Acer Predator is mainly a gamer-focused brand line up for computer hardware manufactured by Acer. In Bangladesh tech market Acer predator is at first launched by Computer Mania in 2016 and the model was Predator G6. The Acer Aspire Predator series of Acer 2008 introduces itself to the gaming computer market with its lineup of desktop computers, later named Acer Predator. The series is characterized by the red-hot computer chassis and high-performance computing hardware. In 2016, a complete range of Predator desktops, gaming notebooks, tablets, and accessories were introduced by Acer.
Before 2011 Acer introduced their first try about the introduction of the Predator series by marketing Predator G1. The following year they introduced Predator G3 which was their first set up for gaming series. In 2011 Acer Introduced Predator G5 which was a bit popular than their previous two generations but in 2016 with the introduction of Predator G6, they gained much popularity and became good competitive branding named Predator in the computer market. Introduction of Predator Orion 9000 was also a great successive launch by the Acer Predator series.
Acer also launched some popular desktop Predator models among them AG7710 and AG7700 was launched in 2009, AG5900 was launched in 2010 and Predator AG3620 was launched in 2012 by Acer. These were the Acer Predator desktop series. Other non-popular desktop series of Acer Predator includes AG7200, AG7711, AG7712, AG7713, AG3-710-UR53, AG3-710-UR54, AG3-710-7001, AG3-710-7002, AG3-710-7004, etc.
At present some most popular Acer Predator series are Triton 500, Triton 700, Helios 300, Helios 500 and last introduction of Acer Predator Triton 900 was massive innovation although they have the same product with different branding with more accurate SRGB version for studio purposes.
These days Acer Predator Triton 500 is the most popular choice of gamers. The Acer Predator Triton 500 is a flagship gaming laptop. Influenced by a 9th generation i7 processor and a GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q design, this laptop was tricked into disrupting games, strengthening creativity and inspiring jealousy from friends and family alike. Covered in abyssal black metal, Acer designed the Triton 500 with a purpose, which is to allow users to game, whenever, wherever, as users, please. And when the LED-lit Predator-emblazoned cover flares into life, it will act as a reminder that this isn’t a typical gaming laptop. Weighing 2.1 kg, the Acer Predator Triton 500 is a lightweight travel companion.
The key speed of this laptop leads to the charge on the display. Acer chose a 144 Hz panel with a 3 ms overdrive response time. Farewell ambiguity and hello clear, crisp high-octane gameplay. Users can also go on and hook up a few extra displays via the ports through HDMI 2.0, Mini DisplayPort (mDP) or USB-C Thunderbolt 3. A total of four displays cover it, including the laptop screen. Residing within the metallic shell are the six-core 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H hexacore processor, a GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design and 8 GB GDDR6, up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory at 2,666 MHz and two 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSDs in Raid 0. It delivers a great performance that craves real challenges. GeForce RTX gaming laptops are powered by the NVIDIA Turing GPU architecture and the ground-breaking NVIDIA RTX platform.
All Predator laptops use Acer’s custom-engineered cooling technology. The latest generation’s new design reduces noise while increasing airflow, allowing users to maximize the performance no matter the task. Inspired by silent, powerful owl flight mechanics Acer gave their fans a serrated edge, allowing more air to pass through. It has 59 blades, which are just 0.1 mm thick and all-metal with a stabilizing dual indent groove. There are winglets along the top and bottom fan edge and a curved fin along the inner blade to further reduce turbulence. The 3-zone RGB customized keyboard uses Acer’s own Predator typeface, WASD has a concave-shaped cap, and Turbo and Predator Sense have two integral keys to take note of. Users can tap Turbo for instant overclocking or hit Predator Sense to open the utility app. With Killer’s E3000 Ethernet Controller, Wireless-AC 1550 and Killer Control Center 2.0, users have all the tools they need to clear out the online competition, keep their ping low and 100% optimized. In conclusion, the Acer Predator Triton 500 is a great gaming laptop. Although it does not feature per-key RGB backlighting on the keyboard, which is somewhat the current trend, it has hit a balance between cost, appearance, and performance in a slim form factor, which makes it a great contestant in the gaming laptop market.
Another model by Acer Predator series is Acer Predator Helios 500. The Acer Predator Helios 500 gives you a few gaming laptops: the likes. Of course, most allow you to choose a color or tuning software to set LED or wallpaper. But if you want a substantive change, as in something other than Intel or Nvidia, your options are sparse. This is not the case with Predator Helios 500 though. This burly and powerful gaming laptop lets you pick what you want inside, with the unique luxury of either going with the typical duo of Intel and Nvidia or going all-AMD.
The exterior of the Predator Helios 500 seems to be quite a standard fare for a gaming laptop and, very well, the Acer Predator. It has that mix of aggressive lines and exhaust ports that the company has been working toward for the last few years. And, like others, the exhaust ports of anodized cooling fins accent laptops. It’s a little thing, but the blue heatsinks, like a good carpet, can really tie the room together.
