09 January 2023
Gaming laptops are meant to deliver the best gaming performance while being as compact and portable as possible at the same time. However, in recent times, brands have started to make them bigger and bigger to give users more visual estate. Asus and Acer are taking this to the next level with their 18-inch gaming laptops announced at CES 2023.
Asus has refreshed ROG Strix Scar and ROG Stix lineups with the 18-inch model but you also have the 16-inch option. The 18-inch model has a display panel compatible with Asus' Nebula HDR technology. It means the panel supports Dolby Vision and brightness can go as high as 1,100 nits. There is an option to choose between 165Hz and 240Hz refresh rates.
You can choose from up to 13th Gen Intel Core i9 processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU at a maximum TGP of 175W. There is up to 64GB DDR5 RAM and up to 2TB SSD storage space. There is no AMD configuration which could be disappointing for AMD fans. The connectivity options include two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with DisplayPort 1.4 and PD 3.0, one USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 4, one HDMI 2.1, and one 3.5mm headphone jack.
The company is yet to reveal pricing details for these models. It seems like we will get these details as we will get closer to the actual availability.
Acer has announced Predator Helios 16 and Predator Helios 18 as the newest gaming laptops. The second one is the biggest one with an 18-inch display. The panel has a 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution with a choice between 165Hz and 240Hz refresh rate. You can also opt for a Mini LED panel with a 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution and 165Hz refresh rate.
These are powered by the 13th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 series GPU. You can choose from up to 32GB DDR5 RAM and up to 2TB PCIe SSD storage. These laptops have a min-LED backlit keyboard and a customizable RGB light bar above the back vents.
The Predator Helios 18 is priced at $1,700 for the base model and the Helios 16 at $1,650. Both of these will go on sale starting April and March 2023 respectively.