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The laptop with the world’s biggest screen is still on sale, two years after launch

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There’s a good reason most companies never launched a laptop with a curved screen  as often, you need ample space to appreciate the curvature of the display, which a laptop often simply can't provide.

However, this didn’t prevent Acer releasing the world's first notebook to feature a curved display - the Predator 21 X (opens in new tab).

If you want to get your hands on one, US retailer Insight still sells it at the time of writing for a staggering $9,935 (opens in new tab), which is actually more than the suggested retail price at launch.

A whopper of a laptop

The Predator 21 X is the first and only laptop ever to ship with a curved display - but that's not all it has to offer.

It has a proper mechanical keyboard, a four-speaker/dual-woofer setup, three fans and two (yes, two) 330W power supply units that feed an 8-cell battery.

The rest of the tech is somewhat long in the tooth; a desktop-grade Intel Core i7-7820HK, 64GB of RAM, two SSDs in SATA-mode, with a backup 1TB hard disk drive, and two Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 in SLI with 16GB GDDR5 RAM.

Not surprisingly, the Predator 21 X weighs a lot - more than 10Kg including the PSUs. It is also very big (22.4 x 12.4 x 3.3in) and has a horrendously short battery life under load, meaning that whilst the Predator launched as a gaming laptop, it can also be used as a mobile workstation at a push.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website builders and web hosting when DHTML and frames were in vogue and started narrating about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium.