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Acer recalls Predator gaming PCs

Acer recalls Predator gaming PCs

The Consumer Product Safety Commision is recalling 215 of Acer's Predator PCs due to fire risks.

We had mixed opinions on Acer's Predator gaming PC when we first had a look at it back in May last year, much of which was due to the fact that Richard broke the display model - but we have to admit that we never saw this coming.

According to reports from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 215 of Acer's Predator gaming PCs have been recalled due to fire risks originating from some cable insulation problems present in some models.

"The insulation on the computer's internal wiring can become bent or stripped, causing the wires to overheat while the product is in use." says the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The problem gets worse though; this isn't just overheating to the point of a system restart. At least two of Acer's Predator systems have been shown to go into literal meltdown and cause fires.

If you bought an Acer Predator gaming PC then the sensible thing to do is to hit up the CSPC and get full details on how to have your unit exchanges or repaired into a less flamable model. We recommend not doing that on your Predator though - just in case.

What do you think of the Predator and its unusual design and explosive temperament? Let us know in the forums.

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johnnyboy700 20th March 2009, 16:10 Quote
Well I always thought the case was ugly and cumbersome (would anyone put up with that hinged lid/cover long term?) but now you can add downright dangerous as well. I know that some manufacturers claim their product is hot stuff, but this one actually lives up to the hype although not quite in the way that they intended.

I wonder how many were sold?
Aterius Gmork 20th March 2009, 16:11 Quote
Really saddening, this machine. It's the only real gaming machine present in our local big electronics retailer. There are always kids around who are like: "ZOMG itz got watercooling cool!".
Once I told a dad who just wanted to buy this thing for his son, that he can build one much cheaper with better parts himself. He didn't buy it, I am not allowed to buy there anymore. As if I'd care.

EDIT: Hey Jamie, kthx.
LeMaltor 20th March 2009, 16:46 Quote
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how to have your unit exchanges or repaired into a less flamable model. We recommend not doing that on your Predator though - just in case.

Why would you recommend not doing it, if it is a fire risk!?!?
badders 20th March 2009, 17:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by LeMaltor
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how to have your unit exchanges or repaired into a less flamable model. We recommend not doing that on your Predator though - just in case.

Why would you recommend not doing it, if it is a fire risk!?!?

It'd be fairly ironic if it caught fire while you were using it to look up returns information...
wuyanxu 20th March 2009, 17:30 Quote
that's a lot of units sold
Major 20th March 2009, 17:36 Quote
215 is so many!
naokaji 20th March 2009, 17:42 Quote
Serves them right for building such a ugly thing.
n3mo 20th March 2009, 19:19 Quote
Only to be expected from Acer, quality is not their strong point.
LeMaltor 20th March 2009, 20:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by badders
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Originally Posted by LeMaltor
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how to have your unit exchanges or repaired into a less flamable model. We recommend not doing that on your Predator though - just in case.

Why would you recommend not doing it, if it is a fire risk!?!?

It'd be fairly ironic if it caught fire while you were using it to look up returns information...

Ow read it wrong lol :p
alpaca 21st March 2009, 10:57 Quote
acer's not that bad you know. i'm typing this on an (acer) aspire one, which i'm fond of.
on the other hand, the predator is not really my piece of (cheese)cake. i do have a nice rig in a nice P182. quiet, stylisch and not really dangerous.
dire_wolf 21st March 2009, 16:10 Quote
Surely this is the fault of the PSU manufacturer rather than Acer themselves? I suppose they're doing something about it anyway, IMO it's karma biting them in the arse for bundling it all toghether in such a ugly chassis.
thehippoz 21st March 2009, 16:21 Quote
prebuilt ftl!
docodine 21st March 2009, 18:03 Quote
"..the cynic inside would like to see how it lasts after a few years on a carpet in a teenager’s bedroom.." - from the bit preview of the computer

uncanny foresight
Davey 22nd March 2009, 13:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2009/03/20/acer-recalls-predator-gaming-pcs/1

Acer has announced that it will be recalling 215 Predator gaming systems due to cable insulation that can cause fires.

:o
I thought for a moment Bit-tech news was finally following suit like the rest of the big media Newscasters...but why would the big bad wolf be crying foul now?
friskies 22nd March 2009, 15:17 Quote
I don`t like the design either, but if i were half my age again (i wish) i would probably like it. There`s a lot of design work to make something like this, instead of just a square box.
The_Beast 23rd March 2009, 04:29 Quote
I guess it's a risk I'll take for uber gaming performance ;)
Mokey Mokey 23rd March 2009, 05:04 Quote
No worries, I'm sure the liquid coolant would put out the fire.
Rapp 3rd August 2009, 19:18 Quote
lol thats great
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