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Acer Predator Helios 500 (17.3-inch, 2018) Series

Acer Predator Helios 500 (17.3-inch, 2018) Series
alaScore 89

55 reviews

Dec, 2022

alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 reviews of Acer Predator Helios 500 (17.3-inch, 2018) Series. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and keyboard. The usability and screen also get good comments. The image quality and portability get critical comments, and there are mixed comments on the energy efficiency and size.

performance, screen, usability, keyboard, design

battery, portability, image quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Acer Predator Helios 500 (17.3-inch, 2018) Series is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Acer Predator Helios 500 review: A jam-packed gaming laptop with a giant screen

 

With a new Intel Core i9 processor, the Helios 500 is trying to stay one step ahead of the competition.

This is one of the first laptops with Intel's new high-end Core i9 processor, which is paired with a powerful Nvidia 1070 graphics card. Plenty of ports, a big screen and decent lighting options make this a flexible game machine.

Other gaming laptops have more powerful GPUs, better screens, more lighting options and cooler designs, leaving the Helios 500 stuck in the middle of the pack.

The Acer Helios 500 is a big-screen 17-inch laptop that has some excellent components and doesn't cost a fortune, but also offers few surprises.

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Gabe Carey (pcmag.com)

Acer Predator Helios 500

 

Acer's Predator Helios 500 squeezes full-fat overclockable GeForce GTX 1070 performance into a 17-inch gaming laptop, but we'd like to see a bit more battery life and chassis polish.

144Hz G-Sync display. Full-power Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. RGB-backlit keyboard. One-click overclocking.

All-plastic finish. Keyboard lighting is programmable only by zones, not per-key. Short battery life.

Bottom Line: Acer's Predator Helios 500 squeezes full-fat overclockable GeForce GTX 1070 performance into a 17-inch gaming laptop, but we'd like to see a bit more battery life and chassis polish.

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Gordon Mah Ung (pcworld.com)

Acer Predator Helios 500 Review: A rare chance to choose between AMD and Intel-Nvidia versions

 

Acer's big, burly and powerful Predator Helios 500 gaming laptop lets you choose between AMD and Intel/Nvidia configurations. They're both powerhouses, but they excel at different things. Read our review for all the details.

8-core Ryzen 7 2700 packs more cores than its Intel rival ; Radeon RX Vega 56 generally outperforms GeForce GTX 1070 ; Plentiful upgrade options ; Pre-approved "overclocking" profiles.

Pretty atrocious battery life ; Skimpy 256GB storage configuration is a puzzler ; Pricey compared to AMD and Core i7 versions ; AMD version outperforms in multi-core tests

Overall, the Acer Predator Helios 500 is a solid laptop that really takes on different personalities depending on which configuration you buy.

Expert review by : Laptop Mag (laptopmag.com)

Acer Predator Helios 500 Review

 

Beastly design; Comfortable keyboard and hotkeys; Awesome speakers; Solid graphics and performance; Remarkably cool while gaming ; Below-average battery life; Display not as colorful as competition ; The Predator Helios 500 truly embraces its name with...

Below-average battery life; Display not as colorful as competition ; The Predator Helios 500 truly embraces its name with powerful graphics and an intense processor, all running at chilling temps.

The Predator Helios 500 truly embraces its name with powerful graphics and an intense processor, all running at chilling temps.

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Benjamin Herzig (notebookcheck.net)

Acer Predator Helios 500 (GTX 1070, i9-8950HK) Laptop Review

 

Ultra HD gaming device. The hunk of a laptop enters the second round: Not so long ago, we have already reviewed the lower-priced version of the Acer Predator Helios 500 - here comes the sequel. Is the expensive high-end version able to convince us?...

bright Ultra HD display with very good color space coverage ; future-proof RAM configuration ; extensively configurable backlight ; 2x USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ; convenient port placement ; great maintenance options ; decent sound system ; good input...

