Acer just announced a ton of new PCs and accessories
All the screens you could shake a stick at.
Acer just held its next@acer Global Press Conference earlier today, with a huge number of product announcements.
While there was the usual crop of new notebooks, Chromebooks and desktops, it was the gaming range in the Predator line and the new ConceptD range of Creator-ready PCs that really caught my eye.
The Predator Helios 700 and Helios 300 gaming notebooks might not make you any better at the latest hotness, Apex Legends, but they will push out the pixels at a staggering rate. Both come with 9th-Gen Intel core processors, with the Helios 700 having an i9, and the Helios 300 coming with an i7. GeForce graphics chips are also onboard, with the beefy RTX 2080 inside the Helios 700, and up to the Max-Q design RTX 2070 inside the smaller model. 144hz displays are on both, with the Helios 700 having the option for a G-Sync panel, as well.
Now, gaming laptops have a bit of a bad rep for getting uncomfortably warm during extended sessions, but Acer has a trick for that. The Helios 700 has a neat trick under its hood – the HyperDrift keyboard slides forward, uncovering additional venting that pulls cooler air directly onto the components that need it the most. That’s a pretty cool way to keep thermals under control, while also bringing the keys closer to you while you game.
PREDATOR CG437K P monitor
Adding to the Predator range is a whopper of a monitor – the 43-inch PREDATOR CG437K P. This monitor boasts a 4K resolution, a 144Hz refresh rate, Adaptive-Sync for PC and Variable Refresh Rate for console gamers, and the holy grail of the current HDR specifications – a DisplayHDR rating of 1000. Expect a hefty price tag on this one when it turns up later this year.
Built to create
The Acer ConceptD range is custom built for the digital creator. There are two new color-accurate monitors with wood accents, two new notebooks with Pantone-validated displays, and a convertible notebook with a Pantone-validated display with a Wacom digitizer built-in. That convertible makes sense of Acer’s Ezel Hinge, allowing the screen to push forward closer to your seating position for sketching.
Finishing up the range are two powerhouse PCs, the ConceptD 900 and 500. Powering the ConceptD 900 is dual Intel Xeon Gold 6148 processors and an Nvidia Quadro RTX 6000, perfect for 4K film editing, 3D modeling, or just about anything you decide to throw at it. The ConceptD 500 has the latest Intel i9 processor, with an Nvidia Quadro RTX 4000, so it’s almost as capable as its bigger brother. It’d be nice to have a choice of cases on this range, as I much prefer the classic cream and wood look of the ConceptD 500 to the more powerful ConceptD 900.
In case you want to watch the whole launch event, check out the YouTube embed below:
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