2019 Acer Predator Helios 700 and Predator Helios 300 – what to anticipate
Acer’s Predator Helios line contains a number of the greatest worth mid-range gaming laptops in the marketplace, with standard gadgets just like the Helios 300 and the Helios 500, each lined in earlier in-depth articles on the positioning.
As of the spring of 2019, Acer gives two new members within the Predator Helios line-up, a redesigned Predator Helios 300 PH315-52, and a brand-new Predator Helios 700 PH717-17, with a novel design trait.
The Predator Helios 300 is a normal clamshell laptop computer with up to date , an RGB keyboard, a smaller form-factor than the earlier generations, in addition to revised cooling. It is going to compete within the mid-range section of gaming notebooks, with an MSRP beginning worth of $1199 within the US and 1499 EUR in Europe.
The Predator Helios 700, alternatively, is the next tier machine with a sliding keyboard/arm-rest, meant to maximise efficiency and cooling, whereas making certain that the areas that you simply usually are available in contact with keep cool, one thing you’ll need in a tool that may be specced as much as a Core i9 processor and RTX 2080 graphics.
We’ll speak about each traces down beneath, overlaying their main-traits and novelties, their potential quirks and their competitors. We’ll even have detailed opinions within the weeks to come back, so keep tuned if concerned with certainly one of these new 2019 Predator Helios notebooks.
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-52
We’ll begin off with the Helios 300, as I anticipate this to be the preferred choice within the Predator Helios line-up all through 2019 and the primary a part of 2020.
The earlier Helios 300 era has been one of many best-value mid-range gaming laptops you would get in shops all over the world, with eighth gen Core i7 processors, GTX 1060 graphics and a 144 Hz display. It wasn’t with out flaws although, which included some debatable design choices, poor audio system and never probably the most environment friendly cooling resolution.
The up to date 2019 Helios 300 PF315-52 guarantees to enhance on all these facets. However first, right here’s a fast specs listing, so that you’ll know what to anticipate.
Acer fully revamped the design traces of the up to date Predator Helios 300, which is the primary facet you’ll discover about it. It borrows from the ultraportable Predator Triton 500, with a black metallic chassis and blue accents, and can also be smaller than the earlier mannequin, as you possibly can inform from the shrunk bezels across the display. It additionally will get an RGB keyboard that appears very similar to the one on the Triton 500, which we’ve mentioned in right here, however with an additional NumPad part.
|Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-52
|Display||15.6 or 17.three inch,
1920 x 1080 px, IPS, 144 Hz with three ms response (Overdrive), non-touch, matte
|Processor||as much as Intel Espresso Lake-R Core i7-9750H CPU|
|Video||Intel HD 630 + as much as Nvidia RTX 2070 Max-Q 8GB|
|Reminiscence||32 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (2x DIMMs)|
|Storage||2x M.2 PCI x4 slots, with RAID zero help + 2.5″ bay|
|Connectivity||Gigabit LAN (Killer E2500), Gigabit Wi-Fi 5 (2×2 MU-MIMO), Bluetooth 5.zero|
|Ports||2 x USB-A three.1, 1x USB-A 2.zero, 1x USB-C, HDMI 2.zero, minDP, LAN, mic/headphone, Kensington Lock|
|Extras||Four-zone RGB backlit keyboard, webcam, stereo audio system|
Sadly, Acer didn’t hand over on the ornamental bars on the lid and the obnoxious Predator branding components, so that is nonetheless not as clear as a number of the different mid-range laptops on the market, which could hassle these concerned with a flexible laptop that may play video games, however will also be accepted in stricter work/faculty environments. There’s additionally no card-reader on the up to date Helios, no help for Thunderbolt three (from what I can inform), and the power-plug is positioned in the course of the left edge.
Efficiency clever this needs to be a beast, with help for the brand new ninth gen Core i5-9300H and i7-9750H Espresso Lake-R processors, Nvidia Turing GTX (1660 Ti) and RTX (2060 and 2070 Max-Q) graphics, as much as 32 GB of RAM and triple storage, with twin M.2 slots with Raid0 and a 2.5″ bay for mass-storage.
I might additionally anticipate the cooling to do a greater job at conserving this at bay than up to now, as Acer carried out their newest model of the AeroBlade Four followers, in addition to additional intakes on the perimeters, for improved airflow. It’s price noting that the Helios 300 PH315-52 additionally will get the devoted Turbo button we’ve beforehand seen within the Triton sequence, which robotically boosts the GPU’s clocks and fan-speed for improved efficiency, and that after extra suggests a cooling implementation that may deal with the warmth output of an overclocked Turing GPU. Nevertheless, all these are simply suppositions for now, and one thing we’ll solely be capable to analyze as soon as we get the evaluation models.
The Predator Helios 300 is predicted in shops in North America round April, and later in June in Europe and different elements of the world. It is going to begin at $1199 within the US and 1499 EUR in Europe, for undisclosed configurations, and we’ll follow-up with extra particulars as soon as accessible. Within the meantime, it’s also possible to observe this hyperlink for up to date costs and configurations on the time you’re studying the article.
