These two gaming laptops share a lot of similarities, but there are some significant differences. The Alienware Area 51m offers better performance and graphics capabilities as well as customizable RGB lighting options. However, the Acer Predator Helios 700 has been built with durability in mind so it’s more likely to survive drops from your desk or other mishaps.
Acer is the first to launch a high-end gaming laptop, with an Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 graphics card and overclocked processor. The Predator Helios 700 offers superior performance but sacrifices portability like Alienware’s Area 51m .Alienware Area 51m is one of the most powerful gaming laptops on the market, but what if you want something that’s even more specialized? The Acer Predator Helios 700 might be for you. This new laptop takes advantage of Intel’s latest 7th Generation Kaby Lake processors and it has two GTX 1080 GPUs in SLI to offer an unparalleled level of performance. However, this trade-off comes with a high price tag—the Alienware costs $2,000 while the Acer will cost over $3,000 when released later this month.
The “predator helios 700” is a laptop that has been released by Acer. It features a 17-inch screen and an Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU. The “Alienware Area 51m” is an Alienware gaming laptop that has been released by Dell. It features a 17-inch screen and an Nvidia GTX 1080 GPU.
In terms of gaming performance, price, display quality, battery life, portability, and more, we put the Alienware 51m up against the Acer Predator Helios 700.
The rankings and results can be seen above, while the in-depth examinations of the two Gaming Laptops can be found below.
Alienware Area 51m comes in first place.
- Outstanding gaming abilities
- Gaming monitor with 144Hz refresh rate
- Equipment of the highest quality
- Predator Helios 700 is more costly.
We put the Alienware Area-51m to the test for you. A high-end gaming laptop with plenty of processing power. That can already be seen in the CPU that is being utilized.
No, not a mobile 45 W CPU, but a full-fledged processor like those found in desktop PCs. The unique feature is that it requires two power supply to function properly.
Alienware is noted for its unique designs, which have long been a trademark of the company. Of course, the 51m is no exception. With such a performance, a clumsy design must suffice, and there must be adequate place for two power supply.
However, the design was implemented in a stylish manner here as well. An LED ring entirely surrounds the end. Another unique feature is the LED-illuminated touchpad. Alienware may also persuade with its matt hue, which hides fingerprints.
The magnesium alloy gives the 51m an even higher quality and noble appearance — at least on the outside. Due to the huge structure, the casing must be able to endure quite a bunch.
It’s also quite torsionally rigid, which makes it ideal for transit. The materials employed, on the other hand, guarantee that the palm rest, for example, does not sag. We tried harder than normal to get it to surrender a little, but there was no way.
It’s also crucial to have high-quality display hinges. Nobody likes a squeaky display or a squeak while opening or shutting a laptop, particularly at such a low price. But, of course, you take precautions here.
Different variants of the display are available. Each is available in a 17.3-inch model with 60 or 144 Hz and with or without G-SYNC. Without G-SYNC, our setup runs at 144 Hz.
This arrangement, however, comes with a bonus: Tobii Eye Tracking. 144 Hz is an obvious choice for RTX 2080 setups.
There is hardly any display edge since the matt surface fits neatly into the lid. There are no ghosting issues due to the quick reaction time (black to white and gray to gray). The brightness of the panel is 300 cd/m2, which is similar to other gaming laptop screens.
The Area-51m is no exception to Alienware’s tradition of providing a wealth of configuration possibilities. The Z370 chipset supports three processors: two i7 and one i9 CPU (i7-8700 and -9700K and i9-9900K, respectively). The RAM has a minimum of 8 GB and can go up to 64 GB.
The amount of storage options is also significant, and the case must have enough of room. It is possible to have up to three storage units. From hybrid hard drives to PCIe m.2 SSDs and Intel’s Optane memory, there’s a lot to choose from. RAID setups of various types may also be employed.
All new RTX models with 8 GB graphics RAM, up to the RTX 2080, may be installed. Aside from the i9-9900K and 32 GB RAM, this was also installed in our test device. The Area-51m has a number of connections in addition to the components.
Although the laptop has an interchangeable graphics card, it also features a proprietary graphic amplifier port. If you wish to increase your power?
Of course, there’s a Thunderbolt connector, which supports DisplayPort as well. Three USB 3.1 connections are also available, one of which still supports PowerShare. An HDMI 2.0 and a Mini DisplayPort 1.4 connection are available for even more screens. 2.5 Gbps is supported via the RJ-45 network connector.
