It kicked off with an updated Helios 300, which will now be outfitted with a 240hz screen which features a 3 second response time. The new Helios 300 will even come with a GPU running up to a 2070 Max Q from Nvidia, so its exciting times if you have been interested in the Helios in the past, and are looking for a good way into the gaming laptop world.
They then moved onto the Predator Helios 700. It’s a much bigger laptop than the 300, but it does make up for the larger size with an Nvidia GeForce 2080 Super and an overclockable Intel 10th Gen Core i9 CPU, making it a very powerful gaming laptop indeed.
The Helios 700 also comes with a Hyperdrift keyboard. Basically, you can slide the keyboard out from its traditional place on the laptop to give yourself an optional wrist wrest when you are using it – a nifty little trick on its own, but its real purpose is to open up the cooling of the laptop, giving the machine a much better a unique airflow system that could be the one to beat in other gaming laptops if its done right.
It even comes with MagForce keys, which allow the same kind of sensitivity as an analog stick on a controller -meaning that you can control just how much your character turns, their walking speed, or how you are turning in a car at any times. Apparently it can run Overwatch at ultra graphics and maintain 300 FPS, which is big news if your familiar with the usual kind of trade-offs that gaming laptop users have to make.
It also comes with PowerGem, which has allowed for the laptop to be smaller, but it also outperforms other industry-leading laptops at a cooler temp thanks to the PowerGem Tech. Great stuff if you are looking to overclock the CPU or GPU in this machine, which you can do.
Acer then took us to the Orion 9000, their newest desktop PC that they wanted to show off in the Livestream. Apparently it comes outfitted with up to an Intel Core i9 – 10980XE CPU, with a Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti SLI over an NVLINK, as well as Predator Frostblade fans for advanced cooling and RGB lighting. And it has wheels.
This is what Acer is describing as their flagship desktop PC for gamers, and it’s not hard to see why. With its tempered glass side panel that cuts out noises, its also more accessible than Acer Orion PCs of the past, and with its RTX 2080ti GPU setup then this is going to be a very powerful prebuilt system for gamers to enjoy right off of the bat. Amongst other improvements on previous models of the Orion gaming range, the new Frostblade Fans were marked out as a standout feature due to Acer’s focus on cooling. These fans have shown a 16% improvement in airflow usage and a 55% positive increase in static pressure. Good stuff when you consider the kind of heat that will be coming off of this machine.
Then, the Predator X25 gaming monitor was revealed. It’s a 360hz, G-Sync gaming monitor that also comes with adaptive light tech to give off a more ambient and immersive feel as you play. I think it looks pretty cool anyway. It also comes with lightsense, proxysense and colorsense, that will all work together to scan the environment that the monitor is in to automatically adjust its settings depending on the room that it is in. All good stuff, as it’s designed to help reduce eye strain over longer periods of time.
Then they revealed an energy drink. I’m just going to gloss over that, but right after they showed off the new Predator gaming chair. What makes this chair special? It has two Bluetooth speakers built into the headset, and more importantly, it has a massage function, which can be activated with the touch of a button.
All in all, it was a pretty cool show, with some features like the antimicrobial screens and resistant laptops being a real highlight for me as it shows that Acer has no problem branching out and solving problems that need to be solved in modern, working environments, which says (to me at least) that they have no end of ideas when it comes to expanding their brand.
And of course, for gamers, there was the announcement of the different laptops and desktop systems that Acer is known for, with their new gaming chair a welcome addition to the sometimes static and none progressive line-up of readily available gaming chairs on the market.
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