Acer updates its Predator Helios gaming notebooks with 14th-generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 notebook GPUs.

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Acer’s latest Predator Helios laptops feature 14th-generation Intel® Core™ processors, and 5th Gen AeroBlade™ 3D ventilation for demanding gaming sessions.

Predator Helios gaming laptops are available in 16- and 18-inch versions and feature the latest, most in-demand gaming technologies: Mini LED display options[1], patented MagKey 3.0 interchangeable mechanical keyboard and Wi-Fi 7 support.

The new Predator Helios Neo 18 and Predator Helios Neo 16 gaming notebooks combine cutting-edge components and dazzling graphics on WQXGA screens, and invite gamers to delve into the heart of Predator Verse by deciphering the code engraved on the black outer chassis.

Las Vegas, January 9, 2024 – Acer unveils a series of super-powered gaming notebooks, headlined by the Predator Helios 18 and Predator Helios 16. Acer has also announced the new Predator Helios Neo 18 gaming notebook and major updates to the Predator Helios Neo 16. The latter now feature the latest 14th-generation Intel® Core™ processors and NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 40 GPUs with DLSS 3.5 and NVIDIA Advanced Optimus technology, bringing significant performance enhancements and AI-based graphics capabilities. To make work and gaming easier, Predator laptops feature Microsoft’s Copilot in Windows 11 with a dedicated Copilot key for quick access to AI-powered task assistance. They also come with a month’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate with access to hundreds of the latest games.

Gamers looking to set themselves apart from the competition will find what they’re looking for in the Predator Helios 18 and Predator Helios 16 laptops, which feature stunning Mini LED panels, interchangeable MagKey 3.0 mechanical keys to reduce key distance and response time, and ultra-fast networks thanks to Wi-Fi 7 compatibility.

In addition to advanced technical features and gaming-specific functions, the two new Helios Neo notebooks invite users to embark on a new adventure in the Predator universe by decoding the encrypted messages on their chassis. All gaming laptops benefit from 5th-generation AeroBlade™ 3D ventilation technology to keep laptops at a stable temperature even under pressure, Acer’s PurifiedVoice™ 2.0 AI noise reduction technology to eliminate unwanted background noise, and speakers with DTS:X® Ultra, offering an immersive audio experience when gaming, communicating, or streaming.

“We’re delighted to unveil the new Predator Helios gaming notebook range for 2024, offering the combination of performance, advanced thermal capabilities and brilliant displays,” says James Lin, General Manager, Notebooks at Acer Inc. ” Powered by Intel Core (14th Gen) HX-Series processors, the notebooks’ capabilities are pushed further and are ready for the new gaming adventures ahead.”

“The new Acer Predator Helios is a beautiful notebook that really unleashes the performance of our new Intel Core (14th Gen) HX-Series processors.” Says Roger Chandler, VP & GM Enthusiast PC & Workstation at Intel. “Acer’s advanced cooling technologies keep our processors cool and running fast, combined with a wide variety of display, memory and storage options that make the Predator Helios 16 and 18 an excellent choice for gamers and creators.”

Predator Helios 18, Predator Helios 16 notebooks

Acer’s gaming laptops are equipped with the latest processors and exceptional features, enabling gamers to reach their highest level of gaming. The Predator Helios 18 (PH18-72) and Predator Helios 16 (PH16-72) feature up to an Intel Core 9 14900HX processor with hybrid architecture and newly optimized performance, enabling users to tackle the most demanding games and software without having to make any compromises. Gaming worlds appear more realistic than ever on AI-ready gaming PCs equipped with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 notebook GPUs[1] (MGP up to 175 W[2]), designed with the ultra-high-performance NVIDIA ADA Lovelace architecture. These computers offer outstanding performance and AI-optimized graphics thanks to the ray tracing capabilities of DLSS 3.5 technology. GeForce RTX technologies are supported in over 500 popular games and applications, including blockbusters such as Cyberpunk 2077 and Alan Wake 2. In addition, Acer’s advanced thermal solutions keep computers and internal components running at full power, thanks to two 5th-generation AeroBlade fans. These are combined with liquid metal thermal grease applied to the CPU and heat pipes.

