At CES 2023, Acer launched new Predator Helios gaming laptops, and the 18-inch mannequin caught our consideration. As laptop know-how and manufacturing improves, it turns into doable to construct fairly cellular laptops with this huge show measurement, and we adore it!
Not surprisingly, these new laptops include the newest inside parts, corresponding to Intel’s 13th Gen CPUs (and as much as 32GB RAM) and NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX 40 sequence for cellular, additionally freshly introduced.
Supposedly, the cooling gear matches all this computing energy, however we’ll see that in a future evaluation if we get to it. Acer does numerous customized work on its cooling parts, and there’s probably rather a lot to say, relying on the 2023 modifications. To date, it appears to be like just like the heatsink is utilizing new tech with larger warmth switch due to an elevated floor of contact.
The brand new Helios 18 and Helios 16 help as much as 2TB (PCIe Gen4) of inside SSD storage, which will be configured as a RAID0 array for optimum throughput.
Regardless of its 18-inch 16:10 show measurement, the decision is “solely” 2560×1600 (250Hz mini LED or 165Hz or 240Hz) or 1920×1200 (165Hz), relying on the choice you select. For gaming functions, these are nice choices, however Artistic customers may want a bit extra.
As a result of the interior quantity permits it, the pc has a per-Key mini LED backlight system with a 1.8mm key journey: that’s fairly deep. I ponder if there’s a mechanical tactile really feel choice.
Beginning at $1700, the Acer Predator Helios is comparatively reasonably priced for its measurement and efficiency. The 16-inch model comes with comparable specs and a special chassis, after all. If I needed to choose a brand new gaming laptop computer, I’d go for the bigger show.