We usually equate the words "gaming tablet" with NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet, but Acer wants to change the rules of that game a little. It previewed its new Predator 8 tablet in April, then announced it back at IFA, and now it's ready to start taking pre-orders in the US. The price is acceptable, if not a steal, for the specs. $300 should net you one and you can already reserve yours online with Acer, Newegg, and TigerDirect among other retailers.

The Predator 8 packs an Intel Atom X7-Z8700 Cherry Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage with a MicroSD slot that can take up to 128GB cards. As the name suggests, the front is taken by an 8" display at a 1920 x 1200 resolution. It also boasts 4 front-facing speakers with virtual surround sound that Acer dubs as Predator Quadio, and a meager 2MP camera. The back has a 5MP camera, and the whole show is run by Android 5.1 and a 4550mAh battery.

Unlike SHIELD, the Predator 8 doesn't come with its own controller, instead relying on a proprietary tactile feedback thing that Acer calls Predator TacSense. That and the speakers are essentially what make this a "gaming tablet" so you better set your expectations a little on the low side. Still, there's no real glaring weak point in the entire spec sheet, so it doesn't seem like you'll be disappointed by grabbing one, even for uses other than gaming.