Core i9 unable to reach its full performance potential ; unconventional keyboard layout ; poor battery life ; very high idle power consumption ; material and rigidity too poor for its price ; significantly decreased performance in battery mode

No surprise: The Acer Predator Helios 500 in the 4K version with Intel Core i9-8950HK is another great device for gaming, as it still offers most benefits of the lower-priced version. However, in our opinion the lower-priced i7 model is the better...

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Sebastian Jentsch (notebookcheck.net)

Acer Predator Helios 500 (GTX 1070, i7-8750H) Laptop Review

 

Gaming upgrade. Our exclusive review of Acer's massive fella. Equipped with a 45 W CPU and a GTX 1070 the brand-new case contains a true gaming powerhouse. The Helios 500 is the successor to the Helios 300, and while still quite hefty and bulky the new...

bright FHD panel with decent response times ; 144 Hz G-Sync panel ; future-proof RAM configuration ; extensively configurable backlight ; 2x USB Type- C Thunderbolt 3 ports ; conveniently placed ports ; excellent maintenance options ; decent sound...

low-contrast FHD panel ; incomplete sRGB coverage ; odd keyboard layout ; quite pronounced backlight bleeding ; poor battery life ; high idle power consumption ; choice of material and rigidity too poor for its price

With its Predator Helios 500, Acer has once again created a well-rounded gaming powerhouse with more pros than cons when it comes to gaming. Nevertheless, even this 17-inch gaming machine is far from perfect and therefore demands a detailed...

May, 2018

Expert review by : Alex Iliev (laptopmedia.com)

Acer Predator Helios 500 (PH517-52) review – puts most gaming laptops on their knees

 

Forget about low-cost, budget-oriented devices. Here we go big. The device we have with us has all the bells and whistles, including an overclockable Core i9-11980HK, and an RTX 3080 with a 165W TG…

Loaded with RGB;A ton of fast, high-res display options;Monstrous cooling;Analog trigger-like WASD options;Top tier GPU supports 165W TGP;2x SODIMM + 2x M.2 PCIe x4 + 2.5-inch SATA;Great input devices;Has a MUX switch

Poor battery life;Quite pricey;Bulky chassis

In the middle of testing, we figured something out. If you are not a die-hard enthusiast, nor someone that is looking for that extra 1 fps hiding in the corners, then, the Helios 500 might not be the right device for you. It is extremely heavy and...

Mar, 2022

Expert review by : Vivek (gizbot_com)

Acer Predator Helios 500 (2021) Review: Tailor Made For 4K Gaming

 

Full review of the Acer Predator Helios 500 (2021), powered by the Intel Core i9-11980HK and the RTX 3080 mobile GPU.

Bright 4K UHD screen ; RTX 3080 Mobile with 165W TGP ; 1080p web camera

Bad key layout ; Heavy and bulky

The CPU performance of the Acer Predator Helios 500 (2021) was slightly lower than the competition. However, the GPU on this laptop with that extra few watts of power make this laptop shine in GPU-intensive tasks like gaming. Hence, this is strictly a...

Jan, 2022

Expert review by (laptopmedia.com)

Acer Predator Helios 500 review – a monsterbook featuring Intel Core i9-8950HK

 

Almost every manufacturer sells gaming laptops. Most of them have a series that is 100% devoted to bringing the ultimate gaming experience to the world of notebooks, although not being very small o…

The best GTX 1070 notebook out there (at the moment of writing);Maintains super low GPU temperatures at exceptionally high frequencies;Super bright panel with a high contrast ratio and very punchy colors (covers 99% of Adobe RGB and 96% of DCI-P3);RGB...

Heavy and bulky design;Price tag is also heavy;Short battery life

May, 2018

Expert review by (mobiletechreview.com)

Acer Predator Helios 500

 

This high end desktop replacement gaming laptop has a fast refresh 144Hz display, 6 core Intel 8th gen Core i7, Core i9 and AMD Ryzen 7 2700 CPU options, NVIDIA GTX 1070dedicated graphics (Radeon RX Vega 56 on the Ryzen model) and a base 16GB DDR4 RAM...