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Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-98Y7 Gaming Laptop Review

A Predator which will certainly keep the champions of Formula racing way behind. The Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-98Y7 packs a punch with the exceptional combination of GTX 1070 GPU and 8th Gen Core i9 processor which certainly make your gaming experience-THE BEST! This beast is available at $2499 to fulfill your gaming desires without any complications. The system just has the perfect configuration to remain calm and cool just as the name says with whatever form of the game you are playing and tearing apart your fingers. A WINNER FOR SURE!

Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-98Y7 Gaming Laptop Review

Configuration Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-98Y7 Configurations

At the above-mentioned price, you will be able to purchase the Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-98Y7 infused with:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU with 8GB of VRAM.
  • 16GB of RAM
  • 2.9-GHz Intel Core i9-8950HK processor
  • 2TB 5400rpm HDD
  • 512GB SSD


Well according to me, it’s a monster to win your hearts with vents! The beast look will certainly give an edge while playing different types of games. The gray outlines are quite appealing. Exceptionally carved sides and the lid is also matching with the complete theme. You just cannot take your eyes from the logo of Predator blue-steel plated.

Design Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-98Y7

You can only imagine about the demon with the interiors. The keyboards are stunningly built with island style appearance and the best part about it is the blue-backlighting which will make the gaming an addiction for sure.  The touchpad is perfect enough to help you move your cursor without any form of hassle. It has the space to get the cursor moving with complete convenience. The bezels are a bit disappointing as it could have been a bit more slimmer.

The Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-98Y7 is undoubtedly the thickest one among its rivals with 17.3-inch FHD screen and weighing around 8.3 pounds.


You name a port and The Helios 500 has got you covered.

You will be getting one USB 3.0 port, RJ45 port, and two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left side of the machine. You will have two USB 3.0 ports, one Kensington lock slot, and headphone and microphone inputs on the right side. There is a display port with HDMI 2.0 port in between.

Display Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-98Y7 Display

As per expectation, the picture will be completely treated to your eyes with 17.3-inch screen backed by 144-Hz Nvidia G-Sync display. But at this rate, you will even find better configuration picture quality.

I can say the G-synch display is quite good and will keep you amused with the quality. The brightness is around 276 nits which are also an OKAY! I would not rate the display configuration to be good enough as it could have been even better when compared with the other rivals.


This section will be loved and you certainly like to hear the sound of this beast all the time. Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-98Y7 is exclusively configured with subwoofer and two speakers which is enough to make your space transformed into a concert in no time. The most unique part of this Windows 10 system’s music system is that it comes with Waves MaxxAudio app which gives you an option of a full equalizer and presets. This will certainly be fun during the gaming times.


Does Core i9 even wait? Just perfect to multitask without any feeling of it! Whether downloading movies and playing a high graphics game, it will work as if there is no one stopping it. Well all thanks to its 16GB of RAM, 2.9-GHz Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, 2TB 5400rpm HDD, and 512GB SSD.

Battery Life

This part is not at all as per the expectations of the gaming standards. The beast does not have much power to stand for a long time.  So, I would give a big thumb down to the battery of this Predatory, it will not last more than 4-5 hours.


At this price, I am a bit disappointed with the webcam 720p. The experience showcased the color was bit on the dull side and the images were bit noisy. So, it’s quite better you can make use of an external webcam rather the built-in webcam.

VR And Graphics

Configured with the best mix of 8GB of VRAM and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, you will stop but not this beast. There will be no problem with GPU under whatsoever pressurized gaming experience you are dealing with. I will not hesitate in stating that its a great job with the infused graphics and VR, you will not have a single dull moment with this beast.


This Windows 10 beast machine stands quiet and cool when you are at your killing best and have the experience of your life. The temperature remains very comfortable whatever the pressure is and I would certainly go with this configuration any time.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-98Y7’s keys are smooth and clicky. At the top, you will also find the addition of new hotkeys which are customizable! The experience of the touchpad is also quite smooth, and the clicky and responsive mouse buttons are just perfectly matching to it.

Keyboard Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-98Y7


Not only Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-98Y7 looks like a monster, but it acts like one too for sure and that is because of GTX 1070 graphics card, Core i9 processor, and just the best audio facilities. The keyboard is good enough to keep you amused all the time.

Except for the display and battery life, I would certainly give this Windows 10 machine a big thumbs up. The cool and calm Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-98Y7 will perform at its best under pressure and will make your every single penny a worth of investment.

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Mark Hernandez

Being a past individual technology blogger for 4 years, Mark have a perfect grip on testing laptops and tablets. Along with a successful technology writer and blogger, he has been a full time gamer and still spends few hours of a day playing games. And as a gamer, Mark is an expert gaming laptop finder and his this skill helps gamer find best gaming laptops.

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