Acer releases refreshed Predator and Nitro gaming lineup
We checked out Acer’s creator-oriented products, so now let’s take a look at the latest gaming machines from Acer that were unveiled at the #NextAtAcer Global Press Conference 2020. These include the Acer Nitro 7, Predator Helios 300, Helios 700, Triton 300 laptops and also the new gaming desktops, the Predator Orion 3000 and Orion 9000. But that’s not all, there are also new monitors, a mouse and a gaming massage chair. Intriguing enough? Let’s go.
Acer Nitro 7
Starting from the bottom, there’s the Acer Nitro 7. This is Acer’s more affordable gaming laptop, updated to feature the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors, as well as up to the GeForce RTX 2060 graphics. It can be equipped with up to three M.2 SSDs and 32GB of DDR4-2933 memory, for some immense multi-tasking potential in its 19.9 mm chassis.
Acer equipped the Nitro 7 with two fans, four exhaust vents and Acer CoolBoost technology, that can bump up fan speeds by 10% to improve cooling performance. The Acer Nitro 7 will sport a 15.6″ display with a 144 Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. The Acer Nitro 7 will be offered in North America in October with prices starting from $1000 (~RM4276).
Predator Helios 300
The Predator Helios 300 now packs the 10th Gen Intel Core processors mated to up to the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q. If you intend on fully maxing out the Predator Helios 300, you can equip it with two PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0, a 2.5″ drive and up to 32GB of DDR4-2933 memory. That’s more than enough memory and storage for virtually any gamer.
To enhance the immersion, the Predator Helio 300 sports DTS:X Ultra audio for virtual 360° surround sound. You can even select differently tuned sound modes that are optimized for specific game genres. Speaking of noise, Acer is using the new 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D fans that run quieter while pushing more air.
Gamers can even manually adjust how fast the fans run via Acer CoolBoost, to achieve that ideal balance of cooling performance and noise level. Acer also moved the power connector port to the rear end of the laptop, to improve the ergonomics of the Helios 300.
The Predator Helios 300 will be offered from $1200 (~RM5131) in North America starting July.
Predator Triton 300
For those who seek a bit more portability, there’s the Predator Triton 300. Refreshed with the 10th Gen Intel Core processors, the Triton 300 can be configured with up to the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics. The display is a 15.6″ 240 Hz panel that also supports 100% of the sRGB color space, making it ideal for some content creation too, in addition to gaming.
Aside from sporting the newer 10th Gen Intel Core processors, the Predator Triton 300’s cooling system has also been revamped. It now sports two fans blowing out of four exhaust vents. Acer claims that three more heatpipes have been added to improve cooling performance too. All of that is packed into a 19.9 mm thin and 2.1 kg light package.
The Predator Triton 300 will be available in North America starting September priced from $1300 (~RM5558).
Predator Helios 700
The next step up is the Predator Helios 700. Acer abandoned portability in favor of gaming performance here. You can get the Predator Helios 700 with the fastest mobile CPU Intel has to offer, along with the beefiest laptop GPU NVIDIA can muster. Yes, the Predator Helios 700 can be configured with the overclockable Intel Core i9-10980HK and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics.
Such powerful hardware can be pretty challenging to cool in a laptop form factor, but Acer is well prepared for that. Firstly, there’s the HyperDrift keyboard that slides forward to open up intakes for the cooling system. Then there’s the proprietary Predator PowerGem thermal solution. Acer claims that the Predator PowerGem offers 3.83x higher heat conductivity than copper, giving it comparable performance to liquid metal solutions. That, along with a vapor chamber, three copper heatpipes, two Acer 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D fans and Acer CoolBoost, allow the Predator Helios 700 to easily tame the thermals of the highest end Core i9 processors.
To fully take advantage of the processing power on tap, you can equip the Predator Helios 700 with up to 64GB of DDR4-2933 memory and PCIe NVMe SSDs in RAID 0. Acer will be throwing in the Killer DoubleShot Pro networking to ensure that you will have an optimized connectivity experience.
The display on the Predator Helios 700 is a 144 Hz FHD panel with G-SYNC for sweet tear-free gaming. The keyboard is updated to sport optical switches for the WASD cluster, giving you analog controls with a keyboard. There will of course be full per-key RGB lighting, because what gaming system is complete without some bling?
