Acer Gaming Laptops and Monitors
Stereoscopic 3D gaming without glasses
Acer presents two new Predator gaming notebooks. The special version of the 15.6-inch Helios 300 notebook with stereoscopic Spatiallabs display for spatial 3D gaming is particularly exciting. In addition, there are 2D and even 3D monitors.
So far, Acer has used the stereoscopic Spatiallabs displays exclusively in the ConceptD notebooks for creative workers. The displays, which can be switched between 2D and the simulation of 3D in space without glasses, use an additional liquid crystal lenticular lens, which ensures that each of the two eyes sees a slightly different image, thus creating the illusion of 3D objects floating in space. The viewing angle, which is usually very limited with lenticular lenses, in which the effect works cleanly, is extended with Acer devices by the combination of eye tracking with an additional camera solution and real-time rendering technologies.
Predator Helios 300 with 3D display
Now, with the Predator Helios 300 Spatiallabs Edition, there is also a gaming notebook that delivers enough power to create stereoscopic 3D without glasses smoothly with up to 60 Hz refresh rate, even with graphically complex games. Acer has developed Spatiallabs TrueGame, a software that currently supports more than 50 games with preconfigured profiles. The games include new titles such as Forza Horizon 5, but also classics such as BioShock or Quake. According to Acer, profiles for more games should be added every month. With Spatiallabs Go, 2D content such as photos, videos or video calls can also be displayed in simulated 3D. With the Spatiallabs Player, a separate video player is also part of the software equipment.
The Spatiallabs display in the Predator Helios 300 delivers the UHD resolution with 3,840 x 2,160 pixels in 2D mode. Core i9 processors with up to 14 cores from Intel’s Alder Lake H series provide the necessary computing power, Nvidia’s Geforce RTX GPUs provide graphics performance from the RTX 3060 to the RTX 3080. According to Acer, an improved cooling system with liquid metal thermal paste and more efficient fans ensures heat dissipation of the CPU and GPU. In addition, there are up to 32 GB DDR5-4800 as working memory and a maximum of two PCIe Gen4 SSDs in RAID-0 configuration as mass storage. For the network connection, the 2.5GbE chip Killer E2600 and WiFi 6E are on board. Both together support the Killer DoubleShot Pro feature. The Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition (PH315-55s) is scheduled to go on sale in September. It costs from 3,299 euros (RRP).
Portable 3D Monitors
For gamers and other users who already have a powerful computer, Acer announces the Spatiallabs View and Spatiallabs View Pro portable 3D displays, which are probably based on the 15.6-inch 4K panel and the eye-tracking camera, which are also used in the Helios 500. The difference between View and View Pro lies primarily in the software: the latter includes the Spatiallabs Model Viewer, which is used for viewing 3D models from professional 3D programs. There is no information about availability and price yet.
Predator Triton 300 SE and gaming monitors
The compact Triton 300 SE gaming notebook with a conventional 14-inch panel receives a hardware upgrade to Alder Lake H in the PT314-52s version and improved cooling for the Intel CPU and the Nvidia RTX-30 GPU. In addition, Acer now uses 16:10 panels and even offers an OLED option with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,800 pixels, 90 Hz refresh rate and VESA DisplayHDR 500 True Black.
The two newly announced gaming monitors Predator XB273K LV and Nitro XV272U RV both have 27-inch IPS panels. The Predator monitor delivers the UHD resolution with 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and up to 160 Hz repetition frequency, in the Nitro display there is a WQHD panel (2,560 x 1,440 pixels), which creates a maximum of 170 Hz. Both monitors support AMD Freesync Premium and offer feet with ergonomic height adjustment.
The Predator Triton 300 SE will be available from June 2022, with a starting price of 1,499 euros (RRP). You have to wait for the two monitors until October 2022. The Predator XB273K LV should cost 849 euros (RRP) and the Nitro XV272U RV 499 euros (RRP).