Acer's Predator Triton 900 prototype has a unique hinge that can serve as a laptop or tablet along with a mechanical keyboard. Not a word yet, when it could be for sale.
BERLIN-Acer today presented a prototype of a gaming laptop with a hinge, with which it can be converted into a tablet. 1
Instead, the hinge acts as a pivot point, allowing the display to slide forward to cover the top of the keyboard. Acer boss Jason Chen briefly demonstrated the prototype on stage here at IFA, although the company does not say when it's going to go on sale in the US or how much it could cost.
A hinged hinge is not the only feature unique to the Predator Triton. Two of the other futuristic aspects of this machine are more based on than on the display. First, find a mechanical keyboard. This is a rarity on a laptop, even though it comes across some of the most expensive gaming giants like Acer's own Predator Triton 700
The other unique feature in the base is a touchpad that acts as a 10-digit keyboard. The number keys are virtual – they are superimposed on the touch screen with backlighting and touch-sensitive zones – and can be disabled when you do not need them.
Unfortunately we came to the Predator Triton 900 at the next prototype at IFA was in a glass case. Acer does not let people get their hands on it, nor does it provide detailed information about what type of graphics chip or CPU is in it.
Gaming laptop makers have a history of showing wild prototypes at tech fairs. Last year at CES, Razer demonstrated a multi-screen laptop called Project Valerie, which never went on sale. The fact that the Predator Triton 900 already has a marketing name is a good sign for a faster time to market.