This 12 months, Acer’s theme for its annual occasion was creativity. The corporate launched its new product line referred to as ConceptD, which is a brand new ecosystem of merchandise designed for skilled creators. In fact, it would not be an Acer occasion with out some new gaming laptops, and the one which undoubtedly hogged probably the most consideration was the brand new Predator Helios 700.
In contrast to the present Predator Helios 300, which is comparatively transportable, the Predator Helios 700 is designed to be a desktop substitute and is massive sufficient to accommodate some fairly highly effective elements. Devices 360 was current on the subsequent@acer occasion, and we received to spend some hands-on time with the corporate’s new flagship gaming laptop computer. Here is what we expect to this point.
The very first thing that grabbed our consideration is the sheer measurement of the Predator Helios 700. It is very chunky, with sharp angular traces working throughout the edges and the rear exhaust vents. The show has moderately thick bezels on all sides, which makes it look barely dated, if we’re being trustworthy.
In comparison with Acer’s redesigned Helios 300 and even the brand new Nitro 7 and Nitro 5 laptops, the Helios 700 seems a bit misplaced. It is also very heavy, weighing roughly four.5kg. That is undoubtedly one thing you will not be lugging round in your backpack.
The primary characteristic of the Helios 700 is its HyperDrift keyboard. While you want further cooling or wish to overclock the CPU and GPU, you’ll be able to slide the keyboard outwards to disclose two further consumption followers. The sliding mechanism is not motorised (which might have been method cooler) so that you merely seize one of many grooves within the keyboard and pull it in direction of you. The sliding mechanism could be very clean and there is a particular ‘click on’ once you slide it out or again in.
The keyboard extends about one-fourth of the best way outwards and the palm-rest space angles downwards to provide you a extra ergonomic angle for gaming and typing. We discovered the Predator Helios 700 pretty snug to make use of, and one rapid benefit we observed is that we did not have to stretch our fingers outwards an excessive amount of, for the reason that keyboard slides nearer to the consumer.
Aside from the followers, it’s also possible to get a peek on the copper heatpipes contained in the laptop computer by means of a glass panel. You get a bit sound impact and a few animation on the glass each time you slide the keyboard out.
The opposite new characteristic Acer is touting is the usage of MagForce keys for the WASD buttons. These have linear switches that are stated to supply extra exact management when gaming. The keys are barely taller than the remainder of the keys on the keyboard and have a special really feel, as they’ve extra journey. These linear switches have various levels of actuation relying on how a lot strain you apply. These keys are swappable, so you’ll be able to match normal keys of their place when it’s worthwhile to sort.
By way of energy, the Predator Helios 700 did not appear to have any points tackling the heavy sport titles demonstrated on the occasion. We could not spend loads of time gaming on the demo space, however we did play a little bit of Battlefield V, which ran very easily.
You will get this laptop computer with as much as a ninth Gen Intel Core i9 processor and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 GPU. When absolutely spec’d, this laptop computer can have as much as 64GB of DDR4 RAM and as much as 1TB of SSD storage in RAID zero in addition to a tough drive of as much as 2TB. The 17.Three-inch full-HD show appeared fairly vivid, and even with overhead spotlights shining, we had no bother viewing content material. The matte end additionally helps scale back reflections.
The Predator Helios 700 has a 5.1 speaker system however this is not one thing we have been in a position to check because it was fairly loud on the demo space.
Acer will put this laptop computer on sale this month within the USA, with costs beginning at $2,700 (roughly Rs. 1,87,800). We do not have an actual date when that is coming to India, however Acer tells us that we are able to anticipate it round Q3 this 12 months.
The Helios 700 shall be competing with the likes of the Alienware Space-51m, MSI GT75 Titan, and HP’s Omen X gaming laptops. We’ll remember to put it by means of our full sequence of exams when it launches right here, so keep tuned for that.
Disclosure: Acer sponsored the correspondent’s flights and resort for the launch occasion in New York.