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TICKET TO SLIDE Acer Predator Helios 700

As you suffer the latest in a long line of humiliating Overwatch defeats, you realize it's time to bring out the big guns. Fortunately , you're sitting in front of a Predator Helios 700- the whopping new addition to Acer's line-up of gaming laptops. You slide the HyperDrift keyboard forward and the trackpad tilts with it, giving you a more comfortable fragging position and revealing two additional AeroBiade 3D fans. That extra ventilation means you can push the turbo button, which overclocks the Intel Core i9 processor and allows you to squeeze every last drop of performance out of it without worrying it's going to melt just as you're about to pull the trigger on the winning heads hot. You also get to choose from an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 or 2070 GPU , up to 64GB of DDR4 memory and a 17in 144Hz FHD IPS1 screen with 3ms response time. A gaming laptop wouldn 't be complete without some non-tasteful decoration , and the Helios 700's keyboard comes with flickering RGB lighting, plus its MagForce WASD keys are depth-sensitive and can be programmed to respond to the slightest touch .

At the drive-in

Acer offers a choice of storage with the Helios 700 . You can opt for a cavernous 2TB hard drive or a faster but smaller 1TB 55 0. Speed is key here, so we'd opt for the latter.

Weight a minute

Gaming laptops aren't known for portability and the Predator is no exception, weighing in at a very 'healthy'4.5kg . Ah well, leaving the bedroom is overrated.

All tomorrow's parties

The Helios 700 's chunky dimensions offer plenty of space for ports. You get a full arsenal: three USB-C, one USB 3.1, HDMI and Ethernet.