- Operating System: Windows 10 Home
- Display: 17.3-inch Full HD @ 144Hz
- Processor: Intel Core i9-8950HK
- Connectivity: HDMI, DisplayPort, 3x USB 3.0, LAN, Thunderbolt 3
- Memory: 32GB DDR4
- Storage: 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD
- Dimensions: 428 x 298 x 38.7 mm
- Weight: 4kg
- Decked out specs
- Overall design
Power Over 500!
While the Helios 500 has been in the market for a while, we managed to get our hands on the device and test out its gaming prowess. Unboxing and setting up the laptop is pretty easy considering it is just a laptop, but the power brick is as heavy and big as a normal red brick. That aside, when we booted up the laptop, we were greeted with a loud swoosh and a Predator logo lighting up and with a snap of a finger, we are brought to the desktop lightning fast.
With the included PredatorSense app, tweaking the settings of the laptop is just as easy as ABC. Using the app, you can change up the lighting of the keyboard, fan speed and have one-touch GPU overclocking. Speaking of fan speed, as per usual with gaming powerhouse laptops, they are on the louder side. Fortunately, if you are gaming without headphones/earphones then you are doing it wrong anyway. A good gaming headset will make a world of difference for you and your teammates, so most people will be using one.
When it comes to gaming, the laptop competes fairly well against the latest games and even the older games. When running CS:GO, the game ran well without any hiccups at all and at a stable FPS. Then, we ran one of the latest games, Resident Evil 2: Remake and it performed well with some tweaks in the settings menu. The display of the laptop does go up to 144Hz and when coupled with G-SYNC, you can expect smooth visuals without screen-tearing.
The laptop is also decked with 32GB of RAM and an Intel Core i9 processor along with some modularity. By simply unscrewing a few screws, you can upgrade the laptop yourself by either adding more M.2 drives or more RAM. While the NVIDIA GeForce 1070 GPU is not modular, you can still play games in 1080p for years on years to come. The thermals of the laptop are quite impressive as well. While the fans are loud, it does keep the laptop sufficiently cooled when you are gaming.
The keyboard is comfortable to type and game on, and the touchpad comes packaged with two independent buttons, making it slightly harder to miss-click the two. In terms of aesthetics, the whole laptop is dressed in black with blue accents on certain keys, the touchpad and even the fans as well. However, the Helios 500 does not follow the current trend of being thin and light, as the laptop is fairly hefty. If you are looking for a gaming laptop that you do not intend to take around much, the Helios 500 is a great device to do just that, provided that you can justify its high price to yourself.
CHIP CONCLUDE: A very impressive laptop with great thermals that can power games from the past and the coming future, but its expensive price tag would make most people question themselves thrice.
(to be published in issue March 2019)