The Helios 500 is Acer’s new flagship gaming laptop. It’s a large, desktop replacement machine with a 17.3-inch screen and a host of high-end gaming hardware options, plus it supports overclocking.
We recently had a few moments to get some first impressions of the new machine and so far it looks like being a capable option for those seeking a top-end gaming laptop.
Acer Predator Helios 500 – What’s new?
This is a brand new range for Acer but the Helios 500 is a familiar looking machine as far as 17.3-inch gaming laptops go. It’s a big ol’ beast of a system that certainly lives up to the desktop-replacement moniker.
Styling-wise, it’s definitely not subtle, thanks to plenty of angular lines, a prominent Acer Predator logo on the lid and several illiuminated zones, but the nearly all-black colour scheme keeps things looking reasonably classy.
Build quality seems good too, with much of the outside sporting a nice soft-touch finish and the whole thing feeling reassuringly hefty.
As you’d expect of a 17.3-inch machine, the keyboard includes a numpad plus you get an extra set of gaming keys in the top left. The whole thing’s also backlit and the keys have a nice defined action to them. It will be interesting to see if the UK version has a proper UK layout, rather than the US version seen here.
A large trackpad sits below and its surface feels really nice and tracking seemed responsive.
As for the screen, there are a few options, with the version we saw sporting a 1080p panel, though a 4K version is also available. This version supports 144Hz refresh rate, making it a true gaming panel and in terms of image quality it certainly seemed decent. G-Sync is also included for smooth, tear- and stutter-free gaming.
Acer Predator Helios 500 – Specs
Like most gaming laptops, the Helios 500 will be available in a number of configurations, with the top-of-the-line unit including an overclockable Core-i9 8950HK and Nvidia GTX 1070 – it’s a bit of a suprise to find the Helios 500 doesn’t offer a GTX 1080.
You can also opt for up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, Intel Optane drives, M.2 NVMe SSDs and larger hard drives for bulk data.
Acer Predator Helios 500- Price
The Helios 500’s price will vary depending on configuration but will start from $1,999 (£1,799), which is fairly typical for a big, powerful laptop of this type.
Acer Predator Helios 500 – release date
The Helios 500 is set to be available from June 2018 onwards.
There’s nothing too revolutionary going on here but Acer’s new gaming laptop looks set to be a perfectly capable option at a decent price. Exactly how it stacks up against the competition is something we’ll find out in our full review later in the year.
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