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Acer Predator Helios 16 & Predator Helios 18 announced!

Acer has announced new Gaming laptops and Monitors from its popular Predator series.

Acer Predator Helios 16 & Predator Helios 18

The new Predator models are the company’s most powerful gaming notebook series. The brand has launched the two new Predator Helios models with a new design and overhauled the cooling design for better thermals. The Predator Helios 18 and Predator Helios 16 can be purchased with either a 13th Gen Intel Core i7 or Core i9 HX series processor that is paired with up to an Nvidia RTX 4080 GPU that has an MGP of 165W. This makes the new laptops quite powerful and highly capable of gaming.

Under the hood, the new laptops can house up to 32GB of DDR5 4800MHz RAM and up to 2TB of PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD in RAID 0 format. In simpler terms, these are some top notch specs for a true smooth gaming experience. The Predator Helios 16 sports a 16 inch WQXGA (2560×1600) display that has a 165Hz or 240Hz refresh rate but can even be configured with a Mini LED panel that has a 250Hz refresh rate. The AUO AmLED display technology offers 1,000 nits of peak brightness, 100 percent DCI P3 color gamut, and a 1,000,000:1 high contrast ratio.

The Predator Helios 18 sports a taller 18-inch display in multiple configurations. This includes a WUXGA (1920×1200) at 165Hz, WQXGA (2560×1600) at 165Hz or 240Hz, or an AUO 250Hz Mini LED display. Both of the laptops feature a mini LED backlit keyboard with 1.8mm key travel and anti-ghosting N-Key rollover. They also offer per-key RGB backlit that is completely customizable.

Alongside the two new Predator gaming laptops, Acer also unveiled its latest Predator-branded gaming monitors as well. This includes the new Predator X45 and Predator X27U. As the name suggests, the former sports a 45-inch display while the latter has a 27-inch panel. Although there are a number of key differences between the two. The Predator X45 has a UWQHD resolution with an 800R curved panel that offers an ultra-wide viewing experience with narrow frames and a 98.5 DCI P3 colour gamut.

It also houses DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and TÜV Rheinland EyeSafe certification. The Predator X45 sports an OLED display that supports HDR10 and offers a peak brightness of 1000 nits. On the other hand, the Predator X27U has a flat WQHD panel with a 98.5 per cent DCI P3 colour gamut. Similar to its more expensive sibling it offers TÜV Rheinland EyeSafe certification and 1000 nits of peak brightness while also supporting the HDR10 standard. Both the Predator X45 and X27U have 240Hz refresh rate and 0.01ms pixel response time for a smooth gaming experience.

The Predator Helios 16 (PH16-71) will go on sale in March 2023 in North America for a starting price tag of 1,649.99 US Dollars. The Predator Helios 18 (PH18-71) will launch a month after in April 2023 and will be available in North America for 1,699 US Dollars'

The predator X45 will go on sale sometime in Q2 2023 in North America for 1,699 US Dollars. Lastly, Acer Predator X27U will be available in Q2 in North America and EMEA markets for 1,099 US Dollars and 1,099 Euros respectively. Although, the China launch will be live sometime in Q1 2023 for a 7,999 Yuan price tag.

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