Today at IFA, Acer announced a bunch of computers, including some new additions to its gaming-focused Predator line. Their unveiling was the usual parade of water-cooled rigs, neon lighting, and pumped-up graphics cards, but there was one feature that stood out on the company’s new Predator Orion 9000 PC: a pair of wheels.
“I don’t know if you noticed in the video, but we’ve actually put wheels on this one!” said Acer exec Steven Funcke on stage. “So even though this is a very big chassis, it’s even going to be a little bit portable for you.” You can see the wheels for yourself in the teaser video above, or in the full unveiling below, starting at 44 minutes in for the Orion
This PC is only a little bit portable though. The Predator Orion 9000 — which Acer says is its most powerful gaming desktop to date — is damn hefty, thanks to its high-end innards. You can kit the Orion out with an Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition 18-core processor, up to two NVIDIA GTX 1080i graphics cards, and up to 128GB of quad-channel DDR4 memory. There’s also built-in liquid cooling and space for up to five fans to direct air through several discrete “thermal zones” in the chassis.
All that makes for one Big Rig. And if you’re regularly pulling the Orion 9000 out from underneath your desk (to plug in new mice or keyboards, for example), or thinking of taking it to any LAN parties, then, yes, those wheels are actually going to be very useful. It is, at least, less ridiculous than Acer’s Predator 21 X — an $8,999 gaming laptop so gargantuan that it comes with its own wheeled suitcase.
According to Acer, the Predator Orion 9000 will be available sometime around “this holiday cycle” with a price of around “$2,000 to $3,000.” Catch it when it rolls out, later this year.