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Acer refreshes Predator Triton 500 SE, Predator Helios 300, and Nitro 5 gaming laptops

Acer Nitro 5
Acer Nitro 5 (Image credit: Acer)

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What you need to know

  • Acer announced refreshed models of several Predator and Nitro gaming laptops.
  • The Predator Triton 500 SE, Predator Helios 300, and Acer Nitro 5 all have newly announced versions.
  • All of the laptops have options with 12th Gen Intel CPUs, and the new Nitro 5 has a model with an AMD Ryzen 6000 processor.

Acer just announced several refreshed gaming laptops at CES 2022. New versions of the Predator Triton 500 SE, Predator Helios 300, and Acer Nitro 5 will all be available over the coming months. All of the laptops have options with 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs inside. The Nitro 5 also has models with AMD's newly announced Ryzen 6000 series chips. Those CPUs are paired with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series laptop graphics.

The Predator Triton 500 SE starts at $2,300 and will be available in North America in March. The Predator Helios 300 launches in North America in May 2022 with a starting price of $1,650. The Nitro 5 with Intel (from $1,050) starts shipping in March, while the Nitro 5 with AMD (from $1,100) launches in April. The new laptops from Acer will also be available in China and in the EMEA region, though launch dates vary per device.

Acer Nitro 5 (Intel)

CategoryAcer Nitro 5 (Intel)
Operating SystemWindows 11 Home
Display17.3-inch or 15.6-inch, QHD (2560 x 1440) IPS, 165 Hz, 3 ms Overdrive, sRGB 100%
17.3-inch or 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 144 Hz, 3 ms Overdrive
Processor12th Gen Intel Core i7
12th Gen Intel Core i5
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series
MemoryUp to 16GB DDR4 (upgradable to 32GB)
Dimensions17.3-inch model: 15.76 x 11.5 x 1.09 inches (400.5 x 293.4 x 27.85 mm)
15.6-inch model: 14.31 x 10.74 x 1.05 inches (363.5 x 272.9 x 26.75 mm)
Weight15.6-inch model: 5.73 lbs (2.5 kg)
17.3-inch model: 6.61 lbs (3 kg)
ConnectivityWi-FI 6 (Killer 1650i) Killer E2600
AudioDTS X: Ultra Audio

Acer Nitro 5 (AMD)

CategoryAcer Nitro 5 (AMD)
Operating SystemWindows 11 Home
Display17.3-inch or 15.6-inch, QHD (2560 x 1440) IPS, 165 Hz, 3 ms Overdrive, sRGB 100%
17.3-inch or 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 144 Hz, 3 ms Overdrive
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 6000 series
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series
MemoryUp to 16GB DDR4 (upgradable to 32GB)
Dimensions17.3-inch model: 15.76 x 11.5 x 1.09 inches (400.5 x 293.4 x 27.85 mm)
15.6-inch model: 14.31 x 10.74 x 1.05 inches (363.5 x 272.9 x 26.75 mm)
Weight15.6-inch model: 5.73 lbs (2.5 kg)
17.3-inch model: 6.61 lbs (3 kg)
ConnectivityWi-FI 6 Killer E2600
AudioDTS X: Ultra Audio

Acer Predator Triton 500 SE

CategoryAcer Predator Triton 500 SE
Operating SystemWindows 11 Home
Display16-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600), 500 nits, 240 Hz, DCI-P3 100%
Processor12th Gen Intel Core i9
12th Gen Intel Core i7
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series
MemoryUp to 32GB LPDDR5
Dimensions14.1 x 10.3 x 0.78 in (358.5 x 262.4 x 19.9 mm)
Weight5.51 lbs (2.5 kg)
ConnectivityKiller DoubleShot Pro (E3100G+1675)
AudioDTS X: Ultra Audio

Acer Predator Helios 300 (17-inch)

CategoryAcer Predator Helios 300 (17-inch)
Operating SystemWindows 11 Home
Display17.3-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) IPS, 165 Hz, 3 ms Overdrive
17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 165 Hz, 3 ms Overdrive
17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 144 Hz, 3 ms Overdrive
Processor12th Gen Intel Core i7
12th Gen Intel Core i5
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series
MemoryUp to 16GB DDR4 (upgradable to 32GB)
Dimensions15.72 x 11.63 x 1.05 in (399.3 x 295.5 x 26.85 mm)
Weight6.61 lbs (3 kg)
ConnectivityKiller DoubleShot Pro (E3100G+1675)
AudioDTS X: Ultra Audio

Acer Predator Helios 300 (15.6-inch)

CategoryAcer Predator Helios 300 (15.6-inch)
Operating SystemWindows 11 Home
Display15.6-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) IPS, 165 Hz, 3 ms Overdrive
15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 165 Hz, 3 ms Overdrive
Processor12th Gen Intel Core i7
12th Gen Intel Core i5
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series
MemoryUp to 16GB DDR4 (upgradable to 32GB)
Dimensions14.1 x 10.8 x 1 in (359.4 x 276.4 x 25.6 mm)
Weight5.51 lbs (2.5 kg)
ConnectivityKiller DoubleShot Pro (E3100G+1675)
AudioDTS X: Ultra Audio

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The Predator Triton 500 SE is designed to fit in well at work or while gaming. Despite its powerful internals that can run the best PC games, it has a body that would look natural in an office. The Predator Helios 300 is along the same lines, as it features powerful internals aimed at gaming and a body that looks professional.

Acer's Nitro 5 has a more modest starting price, especially considering its specs. Having a choice between AMD and Intel CPUs allows PC gamers to stick with their brand of choice. While the Nitro 5's design is more reserved than those of some gaming laptops, you may have to turn off its RGB lighting at your desk.

As an added bonus, all of the new Acer gaming laptops come with a month of Xbox Game Pass.

Sean Endicott
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