Stylized image of the Acer Predator Triton 500 SE gaming laptop

Congrats to Acer! The Acer Predator Triton 500 SE just won Videomaker’s Best Laptop of CES 2022 award.

This week at CES 2022, Acer expanded the Predator gaming hardware line with two new high-powered laptops. The Predator Helios 300 and the Predator Triton 500 SE both promise impressive performance with 12th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA RTX graphics.

Let’s take a closer look at what Acer has to offer with these latest releases.

Acer Predator Helios 300

Helios 300 vs. Triton 500 SE

At a glance, these two new gaming laptops look pretty similar. Both offer a slim profile and custom-engineered cooling, as well as overclocking and personalization through Acer’s Predator Sense.

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Likewise, both the Helios 300 and Triton 500 SE feature a variety of ports to keep you connected. These include 2.5G Ethernet and 6GHz Band Wi-Fi. They also have HDMI 2.1 and USB 3.2 as well as Thunderbolt 4 with DisplayPort functionality and power delivery.

Where they differ

While the two new Predator gaming laptops share many of the same connectivity options, the Triton 500 SE adds an SD card reader — a must-have for creators. This detail hints at the deeper differences that make the Triton 500 SE a better choice for photographers and videographers, especially those who also love to game.

We can look at the display for another example. The Helios 300 boasts a 165Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time on its up to 17.3-inch QHD ISP. The Triton 500 SE uses a smaller 16-inch screen but offers an impressive 240Hz refresh rate along with a 3ms response time. With a 16:10 aspect ratio, the WQXGA panel provides 500 nits brightness.

Acer Predator Triton 500 SE

Inside the new Predator gaming laptops

Both the Predator Helios 300 and the Predator Triton 500 SE feature 12th Gen Intel processors and NVIDIA RTX graphics. However, you’ll find slight upgrades in the Triton.

Here’s a quick comparison:

ComponentHelios 300Triton 500 SE
Processor12th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor12th Gen Intel Core i9 Processor
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
Memory32GB, 4800MHz LPDDR532GB, 4800MHz LPDDR5

Pricing and availability

Of the two new Predator gaming laptops from Acer, the Helios 300 is the more affordable. It starts at $1,649. The new Triton 500 SE starts at $2,299. The Helios 300 will release in March on the 15th with the Triton 500 SE will release in May on the 15th. For more information, head to acer.com.