• CPU: Intel Core i9-8950HK
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5)
  • Display: 17.3”, 4K UHD (3840 x 2160), IPS
  • Storage: 256GB SSD + 1000GB HDD
  • RAM: 32GB DDR4, 2666 MHz
  • Weight: 4.00 kg (8.8 lbs)

Acer Predator Helios 500 - Specs

CPU Performance #3
  • AMD Ryzen 7 1700 2.5%
  • Intel Core i9-8950HK
  • Intel Core i7-8750H 10.9%
  • Intel Core i7-6820HK (@ 4 GHz) 33.9%
GPU Performance #6
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q (8GB GDDR5X) 2.5%
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X) 11%
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q (8GB GDDR5) 6.4%
  • 2x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (6GB GDDR5, SLI) 7.1%
Display
17.3”, 4K UHD (3840 x 2160), IPS
panel 1
AUO B173ZAN01.0
Color accuracy 4.7 -> 1.1
HDD/SSD
256GB SSD PCIe + 1TB HDD, 7200 rpm
M.2 Slot
2x 2280 PCIe NVMe M.2 slot (RAID 0 support) See photo
RAM
32GB DDR4, 2666 MHz
OS
Windows 10
Battery
74Wh, 4810 mAh, 4-cell
Body material
Plastic / Polycarbonate, Aluminum
Dimensions
428 x 300 x 38.7 mm (16.85" x 11.81" x 1.52")
Weight
4.00 kg (8.8 lbs)
Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 2x USB Type-C 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2)
  • HDMI
  • VGA
  • Displayport full
  • Ethernet LAN LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2x2)
  • Bluetooth
  • Audio jack 1x 3.5 mm Mic port, 1x 3.5 mm headphone
Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera HD 720p
  • Backlit keyboard RGB Backlighting
  • Microphone Stereo microphones
  • Speakers Stereo speakers + subwoofer
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot
  • AeroBlade 3D cooling

DISPLAY: 17.3-inch, 3840 x 2160, IPS

Name AUO B173ZAN01.0
Diagonal 17.3"
Pixel density 254.67 ppi
Brightness 388 cd/m2
sRGB 100%
PWM frequency No PWM (Flicker-Free)
Panel Type IPS
Resolution 3840 x 2160
Becomes "Retina" from 14 inches (34 cm)
Contrast 1030:1
dE Color Checker 4.7 1.1
PWM Rating 10.0: (safe)
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Health-Guard

The first and most important profile (in our opinion) is the Health-Guard – when being used with our LM Profiles application, Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body.

Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate (they may seem strange at first but after a few minutes our brain will start recognizing them as accurate ones – that’s how Health-Guard differs from alternatives like f.lux).

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Health-Guard Profile

Office Work and Web Design

The second profile type is Office Work and Web Design. Business tasks are various, most often related to a set of office-targeted applications. Sometimes, working outside is necessary. In such cases color accuracy is paramount, but so is image clarity, brightness, contrast etc. A piece of text must be legible, graphics and histograms must be clear. All of this is precisely what this profile is for. If you’re doing office work, web design, or simply value color accuracy when browsing the Internet, this is the profile to use!

It’s important to note that not all displays are suited for Web design – our profiles can not compensate for insufficient sRGB coverage (most TN panels have this problem), so you you might want to check our detailed color tests in the respective product reviews we’ve done if you want to use the machine for professional work.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Gaming and Movie Nights

Gaming is among the main driving forces for the fast clip of hardware development. Gamers are well-aware of the fact that a poor image can ruin the entire experience.

The same goes for watching movies. Imagine sitting down for a nice movie after a long day, and barely making out what’s on the screen. The ‘Gaming and movie night’ profile can make a huge difference. We strongly recommend you use it, since it’s gamma curve is specifically tuned to reveal details in the dark sections of the image.

Here’s what this amounts to:

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

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Office work and web design

Office work / Web design

If your field is office work or web design, or you just want your monitor's color set to be as accurate as possible for the Internet color space, this profile will prove to be useful.

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Gaming or movie nights

Gaming or Movie nights

We developed this profile especially for occasions on which you spend a lot of time in front of your monitor with some games or watching movies – it will be easier for you to discern fine nuances in the dark.

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Health protection

Health-Guard

This profile reduces the negative impact of pulsation and the blue spectrum, securing your eyes and body. You still get a pitch-perfect color image, albeit slightly warmer.

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Acer Predator Helios 500 in-depth review

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 or lightweight. ASUS has its ROG line up, HP sells Omen devices, Lenovo builds Legion, while a company like Dell owns Alienware. As you know from the title, today we are looking at Acer's iteration of a gaming behemoth - Acer Predator Helios 500. This 17.3-inch monster of a device houses the latest [...]

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Pros

  • 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 keyboard backlighting
  • Decent upgrade options
  • PWM-free across all brightness levels
  • NVMe SSD enabled device with RAID 0 support
  • Workstation CPU

Cons

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

 

Disassembly, maintenance and upgrade options

Acer Predator Helios 500 is the first laptop with proper Coffee Lake processor - the Core i9-8950HK we ever tested, so we were very interested to pop it open. Moreover, a device of this size should ha[...]

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CPU Performance: Intel Core i9-8950HK

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1415.00+2.7%
performance
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
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12664.00-14.4%
performance
Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
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8.70+35.9%
performance
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)

GPU Performance: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5)

Gameplay recordings with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5)

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