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A look at what Acer was showing at Computex 2018

Hot on the heels of their “Next@Acer” showcase, Computex 2018 gave users the chance to get hands-on with everything announced.

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Computex wouldn’t be the mecca of PC hardware without Acer. Coming off the heels of their Next@Acer Showcase a couple weeks back, the company is out in full force, with all of their announced systems and peripherals available to get hands-on time at the event. Here are a few of our favorite systems that were featured at Computex 2018.

Predator Helios 500 (PH517-61): Gaming laptop with the latest AMD Ryzen processors and Radeon RX graphics

Gaming laptops have been mostly Intel/Nvidia concoctions historically, but that’s all changing with the Helios. With up to a 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700 CPU (yes, the desktop version) and AMD Radeon Vega56 Graphics with 8GB of HBM memory, this is a beast.

No sleeper this, with a style that’s reminiscent of supercars like the Lamborghini. Either a 144hz 1080 screen or a 4K UHD IPS display the pixels generated by the behemoths under the hood. Freesync is supported so your gaming will be buttery-smooth.

A desktop CPU in a laptop needs a special cooling arrangement and Acer’s proprietary AeroBlade 3d metal fans keep the heatsinks fed with a constant stream of fresh air. There’s also pre-defined hotkeys for streaming straight to Mixer, Microsoft’s live-streaming service.

Predator Orion 5000 (PO5-100): Win the battle

Another AMD-specced system here at Computex 2018, in a desktop form factor. The Predator Orion houses up to a 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and up to a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 to push pixels. In a departure from usual OEM cases, there’s a transparent side panel to show off your hardware.

Acer Nitro 50 Desktop: Satisfying gamers’ need for speed

The latest addition to Acer’s Nitro product family is aimed at casual gaming and affordable price tags. You can spec it out to a 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor and up to an AMD Radeon rx580 or a Nvidia GeForce 1060.

A nifty addition – a Qi wireless charging pad in the top of the case for charging your smartphone.

Pricing and availability announced at Computex 2018

The Predator Helios 500 (PH517-61) gaming notebook will be available in North America in August starting at $2,199; in EMEA in July starting at €1,999, and in China in August starting at ¥25,999.

The Predator Orion 5000 (PO5-100) gaming desktop will be available in North America in September starting at $1,499.99.

The Acer Nitro 50 (N50-100) gaming desktop will be available in North America in September starting at $899.99.

Any of these look especially interesting to you? Let us know in the comments.

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