Review Acer Predator Helios 500 (PH517-61): the true fan AMD

Gaming laptop with a processor Ryzen and graphics Radeon RX we tested in 2017. We are talking about the ASUS ROG Strix GL702ZC. Since then, an interesting initiative has not received any development. We see that in the game market of mobile computers continues to be dominated by Intel and NVIDIA. But because Acer Predator 500 Helios, based on an 8-core processor Ryzen 7 2700 and Radeon RX Vega 56, can be safely regarded as a gimmick. It is particularly interesting to compare this model with its

competitors, which use a 6-core mobile chip Intel graphics and GeForce GTX 1070. Than we now do.

Acer Predator Helios 500 (PH517-61)

Specifications, equipment and

The Predator series gaming laptops Helios 500 has a large number of various modifications. Under the label PH517-61 sold systems based on AMD chips, at number PH517-51 — based on Intel and NVIDIA. The table below shows the parameters of only “red” laptops Acer. In all models Predator Helios 500 PH517-61 graphics used Radeon RX Vega 56 8 GB.

Acer Predator Helios 500 (PH517-61)
Display A 17.3″, 1920 × 1080, IPS (144hz, FreeSync)
The CPU Ryzen 7 AMD 2700, 8/16 cores/threads, 3.2 GHz, 65 W
AMD 2600 Ryzen 5, 6/12 cores/threads, 3.4 GHz, 65W
Video card AMD Radeon RX Vega56, 8 GB of HBM
RAM 16/32 GB DDR4-2400, 2 channel
Installing drives 1 × M. 2 to PCI Express x4 mode 3.0
1 × M. 2 to PCI Express x4 mode 3.0 and SATA 6 GB/s
1 × SATA 6GB/s
Optical drive No
Interfaces 3 × USB 3.1 Type-A
2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB 3.1 Type-C)
2 × 3.5 mm mini Jack
1 × HDMI
1 × DisplayPort
1 × RJ-45
Built-in battery 74 W⋅h
External power supply 330 W
Dimensions 428 × 298 × 39 mm
The weight of the laptop 4 kg
Operating system Windows 10 x64 Home
Guarantee 2 years
Price in Russia, by data “Yandex.Market” 200 000 test model

To us in edition has arrived the most pumped version of “Predator”. Along with Ryzen 7 2700 and Radeon RX Vega 56 the laptop is used once 32 GB DDR4 RAM, SSD 512 GB and the hard disk on 2 TB. With a preinstalled operating system Windows 10 Home a laptop in Moscow is in srednem200 000. I note that the version of Helios Predator 500 PH517-51 c Core i7-8750H and GeForce GTX 1070 is 10 000 rubles more. Cheapest Predator (Ryzen 5 2600, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD and preinstalled Linux operating system) sold in the capital is about 140 000 rubles.

For a wired network in my laptop meets the Gigabit controller the Killer E2500, and wireless connection — Killer Wireless-AC 1555. New Wi-Fi module supports the standards IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and a maximum bandwidth of up to 1.73 Gbps, and Bluetooth 5.0.

Included with the laptop is an external power supply 330 watts and a mass of one kilogram.

Appearance and input device

In 2017, we tested the model Predator Helios 300 — Acer laptop average price level. The novelty, as you can see, quite seriously different from this device. Helios Predator 500… looks more brutal and more powerful. And even something like a “monster” Predator X. 21

The laptop casing is made from high quality matte plastic. Screen “Predator” got a thick frame, and therefore, even on the background of 17-inch gaming models looks very, very impressive. This is not ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II (GL704GM), I was telling you about at the end of 2018. Weight 4 kg (do not forget about pound power supply, which will also have to carry a) to carry this “baby” in a backpack is very uncomfortable. However, I am sure that in 99 cases out of 100 such devices were purchased to replace the desktop.

Thus, the thickness of the Helios Predator 500 is 39 mm — almost four inches! Laptop cover reveals approximately 135 degrees, the design uses a very tight loop, but a small gap still is present — because the screen of the device is quite heavy.

The back side looks asymmetric, because the left grille for output hot air more on the right.

Here are the outputs. In addition to the standard for gaming laptops the HDMI connector on the rear panel Helios Predator 500 is DisplayPort.

Left the “Predator” soldered two Thunderbolt 3, combined with the USB 3.1 Gen2 type-C, USB 3.1 Gen1, one A-type and RJ-45. On the right — two USB 3.1 Gen1, lock slot Kensington, and a pair of 3.5 mm “Jack” for headset.


Keyboard Helios Predator 500 received single-level RGB-backlight, which is configured in the application PredatorSense. Block WASD “arrow” and touch panel further highlighted in blue frame. The main keys are quite large (15 × 15 mm) and conveniently located. I did not like the button Tab — too small it turned out. Turn key short, but physically can feel clearly and is quite loud for a scissor mechanism click.

Buttons additional functions are activated via the Fn-modifier located successfully. On top of the main keyboard unit placed programmable buttons “1”-“5”. They are set up in the program PredatorSense.

In my opinion, to work and play the keyboard better with a support under wrist, which was not included. Just got a Helios Predator 500 is a pretty decent thickness, and I used to work on the keyboard with a slight slope.

You’ll laugh, but in a laptop for 200 000 used a simple HD camera, vertical scanning frequency which is 30 Hz. And we are talking about gaming the system and Helios Predator 500 it is possible to use for the stream. The image quality of the camera can be considered as good only on a clear Sunny day. The rest of the time “webcam” gives a noisy and unsightly picture: for the Skype calls will go to streaming — no. Have to spend money to buy a separate camera.

The internal structure and capabilities upgrade

Cooling system Predator 500 Helios is built on a fairly standard scheme. Through the bars on the bottom two fans suck the air and chased it through two big copper radiator. The manufacturer claims that the impeller AeroBlade 3D have a unique blade shape that provides maximum ventilation inside the laptop case. Preheated air leaves the laptop through the back and side of the lattice body.

Just cooler laptop has five teplorulon.

In order to reach them, you need to remove the plastic cover entirely. It requires to Unscrew a lot of screws including hidden ones. To do this, I did not.

Fortunately, the bottom of the laptop is equipped with a removable hatch. Unscrew one screw and get access to the SSD LITEON CA1-8D512 of 512 GB hard drive, SO-DIMM slots, battery and Wi-Fi-module. We see that the owner of Helios Predator 500 it is possible to install another SSD — adjacent slot M. 2 2280 is empty.

To the left of the SSD has connectors SO-DIMM, in which you can optionally install up to 32 GB of RAM. Existing 32 GB of RAM, apparently soldered directly to the motherboard of the laptop from the other side because CPU-Z identifies the chip as a separate device. The “brains” in Helios Predator 500 work in dual channel mode on the effective frequency of 2400 MHz with a set of primary delays 15-15-15-35.

In principle, upgrade the build Helios Predator 500 the next few years there is no need. Is that a Seagate hard drive over time can be replaced with another SSD, 1-2 TB. Or buy another M. 2 drive. That’s when it really the ultimate Assembly.


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