Acer Predator Helios 500: Factory overclocked on an Intel Core i9 roaring on this gaming laptop
Today Acer renewed a large part of its desktop and laptop catalog, and its gaming equipment has been no exception. In fact, one of the exceptional protagonists of the event was the new Predator Helios 500.
The new Acer gaming laptop comes with an almost scary hardware configuration, with its forced Intel Core i9 processors as standard. There is also a surprise because these teams have a special edition, the Predator Helios 300 that surprise by using the white color on its chassis.
Those Core i9s roar with power.
The design of the Predator Helios 500 follows the classic trend of gaming laptops: it’s big, heavy and has an element full of recharged and traditional elements in this segment. The laptop doesn’t want to lie to us, and it’s screaming “I’m powerful” right from the start.
That design doesn’t go to great lengths to hide the fact that what we find under that chassis is a really ambitious hardware configuration. The Predator Helios 500 features 17.3-inch IPS displays with 4K or FullHD resolutions that support both 144Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-Sync technology.
The processor offering includes the extremely powerful Core i9-8950HK with factory overclocking, an unusual option that is nevertheless under control thanks to a careful cooling system. There are more modest options in terms of processors, however, and we have alternatives such as the i7-8750H or Core i5-8300H.
The base memory is up to 16 GB, but it is possible to expand up to 64 GB thanks to the presence of soDIMM slots. Something similar happens with storage options, with up to 3 SSDs (1TB + 512GB + 512GB as a top-of-the-line default) attached to a disk drive up to 2TB.
The other big star of this team is the graphics card, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB of GDDR5 memory, which of course poses a more ambitious challenge in all areas.
This larger diagonal and this configuration also impose its dimensions 16.9”x1.5”x11.7” inches (W x H x D) and its weight, 8.82 lb or 4 kg. A portable “monster” that will certainly be ready for anything we throw at it.
Acer Predator Helios 300: a gaming laptop can also be white
A gaming laptop has to be black, big and bright. That’s the unwritten rule of an unwritten market that has been trying to turn the tortilla upside down for a long time with much more stylish designs that come close to traditional netbooks.
Some manufacturers, however, prefer not to play too much with the shape of the chassis, but rather with its color. That’s what makes the Acer Predator Helios 300, a shocking gaming laptop in white and gold that is the twin brother of those new Predator Helios 500s.
This special edition is also so in its hardware configuration, somewhat more modest than that of its big brother. Here we have a 15.6-inch screen with Full HD resolution and 144 Hz refresh rate support, but no support for G-Sync technology.
Plus, we have Intel Core i5-8300H or Core i7-8750H processors, up to 16GB of RAM (expandable to 32GB), up to two 512GB SSDs combined with a 2TB hard drive, and of course, a powerful graphics engine – not as powerful as the Helios 500 – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of video memory.
This smaller diagonal makes the Predator Helios 300 a little more compact, with dimensions of 17.0”x1.1”x11.4” inches (W x H x D) and a weight of 6.6 lb or 2.99 kg. Not bad for teams that certainly attract attention and pose a curious alternative in this segment.
Approximate prices start at $999.99 for the Acer Predator Helios 300, and $1,999.99 for the Acer Predator Helios 500, not bad for that much power.