Acer Unveils Next-Gen Gaming Powerhouses: Nitro 17 and Revamped Predator Helios Series

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Acer is on the run, launching new products left and right. Just yesterday, we covered new laptops, WiFi routers, and monitors launched by the brand. Now Acer is back, announcing two groundbreaking laptop series: the Acer Nitro 17 and the refreshed Predator Helios lineup. These devices, powered by the latest Intel Core 14th Gen processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Series Laptop GPUs, promise a quantum leap in gaming experiences. So, let’s dive right in!

Acer Nitro 17: A Budget-Friendly Gaming Option

Acer’s Nitro lineup has received a substantial upgrade with the introduction of the Nitro 17 (AN17-72) gaming laptop. Aimed to provide an all-encompassing gaming experience, this laptop boasts impressive features.

Acer Nitro 17 AN17-72
Acer Nitro 17 AN17-72

Under the hood, the Nitro 17 has the latest Intel Core 14th Gen processors, including the powerful Intel Core i7 processor 14700HX. Paired with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, featuring DLSS 3.5 technology, this laptop can deliver decent performance for casual gamers and students, even when faced with demanding workloads.

The 17-inch QHD display with a fast 165 Hz refresh rate looks stunning. Then, it also comes with support for the NVIDIA Advanced Optimus feature.

The display’s 16:9 aspect ratio, 3 ms overdrive response time, and DCI-P3 100% color gamut ensure stunning frames and exceptional details while playing your favorite games. It supports up to 32 GB of DDR5 5600 MHz memory and up to 2 TB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage, which is excellent for gaming.

For gamers who value clear communication during in-game interactions, Acer PurifiedVoice 2.0, with its three-microphone setup, uses AI to filter unwanted ambient noise, ensuring users’ voices stand out. The HD webcam, powered by Acer PurifiedView’s AI, enhances on-screen experiences with automatic framing, eye contact, and background blur.

The NitroSense software and mode switch key allows users to customize the laptop’s 4-zone RGB keyboard lighting and monitor real-time performance, temperature, and power metrics.

Regarding the connectivity options, the Acer Nitro 17 comes with Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1, Killer DoubleShot Pro Ethernet E3100G, and Wi-Fi 6E compatibility.

As an added bonus, the Nitro 17 ships with one month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, granting access to a library of high-quality games for exploration on PC, console, or cloud.

Revamped Predator Helios Series

Acer’s Predator Helios gaming laptops are getting a major facelift with the introduction of the Predator Helios 18 and Predator Helios 16, sporting Intel Core 14th Gen processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Series Laptop GPUs.


The Predator Helios 18 and Predator Helios 16 are designed for the avid gamer seeking top-tier performance. With up to an Intel Core i9 processor 14900HX and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, these laptops promise to go head-to-head with the most demanding games and software without compromise. The laptops feature breakthrough performance and AI-enhanced graphics with DLSS 3.5 technology’s full ray tracing capabilities, supported in over 500 popular games.


The displays on these laptops are nothing short of spectacular. Available in 16 and 18-inch versions, the WQXGA or Mini LED panels operate rapidly at 250 Hz, supporting brilliant 1000 nits luminosity and a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut for an exceptional visual experience. The laptops incorporate advanced thermal solutions, utilizing dual 5th Gen AeroBlade fans, liquid metal thermal grease, and vector heat pipes to ensure optimal performance during intense gaming sessions.

Stable and fast network connections are ensured with Wi-Fi 7 capability, and the laptops come with Thunderbolt 4 ports and MicroSD card readers for added convenience.

Predator Helios Neo Series: Accessible Gaming Excellence

Acer’s commitment to providing a diverse range of gaming options continues with the introduction of the Predator Helios Neo 18 and Helios Neo 16. These laptops offer accessible price points without compromising gaming excellence, catering to casual and entry-level esports players.

Powered by up to an Intel Core i9 processor 14900HX and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPUs, the Helios Neo gaming devices enable users to delve into gaming and creation. The laptops leverage smooth AI-driven graphic enhancements and accelerated system performance with DLSS 3.5 technology and full ray tracing.

The Helios Neo laptops can be configured with up to 32 GB DDR5 5600 MHz memory and 2 TB PCIe Gen 4 solid-state drives in RAID 0.

These laptops come with really good heat management as Acer has added 5th Gen AeroBlade 3D fan technology and liquid metal thermal grease to the CPUs. Then the vector heat pipes allow for seamless heat dissipation.

On the visual front, the Helios Neo 18 and Helios Neo 16 laptops showcase stunning visuals on their WQXGA (2560 x 1600) IPS displays with 240 Hz refresh rates, 3 ms response time, and coverage for 100% DCI-P3 color range. Their panels come with NVIDIA Advanced Optimus and G-SYNC technology to increase frame rates dynamically and reduce latency based on loaded games and applications.

The Predator Helios Neo 18 and Helios Neo 16 laptops come with Intel Killer DoubleShot Pro for lag-free connections and a full range of ports, including two USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 4 ports. Users also get an HDMI 2.1 port and MicroSD card reader for seamless file and video transfer.

Pricing and Availability

Here are the pricing and availability details for all the laptops announced by Acer:

SeriesRegionMonthPrice(in USD)
Acer Nitro 17North AmericaJanuary1249.99
Predator Helios 18North AmericaMarch1999.99
Predator Helios 16North AmericaMarch1899.99
Predator Helios Neo 18North AmericaMarch1549.99
Predator Helios Neo 18North AmericaMarch1499.99

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