Acer expands its Predator gaming range

Acer has updated its Predator gaming line with their laptop and PC refresh for 2019

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Acer expands its Predator gaming range Acer has announced new additions across its growing Predator line of gaming products.
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By  Kevin Sebastian Published  April 16, 2019

Acer has announced new additions across its growing Predator line of gaming products at the annual next@acer global press conference in New York alongside their other ConceptD line. The line included two new laptops and a PC.

"Continuing to deliver best-in-class performance, gamers can look to Acer's Predator Helios line for powerful and affordable gaming notebooks," said James Lin, General Manager, Notebooks, IT Product Business, Acer Inc. "They are innovative, future-proof and reliable thanks to advanced thermal technologies that keep them cool during intense gaming sessions."

Predator Helios 700

The Predator Helios 700 notebook includes an all new 9th Gen Intel Core i9 that can be overclocked, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 or 2070 GPU, up to 64GB of DDR4 memory. The 17-inch has a 144Hz FHD IPS display with 3ms response time and NVIDIA G-SYNC built on. As far as audio is concerned it has five speakers and a subwoofer.

One of the Helios 700's most interesting features is its HyperDrift keyboard, which is part of the notebook's thermal architecture, which consists of two of Acer's custom-engineered 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D Fans, five copper heat pipes and a vapor chamber. By simply sliding the keyboard forward, two additional air intakes are uncovered above the keyboard and below the display, giving the powerful heat-generating components extra air flow for maximum cooling and unleashed overclocking. The glass panel also provides a view of the notebook's heat pipes.

The HyperDrift keyboard improves ergonomics; with the keyboard closer now. Acer says gamers can keep a good distance to the 17-inch screen without over extending their hands. It provides desktop comfort in a notebook form factor. It is a desktop replacement after all.

The keyboard also features per-key RGB lighting, anti-ghosting and MagForce WASD keys. The MagForce Keys use analog-like linear switches that trigger actuation immediately upon the initial press, and increase up to 100 percent to give players more control over precise movements in the game. A Precision Touchpad is outlined with blue lighting and features two discrete mouse buttons.

A Turbo hotkey quickly engages overclocking while the new PredatorSense hotkey provides immediate access to CPU and GPU temperatures, fan control, RGB lighting, and more.

Predator Helios 300

The popular Predator Helios 300 gaming notebook has been updated. It has the newest 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processors for premium performance of with the addition of the latest of a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU with Max-Q Design supported by a Turbo key for one-punch overclocking and Killer DoubleShot Pro for fast networking. With up to 32GB of DDR4 2666MHz memory and up to two PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 plus a hard drive, it's designed to be a powerhouse.

But most noticeable is the notebook's new look. Its metal chassis now has stylish teal blue accents and keyboard backlighting found on other Predator notebooks. A narrow bezel around the display and a redesigned keyboard are part of the new look.

Praised for being one of the first notebooks in its class to feature a 144Hz display, the new Helios 300's bright 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch Full HD IPS display is now framed by a narrow border and includes 3ms overdrive response times for a tear-free gaming experience.

Acer's New Predator Orion 5000

The new Predator Orion 5000 adopts the overclockable octa-core 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K with support for dual-channel DDR4 configurations (up to 64GB). NVIDIA Turing architecture on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU combines real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence, and programmable. With the extreme processor the Orion 5000 has under the hood, a Cooler Master CPU Liquid Cooler regulates temperature for performance. Intake and exhaust fans as well as a shrouded power supply unit outfitted with its very own removable dust filter are just some of the features that Acer is touting.

 "With the new 9th Gen Intel Core processors we have taken another big step forward in delivering premium performance and platform features powering the world's best gaming laptops," said Steven Long, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group and General Manager, Client Computing Group sales, Intel. "The new Predator Helios laptops and Orion desktops are a great example of the years of close collaboration between Acer and Intel to help raise the bar on the capabilities gamers and creators should expect in a laptop."

The tower's chassis has been trimmed down to just 30 liters so users can choose a powerful machine with a reduced footprint, while the see-through side panel includes a layer of metal mesh which, along with the rest of the case, gives EMI shielding to inner components. Users can hang the headset on either of the chassis' two headset cradles.

The expansion bay supports 2.5 inch form factor SATA I/II/III SSD and HDD drives. The tower's chassis has been trimmed down to just 30 liters so users can choose a powerful machine with a reduced footprint, while the see-through side panel includes a layer of metal mesh which, along with the rest of the case, gives EMI shielding to inner components.

The Orion 5000 has RGB lighting where users can choose a lighting pattern that fits their style, or one that suits the game of choice. Light bars and case fans tucked away within the hardened shell support 16.7 million colors. With Lighting Maker, customers can fine tune lighting and let it react to audio playing.

Acer's Predator 43-inch LFGD Gaming Monitor

Acer revealed its Predator LFGD (Large format gaming display) monitor measuring 43-inches. Designed for hardcore PC and console gaming enthusiasts looking for Ultra HD resolution, the 4K monitor features a fast 144Hz refresh rate.

The monitor's AdaptiveSync feature adapts to the frame rate of the outputting device, resulting in uninterrupted gameplay so users can concentrate on the task at hand. The VA display panel features a wide color gamut of 90 percent of the DCI-P3 color space. It also has three HDMI ports, plus a Type-C, and a DisplayPort.

A new range of Predator gaming gadgets was also unveiled, including: 

Predator M-Utility Backpack: designed for gamers, streamers and photographers, it's water-repellant and has a 17-inch laptop compartment through a 180-degree fold-flat opening, making it easy for passing through airport security; plus it has an array of pockets including a tripod holder, built-in luggage strap for traveling, adjustable straps, and air mesh back padding.

Predator Cestus 330 gaming mouse: Featuring the newly released Pixart 3335 sensor that provides responsive tracking and ultimate accuracy for competitive gaming, 16,000 DPI with seven programmable buttons, on-the-fly DPI switching (5 levels) and 16.8 M RGB backlighting. Users can customize settings with the Predator Quartermaster software

Predator Aethon 300 gaming keyboard: With Cherry switches (MX Blue), teal blue backlighting, and anti-ghosting on all keys.

Predator Galea 311 foldable gaming headset: precision-tuned 50 mm drivers featuring Acer's TrueHarmony, hard key mutable mic, comfortable foam ear cushions and a 3.5 mm headphone jack connector.

Price and Availability

The Helios 700 gaming notebooks will be available in EMEA in July starting at EUR 2,699.00 while the Helios 300 gaming notebooks will be available in EMEA in June starting at EUR 1,499.00

The Orion 5000 gaming desktop will be in EMEA in June, starting at EUR 1,999.00 and the CG437K P gaming monitor will be available in EMEA in September, starting at EUR 1,499.00.

In the accesories, the M-Utility Backpack will be available in EMEA in June, for EUR 179.00. The Cestus 330 gaming mouse will be available in EMEA in June, for EUR 79.00. The  Aethon 300 gaming keyboard will be available EMEA in June, for EUR 149.00 and the Galea 311 gaming headset will be available in EMEA in June, for EUR 69.00.

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