For ports, the Predator Helios 500 features HDMI, DisplayPort, 3 USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. Power for the laptop is a 230-watt brick that properly plugs into the back of the Helios 500, rather than on the side, where it could interfere with your mouse.
There are these nouveau thin gaming laptops, and there are old-world hulky, thick laptops. The Predator Helios 500 apparently falls into the latter group. It weighs 8.8 pounds not counting the 3-pound power brick. It measures 16.9 x 11.7 x 1.5 inches all around. There are good reasons for that bulk, though: performance and expansion. Most thin gaming laptops at best offer you two M.2 drives, but most give just one.
The Predator Helios 500 offers two M2 slots and up to 2.5 inches of drive bay magnetic storage up to 5TB. For RAM, the Predator Helios 500 features two memory modules tucked somewhere under the keyboard, with an open pair of SO-DIMM slots for another 16GB of RAM if you need it. You can’t do that on a thin and light gaming laptop. The RGB keyboard is a dome-switched variety that doesn’t offend. When we mean to offend, we mean there’s no obvious weird placement of keys. The trackpad also features an LED outline and, again, has no issues. There’s a set of six programmable macro keys along the top as well.
The screen is a Full HD (1920×1080) “ComfyView” 17.3-inch panel, which Acer describes as using IPS. Upon diving into the panel used in two of the laptops, we found them to be AU Optronics using AHVA. That stands for Advanced Hyper Viewing-Angle, which is AU Optronics’ version of Sharp’s IPS technology, which some like to call “IPS-like” to avoid violating trademarks What’s likely more important for gamers is the refresh rate, which is 144Hz. And yes, there are two versions. If you go with the Intel and Nvidia version you get G-Sync, while the AMD version nets you a Free Sync monitor.
All that leads to the choices of the components you get for the Helios 500. For Intel, you get a choice of a 6-core 8th-gen Core i7 8700H with a GeForce GTX 1070 or a 6-core Core i9-8950HK with GeForce GTX 1070. Go with AMD but you can get the 8-Core 2nd Gen Ryzen 7 2700x and a Radeon RX Vega 56. All three configurations wisely offer 16GB of DDR4 you just don’t need more than 16GB for gaming today, and any more is just a waste of money for most. Where we take issue is with storage.
The Core i7 gets you a 256GB M.2 SSD and 1TB hard drive, while the Core i9 configuration nets you 512GB and a 2TB hard drive. When you get to the AMD version, storage gets cut to a single 256GB SSD. To average gamers, 256GB sounds like a lot. But given that modern games demand in excess of 50GB of storage space, you could run out fast. We’re frankly puzzled as to why Acer didn’t just install a 1TB hard drive in the all-AMD laptop because it has space for it. In fact, if you look at the picture below, you can see the open hard drive bay in the Ryzen version (left) is empty, while the Core i9 (right) has its 2TB drive in place. There’s plenty of room. Right below the Predator Helios 500 is a spot for another M2 drive under the copper heat spreader. You can also see that there’s room to add more RAM on both laptops if you want to go to 32GB. The easiest upgrade for the AMD version would be to just add a hard drive, but our unit didn’t feature the cable (it’s proprietary) to hook it up to the motherboard. Acer customer forum posters have said it’s in the box. If you can’t find the cable, the easiest upgrade would be to add that second M.2 drive to the laptop.
Both components offer up decent performance boosts, with most of the heavy lifting coming from the CPU.
Neither of the overclocking profiles is so aggressive that that would break the laptop. To make it even safer, once you reboot, your overclock goes away. Most of the overclocking attempts using the included Ryzen Master software on the AMD version were less successful. It didn’t include factory overclocking profiles, and manual overclocking didn’t yield much. For example, we tried to squeeze 200MHz out of all of the CPU cores and were met with black screens. Users suspect the newness of Ryzen and Vega to be the root cause. Both chips are so new to laptops that Acer hasn’t had time to properly tune for them. What’s truly counter-intuitive, however, is the fan noise. When you run the Intel and Nvidia configuration of the Predator Helios 500, fans rise to the top. You’d expect the Ryzen and Radeon Vega to be even louder because they’re basically desktop chips, but they’re actually very quiet. In fact, the Ryzen and Radeon configuration is among the quietest we’ve experienced in a gaming laptop. And no, that wasn’t the cause of our bad luck with overclocking.
Users tried overclocking the Ryzen and Radeon version with the fans at maximum speed and didn’t get any further. People don’t really consider battery performance of bulky 17-inch gaming laptops to be a critical consideration, but you still want to gawk at the numbers as you do at a train wreck. Both are basically not great, taking just over two hours from an Nvidia / Intel laptop. The AMD laptop is an atrocious 72 minutes without even playing a game this was both laptops playing video, which is cruise control for a modern computer.