During its Next@Acer 2023 event, Acer introduced a suite of new Nitro and Predator gaming laptops, featuring the latest 13th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Series GPUs.
Acer Nitro 16 and Nitro 17[UPDATE] The Nitro 16 and Nitro 17 are also available in AMD Ryzen 7000 series CPU.
The new Nitro 16 gaming laptop comes with a 5% larger screen area than its predecessor and features an upgraded 16-inch WUXGA or WQXGA display with a 165 Hz refresh rate that supports NVIDIA Advanced Optimus, allowing users to dynamically switch between the integrated graphics and discrete graphics without having to reboot.
It comes with a 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard and keeps colours bright with 100% sRGB colour gamut support and a boosted 84% screen-to-body ratio.
The Nitro 17 is powered by up to 13th Gen Intel Core HX processors, in a chassis that weighs less than 3 kg and comes in a slim 400.20 x 293.25 x 27.9/28.9 mm design. The 17.3-inch laptop comes with multiple display options, with either a FHD display with 144 Hz or 165 Hz refresh rates, or a quad high-definition display (QHD) with a 165 Hz refresh rate.
It also offers a large touchpad (125.0 mm x 81.6 mm), an 81% screen-to-body ratio, and an RGB 4-zone backlit keyboard to add some flair to the gaming experience.
The new Windows 11-based Acer Nitro laptops come with up to 32 GB of DDR5 4800 MHz memory, and up to a massive 2 TB M.2 PCIe Gen 4 storage.
These Nitro devices have dual fans, four fan outlets located at their sides and rear, upper air intake, and are further supported by liquid metal thermal grease to aid cooling over intense gaming periods. They each come installed with NitroSense software and a dedicated NitroSense key, allowing users to monitor their systems’ temperatures, as well as adjust fan speed and power performance settings to keep the hardware running as cool as possible.
These gaming laptops also come with Killer DoubleShot Pro and is Killer Wi-Fi 6 1650i, an HD camera, two microphones, two speakers with DTS:X Ultra audio, a HDMI 2.1 port, a microSD card reader, two Thunderbolt 4 ports supporting Power Delivery, and three USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, with one that allows for offline charging.
Acer Predator Helios 16 and Helios 18
The all-new Predator Helios 16 and Predator Helios 18 are Acer’s most powerful gaming laptop series. Sporting a completely new design and upgraded thermals, they both offer models that include 13th Gen Intel Core i9 or i7 HX processors paired with up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU (MGP up to 165W).
The Predator laptops support up to 32 GB DDR5-4800 MHz RAM and up to 2 TB PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD in RAID 0 configuration.
The Predator Helios 16 offers a 16-inch (16:10) WQXGA (2560×1600) display at 165 Hz or 240 Hz or a Mini LED panel at 250 Hz, powered by AUO AmLED technology that supports over 1000 nits peak brightness with 1,000,000:1 high contrast ratio and 100% coverage of DCI-P3 colour gamut.
The Predator Helios 18 sports a 18-inch (16:10) display with the following options: WUXGA (1920×1200) at 165 Hz, WQXGA (2560×1600) at 165 Hz or 240 Hz, or AUO’s superfast 250 Hz Mini LED display.
The new Predator laptops feature enhanced thermal solutions with dual custom-engineered 5th Gen AeroBlade 3D metal fans and vector heat pipes in the shape of rectangles for improved heat transfer. In addition, the chilling effects of liquid metal thermal grease cap off its thermal performance.
Several ports are located on the back of the laptop with a customizable RGB light bar that runs along the top of the back vents. There’s a per-key RGB mini-LED backlit keyboard with 1.8 mm key travel and anti-ghosting N-key rollover.
The new dedicated Mode key provides instant mode switching for improved gaming performance, while the PredatorSense key makes it easy to quickly open the app. Users can also utilize PredatorSense to enable Predator Pulsar lighting for added customization on their keyboard’s per-key RGB backlighting.
The Predator laptops come with the Intel Killer E2600 Ethernet Controller, Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675, USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, an HDMI 2.1, two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 that support power delivery, and a Micro SD card reader.
Acer Predator X45 and X27U
The 45-inch UWQHD (3440×1440) Predator X45 is an 800R curved monitor that supports 98.5% of the DCI-P3 colour gamut. The monitor is also outfitted with DisplayPort 1.4 and two HDMI 2.0 ports, it supports both PCs and consoles and is also TÜV Rheinland EyeSafe-certified.
The Predator X45’s OLED panel has HDR10 and a peak brightness of 1000 nits, while Acer says its UGR<22 rating allows for glare-free gaming in bright conditions.
The Predator X27U’s flat 27-inch WQHD (2560×1440) has a panel with 98.5% DCI-P3 coverage, is TÜV Rheinland EyeSafe-certified, with a peak brightness of 1000 nits and support for HDR10.
Both the Predator X45 and Predator X27U have very fast 240 Hz refresh rates and 0.01 ms pixel response time, with AMD FreeSync Premium technology. They also have a KVM switch which allows for effortless switching between desktops and laptops without having to change the keyboard and mouse. In addition, a USB hub with USB Type-C is a convenient home for gadgets and other peripherals.
At the time of writing, Acer hasn’t announced local pricing and availability for all these products.