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Best Gaming Laptop: Acer Predator Helios 500

Finally, we had the possibility to test the Acer Predator Helios 500 which is well known for its great cooling good performance and reasonable price.

General Info

Acer Predator Helios 500
SeriesPredator Helios 500
BrandAcer
Model NumberPH517-51-78UP
Weight4 Kg
Laptop TypeGaming Laptop
OSWindows 10 Home
Display17.3 Inch
TypeLaptop

The Predator Helios 500 is definitely a big-sized laptop but thankfully the design is not so bad. The laptop is all made of matte plastic which doesn’t show fingerprints so easily. Despite the plastic construction, Helios 500 feels very tough and premium.

On the back, you can find nice-looking exhausts with blue heat sinks and the top panel contains only the predator logo in the middle. We actually like the fact that it has blue accents instead of red but if use a different colour of lighting on your keyboard it looks kinda mismatched.

Display

Acer Predator Helios 500
Display TypeIPS Display
Display Size17.3 Inches
Display Resolution1920 x 1080 Pixels
Display TouchscreenNo
ColourBlack

The display 17.3 inches, 144-hertz IPS panel, and depending on the model it supports G-sync for Nvidia graphics and Free-Sync for AMD version which we’ve got here the combination of free sync and fast refresh provides smooth gameplay and the colour reproduction is just on point.

This display can reproduce 97% of sRGB colour gamut 75% of Adobe RGB and the brightness is 329 nits, it’s more than enough for gaming but the Helios 500 can be also used for content creation especially with 8 core processor. As for now, this model is one of the best laptops that you can buy for that kind of job, and no, RTX laptop can beat Helios 500 at least for now.

Specification

Acer Predator Helios 500
Processor NameIntel Core i7- 8750H (8th Gen)
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce GTX 1070
ChipsetIntel HM370
Dimensions428 x 298 x 38.7 mm
RAM16 GB DDR4 RAM
Storage1 TB HDD/256 SSD

Performance

Acer Predator Helios 500
Clockspeed2.1 Ghz
Graphic ProcessorGeForce
ProcessorGTX 1070
Graphic Ram8 GB

If you dip into graphics work you can buy this laptop with 4k display that has 100% of sRGB and 100% of Adobe RGB, now the price of our unit is about $1,800, for comparison you can buy an i9 version for $2,400 or 6 core i7 for $1,800, so we think that Ryzen 7 + Vega 56 model gives you a much better bang for your buck.

However, the Helios 500 with intel processors comes with a full-size GTX 1070 which is about 5 per cent better than vega 56. In both cases, the GPU will be the bottleneck for the CPU in games so if you want to sacrifice two cores for slightly better performance in games, you can go for the i9 or i7 model with GTX 1070. If it comes to content creation the Ryzen 7 is significantly better than any six-core processor. So we think that it’s worth considering even though you will have a 5% weaker GPU.

Multimedia

Acer Predator Helios 500
Web-camHD 720P Webcam
SpeakersDual Speakers
Microphone JackYes
Wireless LanIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetoothv5.0
Memory SlotsYes
HDMI PortsYes
Ethernet PortsYes
Finger Print ReaderNo

The speakers are located under the device on both sides there is also a subwoofer but we couldn’t hear a big difference between the base strength of Helios 500 and another decent laptop without a subwoofer. So if it comes to sound in predator there is nothing special, it’s loud clear and the bass is only fine.

Battery

Acer Predator Helios 500
Battery Cell4 Cell
Battery TypeLithium-Ion
Battery BackupUpto 3 hours
Power Supply330 W AC Adapter

If it comes to battery life we managed to use predator for only 3 hours when doing light productivity work and 40 minutes when gaming, that’s a mediocre result for a gaming laptop. But considering the size of this laptop and the big power brick, we doubt that anybody would use it on the go anyway.

Conclusion

This Helios 500 is a good gaming and content creation laptop. When you add performance to a colour-calibrated panel you get helios 500. If you are buying for just the purpose of gaming, we think you should go for the i7 or i9 model with GTX 1070, which is better than Vega 56 and provides better graphical performance. But if you are buying for content creation getting those extra Ryzen 7 cores will be a much better deal despite we are getting a little weaker GPU, which is Vega 56.

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