB 2GB RAM
SOUNDLoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers (4 speakers)
3.5mm jackYes
BATTERYTypeLi-Po 4420 mAh, non-removable
Talk timeUp to 8 h 30 min
PriceAbout 350 EUR

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