Acer's latest Predator lineup targets both casual and hardcore gamers

At an event in New York, Acer introduced a whole new lineup of Predator PCs for gamers to get excited about. What's more, while the Predator lineup continues to be aimed at hardcore gamers, Acer has thrown a little love to more casual gamers as well.

Acer Nitro 5

For those who like to game, but maybe don't want to drop a small fortune on a laptop, Acer introduced the new Nitro 5. Available with Intel's latest 7th-generation Kaby Lake CPUs, the Nitro 5 cuts costs while maintaining real gaming power with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 in either 2GB or 4GB varieties. If you want a little more power, you can shell out a little extra to upgrade that card to a GTX 1050 Ti. Either way, the Nitro 5 also comes equipped Dolby Audio, fast SSD storage options, and Acer's Cool Boost tech that allows for manual fan speed control. The Nitro 5 will make its way around the world in July.

Taking a step up is the Predator Helios 300, which comes also comes with Intel's 7th-generation processors, as well as the NVIDIA GTX 1060. The real draw here is the inclusion of what Acer call its Aeroblade 3D fan. Essentially, Acer explains it has added axial fins to its standard metal Aeroblade fan to push air flow even further. In total, Acer is claiming up to a 35 percent increase in overall air flow.

Last is the Predator Triton 700, the first in a new line of Triton laptops. The Triton 700 is both beastly and svelte, packing powerful internals into a body only 18mm thick. Inside, you'll be able to configure the Triton 700 with, again, Intel's 7th-generation processors, NVIDIA GTX 10-series GPUs, and up to 32GB of RAM. It looks like the Aeroblade 3D fan is present here as well. Acer has also managed to pack in a mechanical keyboard that, interestingly, appears at the edge of the laptop's body. In exchange, the trackpad is positioned near the screen. It's an odd move that will require some adjustment to be sure. The Triton 700 is expected this August, and it likely won't be cheap.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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