Predator Helios 18 (PH18-72)

Predator Helios 16 (PH16-72)

Helios notebook screens let you immerse yourself in the world of gaming, with remarkable brightness and vivid colors. Notebooks come in 16″ or 18″ (16:10) WQXGA or Mini LED formats[1] with a frequency of 250 Hz, support a remarkable brightness of 1000[1] nits, and a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut for an extraordinary visual experience. Color isn’t just limited to the screen: dynamic RGB lighting effects can be seen on the Predator logos, the Infinity Mirror light bar at the rear and the customizable LED backlit keypads. Lighting effects, logo colors and key RGBs can be customized using the PredatorSense™ app, which also acts as a dashboard for managing performance as well as fan settings.

Predator Helios 16 and Predator Helios 18 notebooks are also equipped with the latest sensory technologies. The new MagKey 3.0 has been installed on the gaming laptops’ strategic WASD keys, and two additional customization kits are included with purchase. MagClick features a patented interchangeable mechanical switch that allows gamers to benefit from the reassuring sound of distinct mechanical tactile feedback and a faster response time to each key press. As for MagSpeed, it combines the aesthetics of the speedometer with LED lighting to create the desired ambience. When it comes to communications and streaming, the laptops benefit from three microphones with Acer PurifiedVoice 2.0 and AI noise reduction technology to filter out unwanted background noise, as well as the AI-powered Acer PurifiedView™ webcam solution for crisp video and images. Immersive sound quality can be amplified with internal headphones and speakers featuring DTS:X Ultra technology, for high-quality, distortion-free audio. Predator Helios laptops also guarantee fast, stable network speeds thanks to their Wi-Fi 7 capability[3] and each feature two Thunderbolt™ 4 USB Type-C ports and a MicroSD™ card reader.

Predator Helios Neo 18 and Helios Neo 16 Laptops

The all-new Predator Helios Neo 18 (PHN18-71) and Predator Helios Neo 16 (PHN16-72) incorporate the latest technologies and features, at very affordable price points. This enables beginners and occasional eSports players alike to enjoy the gaming experience to the full. Renowned for their original style, Helios Neo notebooks continue in this line with a distinctive design and laser-etched codes on the notebook’s deep black exterior chassis, leaving users to decipher the hidden messages to access an exclusive adventure in the Predator Verse.

Predator Helios Neo 18 (PHN18-71)

Predator Helios Neo 16 (PHN16-72)

Equipped with Intel processors up to the newly optimized Core i9 14900HX, and combined with GPUs[1] NVIDIA up to GeForce RTX 4070 for notebooks, with maximum graphics power of 140 W[2] in Turbo mode, Helios Neo gaming computers let you do more than just gaming and creating. They also benefit from smooth, AI-based graphics enhancements and accelerated system performance thanks to DLSS 3.5 technology and full ray tracing. What’s more, these computers can be configured with up to 32 GB DDR5 5600 Mhz memory and up to 2 TB PCIe Gen 4 hard disks in RAID 0 configuration. The combination of 3D AeroBlade 5e Gen fan technology, liquid metal thermal grease applied to the CPUs and vectorial heat pipes for efficient heat transfer ensure that the notebooks operate at maximum capacity, whatever the circumstances.

In addition to the technical features of the components, Helios Neo 18 and Helios Neo 16 notebooks offer stunning displays thanks to their WQXGA (2560 x 1600) IPS screens with 240 Hz refresh rates, 3 ms response time and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage. The displays feature NVIDIA Advanced Optimus and G-SYNC technologies to dynamically increase refresh rates and reduce latency according to the games and applications used. Features such as dynamic lighting customization on the notebooks’ 4-zone RGB keyboard and device management via the PredatorSense 5.0 utility application (with a dedicated PredatorSense key) give users total control and allow them to add a personal touch to their setup. The Helios Neo 18 and Helios Neo 16 notebooks also make use of Acer’s AI-enhanced videoconferencing tools with Acer PurifiedVoice 2.0 and Acer PurifiedView, while the powerful DTS:X Ultra Surround Sound speaker system delivers outstanding sound quality for gaming, chatting and other entertainment. They also ship Intel Killer DoubleShot™ Pro for latency-free connections, and a full range of ports, including two USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1 and a MicroSD card reader.

Price and availability

The Predator Helios 18 (PH18-72) will be available in the Benelux in April, from €3,299.00 inc. tax, recommended retailprice.

The Predator Helios 16 (PH16-72) will be available in the Benelux in April, from €2499.00 inc. tax, recommendedretail price.

The Predator Helios Neo 18 (PHN18-7) will be available in the Benelux in April from €2099.00 inc VAT, recommendedretail price.

The Predator Helios Neo 16 (PHN16-72) will be available in the Benelux in March from €1,699.00 inc. tax, recommendedretail price.

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