Acer Predator Helios 700 review: You can't call it a gimmick if it works

Acer's sliding keyboard gaming laptop is large and in charge.

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In the end, however, we don’t care that much. We’re sorry, but if you’re hauling a 13-pound laptop package and the equivalent of a big-block V8 automobile engine, you don’t get to complain about battery life.

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The Acer Predator Helios 700’s battery life is hindered by its smaller battery capacity and the equivalent of a big-block automotive engine. The bragging rights are probably worth it though, right?

Conclusion

We’ll get this out of way first, because everyone wants to know about the “value” word. There is none. While the $3,999 price for the specs above is on a par with comparable laptops from the competition, this is no blue-plate special.

However, if you’re looking for a no-compromise gaming laptop, take a hard look at the Acer Predator Helios 700. Sure, it loses some contests to the desktop-CPU-equipped Alienware Area 51m R1, but it’s as fast and sometimes faster in others.

And did we mention that the keyboard slides out, too?

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At a Glance
  • Pros

    • No apologies in your grille styling
    • First laptop we've seen to unleash the full power of the Core i9-9980HK
    • Sliding keyboard actually boosts performance

    Cons

    • No apology for being in your grill styling
    • Fan noise gets a a little silly sometimes
    • Linear keys sit slightly above other keys
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