Acer takes no risks in terms of looks. The exterior is very similar to those of the 2015 VN Nitros. Thus, it is a basically solid construction with weaknesses in details. However, one significant modification has been made: The base's upper side, i.e. wrist rest and keyboard area, is now made of a brushed aluminium plate. A rubber-coated plastic part was used formerly. The new look has a metallic, higher-quality feel, but the weight has also increased from 2.4 kg to 2.52 kg. Thunderbolt 3 is the alternative for external monitors or storage devices. Universal docks, some with HDMI, DisplayPort and other diverse ports, exist. It is even possible to connect several external hard drive casings in series.