02 July 2018
Acer has announced two new gaming notebooks named Predator Helios 500 and Predator Helios 300 Special Edition. The first one is a completely new offering from the company with top-notch specifications and features for the ultimate gaming experience. As for the second one, it is simply an upgraded version of the Helios 300 notebook from last year.
Starting with the Acer Predator Helios 500, it boasts up to 8th-generation Intel Core i9+ processors which can be overclocked if a user wishes to. They are paired with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU which cans also be overclocked to get most out of your games and play them in their best graphics settings without any hiccups. It further features high-speed NVMePCIe SSDs and up to 64GB of memory.
Since the display of a gaming laptop as important as the hardware inside, it sports a 17.3-inch display which is available in both Full HD and 4K resolution. There is support for up to 144Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-Sync technology which should help users in getting a smoother gaming experience with no frame drops to worry about. For those who are concerned about the audio aspect, it comes with two speakers and a subwoofer along with Acer TrueHarmony and Waves MAXXAudio technologies.
To keep heating in check, Acer has opted for AeroBlade 3D metal fans combined with five heat pipes. This should help the Helios 500 stay cool even during intense gaming sessions. Other features of the notebook include backlit RGB keyboard, dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, HDMI 2.0 ports, and a display port. Acer has priced the Predator Helios 500 at $1,999 for the base model in North America with sales starting next month. It will cost €1,999 for people residing in EMEA and ¥15,999 in China.
As for the Helios 300 Special Edition, it is essentially same as the older Helios 300 but with a few upgrades here and there. The display remains the same but it now has support for up to 144Hz refresh rate. There is 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. For storage, it supports up to 2TB HDD or up to 512GB SSD. While it comes loaded with up to 16GB RAM, the user has the option to upgrade it up to 32GB. It also makes use of Acer's AeroBlade 3D fans to offer a better cooling. The team did not divulge pricing details of the newer version at the launch event.