The NEXT@ACER conference in New York brought such things like the ConceptD. We covered what you can get with the new line-up here. Of course, Acer being one of the biggest PC makers in the world has their very own gaming line-up, the Predator. The brand name, according to Acer, is also a household gaming name in the United States – they hold the top spot in the gaming PC market share in the region. Maybe that is also the reason they held their NEXT@ACER conference in Brooklyn, New York.
That is besides the point though. We showcased an Acer Predator Triton 500 that was updated to Intel’s 8th Generation Intel Core i5 and i7 the last time around, here. It also got the NVIDIA GeForce RTX treatment. That should prove to be a best-seller too with its great, understated looks and thin-and-light construction.
Acer Predator Helios 300 – Even Better Than Before
Then we come to NEXT@ACER and they introduced an updated version of the community favourite Acer Predator Helios 300. The Predator Helios 300 mid-range gamer’s choice now packs Intel’s 9th generation Intel Core i7 (up to) for some added power from the older model. It received the RTX treatment too with up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX2070 Max-Q GPU. Of course, do not forget there is a turbo button for some added performance while you game.
The Predator Helios 300 also takes up to 32GB of RAM now for even more superior operations. The new Helios 300 also packs a gaming essential 3ms response time, 144Hz displays now at up to 17.3-inch in size. Instead of red, now the Predator Helios 300 sports blue accents, very much inline with the whole blue colour scheme of Predator’s branding.
Acer Predator Helios 700 – Wait, You Can Do That?
Then they introduced something else. An entirely new phenomenon in gaming notebooks. A keyboard you can slide out, a whole top panel that moves. The Acer Predator Helios 700 is here.
Before we get to the keyboard though we have to talk about what is inside the new Acer Predator gaming notebook flagship. First of all you get up to a brand new, super powerful 9th generation Intel Core i9 processor. Choose between NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX2080 or RTX2070, you will still not go wrong with either, both are still very powerful. You can push up to 64GB of RAM into the Helios 700 too if you need it to work that way. That is topped by a large 17.3-inch 144Hz Full HD display with 3ms response time paired to five speakers and a subwoofer to give you that 5.1 surround sound you sorely want for full immersion.
Now, the top; the very unique top of the notebook. It is a brand new type of keyboard they call the MagForce keyboard. Very new technology this, and the first time you see on a notebook PC. It is essential a linear feedback keyboard that registers press as soon as you put pressure on the keyboard. Unlike traditional keys that are either on, or off though, the MagForce keys detects the different amount of pressure you put on the keys. That could be beneficial for racing games actually.
Then there is the Hyperdrift cooling that you find under the keyboard. You can even slide the keyboard out a little bit to make typing even more ergonomic, with that keyboard wrist padding that slides out with the touch pad too. But you reveal the two big Aeroblade fans that sucks cool air into the body of the notebook and pushes out all the hot air to keep the notebook cool in all types of gaming condition.
The Acer Predator Helios 700 and Helios 300 will be available in the North American market in July and June, 2019 respectively. There are no official word on when they will come to Malaysia but we do suspect the Helios 300 will come sooner than expected and the Predator Helios 700 to come later in the year, maybe toward the end of the year 2019. Price tag starts from US$1,199 (MYR4,948*) for the Helios 300 and US$2,699 (MYR11,138*) for the Helios 700.
*Approximate value based on exchange rate US$ 1 = MYR 4.13 as of 12th April, 2019