This Acer Predator laptop with a GTX 1660

This Acer Predator laptop with a GTX 1660

acer laptops  The Acer Predator Helios is one of the most popular gaming laptops around, though the hardware inside can vary from model to model. Laptop deals are heating up as Black Friday approaches, and now you can get one variant of the Helios for $,., a $ savings from the previous price.

The model on sale PH–HB has a th-generation Intel Core i-H processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX Ti graphics card with GB of VRAM, a .-inch p IPS display, GB of DDR MHz RAM, a GB PCIe NVME SSD, and .ac Wi-Fi. Windows Home is pre-installed.

These specifications are fairly standard for a laptop in this price range, though you do get a nice large -inch screen sadly only Hz and the classic Helios design. The included GTX Ti graphics card should be plenty powerful for most games.

A longtime fan of Acer Chromebooks, I think they offer some of the best value on the market. Case in point, the brand’s new .-inch Chromebook is a premium, “pro-sumer” type of device. It features an impact-resistant aluminum chassis with military-grade durability, dedicated numeric pad, integrated fingerprint reader, Corning Glass touchpad, and a sleek and vibrant matte display. It was mainly designed for businesses, to let employees work in the cloud more securely and efficiently. But it’s also outstanding for consumers simply seeking a high-end Chromebook.

The machine is lightning fast and can multi-task with ease — as it’s armed with an Intel Core i th Gen processor and up to GB of dual-channel DDR SDRAM plus up to GB of eMMC storage.

But there’s so much more to like here: The chassis is anodized colored aluminum that won’t chip or corrode. It has a shock-absorbent bumper and can survive drops from four feet. The keyboard is backlit. It gets hours of battery life — and yes, I tested it. Even with screen brightness at percent, I got more than nine hours. There’s a Micro SD card slot, two USB-C ports, USB . Gen port, and audio jack. It accesses the Google Play store, and the touchscreen makes using some apps an absolute pleasure. Because it’s an anti-glare matte screen, I found my fingerprints were harder to see and easier to clean. Sound comes through loud and clear, although slightly hinting toward the treble side. And it lets you stay connected through Dual Band . GHz and GHz . acabgn wireless LAN featuring x MIMO technology. There’s also Bluetooth ..

The embedded fingerprint reader just below the keyboard provides a quick and secure way to unlock the device and without a password — great for shared environments where several employees might use the same device. Since the fingerprint’s details are stored on the Chromebook itself, and not on the cloud, your fingerprints are kept safe. IT department heads will like that it has Citrix Ready certification, as well. By the way, the is not a -in- machine. It’s total weight is . pounds. After using Chromebooks only for the past . years, I can easily say this is one of my favorites yet — primarily because of its speed, bright screen and overall capabilities. Loaded at $, it will surely rival the latest Pixelbooks from Google.

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