ACER releases updated gaming notebooks, intros Helios 700 and Triton 900

ACER releases eight new gaming laptops in India ranging between INR 59,999/- and up to 4,99,999/- in 15 and 17-inch variations. The highlighted models were the Acer Helios 700 and Triton 900 gaming notebooks. The updated ones are with Intel 9th generation CPUs with the currently available Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics cards. ACER India also said that the newer variants are with 4th generation AeroBlade 3D Fans. Some of its upper-end variants have up to five copper heatpipes, vapour chamber design and its in-house labelled CoolBoost technology.

The units are Predator Triton 900 and Triton 500 (pricing starting at Rs. 1,65,999/- onwards), Helis 300 (available in 15″ and 17″ variations between INR 99,999/- and 1,14,999/-), Helios 700 which starts at 2,49,999/- INR and then the Nitro 5 and Nitro 7 commanding the price tag from Rs. 59,999/- and 84,999- respectively.

The highest variation is found in the Predator Triton 900 notebooks with the RTX 2080. All are sold via Flipkart and its Acer mall.

About the ACER Nitro Stream PC

Interestingly, ACER advertised Nitro Stream Personal PC (though it wasn’t on display or on demo units) in its press release. It works like a mini PC for an independent streaming pass-through system capable of up to 4K 60 FPS output for streaming (though most of the streamers stick up to 1080p 60FPS as a maximum standard irrespective of the streaming platform). The core usefulness is for streaming/encoding and recording broadcasted content. It has a variation of eight-generation Core i5/i7 CPU with up to 32GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD (rather less to store recorded stream and have operating systems and plethora of software) and an integrated capture card. While the pricing was not mentioned, it was noted that its availability is expected to be around mid-September.

Other stuff…

I did spot a Predator gaming desktop system with Core i8 on display to open up one of the demo systems there with the monitor with its own mouse and Cherry MX Blue switch keyboard. There was also an Acer headset on display. I am not sure if its currently available option or the past iterations.

Speaking of streaming…

Rather strange not to see in an event where they did hire influencers, streamers and cosplayers. But many of the streamers present were known to be PUBG Mobile (PC emulator gamers) streamers on YouTube. It also doesn’t help when one of them with a reasonably built system claimed her sponsor OnePlus’ 7 Pro phone was 10x better than her PC. Gamers tend to pick up the technical aspects which don’t make anyone look good- especially OnePlus and the companies that support the community. All the more reason for companies to specifically ask for PUBG PC (via Steam) or PUBG LITE gamers.

Monitor mentions

The other two updates mentioned was the AOPEN monitor which is a curved 1080p display with 144Hz refresh rate and AMD Radeon FreeSync Technology, Nitro VG0 series (VG240Y and VG271U) IPS monitors. All have 144Hz refresh rate between 1080p and 1440p resolution. Oddly enough, ACER said its VG271U monitor downscales its UHD 4K panel to 1440p. Its specs page has no such claims being made. They are native 1440p 144Hz monitors.

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