Acer revealed two new Predator Helios gaming laptops during the company’s world press conference “next@acer”, which took place in New York.
The revelations include the powerful Predator Helios 500, equipped with 8th generation Intel Core i9+ processors and the Predator Helios 300 Special Edition with upgraded features and a distinctive white color. Both have VR-Ready features and upgraded heat management technologies with very fast connectivity.
Predator Helios 500 is a gaming beast with overclocking and 4K 144 Hz screen panels
Designed for extreme gamers, the Predator Helios 500 is a gaming beast. It is equipped with overclockable 8th generation Intel Core i9+ processors and overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphic card.
The Intel Optane memory improves response rates and loading times, while the NVMePCIe SSDs, the Killer DoubleShot Pro networking and the RAM memory of up to 64GB all contribute to extreme action in gaming. All these make Helios 500 the perfect gaming notebook for graphic-intensive AAA titles and live streaming.
The excellent visuals of the bright and lively 4K UHD screen or FHD IPS of 17.3-inches in combination with the refresh rate of 144Hz ensure a clean and tear-free gameplay.
The NVIDIA G-SYNC technology is supported by the integrated and external monitors, allowing a smooth image experience without tearing or stuttering. For those who seek the absolute «dive» in a game, the 3 dual Thunderbolt ports, the monitor interface and the HDMI 2.0 port can support up to three external monitors.
Two speakers, a subwoofer, the technologies of Acer TrueHarmony and Waves MAXXAudio give an amazing sound and very realistic 3D audio with the use of Waves Nx.
Helios 500 remains cool thanks to its 2 metal fans of Acer and the 5 cooling tubes which provide cold air to the significant internal parts of the machine, as soon as they start to get warm. The speed of the fan can be controlled and adjusted through the PredatorSense application.
A back lit RGB keyboard provides 4 light zones which support up to 16.8 million colors. The Anti-ghosting technology ensures absolute control for the execution of complex commands and combinations, which can be adjusted through 5 specially lit buttons.
The PredatorSense application of Acer can be used to control and record of the «vital» parts of the laptop from a main interface, including overclocking, lighting, hotkeys, temperature and control of the fan.
The Predator Helios 300 Special Edition introduces an eclectic design in gaming notebooks
The affordable gaming series of Acer, Helios 300 is enriched by the addition of the Special Edition model, which comes in a white body with gold cuts and an unusually chic design for a gaming notebook.
Helios 300 Special Edition (PH315-51) allows «smooth» gameplay on the FHD IPS screen of 15.6-inches with an improved refresh rate of 144Hz.
The fast refresh rate reduces frame rendering time as well as the input lag, thus offering a perfect gaming experience. It has an 8th generation Intel Core i7+ processor, overclockable graphics card (NVIDIA GTX 1060), up to 512 GB PCIe Gen 3 NVMe solid state drive and up to 2 TB hard disc.
Helios 300 Special Edition is equipped with DDR4 RAM memory of 16 GB, which can be upgraded up to 32GB. The Intel Optane memory improves loading time in games and applications, and also offers faster access to information and generally improves the response of the system.
In addition, the Gigabit Ethernet provides very fast wired connection, while the wireless technology of Intel Wireless-AC 9560 802.11ac Gigabit WiFi reaches speeds up to 1.73Gbps when using 160Mhz channels (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz).
Helios 300 Special Edition also includes two ultrathin (0.1mm) metal AeroBlade 3D fans, designed with upgraded aerodynamic and improved air flow keeping the system cool. The control of them is made through the PredatorSense application of Acer, which provides 3 usage modes:
- Coolboost mode: For games with «heavy» load, rendering, streaming and extended video watching.
- Normal mode: For production tools such as Microsoft Office.
- Silent mode: For web browsing and online chatting.
So, if you are looking for powerful options in gaming laptops, the two models (Helios 500 and 300) we discussed above offer two excellent choices for avid gamers.
Harris Andrea is the owner of a technical blog Tech21Century, where he shares some of his experience and passion about technology. He works as an Information Technology consultant engineer and has more than 18 years of experience in the field. He likes to talk about gadgets, networking, information security, cloud, smart home and anything in between.