The Acer Predator Helios is a monster of a gaming machine that also doubles as an everyday machine. The first thing you notice though is that it isn’t the lightest of laptops at almost 9 pounds in weight, not ideal for lugging around with you all day long. The second thing is the number of vents on the machine – that should give you some idea of just how much heat this laptop throws out, together with the warning label on it too!
The keyboard is beautifully backlit in Azure blue although you can customize the color if you want, and it is one of the most comfortable keyboards on any laptop today. Just above the keyboard are five hotkeys with customizable functions and an extra button that lets you switch between two more group sets of functions, giving you 15 in total. The touchpad is smooth with responsive mouse buttons and support for multi-touch gestures.
The Predator Helios does not lack in ports. On one side you have a USB 3.0 port with “Always-On” charging, an RJ45 port and two Thunderbolt 3.0 ports. And, on the back, in between the vents, you will find a handy Display port, a power jack and an HDMI 2.0 connector that has HDCP support.
The FHD G-Sync display falls short of the average color gamut for gaming laptops but with the display port, serious gamers can easily attach a much better display to the laptop. Audio fared much better, packing two speakers and an additional subwoofer with clear crisp and loud sound.
Storage comes to us with a 1TB SATA drive AND a 256 GB SSD, backed up with an impressive 16 GB RAM. And the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card offers up to 8 GB dedicated graphics memory too. Where the Predator Helios really falls short is on battery life. It is a monster of a gaming laptop but don’t expect any more than two and a half hours of continuous play before the battery gives up the ghost.