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Acer Predator Helios 500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews of Acer Predator Helios 500. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the sound and size. The usability and screen also get good comments, but some have doubts about the energy efficiency and keyboard.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Acer Predator Helios 500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Acer Predator Helios 500

 

Acer's Predator Helios 500 gaming laptop is heavy hitter, including a 144Hz display, Nvidia GTX 1070 and G-Sync.

Effortless overclocking ; Stays reassuringly cool ; 144Hz screen

Huge and heavy ; Poor battery life

Smooth performance and cool running make this a worthy top-end gaming laptop, despite limited portability and a few little flaws. Just keep an eye on battery levels.

Sep, 2018

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Acer Predator Helios 500 review: A beast of a gaming laptop

 

The gargantuan Predator Helios 500 is the fastest laptop we've ever tested

Super CPU speeds ; Smooth 144Hz display ; Can handle ANY game ; Valid desktop replacement

Noisy fans ; Darn pricey ; Woeful battery life

Admittedly, the file reading speeds of the SATA SSD are not up to scratch compared with rival gaming laptops, but that’s not going to have an impact on gaming. For a sleeker alternative, the Razer Blade 15 is your best bet; the lighter weight and...

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.co.uk)

Acer Predator Helios 500 is an overclockable monster gaming laptop

 

Six cores, no waiting.

Expert review by : Jim Martin (techadvisor.co.uk)

Acer Predator Helios 500

 

Acer's new high-end gaming laptop is more level-headed than some of the crazy designs the company has launched recently. Here's our first look at the Predator Helios 500.

Expert review by : Andrew E. Freedman (tomshardware.co.uk)

Acer Predator Helios 500 Review: Keeping Its Cool

 

Acer is going big with the Predator Helios 500. Really big. The laptop ($1,999.99 to start, $2,499.99 as tested) is a 17.3-inch desktop replacement, but it's that space that keeps it so cool, even with a powerful Intel Core i9-8950HK and Nvidia GeForce...

The Acer Predator Helios 500 is a massive gaming laptop that’s easy to overclock and upgrade, but its display could be a little brighter.

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Acer Predator Helios 500 review: A jam-packed gaming laptop with a giant screen

 

With a new Intel Core i9 processor, the Helios 500 is trying to stay one step ahead of the competition.

This is one of the first laptops with Intel's new high-end Core i9 processor, which is paired with a powerful Nvidia 1070 graphics card. Plenty of ports, a big screen and decent lighting options make this a flexible game machine.

Other gaming laptops have more powerful GPUs, better screens, more lighting options and cooler designs, leaving the Helios 500 stuck in the middle of the pack.

The Acer Helios 500 is a big-screen 17-inch laptop that has some excellent components and doesn't cost a fortune, but also offers few surprises.

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Gabe Carey (pcmag.com)

Acer Predator Helios 500

 

Acer's Predator Helios 500 squeezes full-fat overclockable GeForce GTX 1070 performance into a 17-inch gaming laptop, but we'd like to see a bit more battery life and chassis polish.

144Hz G-Sync display. Full-power Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. RGB-backlit keyboard. One-click overclocking.

All-plastic finish. Keyboard lighting is programmable only by zones, not per-key. Short battery life.

Bottom Line: Acer's Predator Helios 500 squeezes full-fat overclockable GeForce GTX 1070 performance into a 17-inch gaming laptop, but we'd like to see a bit more battery life and chassis polish.

Aug, 2018

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

Acer Predator Helios 500 Review

 

You better cover yourself with some mud, because this Predator is so mighty that it would make Arnold Schwarzenegger run the other way. For $2,499 (starting at $1,999), the Helios 500 packs a beastly 8th Gen Core i9 processor and GTX 1070 GPU for...

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Benjamin Herzig (notebookcheck.net)

Acer Predator Helios 500 (GTX 1070, i9-8950HK) Laptop Review

 

Ultra HD gaming device. The hunk of a laptop enters the second round: Not so long ago, we have already reviewed the lower-priced version of the Acer Predator Helios 500 - here comes the sequel. Is the expensive high-end version able to convince us?...

bright Ultra HD display with very good color space coverage ; future-proof RAM configuration ; extensively configurable backlight ; 2x USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ; convenient port placement ; great maintenance options ; decent sound system ; good input...

Core i9 unable to reach its full performance potential ; unconventional keyboard layout ; poor battery life ; very high idle power consumption ; material and rigidity too poor for its price ; significantly decreased performance in battery mode

No surprise: The Acer Predator Helios 500 in the 4K version with Intel Core i9-8950HK is another great device for gaming, as it still offers most benefits of the lower-priced version. However, in our opinion the lower-priced i7 model is the better...

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Sebastian Jentsch (notebookcheck.net)

Acer Predator Helios 500 (GTX 1070, i7-8750H) Laptop Review

 

Gaming upgrade. Our exclusive review of Acer's massive fella. Equipped with a 45 W CPU and a GTX 1070 the brand-new case contains a true gaming powerhouse. The Helios 500 is the successor to the Helios 300, and while still quite hefty and bulky the new...

bright FHD panel with decent response times ; 144 Hz G-Sync panel ; future-proof RAM configuration ; extensively configurable backlight ; 2x USB Type- C Thunderbolt 3 ports ; conveniently placed ports ; excellent maintenance options ; decent sound...

low-contrast FHD panel ; incomplete sRGB coverage ; odd keyboard layout ; quite pronounced backlight bleeding ; poor battery life ; high idle power consumption ; choice of material and rigidity too poor for its price

With its Predator Helios 500, Acer has once again created a well-rounded gaming powerhouse with more pros than cons when it comes to gaming. Nevertheless, even this 17-inch gaming machine is far from perfect and therefore demands a detailed...

May, 2018
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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:MaxxAudio
Built-In Microphone:Y
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:4810
Battery capacity (Watt hours):74
Battery life (max):3.5
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera HD type:HD

Design

Form factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Gaming
Product colour:Black
Product Type:Notebook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:43.9
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
HD type:Full HD
LED Backlight:Y
Panel Type:IPS
Touchscreen:N

Graphics

CUDA:Y
Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:8
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:64
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
NVIDIA 3D Vision:Y
NVIDIA G-SYNC:Y
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter 4K support:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® UHD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x3E9B
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel® UHD Graphics 630
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.5

Keyboard

Keyboard backlit:Y
Numeric keypad:Y
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y

Memory

ECC:N
Internal Memory:16 / 32
Internal memory type:DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:64
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):64
Memory clock speed:2133
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory slots:4x SO-DIMM

Networking

Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:5.0
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11ac

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y

Ports & interfaces

Charging port type:DC-in jack
DC-in jack:Y
DisplayPorts quantity:1
DVI port:N
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:3
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1 / 2

Power

AC adapter power:230

Processor

Bus type:DMI
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
PCI Express configurations:1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:4.10 / 4.80
Processor cache:12 / 9
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Coffee Lake
Processor Cores:6
Processor family:8th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i9
Processor frequency:2.20 / 2.90
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:i7-8750H / i9-8950HK
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Socket:BGA 1440
Processor threads:12
Stepping:U0
System bus rate:8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y
Intel HD Graphics:Y
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Processor ARK ID:134903 / 134906
Processor code:SR3YY / SRCKN
Processor package size:42 x 28
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y

Security

Fingerprint Reader:N

Software

Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:WINDOWS 10 HOME

Storage

Card reader integrated:N
Hard Drive Capacity:1000
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:256 / 512
Storage Media:HDD+SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1256 / 1512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:298
Height :38.7
Weight:4
Width:428