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Acer Predator Helios 500: three and three are not about the gaming laptop

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Can you briefly describe such a powerful gaming machine as the Acer Predator Helios 500? I tried and that's what happened.

The latest gaming equipment from Acer -unassuming monster. It is huge and heavy, with its power supply you can easily break the glass in your neighbor's car. This equipment is for a small group - players who do not want to have a large box on their table, but do not agree to compromises in terms of performance.

Since we have determined that the Predator Helios 500 is not equipment for everyone, let's find out if those for whom it was created buy it.

  • Efficiency and power
  • Work culture
  • Screen and display
  • Workmanship
  • Keyboard and trackpad
  • No SD card reader
  • Buy or not buy?
  • Acer Predator Helios 500 - 3 times YES

    First yes: performance

    With a six-core Intel Core i9-9850HK processor,32 GB of RAM, GTX 1070 graphics, 256 GB SSD and 2 TB hard drive, we don’t need to worry about the laptop not working. Not today, not in a few years.

    Absolutely every game will blink more than 60 frames per second in Full HD at high or ultra-high settings. There is always a reserve of power.

    Second yes: work culture

    As a rule, such performance is associated with the terrible overheating of the computer and the high noise of fan coolers, resembling helicopter propellers. But not here.

    Yes, the Acer Predator Helios 500 is heated, but to limits far from dangerous. However, even under load, it works surprisingly quietly and culturally, never loading our ears.

    Third yes: mapping

    I wanted to say that I would prefer to have a panelwith higher resolution and color rendering (you can buy this version), but the objective 17.3-inch panel in the Helios 500 is very useful - if you are a player.

    Full HD, 144 Hz, G-Sync, good contrast and viewing angles - what else do you want?

    Acer Predator Helios 500 - 3 times NET First not: workmanship

    For a long time, I used the first Acer Predator 17. You know what? Now, nothing has changed.

    The case is still plastic, sometimes it crackles, in places where it is badly joined. Against the background of aluminum coating in Razer or Alienware, the Helios 500 falls out badly. And yes, it is no less worth it.

    The second is not: keyboard and trackpad

    Although the keyboard Acer Predator Helios 500 withbacklit RGB and will be able to like with time (it is not outstanding, especially compared to Legion Y920), the trackpad is just deadly awful. It supports Windows Precision drivers and its advantages are over. The panel is unpleasant to touch and it works inaccurately.

    Third No: SD Card Readers

    In this case, the manufacturer can not justifylack of space. A device for reading SD-cards must necessarily be located on one of the edges of the case, but for some reason it is absent in the Predator Helios 500.

    Buy or not buy?

    For me, the Acer Predator Helios 500 is a laptopfor players and for players only. Creative professionals, who often seek similar designs, should rather look towards competitive equipment.

    However, the most demanding gamers will bedelighted Although ... I feel that most of them would prefer to have stronger graphics under the hood instead of a Core i9. Although it works perfectly in the version with the Full HD GTX 1070 panel, the 4K version is more interesting for those who consider graphic fireworks unsatisfied.

    Helios 500 is also representative of the dying species. Players and demanding users no longer have to choose large and heavy equipment in order to enjoy games as work.

    If I have a slightly less efficient, but much more mobile car, I will always compare it with this powerful, but not very practical monster.

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