Acer introduced its gaming portfolio with the new Predator laptops at CES 2023, along with the Acer Nitro 16, Nitro 17, and additional Swift laptops. Acer Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition was recently released in India.
Predator Helios 16, Predator Helios 18 Laptops
The all-new Predator Helios 16 (PH16-71) and Predator Helios 18 (PH18-71) provide 13th Gen Intel Core i9 or i7 HX CPUs paired with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU (MGP up to 165W) and a variety of must-have top-of-the-line gaming capabilities.
These laptops are awe-inspiring mobile powerhouses, with up to 32 GB of DDR5-4800 MHz RAM and up to 2 TB of PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD in RAID 0, making them suitable for playing the most demanding AAA games.
The Predator Helios 16 has a 16-inch (16:10) WQXGA (25601600) display at 165 Hz or 240 Hz or a Mini LED panel at 250 Hz, powered by AUO AmLED technology that delivers over 1000 nits of peak brightness, a 1,000,000:1 high contrast ratio, and 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage for rich, vivid colours.
The Predator Helios 18 has an 18-inch (16:10) display with WUXGA (1920×1200) at 165 Hz, WQXGA (25601600) at 165 Hz or 240 Hz, or AUO’s superfast 250 Hz Mini LED display with three times more ambient contrast ratio than regular displays and 1000 local dimming zones for total freedom of use even in low-light situations.
The new Predator laptops have dual 5th generation AeroBlade 3D metal fans and vector heat pipes for increased heat transfer. Liquid metal thermal grease’s chilling actions enhance its thermal performance. There are several connectors on the back of the laptop, including a customizable RGB light strip.
Mini-LED backlit keyboard with 1.8 mm key travel and anti-ghosting N-key rollover The per-key RGB backlit keyboard has been improved to provide bright, uniform colour (with less halo) and smooth dynamic lighting effects while consuming less power and efficiently expelling heat.
The new dedicated Mode key improves gaming performance, while the PredatorSense key opens the app instantly. PredatorSense enables Predator Pulsar lighting for per-key RGB backlighting. Acer’s gaming control centre, PredatorSense, has been updated to version 4.0 with a more robust design that makes system settings and monitoring easier. The new Scenario Manager tool enables the creation of specific profiles for different gaming configurations.
Intel Killer E2600 Ethernet Controller and Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675 frequency band support keep players connected. All these gaming laptops have USB 3.2 Gen2 connections, HDMI 2.1, two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 connectors with power delivery, and a Micro SD card reader. Predator Helios 16 and 18 laptops feature one month of Xbox Game Pass or PC Game Pass, allowing access to hundreds of PC titles.
Quick Specifications: Predator Helios 16 and Predator Helios 18
- Predator Helios 16 offers a 16-inch (16:10) WQXGA (2560×1600) display at 165 Hz or 240 Hz or a Mini LED panel at 250 Hz
- The Predator Helios 18 sports a breathtaking 18-inch (16:10) display with the following options: WUXGA (1920×1200) at 165 Hz, WQXGA (2560×1600) at 165 Hz or 240 Hz, or AUO’s superfast 250 Hz Mini LED display
- 13th Gen Intel Core™ i9 or i7 HX processors
- NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs
- DLSS 3 support
- Up to 32 GB DDR5-4800 MHz RAM
- Up to 2 TB PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD in RAID 0
- Customizable RGB light bar
- mini-LED backlit keyboard with 1.8 mm key travel and anti-ghosting N-key rollover
- PredatorSense; Acer’s gaming control center
- Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX167
- USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, HDMI 2.1, two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 that support power delivery, and a Micro SD card reader
- Windows 11
Acer Nitro 16
Acer today introduced two new Nitro gaming laptops, featuring the latest 13th-generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs.
The new Nitro 16 (AN16-51) gaming laptop has a 5% greater screen area than its predecessor and a 16-inch WUXGA or WQXGA display with a 165 Hz refresh rate that supports NVIDIA Advanced Optimus, allowing users to switch between integrated and discrete graphics without rebooting. It features a 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard, 100% sRGB colour gamut support, and an 84% screen-to-body ratio.
Acer Nitro 17
The 17.3-inch laptop has FHD and QHD displays with 165 Hz refresh rates. The Nitro 17 is powered by up to 13th-generation Intel Core HX CPUs and features a small 400.20 x 293.25 x 27.9/28.9 mm chassis. It has a wide touchpad (125.0 mm x 81.6 mm), an 81% screen-to-body ratio, and an RGB 4-zone backlit keyboard.
The latest Windows 11-based Acer Nitro laptops include up to 32 GB of DDR5 4800 MHz RAM and 2 TB of M.2 PCIe Gen 4 storage. Dual fans, four fan outlets on the sides and back, and an upward air intake help cool these Nitro devices during heavy gameplay. Both come with NitroSense software and a dedicated NitroSense key to monitor system temperatures and modify fan speed and power performance settings to keep hardware cool.
Each model has Killer DoubleShot Pro and Killer Wi-Fi 6 1650i to increase bandwidth. These laptops have an HD camera, two microphones, and two speakers with DTS:X® Ultra audio to enhance gameplay and streaming. The new Nitro gaming laptops have HDMI 2.1, a microSD card reader, two Thunderbolt 4 connections supporting Power Delivery, and three USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, one of which permits offline charging.
Quick specifications: Acer Nitro 16 and Acer Nitro 17
- 16-inch WUXGA/WQXGA display or a 17.3-inch FHD/QHD display
- Up to 2 TB of storage and up to 32 GB of DDR5 4800 memory
- 13th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Series Laptop GPUs
- DLSS 3 support; NitroSense key
- Killer DoubleShot Pro Wi-Fi 6 1650i
- HD camera, two microphones, and two speakers with DTS:X
- HDMI 2.1 port, a microSD card reader, two Thunderbolt 4 ports supporting Power Delivery, and three USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports
- Windows 11
Pricing and availability
- The Predator Helios 16 (PH16-71) is priced at US$ 1,649 (Rs. 1,36,670 / EUR 2,399 / RMB 17,999 approx.).
- The Predator Helios 18 (PH18-71) is priced at US$1,699 (Rs. 1,40,810 / EUR 2,499 / RMB 20,999 approx.).
The Predator Helios 16 and 18 will be available for purchase in North America in March and April, respectively. And in other regions, it will start rolling out in February.
- The Acer Nitro 16 (AN16-51) is priced at US$1,199 (Rs. 99,374 / EUR 1,499 / RMB 6,599 approx.).
- The Acer Nitro 17 (AN17-51) is priced at US$1,199 (Rs. 99,374 / EUR 1,599 approx.).
The Acer Nitro 16 and Nitro 17 will be available for purchase in North America and other regions starting in May 2023.