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Acer's new Predator Helios gaming notebooks are its most powerful yet

By Hoots the Owl - on 6 Jan 2023, 12:40am

Acer's new Predator Helios gaming notebooks are its most powerful yet

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Acer has announced two new Predator Helios gaming laptops at CES 2023, each packed with the latest Intel 13th Gen mobile processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4000 series GPUs.

The Predator Helios 16 and Predator Helios 18 sport a completely new design and upgraded thermals to cool the blazing-fast hardware under the hood. They both can also be equipped with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080, which is more than enough for the newest AAA games.

Elsewhere, there is support for up to 32GB of DDR5 4,800MHz RAM and a 2TB PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD in RAID 0 — plenty for those who want absolutely no compromises.

The smaller Predator Helios 16 is outfitted with a 16-inch WQXGA 2,560 x 1,600-pixel display at 165Hz or 240Hz for buttery-smooth gameplay. There is even the option for a mini LED panel at 250Hz, powered by AUO's AmLED technology that enables a peak brightness of over 1,000 nits and 100% coverage of the DCI P3 colour space.

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The Predator Helios 18 has slightly different display options: a WUXGA 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display at 165Hz, a WQXGA 2,560 x 1,600-pixel display at either 165Hz or 240Hz, and AUO's 250Hz mini LED panel. The large 18-inch panel was made for those who want a more immersive experience, while still maintaining a degree of portability.

The new thermal solution comprises dual custom-engineered 5th Gen AeroBlade 3D metal fans and vector heat pipes in the shape of rectangles for improved heat transfer. In addition, liquid metal thermal grease has been applied to further improve heat transfer.

Their matte black exteriors are finished with clean edges and thinner bezels for a sleeker look. A customisable RGB light bar runs along the top of the rear vents.

The exact price, configuration, and availability will be announced later on.

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