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REVIEW: Acer Predator Helios 700 notebook brings sliding keyboard and impressive power

The Acer Predator Helios 700 is the most complete experience you will find in a notebook today, with RTX video card and state-of-the-art features

THE Acer with your line Predator won the hearts of gamers with powerful and more affordable products than the competition. However, with the launch of the Acer Predator Helios 700, the company puts on the market a product opposite to what gamers were used to seeing.

The notebook is not modest, has plenty of firepower to hit head on with the best computers gamer market, in addition to bringing a new design concept with its sliding keyboard HyperDrift in the best style Cyberpunk 2077.

O Showmetech received the Helios 700 for testing and you can now check out our complete analysis on the new monster from Acer.

Design

O Predator Helios 700 Made for gamers lovers who do not want to worry about performance and connectivity, therefore, the design was made to support such power. The notebook has dimensions of 430 x 299 x 41.7 mm and 4.80 Kg, what does the Helios 700 be little portable and with a coarse design for the current molds.

The notebook housing is made entirely of black plastic, which pleased us even though it is not a premium material and befitting the value of the Helios 700. THE Acer he was right in that decision because the immense amount of heat that the notebook produces would heat it up too much if it were aluminum, for example.

Acer Predator Helios 700 Sada CoolerThe Acer Predator Helios 700 has several air outlets to keep the notebook well cooled

In relation to the connection, the Acer equipped the Helios 700 with all that one gamer you need to make the most of your peripherals both for games and for streaming. The notebook comes equipped with 3 ports USB 3.0, 1 port USB-C, 1 port USB-C Thunderbolt, 1 port Ethernet, P2 input for headphones and microphone, output HDMI, exit DisplayPort and input to source.

With all these connections, the user who acquires the Predator Helios 700 connect multiple monitors with support for 4K and devices VR no problem.

Screen

O Predator Helios 700 comes with a screen IPS LCD Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) of 17.3 inches with refresh rate of 144Hz and technology support G-Sync gives NVIDIA. Perhaps it is the simplest part of the notebook, even though it has high quality and image fidelity of the displayed content.

The technology G-Sync with 144Hz update rate makes games very smooth and has an extremely low response time. Competitive games like PUBG and Overwatch are greatly benefited by this technology for bringing that desired precision in sight.

Acer Predator Helios 700 screenThe Helios 700 screen has great image quality and smoothness in games with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology

questionable Helios 700 not come equipped with a screen 4K due to its price and size, however, the choice allows the notebook to work more smoothly with a smaller definition screen, since the limits of the video card RTX 2080 are achieved with the 4K.

What really bothers the screen are its giant borders on all sides with approximately 2 fingers in size, getting at 3 fingers on the bottom side. Even though it is a normal design for notebooks in this category, its direct competitors such as the HP Omen 17 and Alienware Area 51m have smaller, smoother edges.

Hardware / Performance

Before I begin to praise the wonderful performance of Predator Helios 700, we must speak of its not modest specifications. The notebook comes equipped with the processor 9th generation Intel Core i7 often up to 4.5 GHz, a video card NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 with 8 GB dedicated memory, 32 GB of memory DDR4 RAM and double storage with a NVME SSD in 512 GB it is a HD Sata 3 in 1 TB.

With this configuration, the notebook has the firepower to run any current game in its maximum configurations without any problem. In our tests, Overwatch reached 250-300 FPS in peak configurations and 100% rendering scale.

J Assassins Creed Odyssey in its maximum configurations in scale 100% reached around 65-75 FPS. We still tested some shaders in Ray-Tracing for the game and the Helios 700 held the bar perfectly, with no dramatic drop in performance.

3D aeroblade of the Acer Predator Helios 700Aeroblade 3D coolers provide extra help in cooling the machine

The most impressive was in Grand Theft Auto V, that it was possible to set all the graphic configurations to the maximum and with the shaders in Ray-Tracing. The game hit around 70-80 FPS without problems of performance drops.

Other games like Fortnite, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Devil May Cry 5 and Quantum Break were also tested and the results were very impressive, the Helios 700 the notebook gamer perfect for those who appreciate the greatest graphic details possible in current games.

The notebook has overclocking – which we will discuss below -, however, it is worth ratifying that the tests were performed on normal presets, without any use of the turbo mode of the Helios 700.

PredatorSense and HyperDrift software

THE Acer equipped the Helios 700 with the software PredatorSense, which has several functions for personalizing the lighting of the notebook, as well as configurations of overclocking, ventilation, hotkeys and monitoring performance of the device.

O PredatorSense greatly facilitates the configuration of overclocking of Helios 700 for the more lay. On the home page, the user finds the temperature status of the CPU and GPU to check if it is necessary to increase the speed of coolers the notebook.

The most interesting function is to overclocking, which dictates all the futuristic design of the Acer Predator Helios 700. To use all the firepower of the notebook, it is necessary to pull the keyboard on a slide called HyperDrift, so that two coolers extras Aeroblade 3D and the video card RTX 2080 lit up.

