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CES 2023: Acer shows new Predator notebooks and monitors

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Acer is of course also present at CES and is showing new Predator hardware.

Predator Notebooks

With the Predator Helios 16 and Predator Helios 18 there are two new gaming notebooks with high-end hardware. Because you get a Core i9 or Core i7 of the 13th generation and Nvidia graphics cards from the RTX 40 series up to the 4080 with a maximum of 165 watts. There is also a maximum of 32 GB DDR5-4800 RAM and up to 2 TB PCIe 4 SSD storage.

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As the names suggest, the fundamental differences between the two models can be found in the display size. There are 16″ (40cm) and 18″ (46 cm), both in 16:!0 format. Nice that this format is becoming more and more popular. The resolutions are 1920x1200px with 165 Hz and 24560x1600px with 165 Hz or 240 Hz. Both the Predator Helios 16 and the Predator Helios 18 are also available with a 150 Hz mini LED panel.

The versions with the mini LED panels are up to 1000 nits bright and, according to Acer, cover 100% of the DCI-P3 color space. This makes the two gaming notebooks also interesting for creators.

The two new Predator Helios notebooks are visually indistinguishable.

The two new Predator Helios notebooks are visually indistinguishable

Acer has modernized the design of the Helios series and is giving the gaming notebooks an angular and matte black case. Some of the connections are on the back. And since RGB makes everything better and faster, here’s an RGB light bar. But speaking of the connections. There are 3x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 (10GBit/s), 2x USB-C Thunderbolt 4, 1x HDMI 2.1 and a microSD card reader. There is also WiFi 6E. There is no information about the weight and battery life yet.

The new Predator Helios notebooks are not cheap. The Predator Helios 16 should be available from February 2023 for prices starting at 2399 euros. the Predator Helios 18 should appear a month later and cost 2499 euros in the cheapest version.

Predator monitors

Acer also comes up with two new monitors, the Predator X45 and the Predator X27U. Both come with OLED panels.

The X45 offers a 45″ display with 3440x1440px (UWQHD) and is curved with 800R. It covers 98% of the DCI-P3 color space and offers a DISPLAYPORT 1.4 and two HDMI 2.0 ports. The maximum brightness is 1000 nits. The refresh rate is 240 Hz.

Unfortunately, Acer does not reveal the resolution of the X27U. But here too there is 240 Hz and, as with the X45, AMD FreeeSync Premium. Both Predator monitors can charge notebooks connected via USB-C with up to 90 watts.

The Acer Predator X27U

Both monitors are scheduled for release in the second quarter. The RRP for the Predator X27U is 1099 euros, for the X45 Acer would like to see 1799 euros on the virtual counter.

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