We spotted the powerful Acer Predator Helios 16 and Helios 18 in SIRIM’s database earlier this year, and today, the two gaming laptops have been launched in Malaysia. Configurable with Nvidia’s fast GeForce RTX 4080 GPU and Intel’s 13th gen Core i9 processor, these are very capable gaming machines.
Price wise, the Helios 16 is slightly more affordable with a RM8,999 starting price, while the Helios 18 retails from RM9,999. Both gaming laptops actually have similar CPU and GPU configurations, so you’re really paying for the different screen sizes (and refresh rate) as well as storage capacities.
Both the Helios 16 and Helios 18 can be configured with an RTX 4070 or RTX 4080 GPU, along with a 13th gen Intel Core i9-13900HX processor. These hardware are complemented with up to 32GB of RAM and very generous 2TB worth of SSD storage in Raid 0 configuration.
In the display department, the Helios 16 and Helios 18 feature 16-inch and 18-inch 2560 x 1600 displays respectively with a maximum refresh rate of 240Hz, depending on the configuration. These panels also sport a taller than usual 16:10 aspect ratio, so you get more vertical screen real estate compared to a narrower, more typical 16:9 display.
The Acer Predator Helios 16 and Helios 18 will be available in Malaysia from RM8,999 and RM9,999 respectively sometime in May 2023 next month. Both of them are actually available for pre-order today until 30 April, which will come with freebies worth RM1,627. These include an Acer Nitro XV272 gaming monitor, a Predator backpack, and even a three-year onsite warranty with accidental damage and theft coverage.