If it’s a good gaming laptop you’re after and you don’t mind investing in the best, then this machine should be one that you consider. Its performance is very good for not only gaming but a variety of other tasks as well. The dual-fan cooling system features some all metal Aeroblade 3D fans as well as copper heat pipes to prevent this rig from ever overheating. Not only does it perform well, the Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-61-R0GX also looks great with its bright blue LED keyboard backlighting.
Weight and Monitor
At an approximate weight of 8.82-lbs this isn’t the lightest laptop, but it comes with a decent battery life and is still portable enough that you can carry it around when you travel. Of course, most people want this laptop to use as an alternative to a desktop, so it might not be leaving your desk anyway. You don’t have to stick with just the blue LED lighting either, as the four-zoned RGB gives you plenty of colors to play around with. The keyboard also features five dedicated hotkeys.
This AMD-powered Predator Helios is powerful enough to run VR. Enjoy playing all of the newest titles on the 17.3-inch screen. Some models are full HD and come with features like Radeon FreeSync technology and In-Plane Switching. Get full HD at 144 Hz. Get the “4k” experience and bid farewell to problems such as anti-aliasing.
Even though you’ll prefer a mouse when playing your favorite games, the blue-lit Precision Touchpad on the Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-61-R0GX still offers a traditional approach to notebook use.
The system is not only cool but incredibly quiet, even with its desktop-class internals. Cool air is quickly cycled in through four exhausts and two intakes, and heat is expelled through an innovative design that allows the machine to be slightly elevated.
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-61-R0GX Specifications
• Operating system: Windows 10 (Home)
• Display: 17.3-inch Full HD 16:9 / 1920 x 1080 resolution
• Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 2700 octa-core / 3.20-Ghz
• Memory: 16GB DDR4 SDRAM / 4 memory slots
• Storage: 256GB solid state drive
• Network / communication: IEEE 802.11 ac wireless LAN standard
• Graphics: Radeon FreeSync / “Tearing prevention technology”
On some models, there is an empty 2.5-inch hard drive / SSD bay for adding more storage.
There are plenty of interfaces / ports as well, including a total of 4 USB ports.
No, it’s not the cheapest gaming notebook on the market, but you can count on the Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-61-R0GX to last for a long time. Also, you might still be able to find a deal on it if you shop online for Acer discounts.