Acer Predator Helios 500 review 

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The Positive This is among the first laptops with Intel’s new high-end Core i9 processor, which is paired with a strong Nvidia 1070 graphics card. Plenty of ports, a giant display screen and first rate lighting choices make this a versatile sport machine.

The Imperfect Other gaming laptops have extra {powerful} GPUs, higher screens, extra lighting choices and cooler designs, leaving the Helios 500 caught in the midst of the pack.

The Outcome The Acer Helios 500 is a big-screen 17-inch laptop computer that has some wonderful parts and would not break the bank, but additionally affords few surprises.

7.9 Overall
    • Design6
    • Features7
    • Performance8
    • Battery4

Anyone in search of a slim, upscale-looking gaming laptop computer that may do double responsibility as a conveyable work machine has been having a fairly good 12 months. The 14-inch Razer Blade, the Asus Zephyearus and different high-design laptops have used new GPU and CPU know-how to place extra gaming energy than ever into slim, mild metallic our bodies with a minimal of over-the-top “gamer” aesthetics.

And then there’s the Acer Predator Helios 500. It’s just about the precise reverse of all of these issues. This is a big 17-inch gaming laptop computer, with a chromed, horned brand, all types of multicolored inside lighting and the form of desktop footprint hardly ever seen as of late. It’s 8.3 pounds (3.8 kg), with out the huge energy brick, and almost 2 inches thick on the rear.


Why all the additional mass? Because it takes a a lot totally different method to laptop computer gaming than these slimmer fashions. The Helios 500 skips the small, less-powerful Max-Q variations of Nvidia graphics playing cards discovered in lots of new gaming laptops, as an alternative together with a full-size GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. It’s additionally the primary gaming laptop computer (however the third laptop computer total) we have examined with Intel’s new Core i9 processor, which is pitched as a step up from the standard high-end Core i7. This configuration is $2,499 within the US, whereas barely totally different configurations might be discovered within the UK for £2,499 or AU$2,848 in Australia.

Gamers can even respect the 144Hz display screen and Nvidia G-Sync compatibility, each of which can assist you to get smoother on-screen gaming. Other than that, nonetheless, the nontouch 1,920×1,080-pixel show is a nap, with boring colours and a thick throwback bezel.

Acer Predator Helios 500

Price as reviewed $2,499
Display measurement/decision 17.3-inch, 1,920×1,080 pixels
CPU 2.9GHz intel Core i9-8950HK
Memory 16GB DDR4 SDRAM
Graphics 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
Storage 512GB SSD + 2TB HDD
Networking 802.11ac wi-fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Operating system Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)


At least the huge physique makes room for nearly any port or connection a gamer may probably want. There are three USB-A ports, two USB-C ports, an Ethernet jack and full-size HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs. Massive rear vents, and smaller facet vents, assist hold the Core i9 and GTX 1070 cool, and in contrast to many different gaming laptops, I did not discover the Helios getting too sizzling whereas gaming.


The huge keyboard and quantity pad are chunky sufficient for keyboard-based gaming, and each the arrow keys and all-important WASD keys are outlined in blue to make them simpler to see. The backlit keyboard is zone-based, not per-key, so it is not as versatile as another ones we have seen. The default shade for the lighting is blue, which is a welcome change of tempo from each different gaming model’s obsession with hearth/laser/lava crimson.

It’s been a operating joke amongst a few of my colleagues to champion the concept of backlit touchpads in laptops, which make the pad simpler to search out at midnight. Here the pad has a backlit define, which places it in a choose membership. (I additionally love the completely backlit pads on some Alienware laptops.)

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