True gaming power.
Acer’s Predator 8 tablet aims to bring its gaming specialties to Android tablets much like what it did with its desktop line. For this particular tablet, they’ve made design choices that easily makes it one of the fierce looking gaming tablets out there – but is the performance worth it? Let’s find out.
The Acer Predator 8 runs on Android, so you’re limited to games that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. The selection is big, so you can easily find any game that you want.
Design-wise, the Acer Predator 8 moves away from the typical black slab that’s normally associated with Android tablets. Sharp edges and a dark color palette covers the tablet, giving you an impression that it’s truly designed for gaming.
This tablet comes with an 8-inch and weighs about only 340 grams, making it easy for you to hold the tablet when playing games on an extended period.
One of the key features of the Acer Predator 8 is the four way speaker system that offers complete surround sound along and also adds to its overall futuristic look.
On the specifications front, the Acer Predator 8 includes a full HD screen and runs on an Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor along with 2 GB of RAM. It includes 32 GB of internal memory which you can expand using the microSD card slot. The tablet also includes a 5 megapixel camera and a front facing 2 megapixel camera.
The Acer Predator 8 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, and also includes various bloatware. I said bloatware since most the apps can’t be removed by default and even if the extra apps from Acer is pointed at offering more the user, it can be annoying to some who just want to start using the tablet without the extra unnecessary software.
The Acer Predator 8 also comes with Asphalt 8 pre-installed, and gaming performance is mostly great thanks to the full HD screen. What sets it apart from other tablets is that inclusion of a haptic feedback system for the game. This allows you to feel subtle vibrations whenever you play a game – kind of like those controllers for consoles.
For everyday tasks, the tablet performed decently. The Acer Predator 8 includes a 4420 mAh battery which in theory should give you hours of gaming but in real world testing I can barely get three hours out of it. It should last with normal usage, but overall I wish the battery could have been better.
Despite that, the Acer Predator 8 still has something unique to offer in terms of proving a decent performance for a gaming tablet. The surround sound speakers and haptic feedback do get some notable mentions.