Acer Predator Helios 700 sliding keyboardThe sliding keyboard with HyperDrift technology brings a new concept of useful design to the machine's Overclocking

This unusual and futuristic design has the function of making the Helios 700 work at peak performance with the highest presets of overclocking gives GPU. During the tests, we did not see such a big impact on the games tested because the performance was already very competent in the normal preset, however, very good for those who like to bring their experience gamer to the extreme with more demanding games.

For those who love personalization, find here the option to change the colors of the keyboard and the heat pipe. The options are endless, you can place an animation or change the color of specific keys to create presets lighting.

Acer Predator Helios 700 keysRGB illuminated keys allow the user to customize them and create presets for their favorite games

During testing, we created a preset to the game Overwatch putting the colors of the game on keys essential for gameplay, getting a very interesting visual aspect.

There is also the possibility to control all of this by the application PredatorSense for Android and iOS. It is possible to monitor the notebook and make changes from a distance.

Keyboard and trackpad

The keyboard Helios 700 can be considered very good. With the exception of the function keys, the rest is well sized and brings a more familiar air to those who are used to more traditional models and want to play with the peripherals of the notebook itself.

Acer Predator Helios 700 MagForce KeysThe Helios 700 MagForce keys bring precise joysticks to the notebook

O Helios 700 brings in the box the keys MagForce, which is a new way to play with the keys WASD. They have a small spring on the bottom that provides analogue sensitivity on the keys, which are configured by the software PredatorSense.

The application allows you to adjust how much pressure the user must tighten for a command to occur, being very good for accuracy in simulators. running and games FPS.

Key for changing screens of Acer Predator Helios 700Switching between the normal and MagForce keys on the Helios 700 is simple and practical with the accompanying equipment

However, during our tests, the keys MagForce they failed to detect this pressure and often stopped working, leaving it at hand in important moments of the game. Fortunately, changing the keys is done very quickly with a tool that comes with the product. Since then, the Helios 700 it was equipped with its factory keys which are already very competent.

Sound, camera and microphone

The sound of Predator Helios 700 has an exceptional quality, as it accompanies 5 speakers it is a subwoofer embedded in the machine. The experience is very immersive, but it is a remake of its own construction.

The user is unlikely to play without headset because of the loud noise that coolers produce when the Helios 700 it is being demanded more of its performance. It is a pity that so much quality is hidden due to a need to build the notebook.

Sum of the Acer Predator Helios 700The 5.1 sound equipped in the Acer Predator Helios 700 has a lot of quality, however, the noise of the coolers prevents it from being heard clearly

The camera integrated in the machine does not provide a good quality and there is a very high incidence of noise in darker environments. The guys streamer always need to carry a webcam equipped with Helios 700 if you want to live your lives away from home.

The microphone present in the notebook does not bring exceptional quality either, but even in more noisy environments, the voice stands out and is very audible.

Drums

A gamer notebook is hardly far from the outlet, but we need to comment on the very low autonomy of the Helios 700. Even in energy saving modes, playing or surfing the Internet out of the socket drains the battery in a maximum of 1 hour, in addition to greatly impairing the performance of games due to the limitation imposed by the system.

Completed

O Acer Predator Helios 700 It is a notebook that stands out for its high performance, delivering an almost perfect gaming experience with increasingly impressive and realistic graphics.

Its futuristic and robust design is justified by the incredible functions of overclocked who does Helios 700 surpass its limits with great quality and safety due to the super competent cooling system of the machine.

3D aeroblade of the Acer Predator Helios 700The cooling system of the Acer Predator Helios 700 is very competent, even at higher notebook presets

However, the question remains whether the price of R $ 24,999.90 suitable for this technological notebook and little portable. This is a factor that goes according to the need and how much the user wants to spend on a product of this size, because the notebook is super worth it if the factor cost x benefit is not evaluated. PCs with power similar to that of Helios 700 would be easily assembled with a portion of this amount.

However, if what you are looking for is the best experience in a notebook that practically does everything for you, the Acer Predator Helios 700 the right product to be part of your corner gamer.

Acer Predator Helios 700 notebook brings sliding keyboard and impressive power
  • Design – 8.5 / 10
  • Screen – 9/10
  • Hardware / Performance – 10/10
  • Keyboard / Trackpad – 10/10
  • Sound – 9.5 / 10
  • Camera / Microphone – 7/10
  • Extra features – 10/10

9.1 / 10

Final considerations and cons and cons

The Acer Predator Helios 700 is the most complete experience you will find in a notebook today, with RTX video card and state-of-the-art features

Pros

  • 144Hz screen
  • Ergonomic and responsive keys
  • Quality internal ventilation
  • High performance
  • Surround sound
  • Sliding keyboard with hand rest
  • PredatorSense app

Cons

  • Sound muffled by the noise of the coolers
  • Short battery life
  • MagForce keys stop responding
  • Medium quality camera and microphone

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