Acer unveils new Predator Helios Neo 14 AI gaming laptop

Acer has announced its latest gaming laptop, the Acer Predator Helios Neo 14. Described by the company as a “portable powerhouse,” the computer is based on the latest Intel Core Ultra processors. In addition, Acer has refreshed the Acer Nitro 16 gaming laptops with Intel Core 14th gen processors.

Predator Helios Neo 14

Acer Nitro 14
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The Predator Helios Neo 14 laptop is powered by Intel Core Ultra processors, all the way up to an Intel Core Ultra 9 processor 185H with dedicated AI acceleration. In addition, the laptops have graphics options up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU that supports AI-powered DLSS. The Helios Neo 14 laptop also offers high-quality screens up to a WQXGA [1] (3072×1920) display option at 165 Hz. This delivers 100% support for the sRGB color spectrum and NVIDIA G-SYNC compatibility.

State-of-the-art cooling

The Predator Helios Neo 14 laptop packs a lot of power into a compact design. To maximize this power and maintain top performance, Acer has equipped the laptop with state-of-the-art thermal solutions. These include a dual-fan system with a 5th Gen AeroBlade 3D fan and Vortex Flow technology. The Predator Helios Neo 14 also features liquid metal grease on the CPU and broad vector heat pipes for better heat transfer and thermal capacity. In addition, the laptop has an Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E connection, a full-function USB Type-C with ThunderBolt 4 port and a MicroSD card reader.

AI features

Acer has enhanced video and audio communications on the Predator Helios Neo 14 with AI. Acer PurifiedVoice 2.0 uses a triple-microphone setup to eliminate unwanted disturbances in the background. In addition, Acer PurifiedView webcam solutions use AI to improve video and image quality. AI-powered task assistance in Copilot in Windows is also readily available with one click of the Copilot Key. You can check out all of the AI features through the new Experience Zone which is part of the PredatorSense application. With PredatorSense, you can personalize device settings and keyboard lighting effects as well as track the system health of your laptop.

Acer Nitro 16

Acer Nitro 16
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Acer has upgraded the Nitro 16 with up to an Intel Core i7 14700HX processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 laptop GPU. The laptop also features a 16-inch WQXGA (2560×1600) panel with a fast 165 Hz refresh rate and 100% sRGB support. Powered by NVIDIA’s RTX AI platform, the Nitro 16 offers unrivaled performance and unique capabilities in over 500 AI-powered games and applications. In addition, you can use the new Experience Zone for an overview of the Nitro 16’s AI-related functions to learn more and utilize all of the latest features. The laptop has Killer DoubleShot Pro Wi-Fi, dual USB Type-C with ThunderBolt 4 ports and a MicroSD card reader.

What we think

Acer’s new Predator Helios Neo 14 laptop has a great specification for gamers. However, this should make it ideal for video editing on the go. The Intel Core Ultra processors deliver the power you need and a GPU with up to 8 GB of VRAM will also give a boost to most video editing programs. In addition, you can equip your system with up to 32 GB of LPDDR5X SDRAM system memory. If you think the 14-inch screen might feel a little cramped for video editing, the Nitro 16 gives you extra screen space. If you are looking for a new laptop for video editing, the Acer Predator Helios Neo 14 and Nitro 16 should be on your shortlist.

Pricing and availability

The Predator Helios Neo 14 will be available in the US in May, with prices starting at $1,799. Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) will get the laptop in June.

The Acer Nitro 16 will also be available from the same dates, priced from $1,399.

Pete Tomkies
Pete Tomkies
Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.

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