The Acer Predator Orion 900 prototype has a unique hinge that makes it possible to serve as a laptop or tablet, along with a mechanical keyboard. No word yet when it can be for sale.
BERLIN-Acer today showed a prototype gaming laptop with a hinge that makes it possible to turn into a tablet. 1
Instead, the hinge acts as an angle, so the screen glides forward and covers the top of the keyboard. Acer CEO Jason Chen demonstrated the short prototype on stage at IFA, although the company does not say when it's going to be sold in the US or how much it can cost.
A rotating hinge is not the only unique feature of Predator Orion. Two of the other most futuristic aspects of this machine are actually at the base, instead of the display. First, you will find a mechanical keyboard. This is a rarity on a laptop, even though it comes on some of the most expensive game modes like Acer's own Predator Triton 700 .
The second unique feature of the base is a touchpad that doubles as a 10-digit keyboard. Numeric keys are virtual, they are overlapped on the touchscreen using backlight and touch sensitive zones – and can be turned off if you do not need them.
Unfortunately, the closest we could get to the Predator Orion 900 prototype at IFA was in a glass case. Acer does not let people get their hands on it yet, and the company does not offer detailed information about the type of graphics chip or CPU that may be in.
Gaming laptop makers have a story to showcase prototypes at tech fairs. Last year at CES, Razer demonstrated a multi-screen laptop computer called Project Valerie, but it never went on sale. The fact that the Predator Orion 900 already has a marketing name, lives well for a faster arrival on the market.