North America will be seeing the Predator Helios 700 in October with prices starting from a pretty eye-watering $2400 (~RM10261).
Acer Nitro 50
Now moving on the desktops, the Acer Nitro 50 is a compact entry-level gaming desktop that can be configured with up to the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER graphics. Up to 64GB of DDR4-2666 memory, two 3TB HDDs and 1TB NVMe PCIe SSD can be crammed into the Acer Nitro 50’s compact 18L chassis. And to make sure that all the components run cool, Acer used the Predator FrostBlade fans here. Gamers can also customize the fan speed to adapt to their needs.
The Acer Nitro 50 will be priced from $800 (~RM3420) in North America. They will be available starting September.
Predator Orion 3000
An equally compact gaming desktop, the Predator Orion 3000 adopts a more aggressive aesthetic, befitting of its Predator lineage. The Predator Orion 3000 can be configured with 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER graphics and up to 64GB of DDR4-2666 memory.
Two Predator Frostblade fans handle intake and exhaust to ensure that the internals run cool. Extensive lighting on the fans, case internals and vertical light bars along the front of the case can be customized via PredatorSense. Gamers can choose between a metal side panel or a EMI-shielded tempered glass panel to show off the components and lighting inside. For seamless connectivity, the Predator Orion 3000 packs Intel WiFi 6 and Killer E2600 Gigabit Ethernet.
The compact Predator Orion 3000 also sports a handle for convenient portability. Prices start from $1000 (~RM4276) in North America, with availability starting in September.
Predator Orion 9000
The Predator Orion 9000 is for the hardcore professional gamers out there. With up to an Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition, two GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards, three 3.5″ HDDs and two 2.5″ SSDs, the Predator Orion 9000 is ready for any game you can throw at it.
Three new 120mm Predator FrostBlade provide more airflow and static pressure compared to prior generations. The CPU is cooled by a liquid cooler to keep temperatures low and deliver consistent gaming performance even as the fighting heats up. For aesthetics, Acer equipped the Predator Orion 9000 with ARGB lighting and an edge-to-edge tempered glass side panel.
Pricing starts from a cool €2799 (~RM13452) in EMEA, with availability starting in October.
Acer announced four new monitors in the Predator XB3 series. There’s the 31.5″ Predator XB323QK NV, 27″ Predator XB273U GS and Predator XB273U GX and also the 24.5″ Predator XB253Q GZ. All of these monitors offer support for AMD FreeSync and G-SYNC Compatible adaptive refresh rate technologies, with up to 240 Hz refresh rates and 4K resolution. The new Predator XB3 monitors includes Acer AdaptiveLight for improved comfort during long gaming sessions, and also RGB LightSense to add a touch of bling to the monitors.
Prices start from $430 (~RM1838) in North America, with availability starting in September.
Targeted at pro esports gamers, the Predator X25 sports a 1080p panel that runs at up to 360 Hz for that maximum advantage in FPS games. It also touts NVIDIA G-SYNC to ensure a tear-free gaming experience. There’s also AdaptiveLight to adjust the monitor backlighting to suit the ambient light in the room. As a pro-gamer will be spending a lot of time on their monitors, the Predator X25 sports a fully adjustable monitor stand as well as ProxiSense to remind gamers to take a break after a set amount of time.
Pricing and availability were not announced.
Predator Gaming Chair x OSIM
One of the most interesting products to be announced today, the Predator Gaming Chair x OSIM leverages OSIM’s experience at designing massage chairs to deliver a relaxing massage as you game. With OSIM’s V-Hand Massage Technology, the Predator Gaming Chair x OSIM emulates the agile hands of a professional masseuse on your neck and shoulders.
In addition to the massage capabilities, the chair can be reclined up to 145° to take a quick break from gaming. The Predator Gaming Chair x OSIM is clad in black carbon fiber patterned PVC leather with metallic dark gray and teal accents for a sporty yet professional look and feel. There are also two built-in Bluetooth speakers in the chair’s headrest to deliver immersive audio without the hassle of a headset.
Pricing and availability were unavailable at the time of writing.
Pokdepinion: I am honestly quite interested to see how does the Predator PowerGem stack up against third-party thermal paste and liquid metal…