Acer today lifted the lid on sweeping updates to its gaming-PC and peripherals lineup, announcing design and component refreshes for multiple laptop, desktop, and monitor products across its Predator and Nitro lines. The addition of 10th Generation Intel processors is the main through-line in these PC updates, but additional GPU, feature, and design updates slide in alongside the new silicon. Also on offer: new advanced gaming monitors, and even a massage chair, so read on for the latest in Predator and Nitro.
Acer Predator Helios 700 and Helios 300
Thanks to its unique slide-out keyboard, the high-end Predator Helios 700 is one of the most distinctive laptops we’ve reviewed in recent years, and it’s being refreshed with some powerful updates. The signature HyperDrift keyboard remains (it moves forward, toward the user, to allow for enhanced thermal performance inside the laptop), while new CPU and GPU options are the focus here.
Acer Predator Helios 700
In particular, fresh 10th Generation Intel CPUs will be available in the Helios 700, including the more mainstream Core i7-10875H and the overclockable Core i9-10980HK. (Both are eight-core/16-thread processors.) Nvidia’s mobile GeForce RTX Super GPUs are also a key addition: The GeForce RTX 2070 Super and the RTX 2080 Super are your graphics choices for this laptop.
In addition, thermal enhancements have been made for the Core i9 option to improve performance, while the display is a full HD 144Hz panel. Expect this new Helios in August starting at $2,399.99.
For a more affordable entry in the Predator Helios line, the Helios 300 is also getting a refresh. It, too, will receive 10th Generation Intel chips, but the more modest Core i5-10300H and Core i7-10750H. Graphics options include the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (a new mainstream-level mobile GPU recently introduced alongside the GeForce RTX Super chips a few months back), the GTX 1660 Ti, the RTX 2060, and the RTX 2070 (Max-Q).
Acer Predator Helios 300
Acer will offer the Helios 300 in a choice of three display types (120Hz, 144Hz, 240Hz), with all three being full HD panels. Expect the Helios 300 in July, starting at $1,199.99.
Acer Predator Triton 300
Moving on to the Triton family, the Triton 300 is the more budget-friendly sibling of the Acer Predator Triton 500, which we rated highly in a recent review at the link. It, too, will now offer 10th Generation Intel processors—in fact, it will offer the same CPU and GPU options as the new Helios 300.
Acer Predator Triton 300
With this model, you get just a single display option: a full HD 240Hz panel. In those ways, it is similar to the Helios 300, but it’s a slightly more premium offering given its thin-and-light chassis (just 0.78 inch thick and 4.63 pounds). It will be available in September starting at $1,299.99.
Acer Nitro 7
In the budget gaming laptop category, we have updates to the Nitro 7. It will boast a sleek chassis for an entry-level laptop, coming in at 0.78 inch thick and 5.5 pounds. It will, like the machines above, be powered by 10th Generation Intel silicon, though Acer will offer just one CPU option: the Core i7-10750H.
Acer Nitro 7
Shoppers can pick between two GPUs, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and the GeForce RTX 2060, and two screen-refresh flavors: 60Hz and 144Hz, both of them full HD displays. The Nitro 7 is a bit further out than the others above in terms of rollout time (October), and it should start at $999.99.
Acer Predator Orion 3000 and 9000 Series
Moving away from laptops and on to desktops, the high-powered Acer Predator Orion series is also seeing its share of updates. In addition to new component options, the exteriors have been redesigned; you can see the new looks in the photos below.
As the model names suggest, the Orion 3000 is the more modest option of the two lines, though configurations still allow for up to Core i7 chips and up to the GeForce RTX 2070 Super. Like any good desktop, it can hold plenty of storage drives (up to two 3TB platter-based hard drives, plus a 1TB SSD), and plenty of RAM (up to 64GB). It will be available in September, with configurations starting at $999.99.
Acer Predator Orion 3000
The Orion 9000 is the true enthusiast-grade tower, with high-tier CPU options like the Core X-Series Core i9-10980XE Extreme Edition and Core i9-10940X, or the Core i9-9900K. GPU offerings also scale much higher: Buyers can choose among the GeForce RTX 2070 Super, the GeForce RTX 2080 Super, and the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. In terms of memory and storage, the Orion 9000 can support up to 128GB of RAM and as many as three 3TB platter hard drives, up to a 512GB 2.5-inch SSD, and up to a 1TB M.2 SSD.
Acer Predator Orion 9000
High-end cooling solutions are also part of the Orion 9000 plan, notably a Cooler Master liquid cooler for the CPU and three 120mm fans. Acer currently provides no release date or starting price for the Orion 9000 in the U.S., though it will launch in Europe in October. We last looked at the Orion 9000 in 2018, and then, as now, it is a genuine monster among gaming desktops from mainstream makers.
Acer Nitro 50
As for more affordable gaming desktops, the Nitro 50 is meant to offer many configuration options for a range of budgets. The basics comprise 10th Generation Intel CPUs from Core i3 up to Core i7, and GPU options from the GeForce GTX 1650 to the RTX 2060 Super.
Acer Nitro 50
The Nitro 50 will launch in September starting at $799.99.
Acer Predator X25 (360Hz), XB3 Gaming Monitors
Apart from the full PC announcements, Acer also showed off a cadre of new displays. The highlight of the bunch is the Predator X25, a 24.5-inch full HD monitor with a whopping 360Hz peak refresh rate. It’s designed for serious esports hounds looking for sky’s-the-limit frame rates in games that aren’t too demanding to run at 1080p.
Acer Predator X25 (360Hz)
Further details on the X25 are slim. What we do know: It will be an IPS panel that also features support for Nvidia G-Sync. We have no release date nor pricing at this time. We saw the first such 360Hz/G-Sync panel at CES 2020, with the model on display an ROG Swift model from Asus.
Acer also announced new XB3 monitors that come in screen sizes of 25 and 31.5 inches. These higher-resolution displays (1440p and 4K, respectively) are good for gaming (G-Sync compatible with Adaptive Sync) but are also potentially well-suited for content creation, given their super-high contrast ratios, peak brightness ratings, and support for DisplayHDR 400. The XB3 series will be available in September starting at $429.99.
Acer Predator XB3 Series Monitors
Acer Predator Osim Gaming Chair
Finally, we come to an announcement outside of strict PC hardware, though it certainly qualifies as a gaming accessory. Acer is launching the Predator Osim Gaming Chair, working in conjunction with massage-chair brand Osim. Yes, the chair will offer multiple massage points, so you can relax while playing or between rounds.
Acer OSIM Gaming Chair
The chair delivers what Acer dubs a “2D massage,” made possible by four rollers and backed by three auto-massage modes (neck and shoulders, lumbar, and something called “energize”) and two manual modes (rolling and tapping). You can adjust various roller positions and levels with a control panel built into the right armrest. The chair is also a sound system: Two Bluetooth speakers are built into the chair body.
Acer offered no release date or price for this product just yet, though we can safely bet it will come in much lower than Acer’s last stab at gaming/seating tech, the Thronos Air we test-sat at CES 2020.
Check back for full reviews of most of these products as they become available later this year.