Acer Predator Helios Neo 16

Acer Predator Helios Neo 16

Acer Predator Helios Neo 16

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BEST RATING
Engineering & Design:
4.4
GENERAL USE: Good7.6/10
GAMING/AI: Good7.6/10
ENG/DESIGN: Very Good8.1/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.5/10
CONTENT CREATION: Good7.7/10
PORTABILITY: Fair6.1/10
BATTERY: Fair6.5/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Good7.7/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.4/10
SIZE: 16"








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Pros
  • Powerful main processor
  • High-quality GPU
  • Good screen size
  • High max refresh rate
  • Backlit keyboard with numpad
Cons
  • Limited battery life
  • Heavier than average
  • Moderate portability
  • No touchscreen

Ratings by Category

Engineering & Design:
4.4
PerfectRec’s Engineering and Design Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for graphic design, CAD and 3D work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.4
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:
4.3
The Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 has a strong CPU and sufficient RAM, making it adept for handling everyday tasks and multitasking, with a high-quality screen that offers clear and vibrant colors for an enjoyable viewing experience. However, its portability is limited due to its weight and fair battery life, making it less ideal for frequent travelers or those needing to work away from power sources for extended periods.
Gaming & AI:
4.3
The Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 provides an excellent gaming and 3D experience due to its powerful Nvidia RTX 4050 graphics card and a high screen refresh rate of 165Hz, offering both smooth visuals and the capability to handle complex graphics tasks.
Content Creation:
4.3
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Software Development:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
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:
3.5
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Portability:
3.2
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
$1,100
Release Date
April 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14.2'' x 11'' x 1.11''
Weight
5.73 lbs
Width
14.2"
Depth
11"

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i5-13500HX
Graphics
RTX 4050 (130 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
Yes
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
5 Hours
Battery Capacity
90 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
1920 x 1200
Refresh Rate
165Hz
Display Brightness
373 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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7.4/10
Portability Score
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6.2/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
Yes
Premium Business Laptop
No
Fan Noise Score
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7.5/10

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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7.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
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7/10
Webcam
1080p
Fingerprint Reader
No
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
Yes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
3
USB-C ports
2
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
3
Thunderbolt Version
4

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Mark Knapp | August 2023
"The Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 sacrifices portability and a truly budget price in the name of additional power. While remaining relatively budget-friendly, this gaming laptop packs serious processing chops, and Acer optimizes its internals to deliver respectable 1080p (or 1200p) gameplay from an RTX 4050. Its keyboard and chassis design won't win it any awards, but its display is a cut above for the price."

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