Acer ConceptD products pack serious creative chops - and serious prices

Acer unveils the Predator Helios 700, a high-end gaming notebook with a slide-out keyboard

It also sports an Ezel Aero Hinge to prevent the display from flipping over by accident, which is similar to the one found in Acer Aspire R7.

Acer has announced ConceptD, the company's new premium laptop line-up that is specifically designed around the needs of creators. Some of those products were aimed at students, such as the Acer Chromebook 715, while the Predator CG437P UHD monitor is for gaming enthusiasts. The new products include its main Acer line, its ConceptD line, Predator line and NITRO line. The Predator Helios 700 also features a Turbo hotkey for instant overclocking and Predator Sense software to monitor your GPU and CPU status. More regional availability will follow at a later time.

According to reports, the keyboard, dubbed "HyperDrift" by Acer, isn't exclusively for aesthetic value.

Yesterday Acer held its annual Next at Acer press conference in NY, where the Taiwanese manufacturer revealed new personal and gaming notebooks and PCs, as has become the norm for the event in recent years.

The next rung up the ConceptD ladder is the ConceptD 7, whose available GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics card is sure to chew through graphics-accelerated workflows.

"By simply sliding the keyboard forward, two additional air intakes are uncovered above the keyboard and below the display, giving the powerful heat-generating components extra air flow for maximum cooling and unleashed overclocking".

Powering the whole experience is up to a 9th-gen Intel Core i9 processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, all cooled by Acer's 4th-Gen Aeroblade 3D fans to keep the system cool and noise below 40dB. Starting with the latter it has a 4K UHD IPS panel on board, and from what we can tell is created to work best with the aforementioned workstations revealed by Acer.

Moving on, the ConceptD 9 is a notebook that graphic designers in particular may be interested in. We have seen this hinge mechanism used previously by Acer since the R-Series convertibles it debuted back in 2014. ConceptD devices also come with a high-end monitor with precise colour accuracy and has silent processing too.

Acer makes up for the interesting design choices with some decent specs including a 15.6in display that's got designers and other creative users in mind. It's all black, has two Intel Xeon Gold 6148 processors (for a total of 40 processor cores), an Nvidia Quadro RTX 6000 GPU, support for up 192GB of ECC memory across 12 DIMM slots, and up to five storage drives for a staggering maximum of 60TB of storage.

When it comes to the pricing of the devices, the Predator Orion 5000 gaming desktop will be available in North America in April starting at Dollars 1,199.99 (approx Rs 83,000).

The entry-level laptop in the lineup, called the ConceptD 5, boasts a 15.6-inch 4K screen, an Intel Core i7, and an AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics processor inside a sleek, snow-white chassis that weighs just 3.3 pounds.

Predator Aethon 300 gaming keyboard will be available in North America in June for Dollars 119.99 (approx Rs 9,000).

Rounding out the ConceptD lineup is a pair of monitors and a mixed-reality headset.



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