Acer Reveal Predator Helios 700 With Sliding Keyboard
Acer’s Predator gaming range is known for breaking the mould when it comes to its gaming machines, now they’ve taken it a step further with their latest flagship – the Helios 700, featuring a sliding keyboard. The laptop was unveiled alongside a slew of other gaming products.
On the surface, the new gaming laptop appears strikingly similar — if a bit bigger — to the previous generation Helios 500, but it hides a unique selling point.
Predator has combined the great features of the Helios range with the controversial aspect of the Triton line: a trackpad above the keyboard.
The keyboard can literally slide down to reveal a trackpad underneath, and the standard mouse trackpad tilts down to become a kind of palm rest for a more “ergonomic design”.
This innovative keyboard features new “MagForce” keys with linear switches which Acer claim are more precise than previous models.
According to reports, the keyboard, dubbed “HyperDrift” by Acer, isn’t solely for aesthetic value.
By sliding the keyboard forward, the fans are exposed, allowing the device to cool itself down faster and more efficiently – improving laptop performance.
As Acer’s latest flagship gaming notebook for the Helio range, it features all the updated trappings including a 17.3-inch 1080p display, NVIDIA’s RTX 2070 or 2080 GPUs, and Intel’s upcoming 9th generation laptop CPUs.
It can be configured with up to 64GB of RAM and up to 1TB SSD or 2TB hard drive.
Acer also announced the sleeker mid-range gaming notebook Nitro 7 to its gaming lineup with Intel’s 9th Gen Core processors, an optional 144Hz display, and RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU.
The company also unveiled a new 43-inch 4K gaming — the Predator CG437KP — with up to 3840 x 2160 resolution with 144Hz refresh rate.
The Helios 700 is scheduled to hit the market in July, from US$2,700; while the Nitro 7 is tipped to release in June from US$1,000.
Acer’s 43-inch 4K monitor is expected to launch in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Africa in September, starting at US$1,299, after an initial release in China this August.
Local pricing and availability is yet to be announced.