As expected at its annual next@Acer Global Press Conference (GPC), Acer unleashed a barrage of new hardware, unsurprisingly led by its Predator gaming line. The company introduced significant updates to four of its popular gaming notebooks: the Predator Helios 700, Predator Helios 300, Predator Triton 300, and Nitro 7. The new notebooks now offer up to the latest 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super GPUs, offering desktop-class gaming performance to play the most demanding AAA games.
Predator Helios 700
The Predator Helios 700 is one of the most unique gaming notebooks out there, thanks to its iconic sliding HyperDrift keyboard.
While keeping the chassis mostly unchanged, Acer has done some work internally to boost performance of this gaming beast.
Firstly, it now features an overclockable 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10980HK or i7-108755H processor, paired with either the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2080 Super or RTX 2070 Super GPU.
Acer is also introducing a new thermal solution called Predator PowerGem, mated to models with the Intel Core i9 chip. According to Acer, PowerGem is a special material with 3.83 times more vertical heat conductivity than copper, thereby boosting the device’s heat dissipation efficiency.
By the way, all models include three copper heat pipes, Acer CoolBoost Technology, a vapour chamber and two Acer custom-engineered 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D fans.
Other updates include faster 2933MHz memory (max. 64GB), two Thunderbolt 3 ports, the latest Killer DoubleShot Pro (Wi-Fi 6 AX wireless and E3100G Ethernet), and fast PCIe NVMe SSD in RAID 0.\
The Helios 700 comes with a 17.3-inch 144Hz FHD IPS display with support for NVIDIA G-Sync.
Also new is the keyboard, updated to include MagTek mechanical switches for the WASD keys, as well as a set of new racing keys that offer increased precision. Designed specifically for racing games, they feature 1.5mm of keycap curvature for gamers to make finer and more controlled movements. You can swap the standard WASD keys out with included MagForce and racing keys. Once swapped you can use the Predator Sense app or press the P3 hotkey to adjust the keys’ lighting and actuation point.
Interesting, although you really shouldn’t be playing racing games with a keyboard.
Predator Helios 300
Acer’s popular mid-range gaming notebook series now gets the latest 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processors, overclockable NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU with Max-Q Design and a 240Hz 15.6-inch FHD IPS display (3ms overdrive). It supports up to 32GB of 2933MHz DDR4 memory, two PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 and up to a 2TB hard drive.
The updated Helios 300 also features dual fans, including a newly designed 4th Generation AeroBlade 3D fan and Acer CoolBoost.
Aesthetically, Acer hasn’t reinvented the wheel here; what it has done is some rearrangement with the expansion ports and moving the charging port to the rear.
Predator Triton 300
For those looking for a powerful but slim gaming notebook, you can’t possibly go wrong with the Predator Triton 300. The notebook is refreshed with a 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processor, coupled with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU with Max-Q Design.
The 15.6-inch FHD IPS display pushes 240Hz refresh rate with 3ms response time, 300 nit of peak brightness and 100 per cent sRGB colour space support. The notebook supports up to three m.2 SSDs (one PCIe, two combos). In terms of cooling, it features three heat pipes to complement the dual-fan cooling system (including a 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D metal fan) and CoolBoost technology.
The Predator Triton 300 packs all this goodness into a thin and lightweight metal chassis that measures just 19.9mm thick and 2.1kg in weight.
The Nitro series has been a success story for Acer—hitting the sub-MYR3,000 sweet spot for gaming notebooks, a strategy emulated by competitors. What’s not to love? Nicely designed and packaged, although short of bearing Predator branding, Nitro gear offers killer specs while not burning a whole in the pocket. Nitro also benefits from the trickle of Predator technologies such as Acer CoolBoost technology.
Beneath its sleek metal chassis, the Nitro 7 houses the 10th Gen Intel Core-H series processor and up to the GeForce GTX 2060 GPU. The punchy hardware doesn’t stop there, with three slots for M.2 SSDs, up to 1TB in RAID 0 configuration, up to 32GB of DDR4 2933MHz memory, Killer Ethernet E32600 and Intel Wi-Fi 6.
And there’s more. The 15.6-inch non-glare FHD IPS display offers 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time for sharp visuals and smooth, blur-free gameplay.
Pricing and availability
The Predator Helios 700 will be available in North America in October starting at USD2,399.99; in EMEA starting in September starting at EUR2,699; and in China in August, starting at CNY44,999.
Meanwhile, the Predator Helios 300 will be available in North America in July starting at USD1,199.99; in EMEA in July starting at EUR1,299; and China in June, starting at CNY8,999.
The Predator Triton 300 will be available in North America in September starting at USD1,299.99; in EMEA in July, starting at EUR1,399.
Finally, the Nitro 7 will be available in North America in October starting at USD999.99; in EMEA in July, starting EUR1,299.
Which models will be coming to Malaysia, you ask? Stay tuned.
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