Acer Predator Helios 16

Acer Predator Helios 16

Acer Predator Helios 16

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BEST RATING
Gaming, 3D & AI:
4.6
GENERAL USE: Good7.9/10
GAMING/3D: Very Good8.5/10
ENG/DESIGN: Very Good8.7/10
PORTABILITY: Fair6.3/10
BATTERY: Good7.1/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Very Good8.8/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.7/10
SIZE: 16"

The Acer Predator Helios 16 is a midrange gaming laptop that offers a blend of performance and features suitable for both gaming and general use. It comes with ample storage and a good amount of RAM, powered by a robust Intel i7 processor and a high-end Nvidia RTX graphics card, which makes it great for 3D applications and machine learning tasks. The laptop's 16-inch display boasts a high resolution that's larger than standard Full HD, and the screen's high refresh rate ensures smooth visuals, important for fast-paced games. Battery life is moderate, so it may not be ideal for extended use away from a power source. The build is solid, with a weight that leans towards the heavier side, affecting its portability. It includes features like a backlit keyboard with a number pad, hardware ray tracing, and DLSS for improved gaming graphics. Ports are generous, with multiple USB-C and Thunderbolt connections, though its midrange price reflects a balance between the high-end features and compromises in areas like the battery. The laptop was released quite recently and it's optimized for Windows 11 Home. It's well-suited for gaming and work tasks involving complex graphics and engineering software. Give Feedback

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Pros
  • High performance with Intel i7 and RTX 4070
  • Large, high-resolution 16-inch display
  • High screen refresh rate for smooth visuals
  • Good color accuracy for sRGB and DCI-P3
Cons
  • Moderate battery life, may not last a full day
  • Heavier build, less convenient for travel
  • No touchscreen support
  • Limited battery life under heavy use

Ratings by Category

Gaming, 3D & AI:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Gaming and 3D Score strongly emphasizes graphics processing capability as well as general performance, while also taking into account other factors that impact suitability for gaming and 3D work. While performance (especially graphics performance) is the most important factor determining this score, we also give modest weight to screen quality, heat management, keyboard quality, and storage.
Engineering & Design:
4.6
The Acer Predator Helios 16 is equipped with a high-end Intel CPU and Nvidia GPU which excel in engineering tasks that require substantial computing power. Its IPS display ensures high-quality visuals with good color coverage, important for design work, and the laptop has good scores in keyboard quality, speaker quality, and heat management, which contribute to a better user experience.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.6
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
General Use:
4.4
The Acer Predator Helios 16 offers a robust CPU and ample RAM, ensuring smooth performance for general computing, along with a high-quality screen that features good color coverage, brightness, and resolution for vivid visuals. Though portability is only fair due to its weight and thickness, and battery life is moderate, these aspects may be less critical for users who prioritize performance and display quality for office or home use.
Build Quality:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Operating Noise:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Keyboard Quality:
4.2
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Battery Life:
4.1
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Portability:
3.4
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,526
Brand
Acer
Release Date
January 03 2023
Operating System
Windows 11 Home
Overall Dimensions
14.2'' x 10.9'' x 1''
Weight
5.73 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-13700HX
Overall CPU Score
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9.7/10
Graphics
RTX 4070 (140 W)
Overall GPU Score
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9.8/10
RAM
16 gb

SCREEN

Resolution
2560 x 1600
General Use Screen Score
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8.7/10
Gaming and 3D Screen Score
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9.4/10
Design and Engineering Screen Score
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8.5/10
Diagonal Size
16"

PORTS & CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
3
USB-C ports
2
USB-C (Non-Thunderbolt)
0
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
3

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.5 hours
Battery Capacity
90 wh

OTHER HARDWARE

Webcam
1080p
Keyboard Quality Score
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7.5/10
Fingerprint Reader
No
Number Pad
Yes
Backlit Keyboard
Yes

RELIABILITY

Build Quality Score
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7.4/10
Warranty Period
1 year

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Samuel Horti | June 2023
"The Predator Helios 16 stacks up well against its closest competition in benchmark comparisons. The Acer Predator Helios 16 isn't perfect. It's bulky, its lid feels flimsy and some of its keys are just too damned small – but none of its problems are fatal, and it shines where it counts. The powerful graphics and processor combo are spot on for this price point, the fans stop it getting hot under pressure, and the display is as good as you’ll find under $2,500. It's simply one of the best laptops to play demanding games on."

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