The competitors within the section is hard, although, because the Helios 300 has to outmatch gadgets just like the Asus ROG Scar GL504/GL704, Dell Gaming G7, HP Omen 15 and the Lenovo Legion Y740, most of them accessible with each 15 or 17-inch screens. Previously, the Helios had glorious costs on their aspect, often beneath any of the rivals, however with the redesigned chassis I’d reckon manufacturing prices have gone up, which can replicate within the closing pricing. That’s why the present Helios 300 traces are nonetheless nicely worthy of consideration, with i7/GTX 1060 fashions going for underneath $1000 as of late, whereas in inventory (particulars).
Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71
Whereas the Helios 300 is a aggressive all-around laptop computer with good gaming talents, the Helios 700 is a very completely different beast: a desktop-grade high-performance laptop in a laptop computer form-factor, one thing you’ll primarily use on an ample desk, whereas plugged in.
And that’s as a result of it’s uniquely designed, with the keyboard and arm-rest capable of slide frontwards in an effort to go away the half on the prime for the and thermal structure, which we’ll speak about in a second.
However first, right here’s a fast specs sheet, so that you’ll know what to anticipate.
|Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71
|Display||17.three inch 1920 x 1080 px, IPS, 144 Hz with three ms response (Overdrive), GSYnc, non-touch, matte|
|Processor||as much as Intel Espresso Lake-R Core i9-9980HK CPU|
|Video||as much as Nvidia RTX 2080 8GB|
|Reminiscence||64 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (4x DIMMs)|
|Storage||2x M.2 PCI x4 slots, with RAID zero help + 2.5″ bay|
|Connectivity||Gigabit LAN (Killer E3000), Gigabit Wi-Fi (Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX 1650 ), Bluetooth 5.zero|
|Ports||2 x USB-A three.1, 1x USB-A 2.zero, 2x USB-C, one with Thunderbolt three, HDMI 2.zero, DP, LAN, mic/headphone, Kensington Lock|
|Extras||per-key RGB backlit keyboard, webcam, 5 audio system and one subwoofer|
It is a fairly attention-grabbing design, because it lets you use the laptop computer in an everyday clamshell form-factor once you wish to, but in addition slide down the keyboard when operating video games and different demanding masses.
The draw back on this mode is the truth that you’ll must maintain the machine on an ample desk that may accommodate its measurement and the additional area occupied by the slid arm-rest. Nevertheless, the implementation gives arm-support and a clickpad positioned the place you’d anticipate, beneath the keyboard.
The advantages embrace the truth that each the keyboard and the sliding arm-rest, the areas your fingers will are available in contact with, are going to remain cool whereas operating video games and demanding masses on this mode, and the design locations the 17-inch display farther away out of your eyes, which can assist decrease fatigue and eyestrain. On prime of those, the complete higher half stays reserved for the and cooling, which ought to result in higher efficiency and thermals.
The query in my thoughts is whether or not Acer permits utilizing the laptop computer in each the open and closed modes at its most capabilities, or limits the efficiency except you slide down the keyboard.
So far as the goes, the Predator Helios 700 might be specced with as much as a ninth gen Core i9-9980HK processor and a full-power model of the RTX 2080 graphics chip, each overclockable with a press of a button. The thermal design makes use of two high-cfm AeroBlade Four followers, 5 heatpipes and a vapor chamber (on the upper tier variants), in addition to ample consumption and output grills for optimized airflow, with additional intakes when the keyboard is slid down. A transparent glass panel is positioned on prime of the heatpipes, with customizable illumination that ought to attraction the RGB followers amongst you.
The keyboard can also be RGB backlit, with per-key management, and makes use of analog linear switches (MagForce) with anti-ghosting, for improved suggestions and precision in video games.
The expertise is rounded up with a FHD IPS 144 Hz matte display with GSYNC help and a set of 5.1 audio system, alongside succesful headphone output, which you’ll in all probability depend on in an effort to cowl up the followers.
General, the Predator Helios 700 PH717-71 could be one of many cleverest designs I’ve seen on efficiency laptops up to now, with this selection of sliding down the keyboard in an effort to enhance efficiency, thermals and the general expertise, by reducing the general temperature of the keyboard and arm-rest. In fact, the idea must be vetted in real-life (and we’ll in our future evaluation), however this may need what it takes to outshine different common efficiency laptops just like the Asus ROG G703 or the MSI GT75 Titan and a number of the different full-power RTX 2080 powered options on the market. My considerations are on the thermal’s capability to chill the i9 Core HK processor, in addition to on fain noise, primarily based on my expertise with Acer’s current high-performance design, the Predator Helios 500.
I do anticipate the Predator Helios 700 to be aggressive by way of pricing, although. It’s positively not going to be low-cost, however Acer introduced an MSRP of $2699 within the US (from April) and 2699 EUR in Europe (from June), which places it in the identical worth vary as its “extra customary” brethren.