Acer Predator Helios 700

Review Acer Predator Helios 700: first impressions

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Acer knows how to make laptops for video games; an example of this is its new Acer Predator Helios 700 laptop, with HyperDrift keyboard and MagForce keys.

Acer Predator Helios 700: is it worth your purchase?

It’s expensive and unconventional, but that’s what we expect from any Acer gaming notebook. We are convinced by its large screen and its cooling capacity.

With the Predator Helios 700, we are faced with several high-end specifications. We could even replace it with a desktop computer, and we are quite intrigued by MagForce keys.

As a disadvantage, we can say that we expected to see a 4K screen that we have not found.

Retail price: $ 2,699

Review Acer Predator Helios 700: first impressions

The Helios 300 could have received a specification update for 2019, but the new Predator Helios 700 is much more interesting with its HyperDrift mobile keyboard and the MagForce keys.

Price and availability

We will have to wait until July to see the Acer Predator Helios 700 stores. Its initial price will be € 2,699, although as with almost all laptops. This price will vary depending on different specifications that you choose as RAM or processor.

For now, you can check the official website of Acer to be aware of other products available that may be of interest to you.

Design: sliding keyboard

We have seen smartphones with sliding keyboards before, but it is the first time that we see it on a laptop.

The Helios 700 has a HyperDrift keyboard. Which reminds us of the games of the Need for Speed franchise for some reason, but basically means you can move the keyboard.sliding keyboard

When the laptop was announced. We thought it was a motorized movement, but in the end, it was not like that. Still, it’s still quite original, including some sound effects that make it more interactive.

Just slide it towards you and the trackpad will be in an articulated section creating a kind of ramp. This provides a place to support the dolls while you play or simply use the laptop for any other function.

It also means that you can set a little further away from the 17-inch large screen for a more comfortable experience, and it also reveals a surprising and elegant mix of mesh and glass.

Our main concern is that there is no way to fix it so that it does not move accidentally.

This is where the Helios 700 contains most of its cooling elements, including two of the 4th generation Aero Blade 3D fans custom designed by Acer, five copper heat pipes and one steam chamber.

It looks great and you can press the ‘Turbo’ button to make it work. However, even in the demonstration area where we could test the laptop, the fans were easy to listen to, which is a bit worrisome.sliding keyboard

Let’s not forget that it is a very rough computer (41.7mm and 4.5kg), so it is not exactly “portable” since it is not comfortable to transport.

The Helios 700 has some keys that it calls MegForce. This means that ‘WASD’ can be replaced by special keys that use analog switches instead of traditional linear ones.

This means that they feel like game control triggers, so you can press them as much as you want. Acer says that this gives you more control to have more precise movements while you play.

They feel good, but we still have to try them with a video game and see how they can be configured. We like the idea of using them to accelerate or brake more precisely in driving games such as pedals, but they may not work as well as they initially seem.acer_predator

Specifications and tools

As you would expect from such an expensive laptop, the Predator Helios comes with a pretty powerful spec sheet.

To begin with, the 17.3-inch display with Full HD resolution and the combination of a 144 Hz refresh rate with a response time of 3 ms. it’s pretty, but we would have liked to see a 4K option.acer_predator

Under the mobile hood, there is a 9th generation Intel Core i9 and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 or 2018 and we are talking about Max Q design.

It comes with up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, up to 1 TB of SSD (2D NVMe) and up to 2 TB in the form of a normal hard drive.

That’s a lot of performance, although we could not test the laptop at the Acer press conference. This is mainly because Intel has not yet announced the range of ninth generation products.acer_predator

As being a gaming computer does not have to strive to be very fine, it comes with a lot of ports. It also has five speakers and a subwoofer. We could not test them correctly, but it seems a configuration similar to the 21X, which sounded incredible.

Early verdict

With its high price and high-quality design, the Acer Predator Helios 700 is not for everyone, but it is an interesting addition to the Predator range.

For anyone who is seduced by the 21X but not for the price. This is a more affordable desktop replacement with some first-class specifications.

The sliding keyboard makes it a more comfortable portable device that also improves the cooling system.

It also intrigues us to see how the MegForce keys work in real life. When we can test it in depth we will include more detailed information about the computer.


  • Full HD IPS screen of 17.3 inches, 144Hz, 3ms
  • Intel Core i9 9th generation
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 or 2080
  • Up to 64 GB of RAM
  • SSD up to 1 TB
  • Hard disk up to 2 TB
  • 430x299x41.7mm
  • 4.5kg

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