Predator Helios 16 and Predator Helios 18 laptops – update of the Predator Heliosgaming series. Both lines will receive Intel Core i9 or i7 HX processors of the 13th generation and a graphics card from the GeForce RTX 40 Laptop GPU family this year. Their maximum RAM capacity is 32 GB DDR5-4800 MHz, internal storage is 2 TB PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD in Raid 0.
The Predator Helios 16 has a 16-inch screen with an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a resolution of WQXGA (2560×1600 pixels), the refresh rate can be 165 or 240 Hz. The line also has a configuration with a Mini LED panel based on AUO AmLED technology — with a refresh rate of 250 Hz, a peak brightness of 1,000 nits and 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space.
The larger model, the Predator Helios 18, is accordingly equipped with an 18-inch screen with the same proportions, the resolution can be 1920×1200 points (165 Hz) or 2560×1600 (165 or 240 Hz). An option with a Mini LED panel (250 Hz) with local dimming for 1000 individual zones is also available.
The Predator Helios 16 is expected to go on sale between February and March, depending on the region. In Europe, the price will start from €2,400, in the US – from $1,650 (it seems that in the US there will be additional simpler configurations in the line compared to Europe). Predator Helios 18 will go on sale from February to April, the price in the US will start from $1,700, in Europe – from €2,500. In Ukraine, Predator Helios 16 will appear in February with a starting price of UAH 78,999, Predator Helios 18 – in March, starting at UAH 79,999.
In addition to laptops, Acer also introduced new models of gaming monitors — firstly, it is a 45-inch Predator X45 with a curved OLED screen with a resolution of UQWHD (3440×1440 dots) and a curvature radius of 800R (80 cm). The peak brightness can reach 1,000 nits, the color coverage is 98.5% DCI-P3, there is HDR10 support and TÜV Rheinland EyeSafe certification — it confirms that this monitor does not tire the eyes and allows you to comfortably work on it for a long time.
The second monitor is a flat 27-inch Predator X27U. It is also equipped with an OLED panel with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels. The basic characteristics of the panel are similar to the Predator X45: peak brightness of 1,000 nits, color coverage of 98.5% DCI-P3, HDR10 support. The maximum refresh rate of both screens is 240 Hz, the response time is 0.01 ms, there is support for AMD FreeSync Premium technology. Both monitors are equipped with KVM, so they can be conveniently used with two systems at the same time – for example, with a desktop and a laptop.
Both monitors are expected to go on sale in the second quarter, with the Predator X45 priced at $1,700 in the US and €1,800 in Europe. The Predator X27U will cost $1,100 and €1,100, respectively. In Ukraine, the monitors are expected in the third quarter of 2023, the starting price for the Predator X45 is 71,999 UAH, for the Predator X27U – 43,999 UAH.