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Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS

Specifications

Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS (Predator Helios 500 PH517 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i9-8950HK 6 x 2.9 - 4.8 GHz, Coffee Lake-H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile - 8 GB VRAM, Core: 1695 MHz, Memory: 2002 MHz, GP104, 388.92, Optimus
Memory
32 GB 
, DDR4-2666, 2 of 4 slots occupied, maximum 128 GB
Display
17.30 inch 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixel 255 PPI, B173ZAN01.0, IPS LED, G-Sync, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake HM370
Storage
Liteon CA1-8D512, 512 GB 
, m.2 2280 PCIE 512 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD (WDC WD10SPZX-21Z10T0), 432 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 3 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphone jack + microphone jack
Networking
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit/s), Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 38.7 x 428 x 298 ( = 1.52 x 16.85 x 11.73 in)
Battery
74 Wh, 4800 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: stereo + subwoofer, Keyboard: 6 rows chiclet with numpad, Keyboard Light: yes, Acer Collection, Acer Care Center, Acer Documents, Acer Quick Access, Acer User Experience Improvement, Killer Control Center, PredatorSense, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
4 kg ( = 141.1 oz / 8.82 pounds), Power Supply: 1.115 kg ( = 39.33 oz / 2.46 pounds)
Price
3000 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 87.7% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 94%, features: 70%, display: 91% mobility: 59%, workmanship: 71%, ergonomy: 85%, emissions: 90%

Reviews for the Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS

87.7% Acer Predator Helios 500 (GTX 1070, i9-8950HK) Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
This hunk of a laptop enters the second round: We already reviewed the lower-priced version of the Acer Predator Helios 500 not so long ago - now here comes the sequel. Is the expensive high-end version able to convince us? Find out in this detailed review!
Ревю на Acer Predator Helios 500 – истински звяр с Intel Core i9-8950HK
Source: Laptop Mag English Archive.org version
Acer Predator Helios 500 ще промени света на гейминг лаптопите. Не само заради използването на най-новото и най-доброто от Intel в лицето на Core i9-8950HK, но също и заради изключително ефективното охлаждане и невероятен дисплей. Можем да определим Lenovo Legion Y920 и HP Omen 17 като директни конкуренти, защото това устройство също разполага с отключен за овърклок процесор и голям и ефективен термален дизайн. Преди да започнем с хвалбите трябва да отбележим, че по принцип харесваме по-леки и тънки устройства с не толкова агресия във външния вид. Клоним към сливащи се с околната среда устройства. Затова добавихме в сравнението MSI GE73VR.
Positive: Powerful hardware; high performance; backlit keys; nice display. Negative: Heavy and bulky.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/13/2018

Foreign Reviews

Acer Predator Helios 500 review (Core i9-8950HK, GTX 1060, ecran IPS 144 Hz și GSync)
Source: Giz.ro →EN Archive.org version
Positive: Solid workmanship; high performance; nice connectivity; comfortable keyboard; nice display; good speakers; attractive price. Negative: Heavy and bulky; mediocre design; noisy under loads; short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/01/2018

Comment

Model: I always question the existence of 17.3 screen gaming laptops. My reason is the mobility. Well, of course when you need to carry a desktop, then you have to carry a monitor as well. This makes more sense for mobile desktop replacements, but you give up your option for upgrades, mostly for processor and GPU.

In our case, I have one of the newest Predator models. Equipped with i9 8950HK and 1070 8 GB GPU. Is the rest too important? Well, not much. 32 GB RAM, 4K screen, 512 GB PCIe SSD are just nice touches. Do you know why? Because Nvidia's Turing cards are on the horizon. Will you regret your decision when they arrive? Since you won't be able to change your GPU, in just a few months of time you will be missing out lots of opportunities.

It is not because the 1070 GPU is not good. But it is a questionable purchase since a new GPU is coming out, which is especially thought for 4K. In most of today's games the CPU is not the bottleneck, it is actually always the GPU. With the 1070 it is possible to get above 60 fps in 4K, but will it stay that way next year?

Okay, enough about GPUs. Overall, everything about this laptop is at top levels. Well, if there was at least a GTX 1080 GPU, it would have been better, but yeah, this is what we have.

You can play all the games in high/ultra resolution, maybe some demanding titles will have a hard time running in 4K, but the rest will be no problem.

Here comes the deal. This laptop, if it is okay to call this a laptop, is 4 kg. So it is not mobile. Since it is equipped with high-end components, I won't talk about battery life or anything similar. All things considered, I think you can play all games in high details for the next few years. But afterwards, it is a question. Since the Helios 500 doesn't have a Thunderbolt connection or Gen. 2 USB 3.1, external GPUs are out of question.

Overall, yeah it is a great gaming laptop. But is it future proof? That is a thing that you need to answer by yourself.

Hands-on article by Ümit Yılmaz Güneş

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile: Pascal based high-end mobile graphics card based on a cut down GP104 (like the GTX 1080) and GDDR5 graphics memory. Successor to the GTX 980M with a 10 Watts higher TDP. Similar to the desktop GTX 1070 performance wise, but with more shaders and lower clock speeds.

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


i9-8950HK: On Coffee Lake architecture based processor for big and heavy laptops. Integrates six processor cores clocked at 2.9- 4.8 GHz (4.3 GHz with 6 cores) that support HyperThreading. Manufactured in an improved 14nm process (14nm++). Offers an unlocked multiplier that allows overclocking of the CPU.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


17.30": This display size is a standard format for desktop replacements (DTR). The DTR laptops are heavier to carry, need more power, but texts are easy to read and high resolutions are no problem. DTR are mainly intended for stationary desk use, where weight and energy hunger don't matter. In return, you enjoy the advantages of high resolutions (more details, better legibility).» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


4 kg:

Only a few laptops are in this weight class because the mobility is rather limited due to the high weight. 


Acer: In 1976, the company was founded in Taiwan under the name Multitech and was renamed Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors, TVs and computer peripherals. Since 2007, the group has merged with Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell, which also market their own laptop product lines.

Acer computers are designed for a variety of purposes, including ultrabooks for mobile use, gaming laptops for gamers, affordable options for everyday tasks, and 2-in-1 convertible laptops for versatility. Acer's product portfolio also includes tablets that offer portable computing and multimedia capabilities.


87.7%: This is an above-average rating. Nevertheless, it should not be forgotten that about one fifth of all tested models receive a better rating.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

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Stefan Hinum, 2018-07-29 (Update: 2018-07-29)