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The New Acer Predator Helios 700 Has A Sliding Keyboard To Keep It Away From The Heat


The Next@Acer annual press conference this year has revealed a new Acer Predator gaming laptop. The Predator Helios 700 is a step up to the reliable Helios 300 (our review here) but takes an unconventional design choice: a sliding keyboard.

The sliding keyboard – called the “Hyperdrift” keyboard, is a pretty ingenious solution to an age-old problem of keeping slim gaming laptops cool. We’ve seen the previous Predator Triton 700 moved the keyboard to the lower edge of the laptop surface so fingers on the keyboard won’t feel the heat, at the cost of no palm rest and no normal touchpad.

With this sliding keyboard, the Helios 700 can have a normal looking keyboard and touchpad setup normally, but when you want to game, slide the keyboard down away from the heat pipes, which opens up more air intake. And you still have a regular touchpad and palm rest as a result.

Patrick Star would be proud.

The Predator Helios 700 will have a 9th-gen Intel Core CPU (with variants for a Core i9), and will have Nvidia RTX 2070, 2060 or “the latest Nvidia GPUS” for graphics cards. It has a 17″ screen with a 144Hz display, uses two of Acer’s patented Aeroblade fans and a vapour chamber for cooling,

The Acer Predator Helios 700 is priced at $2699.99 USD (around RM11,100 ) and will be available in July in North America. So we might hear more of its entry in the Malaysian market around that month, so stay tuned. This is definitely a high-end gaming laptop. For more budget-friendly picks, Acer also announced the refresh of the Helios 300 and the new Acer Nitro gaming laptops.