The Killer 1550 network module helps with connection as well. It has a strong WLAN connection and Bluetooth 5.0, with a theoretical transfer rate of 1.73 Gbps.
Although we haven’t specifically tested for it, this value was obtained in a laboratory setting.
Touchpad and Keyboard
The Alienware Area-51m has a non-mechanical, tilted keyboard. However, several macro keys and a standard-size number pad are given in exchange. The greater stroke length is visible when compared to the opto-mechanical switches of XMG’s NEO 15, which we examined.
On the other hand, it provides excellent feedback and a pleasant typing experience. So mechanical keys aren’t always required.
The lighted touchpad has previously been mentioned briefly. It, like everything else related to lighting, is controlled using AlienFX. With a dimension of 10 x 5.5 cm, the touchpad isn’t very huge, but the specialized mouse buttons don’t count.
They enable more accurate clicks and provide immediate feedback. Aside from that, the touchpad is responsive and the fingertips slide smoothly over the smooth surface.
On a laptop like this, the mouse pad is usually simply utilized as a temporary mouse substitute in order to keep playing correctly.
The Alienware Area-51m may be modified in a variety of ways using AlienFX. The whole illumination, as well as the keyboard, may be customized. On the main screen, we can view our installed game library, which the program has identified. We may adjust the keyboard, including the color, under the FX tab.
The Fusion portion is, without a doubt, the most fascinating. Everyone should be able to overclock their computers. Temperatures, load, and voltage or clock rate are all shown in the program.
Overclocking may also be included in profiles, which is intriguing. Overclocking will be done automatically if you start a game while using one of these profiles. However, we did not use these profiles throughout the experiments.
There is a lot more software on the device than AlienFX, which is used to customize the Area-51m.
To connect your smartphone to the Alienware Area-51m, for example, use Alienware Mobile Connect. Alternatively, there’s supplementary software for setting the touchpad, which is at least a year old.
The Area-51m, which is also utilized in desktop PCs, is where Alienware develops a lot of the high-end hardware. That’s why there are two power supply included. To gain the maximum performance, both power supply must be connected.
As a result, we conducted two tests: one with one power supply and the other with two power sources. In comparison to the smaller laptops we’ve previously evaluated, there are significant benefits with two power sources in the benchmarks. The laptop can handle the latest games in the highest definition, as well as video and picture processing. This was a foregone conclusion.
A PCIe-m.2 SSD is included in our setup. At least one hybrid hard disk is installed in every other arrangement. As a result, no matter which hard drive is installed, the data grab always performs well. Of course, using an SSD yields the greatest results.
Current games are no issue for the Alienware Area-51m, thanks to two linked power supply. Unfortunately, there was no game that “officially” supported raytracing at the time of the test. The new Star Wars spin-off, on the other hand, looked fantastic.
There are many and huge ventilation inlets and outlets on the Alienware Area-51m. There’s also the open space within the casing, as well as the built-in fans. During gaming, we could feel the warmth via the wrist-rest; you won’t have chilly hands on the laptop. The most of the heat is generated at the back, where there are no controls.
Aside from the surface temperature, which we can’t precisely measure, the temperature of the individual components is equally fascinating. With Prime95, we test the i9-9900K to check whether the clock rate can be maintained. According to HWMonitor, after around 45 seconds, the temperature remains at 95-100°C, and the CPU begins to clock down to prevent the temperature from rising any higher.
Unlike other laptops, the graphics card and CPU do not share a cooling system (e.g., shared heat pipes), but instead have their own. We can’t quite get the RTX 2080 to its maximum temperature with games, but it’s about 83°C on average. For a little facility, the charges are very reasonable.
Life of the Batteries
The battery life is of little importance in such a calculating machine, but we must not overlook it. In regular idle mode, with standard brightness, we got 2.3 hours of battery life. After all, it’s just 2.7 hours if we turn everything off. It takes 2 hours to fully charge the battery. When two power supply are utilized, there is no discernible difference in charging speed.
The Alienware Area-51m is a hefty machine with a hefty price tag. Alienware, on the other hand, crams desktop technology into a mobile casing, complete with a decent display, even if the contrast ratio isn’t ideal.
Of course, the Alienware logo is prominently displayed on top. In addition, the Area-51m is available in smaller configurations that do not need the purchase of a new compact automobile.
Overall, the Alienware Area 51m outperforms the Acer Predator Helios 700; it is one of the greatest high-end gaming laptops available right now, as shown by its pricing.
