Known for its monstrous gaming laptops, Predator Philippines recently held a media kick off event at High Grounds Cafe dubbed "Grapple and Game" highlighting its partnership with ONE Championship graced none other than heavyweight champion Brandon "The Truth" Vera and VP Rich Franklin. Besides, I haven't seen Brandon and Rich battle it out
Every year I personally notice that ONE Championship gets better and better not only with its exciting and world class mixed martial arts title matches featuring its passion-driven athletes but with the line up of high end partner sponsors.
Kings of Destiny's main event features seasoned and highly respected wushu expert and ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang up against top and fierce contender Ev “E.T.” Ting of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia who's based in New Zealand and trains in Bali.
Say hello to Acer's Predator 21 X monster gaming laptop that costs... P549,000+ Yes that's half a million pesos on the steep price tag but every spec and part of this beast is all worth it!
The 21" screen Predator 21 X features two GeForce GTX 1080 X graphics cards linked with Nvidia’s SLI tech, a brand-new seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor, four DDR4 slots for up to 64GB of RAM, and up to four 512GB solid state drives, in the event you need unearthly data transfer speeds. Two of those drives can also be NVMe PCIe SSDs, which is a complicated way of saying they’re about five times faster than standard SATA drives thanks to updated interface specifications.
According to tech and gadget reviewer Nick Statt who's interesting review I encountered online, one is buying a Predator 21 X for its sheer and absurd level of power, illogically stuffed into a package that’s only portable if you’re willing to carry around a 17.6-pound (8kg) clamshell monstrosity.
Predator Philippines Senior Marketing Manager, Ray Gozon, says that "Serious gamers have intense focus and skill and fury to destroy their enemies. Which is why ONE Championship is the perfect partner for us because their fighters embody the intensity that our avid gamers experience on Predator machines."
JB Aquino, the cool techy guy and Marcomms Lead for Consumer Business at Predator Philippines further notes that Acer threw in some other add-ons to make the laptop’s six-figure price tag only slightly less jaw-dropping. Notice the Tobii eye-tracking built in, a mechanical keyboard with customizable backlight options, and the numeric keypad flips over to transform it into a touchpad. There are also four speakers and two subwoofers, for outsize sound performance, and five cooling fans.
Acer's Predator 21 X is the world's first curved notebook with eye-tracking technology. Isn't this super awesome?! Good job, Acer! ☺
Having been to the Philippines many times already, both Brandon and Rich enjoy sharing their experiences as professional mixed martial artists and demonstrating basic MMA moves, styles and techniques some based on Brazilian jiu jitsu principles.
Brandon briefly recalled his family's humble beginnings in Quezon province raised by his beloved "lola" and "lolo" while Rich emphasized that rest and sleep are very essential must's for an MMA athlete amidst rigorous training.
Rich and Brandon emphasized and dealt extra time demonstrating the rear-naked choke technique of submission which drew a couple of brave volunteers among the crowd to try it on them.
Considered as the "main event" , we were all anxious who's team was going to dominate another in a round of "Overwatch" , a popular game among gamers. Brandon and Rich were provided with two additional teammates. Vera is a more experienced computer gamer. "I am more used to playing it with a joystick rather than the desktop keyboard."
To the right of the keyboard is a numpad with the kind of low-profile chiclet keys you'd get on a traditional laptop. While that would normally be okay, it arouses some suspicion on a system featuring a mechanical keyboard with Cherry switches. That is until you realize you can pry out the whole numpad and flip it over, revelaing a big two-button touchpad for when you can't use a mouse. This gives the Predator 21 X a level of of adaptability and sophistication that's a cut above other gaming laptops.
Despite not being much of a gamer himself, my camera caught Rich on his "game face on" look and sent a message across the booth opposite #TeamVera to watch out for #TeamFranklin as they went through a quick but fun play of "Overwatch" on their Predator G1 and G3 gaming units.
Congrats to #TeamVera who expectedly were awarded as winners!
ONE Championship's Kings of Destiny fight night is going to be another killer night of Asia's best mixed martial arts warriors as they battle it out inside the ONE FC cage.
Do check out Predator Philippines' exciting booth and display at the lobby and premises of Mall of Asia Arena on April 21 and get to see the powerful 21 X upclose and personal and at its finest!
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