Aside from the updated Predator Helios 300, Acer Malaysia also introduced the refreshed Acer Predator Helios 700 on our shores. Designed as a desktop replacement, this is a high-end gaming laptop with a unique feature: its keyboard can be pulled down to reveal the machine’s cooling system.
Of course, this isn’t done only for show (though it does look pretty cool). By sliding out the Helios 700’s keyboard – Acer calls it the HyperDrift keyboard – the improved airflow allows the laptop to deliver better performance. On top of that, with the keyboard pulled down, it acts as a wrist rest for a more comfortable typing experience.
Aside from its unique keyboard, the Helios 700 is naturally a gaming powerhouse as well. For the Malaysian market, it is offered with two different processors: an Intel Core i7-10875H chip, or a faster, overclockable Core i9-10980HK processor. Regardless of which chip you go for, it is paired with (oddly enough) only 16GB of RAM. It would’ve been great if it had more RAM, given that this is a high-end, premium gaming laptop.
Anyway, there are also two GPU options for the Helios 700 over here. The base Core i7 model features an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super GPU, while the range-topping variant with a faster Core i9 chip comes with an equally powerful RTX 2080 Super graphics card.
As for storage, the Core i7 model of the Helios 700 is packed with a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD paired with a 1TB 7200RPM HDD. The Core i9 variant, on the other hand, comes with two 512GB SSD in Raid 0 configuration.
In the display department, the Helios 700 is equipped with a 17.3-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS display with a 144Hz refresh rate. On top of that, it also supports Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, so you won’t have to deal with screen tearing as you’re playing your favorite game.
Given that the Helios 700 is touted as a desktop replacement, it has a generous selection of ports. These include two USB-C connections, three full-size USB-A ports, an HDMI 2.0 output, a DisplayPort 1.4 connection, and even an RJ-45 port.
The Acer Helios 700 is now available for pre-order on Acer Malaysia’s online store; there is a six to eight weeks of lead time upon purchase. The base Core i7 + RTX 2070 Super model retails at RM12,999, while the higher-end Core i9 + RTX 2080 Super configuration costs a cool RM17,999.
Those who pre-order the Helios 700 will also get free gifts worth up to RM2,767. These include a Predator gaming chair, a backpack, and a choice between a Redmi TV soundbar or a Predator RGB mousepad.