Acer has held an event today launching several new devices with many of them focussing on gaming. This included the launch of two new gaming laptops today, the Predator Helios 500 and 300.

The Predator Helios 500 has the latest Intel Core i9 CPUs combined with an overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. As with most Predator laptops, you get some typical gamer styling with blue lighting and trim accents that pop on its obsidian-black chassis, the keyboard is also backlit with RGB. This is then combined with Intel Optane memory and an ultra-fast NVMe SSD with up to 64GB of memory.

The display can be either a 4K UHD or an FHD IPS 17.3-inch panel with 144Hz refresh rate and G-SYNC. Networking is handled by  Killer DoubleShot Pro

The Predator Helios 300 Special Edition features 15.6-inch FHD IPS displays with an upgraded 144Hz refresh rate, 8th Gen Intel Core i7+ processor and overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics. With this laptop, you get up to a 512 GB PCIe Gen 3 NVMe solid state drive, and up to a 2 TB hard disk drive.

The Helios 300 Special Edition also comes equipped with up to 16 GB of DDR4 memory and is upgradable to 32GB. Intel Optane memory speeds up load times of games and applications, access to information and improves overall system responsiveness. In addition, Gigabit Ethernet provides fast wired connections, while Gigabit Wi-Fi is provided by the latest Intel Wireless-AC 9560 that delivers up to 1.73Gbps throughput when using 160 MHz channels (2×2 802.11ac, dual-band
2.4GHz and 5GHz).

The Predator Helios 500 gaming notebooks will be available in the UK in July, with prices starting from £1799