Acer Predator Helios 500 review

Acer Predator Helios 500 review

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

With its dynamic angles and RGB lighting on the front, sides, and back, the Acer Predator Helios 500 reminds me of the Lamborghini Hybrid Sián Roadster.  It looks and feels massively powerful in every way, abundant with the potential to dominate video games. It features an overclockable Intel Core i9 processor, a GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, and up to a whopping 64GB of RAM to help you destroy your foes.

Gamers can pick from three 17.3-inch displays, all of which offer different experiences. A 4K Mini-LED 120Hz screen is equipped with AUO AmLED technology. Another option is AUO’s superfast FHD 360 Hz display with a speedy 3 millisecond response time, which should deliver buttery smooth performance. This puts you right in the middle of the other two options, with a QHD 2560 x 1440-pixel at 165Hz screen.

Acer Predator Helios 500 design

Acer predator 500

Acer’s Predator Helios 500 gaming laptop is a desktop replacement that can handle any task you throw at it. With the Predator logo glowing on the dark purple metal lid, the Helios 500 feels as though it is built like a Lamborghini for gaming.

Using Acer’s 3D fan system, there are side and rear exhaust ports that allow airflow to keep the system cool. A bright blue light illuminates the rear silver exhaust, which looks ready to break any speed limit. PredatorSense software lets you customize the side lighting effects near the front of the unit and the front lightbar.

Its immersive 17.3-inch, 1080p display at 360Hz will capture your attention when you open the lid. Even though the bezels are not as thin as I’d like, they aren’t large and don’t detract from the experience. It would be wise to keep a cloth or wipe handy since the unit is quite sensitive to fingerprints.

After you have chosen your lighting preference, you will find a massive full-sized keyboard with matte black chicklet style keys with white font and fully customizable RGB lighting. In spite of its size, the RGB-encased touchpad is responsive, and the two separate mechanical buttons are clicky.

At 15.7 x 12.56 x 1.38 inches and 8.59 pounds, the Predator Helios 500 is a heavyweight. Although it has a 17-inch form factor, the Origin EON 17-X is a little lighter and offers similar features.

Acer Predator Helios 500 ports

With a generous amount of ports, the Predator Helios 500 offers a wide range of connectivity options. Left of the Mini Display port are two USB-C Thunderbolt ports, an HDMI port, a USB-Type A port, and a Mini Display Port.

Acer Predator Helios 500 display

Acer predator 500

I had a chance to get my hands on a 17.3-inch 1920 x 1080 FHD display at 360Hz for the Predator Helios 500. Watching videos felt very immersive, thanks to the unobtrusive bezel. Marvel’s upcoming Eternals trailer rendered colors richly and with excellent saturation, clarity, and consistency in FHD.

In the Eternals trailer, Angelina Jolie swings her spear while the dark aqua drapes pull back to reveal the location; the Helios 500 captured the moment beautifully.

Because this is only a hands-on unit and our team of testing masters hasn’t run any benchmarks on it, we are unable to report the brightness or color scores yet, but we will once we receive the full review unit.

Acer Predator Helios 500 audio

In addition to the Helios 500’s front-firing speakers, its lightbar features two rear-firing speakers. On YouTube, I played the Bruno Mars Mix and grooved to “That’s What I Like.” The speakers are fairly loud and perky, so they filled my small studio with a rich sound. It lacks any kind of bass or thump at all.

DTS Sound Unbound is included with the unit, which is supposed to improve your audio experience. There was a lack of bass regardless of which sound profile I chose, from Music, Voice, Movies, Strategy, RPG, Shooter, or a Custom audio option.

Acer Predator Helios 500 keyboard and touchpad

There is a full-size chicklet keyboard on the Predator Helios 500. There is bright RGB lighting. With PredatorSense, you can control the lighting effects on the keyboard. Crystal blue is used to highlight the WASD and PredatorSense keys for gaming.

As the keys travel nicely and my massive hands were able to type with a high degree of dexterity, the deck itself is massive and comfortable to type on.

My 10fastfingers test reached 92 words per minute, which is within my range of 75 to 90 words per minute.

For a large deck, the touchpad is a bit small, but it is responsive and efficient with Windows 10 gestures, including two-finger scrolling, pinching to zoom, and three-finger tapping. Under the touchpad, the two-button setup is clicky and works nicely.

Acer Predator Helios 500 performance and graphics

Acer predator 500

I swear it laughed at me as I threw everything at it with its 11th Gen Intel Core i9-11980HK CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, 32GB RAM, and a 2TB PCIe M.2 SSD. I opened 45 tabs in the Firefox browser, including many playing YouTube videos, and it ignored my attempts to fluster it as it happily ignored my attempts.

We weren’t able to run any benchmarks on our hands-on unit, but having recently reviewed another gaming laptop with similar specifications, there’s no reason to doubt that the Predator Helios 500 will thrive when put through its paces. The GPU on this device is one of the best available today, so I expect it to handle video and photo editing tasks without a hitch.

Acer Predator Helios 500 webcam

There is a 10-megapixel Predator Helios 500 webcam with 60 fps and Temporal Noise Reduction. This webcam immediately made a difference, and unlike the standard 720p laptop webcams we’re used to, this is a substantial upgrade. Despite poor lighting, the image is super clear thanks to the Temporal Noise Reduction. Either in photographs or in the video, the colors are saturated warmly, with very accurate coloring. The webcam from Acer is superb, so kudos to them.

Acer Predator Helios 500 software and warranty

With the Acer Predator Helios 500, you get Windows 10 Pro without bloatware. The Killer Control Center is one of my favorite applications, which gives users many options to control how applications are used. Users can select which applications are prioritized for system resources. There is an option to allocate more resources to Adobe Premiere while leaving fewer resources available for your browser. It’s pretty helpful and ensures that whatever you’re working on or playing will have the power to succeed.

Additionally, you can download DTS Sound Unbound and Ultra apps, ExpressVPN, the Firefox browser, Norton Security Ultra, and the usual assortment of Windows applications like Microsoft Solitaire Collection, Skype, and Spotify. Moreover, you will also find the Acer Care Center, which will show you your laptop’s important information and allow you to fine-tune and inspect its components.

One year of limited warranty is included with the Acer Predator. 

Outlook

In spite of not having run any benchmarks or games, I am confident that the Predator Helios 500 will be a capable multimedia laptop and a worthy gaming laptop. As an ultra-slim gaming laptop with a powerful Intel Core i9 CPU and the latest Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics chip, the Helios should beat up opponents like Thor while hurling Mjollnir at unprepared foes.

Pros Cons
Fast, colorful display Speakers have weak bass
Great webcam Smallish Touchpad
Comfortable keyboard Heavy
Stunning RGB lighting Pricey
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU

CONCLUSION

As a gaming laptop, the Acer Predator Helios 500 will crush your enemies and look good doing it. There are fewer things it doesn’t do well.