Acer has updated its line of Predator Helios and Triton gaming laptops with support for powerful new components such as the 10th generation H-series Intel processors and Nvidia’s Super Max-Q RTX 2070 and 2080 graphics chips. There are also a few updates coming to the less expensive Nitro line, and a very impressive gaming monitor has been announced. Products may differ, but fast update rates seem to be the theme that ties them all together.
The 2020 Helios 700 shown above starts at $ 2,399.99, but on the high end, it can be configured with the 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10980HK processor, up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM and GeForce 2080 Super Max-Q graphics from Nvidia. It features Thunderbolt 3, and has a 17.3-inch IPS FHD (1080p) display with 144Hz refresh rate and G-Sync support.
Helios 700 to Debut in the US USA In October, and in case you were wondering, it still has the slide-in transformer keyboard and trackpad to reveal its glass-covered cooling system. Speaking of which, Acer says that its thermal technology has improved on this model. We haven’t had a chance to test it out, but the overall design and extendable keyboard system closely resembles last year’s implementation, which you can see below in the GIF.
If you’re looking for something a little more streamlined, the $ 1,199.99 Predator Helios 300 and $ 1,299.99 Triton 300 look like capable gaming laptops. Each of these 15.6-inch gaming laptops supports IPS displays up to FHD with a refresh rate of 240Hz. (The Triton 300 ships only with a 240Hz display, hence the price disparity.) The 10th generation Intel Core i7-10750H processor is available to both, as is the ability to load them with 32GB of RAM. As for the graphics, these are highlighted in the RTX 2070 Max-Q. What sets them apart seems to be purely their design. The Triton 300 is about three millimeters thinner than the Helios 300, appears to have slightly thinner bezels around the screen, and looks a bit less like a gaming laptop in terms of aesthetics.
Some of these impressive specs have hit the most affordable Nitro 7 gaming laptop starting at $ 999.99. It has the Intel Core i7-10750H processor, 16 GB of RAM, the Nvidia GeForce 1660 Ti graphics chip. (The RTX 2060 is an optional upgrade.) This entry-level model has a 15.6-inch IPS FHD display, though you can pay more to upload it to a 144Hz refresh rate display with 300 nits of brightness. What’s intriguing is that Acer also has a Nitro 5 gaming laptop that comes with support for AMD’s impressive Ryzen 7 4800H processor along with the Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti, but it doesn’t have a release date or price yet.
Acer is also removing its new Predator X25 gaming monitor, a 24.5-inch 1080p IPS panel that is capable of up to 360Hz refresh rate via HDMI 2.0b and DisplayPort 1.4. Most gaming monitors have a refresh rate of 144Hz or 240Hz, so what is the need for 360Hz? Basically, it raises the ceiling even further for powerful PC systems to boost performance to 360 fps in games where quick reactions can cost you a victory.
What’s also cool is that it has native support for Nvidia G-Sync (not to be confused with mere compatibility; this monitor has dedicated hardware for the feature), so it will work in tandem with a recent Nvidia GPU to drive high speeds of frames without distorting the image when things get frantic. This monitor is also notable for its new LightSense feature, which relies on a sensor to detect ambient lighting in your environment and adjust the monitor’s brightness settings accordingly. This model also has lights on the back of the monitor and can splash colors
Unfortunately, no price has been shared for this model. Expect it to be a bit expensive, given the fast update rate and the G-Sync feature.