Recently, PC and computer parts manufacturer Acer announced significant new updates to four of its gaming notebooks: the Predator Helios 700, Predator Helios 300, Predator Triton 300 and Nitro 7. These refreshed models bring updates across the board, giving integrators an easy selling point for gaming customers like the price-conscious Millennial demographic.
The notebook lines now include the latest 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processors for desktop-caliber performance that can be taken anywhere, according to Acer. Acer says the included NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPERTM or RTX 2070 SUPER GPUs deliver the performance needed to drive fast displays with high refresh rates for blur-free visuals in the most demanding games. To keep the notebooks operating at peak performance and optimal temperatures, the company has equipped the notebooks with enhanced thermal designs, new cooling technologies and additional heat pipes.
Predator Helios 700 Takes Aim at Desktop PCs
The Predator Helios 700, featuring Acer’s sliding HyperDrift keyboard, has been upgraded to include either an overclockable 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10980HK or i7-10875H processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER or RTX 2070 SUPER GPUs.
The device’s thermal management capabilities have been significantly enhanced with a new thermal solution called Predator PowerGem, included on models with the Intel Core i9 processor. Acer says PowerGem is a special material with 3.83 times more vertical heat conductivity than copper, improving the notebook’s heat emission efficiency. All models include three copper heat pipes, Acer CoolBoost Technology, a vapor chamber and two Acer custom-engineered 4th Gen AeroBladeTM 3D fans.
Additional high-performance updates include faster 2933Hz memory (max 64GB), an additional Thunderbolt 3 port (for a total of two) and the latest Killer DoubleShotTM Pro (Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i wireless and E3100G Ethernet) to ensure speed-critical applications get bandwidth priority. The company says games will roar to life on the Helios 700’s beautiful 17.3-inch 144Hz FHD IPS1 display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology.
Predator Helios 300 Provides Budget-Friendly Option
Now available with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processors, overclockable NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU with Max-Q Design and a 240 Hz 15.6- inch FHD IPS display with 3ms overdrive, the newest Helios 300 is hoping to cement its reputation as one of the most powerful and feature-packed yet affordably-priced gaming notebooks available. It also supports up to 32GB of 2933MHz DDR4 memory, two PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 configuration and up to a 2TB hard drive, delivering the speed and storage necessary to maintain large libraries of AAA games and movies.
Enhancing the overall performance and gaming experience, DTS:X Ultra Audio delivers high-end 360-degree surround sound for experiencing media in a spatial soundscape. With headphones, Acer says it provides an authentic audio experience letting sounds be heard as they were meant to be, whether near or far, and features specially tuned sound modes that have been optimized for different game genres (strategy, RPG or FPS).
Predator Triton 300 Balances Power and Portability
Acer’s slim Predator Triton 300 gaming notebook has been refreshed to include a 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processor, up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU with Max-Q Design and a 240Hz display refresh rate. The 15.6-inch FHD IPS display also features a 3ms response time, 300 nits brightness and supports 100 percent of the sRGB color space, making it ideal for both gaming and content creation.
Three heat pipes have been added to the device’s advanced thermal design, which also includes a dual-fan cooling system (one 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D metal fan), CoolBoostTM technology and strategically placed intake and exhaust vents. All this is housed in a thin and lightweight metal chassis that measures just 0.78 inches (19.9 mm) thin and weighs 4.63 lbs. (2.1 kg), making it easy to game on-the-go.
Nitro 7 Enables Easy Gaming On-The-Go
Acer’s updated Nitro 7 is another option for gamers seeking portability. Its sleek metal chassis measures just 0.78 inches (19.9 mm) thin and weighs 5.51 lbs. (2.5 kg), but still manages to pack in a 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processor and up to a GeForce RTXTM 2060 GPU. With up to three slots for high-speed M.2 SSDs, up to 1TB in RAID 0 configuration, up to 32GB of DDR4 2933 memory, KillerTM Ethernet E2600 and Intel Wi-Fi 6, Acer claims game load times and response times are incredibly quick.
The Nitro 7’s thermal design includes dual fans, a quad exhaust port design and Acer CoolBoostTM technology, which can be enabled in NitroSense to increase fan speed by 10% and CPU/GPU cooling by 9% compared to auto-mode. On top of the performance this makes possible, a 15.6-inch non-glare FHD IPS display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response allows for sharp visuals and smooth, blur-free gameplay.
Pricing and Availability
The Predator Helios 700 gaming notebook will be available in North America in October starting at USD $2,399.99.
The Predator Helios 300 gaming notebook will be available in North America in July starting at USD $1,199.99.
The Predator Triton 300 gaming notebook will be available in North America in September starting at USD $1,299.99.
The Nitro 7 gaming notebook will be available in North America in October starting at USD $999.99.