Acer launches an energy drink and refreshes gaming notebooks

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Acer has shocked everybody today by revealing, an energy drink.

Dubbed the Predator Shot, it contains Vitamin B and something called lutein.

Joking aside, Acer has also unveiled refreshed Predator Helios, Predator Triton and Nitro gaming notebooks.

We’re going to start at the Nitro 7 which now sports a 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processor which can be paired with up to 32GB of DDR4 2933MHz memory, 1TB of storage in RAID 0 and up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060.

The Nitro 7 can now also be configured with a 15.6inch 144Hz display at a FullHD resolution.

The Nitro 7 arrives in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region in July at a price of €1 299 (~R23 357), but at this stage has not been confirmed for release locally.

Onward to the Predator Triton 300 which has the same Intel CPU generation as the Nitro 7 but this time you can get up to an Nvidia RTX 2070 Max-Q.

That beefier GPU is being used to drive a 15.6 inch FullHD 240Hz display.

The Triton 300 also features three M.2 bays for easy storage upgrades.

As for the Triton 300, it arrives in South Africa in September at a starting price of R34 999.

The Acer Predator Triton 300.Finally we arrive at Acer’s most powerful notebooks, the Predator Helios range.

The “baby” of that range, the Helios 300 sports an Intel 10th Generation Core H-series CPU alongside an Nvidia RTX 2070 GPU Max-Q and up to 32GB of DDR4 2933MHz.

While the specs are comparable to the Triton 300, the Predator Helios has a bit more going on.

For one the display is a 240Hz Full HD affair and you have up to 2TB of PCIe NVMe storage in RAID 0. That’s storage for your games sorted just be sure to keep a back up.

Of course the best of the bunch is the Acer Predator Helios 700.

Time and time again this notebook range has dropped our jaws and this time is no different, at least on paper.

The 10th Generation Intel Core-H series processors feature again but this time you have a choice between an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER or RTX 2070 SUPER GPU. Yes, there is no mention of Max-Q in the release we have which means Acer is going to have to address thermal issues in the Helios 700.

Thankfully it has done just that at least for the CPU.

“The device’s thermal management capabilities have been significantly enhanced with a new thermal solution called Predator PowerGem, included on models with the Intel Core i9 processor. PowerGem is a special material with 3.83 times more vertical heat conductivity than copper, improving the notebook’s heat emission efficiency. All models include three copper heat pipes, Acer CoolBoost Technology, a vapor chamber and two Acer custom-engineered 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D fans,” says Acer.

It’s unclear how the cooling of those GPUs are being handled.

The sliding HyperDrift keyboard returns in the Helios 700 but this time around there are some new keys.

The WASD keys in particular use MagTek mechanical switches. These switches reportedly feel like triggers on a controller and allow you to press the key with varying amounts of pressure.

These switches can be switched out as you please and give you a bit more control in games such as racing games.

The Predator Helios 300 is expected to land in South Africa in September this year and carry a R24 999 starting price. The beefier Helios 700 does not have local pricing and availability yet, but we’re expecting it around the same time frame, for a lot more money.

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.