Acer says the Helios 700 will be better at dissipating heat thanks to its new thermal solution, PowerGem, which it first announced last September. It is a pad that sits on the chip, away from heat 3.83 times more efficiently than existing solutions. That has been combined with three copper heat pipes, a steam chamber, and a pair of custom AeroBlade fans,
Other changes include the addition of a second Thunderbolt 3 port and the ability to order up to 64GB of 2933 RAM. One thing you’ll be familiar with is the 17.3-inch HD IPS display, which runs at 144Hz with NVIDIA G-Sync, it’s the same as on the existing model. The same goes for connectivity options, which include a Killer DoubleShot Pro WiFi 6 AX1650i card and Ethernet options.
You can still adjust the trigger point on the keyboard’s WASD keys, but Acer has changed the way it does. Last year’s model used a linear switch (marked MagForce) but the company says it is now using something it calls MagTek. Change the normal keys and, just like the Steelseries Apex Pro, you can adjust the activation point of those keys depending on how you play.
Acer’s Predator Helios 700 will cost $ 2,400 when it arrives in October, though European buyers will be able to pick it up a month earlier for € 2,700.
Going down a notch, the Helios 300 is Acer’s Max-Q model, with the option of RTX 2070 graphics, 10th-generation Intel H-Series processors, and a 240Hz, 15.6-inch display. This most affordable gaming laptop will let you order up to 32GB of 2933MHz RAM and has room for a pair of SSDs and a 2TB hard drive. If you want one of them on your desk, you’ll need to hand over $ 1,200 or € 1,300 when you arrive in the United States and Europe this July.