Acer Reveal Predator Helios 700 With Sliding Keyboard

Sarah Tew  CNET

Sarah Tew CNET

The new Predator Helios 700, a gaming laptop has a new trick to show off, as it can transform.

The Predator Helios 700 will be launching later this month, but just as that high-end hardware suggests, it'll cost a pretty penny when it arrives. It's all black, has two Intel Xeon Gold 6148 processors (for a total of 40 processor cores), an Nvidia Quadro RTX 6000 GPU, support for up 192GB of ECC memory across 12 DIMM slots, and up to five storage drives for a staggering maximum of 60TB of storage. It has a watercooled i9-9900K with an RTX 2080 and a Realtek Dragon 2.5 Gigabit NIC for those who prefer something other than a Killer NIC. Buyers can configure the laptop with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM.

So, when it comes to powerful hardware that needs sufficient cooling, the Helios 700 seems to have it in spades. It involves new AeroBlade 3D fans, give copper heat pipes, a vapour chamber and a custom fan profile.

The keyboard can literally slide down to reveal a trackpad underneath, and the standard mouse trackpad tilts down to become a kind of palm rest for a more "ergonomic design".

Predator Gaming Gadgets is the line of gaming accessories has been expanded to include the Predator Cestus 330 mouse boasting a newly released solid Pixart 3335 sensor that provides responsive tracking; the Galea 311 noise-isolating gaming headset with precision-tuned 50mm drivers; the Predator Aethon 300 keyboard with Cherry switches (MX Blue) and anti-ghosting on all keys; and the Predator M-Utility backpacked with a plethora of pockets and a 17-inch laptop compartment.

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Like much of the products that Acer debuted yesterday, there is no official pricing or availability noted for the ConceptD range, so we'll have to wait and see if Acer Africa plans to launch the creator-focused lineup locally.

The Nitro 7 gaming notebooks will be available in North America in May starting at United States dollars 999.99; in EMEA in June, starting at Euro 1,199.00; and in China in May, starting at RMB 6,499. (It's got the 15-inch MacBook Pro square in its sights.) It will start at $1,699.

Under the hood, the Helios 700 is powered by a 9th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor paired with the NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card. Acer has to specifically remind us it is not a Max-Q chip. We would assume that this means a GTX 1660 option will be available later this year, but we don't know for sure yet.

The chassis is aluminium, giving it a premium finish.

The Helios 700 features a 17.3-inch FHD display with 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. Most critical to keeping temperature low is a dual-fan cooling system that includes one of Acer's 4 Gen AeroBlade 3D Fans. These fans are 0.1mm thick and use a serrated edge along the top and bottom with a curved fin on the inner side of each fan blade. This results in up to a 45 percent improvement in airflow.

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