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The New Acer Predator Helios 500 : The Best Gaming Laptop in 2018?

The New Acer Predator Helios Laptops, Nitro & Orion desktops are here.

Acer likes to go big, and this time around they have given everything that would make a gamer’s mouth water; a 17-inch display, 4K display, Optane memory options for their new Orion desktops as well as an Acer Predator laptop featuring one of the latest Intel Core i9 CPUs.

The star of the show this year is another gaming laptop from the Acer Helios family, the Acer Predator Helios 500, whose little brother, the  Acer Predator Helios 300  we covered here (Hint, we love that gaming laptop!)Acer Predator Helios 500

The new Acer Predator laptop is a 17-inch behemoth that comes with up to an overclockable Core i9 CPU, a 1080p 144hz screen or a 4K panel and an overclockable Nvidia GeForce 1070 GPU.

As for memory, you can go all the way up to 64GB RAM and up to 1TB of SSD or 2TB of a normal HD. The Helios 500 is slated for release in July starting at $1999.

The smaller brother, the Acer predator Helios 300 also got some upgrades with a new white and gold trim colour. Acer has also upgraded the screen to a Full HD 144HZ panel.Acer Predator Helios 300 white and goldOn the productivity and gaming side, you get an upgrade up to a Coffee Lake Core i7 CPU, an overclockable GTX 1060, a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD plus a 2TB HD.

The new Acer Predator Orion desktops

Acer has also announced their Predator Orion 3000 and 5000 desktops. These are more affordable alternatives to the Orion 9000 that comes decked out with everything you would ask for. In short, the 9000 is a beast.

Both the Acer Predator Orion 3000 and 5000 can have up to a Core i7 CPU, a GTX 1080 Ti Graphics Card, a 512GB SSD plus 3TB of HD storage.

The Predator Orion 5000 and 3000 desktops
The Predator Orion 5000 and 3000 desktops

If you are looking for slightly cheaper alternatives, both the 3000 and 5000 also come with Core i5 CPUs and GTX 1050 Graphics cards.

Casual gamers can also go for the Acer Nitro 50 that comes with a core i7CPU, a GTX 1070 GU and a Qi wireless charging mat.

The Acer Predator Orion 5000 and Nitro 50 are coming to North America in July, starting at $1499 and $799. For the Orion 3000, which starts at $999, you will have to wait until October 2018.


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