Acer’s ConceptD vary of laptops, desktop PCs and displays are very a lot aimed toward artistic customers, and we had been impressed by the high-end graphics efficiency of the unique ConceptD 7 laptop computer launched in 2019, even when it did come at the price of relatively weak battery life.
This 2021 replace improves on its predecessor in quite a few methods, not least — because the identify suggests — with the addition of the versatile new ‘Ezel’ show. And, with vital enhancements to each graphics efficiency and battery life, the ConceptD 7 Ezel can have a variety of enchantment for these working in professional-level graphics and design.
Options & design
At first look, the ConceptD 7 Ezel appears to be like nearly an identical to its predecessor, with the identical distinctive white aluminium casing and 15.6-inch show. However whereas the 2019 mannequin had a reasonably standard clamshell design, the 4K show of the brand new Ezel mannequin (3840 x 2160, 282.4dpi) can be touch-sensitive and has a twin-hinge mechanism that means that you can tilt the display into a wide range of totally different positions. The laptop computer additionally features a pressure-sensitive Wacom stylus, so the obvious possibility is solely to slip the bottom of the display ahead in order that it covers the keyboard and acts like a digital drafting board for graphics and illustration work. That ‘ezel’ mode works effectively when utilizing the laptop computer on a desk, however if you wish to put your toes up whereas working from residence then you possibly can simply proceed to slip the display ahead in order that it folds fully flat and turns the laptop computer into a big pill. There’s another choice too, as you may also reverse the display in order that it faces away from you if you wish to present your work to colleagues or shoppers.
I did initially surprise if the ‘ezel’ show was something greater than an attention-grabbing novelty, however it solely takes a short while utilizing the stylus on the adjustable show to seek out it a calming and comfy strategy to work. The 4K IPS show is vibrant and clear, though the colors sometimes seemed somewhat over-saturated to my bare eye. Nevertheless, Acer states that the show helps 100% of each sRGB and Adobe RGB color requirements, so it is effectively suited to graphics and design work. However, like its predecessor, it does not assist the DCI-P3 customary that is extensively utilized in video enhancing, which is somewhat disappointing given the 4K show and high-end efficiency on provide.
You should utilize an exterior monitor for high-end video enhancing, in fact, and the ConceptD 7 Ezel is effectively linked, with a selection of HDMI, DisplayPort and two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports for exterior video connections. The laptop computer consists of each Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed community connections, together with two USB 3.1 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and inside stereo audio system. The one drawback right here is that the Ezel mannequin is noticeably heavier than its predecessor (which stays on sale should you’re after a extra standard laptop computer design), with the burden rising from 2.1kg to 2.45kg, or 3.1kg should you’re carrying the facility provide as effectively.
Value & choices
Acer’s UK web site lists three simply configurations for the ConceptD 7 Ezel, and quotes an RRP of £2,499.98 (ex. VAT; £2,999.97 inc. VAT, or $2,999.99) for our entry-level assessment unit, which is supplied with a tenth technology eight-core Intel Core i7-10875H operating at 2.3GHz (5.1GHz with TurboBoost), together with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB solid-state drive. That worth additionally features a discrete Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU with 8GB of devoted video RAM, though the laptop computer can even change to Intel’s built-in UHD Graphics when you have to save battery energy. It is price noting, although, which you could’t purchase direct from Acer, and on-line pricing tends to be somewhat greater than Acer’s RRP, so it is price procuring round for the perfect worth.
There are two different configurations out there within the UK: one with 32GB of RAM and a GeForce RTX 2080 Tremendous GPU with 8GB of video RAM, bringing it to a typical on-line worth of £2.901.62 (ex. VAT; £3,481.94 inc. VAT, or $3,499.99); there’s additionally a configuration with 32GB of RAM and a workstation-class Quadro RTX 3000 GPU (typically known as the ConceptD 7 Ezel Professional) with 6GB of video RAM, whose worth is simply barely greater at £2,916.64 (ex. VAT; £3,499.97 inc. VAT). This Quadro RTX 3000 configuration is not at present out there within the US.
The ConceptD 7 Ezel is costlier than its predecessor from 2019, which began at £1,915.83 (ex. VAT; £2,299 inc. VAT, or $2699.99), however in addition to the adjustable show, it additionally provides significantly stronger efficiency.
The six-core processor on provide in 2019 delivered Geekbench 4 CPU scores of 5,421 (single-core) and 21,450 (multi-core). In distinction, our assessment unit’s 8-core processor scored 5,745 and 28,267 for single- and multi-core efficiency, respectively.
Working the newer Geekbench 5 CPU benchmark produced scores of 1,325 (single-core) and seven,700 (multi-core), which places it proper alongside moveable workstations comparable to Dell’s Precision 5750, which runs on an identical 8-core CPU and scored 1,290 (single-core) and seven,600 (multi-core).
Nevertheless it’s graphics efficiency that basically stands out, with the ConceptD 7 Ezel reaching a powerful 84fps when operating the demanding Unigine Valley benchmarks, in comparison with 45fps for its 2019 predecessor. It even outgunned the Dell Precision 5750, which delivered 74.5fps on the Valley take a look at. Admittedly, the ConceptD 7 Ezel did not run as cool and quiet as its predecessor — the cooling followers stay quiet more often than not, however did produce a noticeable whirring sound as we repeatedly ran by way of Unigine Valley’s heavyweight graphics checks. Even so, that is an appropriate compromise with a purpose to obtain such spectacular GPU efficiency, and there isn’t any doubt that the ConceptD 7 Ezel will earn its preserve for high-end graphics and design work.
We had been additionally happy to see that battery life has improved significantly. The unique ConceptD 7 might solely handle 4 hours and 20 minutes of streaming video, even when utilizing built-in graphics. In distinction, the brand new Ezel mannequin lasted for a wholesome 9 hours and 5 minutes with its built-in graphics. Unsurprisingly, switching to the discrete GeForce RTX 2070 GPU and operating our graphics checks regularly did scale back battery life to only 110 minutes, however a desktop-replacement laptop computer comparable to this is not going to stray from a mains energy provide fairly often.
Not everybody would require an adjustable ‘Ezel’ show, and the extra weight of this mannequin would possibly deter customers who admire the streamlined design and a pair of.0kg weight of Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Professional, for instance. Nevertheless, the versatile show and spectacular efficiency of Acer’s ConceptD 7 Ezel can have a variety of enchantment for designers who want a strong digital drafting board that is appropriate for working at residence or within the workplace.
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