Acer Predator Helios 700 is ranked second.
- Outstanding gaming performance
- Area 51m is less expensive than Alienware Area 51m.
- System of intelligent cooling
- When fully loaded, it’s pretty loud.
The Acer Predator Helios 700 in the test is a highly fascinating gaming laptop. The Hyber Drift keyboard, which can be pushed down, is the major feature of this 17-inch laptop.
On the one hand, this definitely improves convenience of use by providing a resting place for the palms of the hands, which is a true ergonomic bonus for tall computers. Furthermore, since the fans on the top side can work harder, the mobile computer’s performance improves.
With the Predator Helios 700 PH717-71-95Q9, we’re looking at a solid model in the high-end segment. Intel’s Core i9 9980HK processor features eight cores and a turbo speed of up to 5 GHz.
A Geforce RTX 2080 graphics card with 8 GB video RAM is included. A 32 GB RAM memory further enhances the performance.
For your gaming library, two fast PCIe SSD hard drives with 512 GB each give 1 terabyte of storage capacity. A 17-inch Full-HD display with a 144 Hz refresh rate is included with the Predator Helios, in addition to the advanced gaming keyboard.
Modern connections are readily accessible, and the design makes a gamer’s pulse race. More on this later in the review.
A gaming CPU designed to meet the needs of demanding gamers and difficult workloads. The basic frequency of this 9th generation Octa-Core CPU is 2.4 GHz, and it has eight cores.
The Intel Core i9-9980HK features a 16 MB cache and uses Hyper-Threading to execute 16 threads at once. The turbo clock frequency may go up to 5 GHz.
The NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2080 mobile edition is now available. As a result, not only do you get fast performance with 8 GB of video memory, but you can also play virtual reality games.
As primary memory, two modules with a total of 32 GB DDR4 RAM are fitted. If needed, the Predator Helios 700’s dual-channel memory may be upgraded to 64 GB RAM.
With a total RAM of 1 Terabyte, you’ll be able to store a vast game library. This is made up of two 512 GB SSD hard drives connected via PCIe, allowing for lightning-fast loading speeds.
Cooling and Overclocking
The fans on the top side are cleaned by dragging down the keyboard. This cools the system, which may be boosted even more by hitting the “Turbo” key.
If an RTX 2080 graphics card is installed for ventilation and overclocking (software is available), the system’s performance is comparable to that of a desktop PC with an RTX 2080 graphics card.
The display is a 17-inch Full-HD display with a brightness of 290 nits and 96 percent color accuracy. The IPS display has a refresh rate of 144 frames per second. The surface is matt to prevent reflections.
Two speakers are located on the laptop’s front bottom and in the display frame underneath the display. As a result, the sound is directed directly at you, which is fantastic. If you’re playing with the cooling on turbo, you’ll need headphones since the loudspeakers won’t help.
The Hyper-Drift keyboard’s second feature is its improved cooling and even more aggressive gaming appearance.
Because of its height of around 4.1 cm, writing and playing with the Acer Predator Helios 700 is already difficult in “regular mode,” that is, without the keyboard being pushed out. You can feel the enormous change in height if you place the ball of your thumb down here.
The reason behind this design is the laptop’s incredible performance, since it has the fastest CPU and graphics card presently available in a laptop. To keep the components cool, you’ll need a big computer.
I’ve always been critical of the high build of big gaming laptops. The palms of the hands flex excessively, making a lengthy game without an additional keyboard an agony for the joints.
Although the makers have reduced the overall height of the devices, making them more convenient and enjoyable to use, none of them compare to the Helios 700’s features.
When you take out the keyboard, it emits a unique sound that sounds like a spacecraft. So we’ve made it to the future.
In most notebooks, the edge is usually an annoyance since the pads flex here and the edge is somewhat sharp. This isn’t a big deal in flat laptops, but it’s not just a problem with gaming laptops.
As a result, the design is excellent owing to the comfortable handling, which eliminates the need for an extra keyboard. We’ll play with a real mouse anyhow since the touchpad is in an odd location.
Of course, the Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71-95Q9 has RGB keyboard lighting with individual adjustment. If needed, macro keys are also accessible.
The WASD keys include interchangeable keys that have a distinct pressure point as well as a visual effect.
The Robberdom keys have a lower pressure point, while the custom WASD keys include a built-in spring that allows for greater maneuverability.
These blue keys have a little more resistance and are also a little higher. Overall, the keyboard is excellent for both gaming and writing.
When we press down on the keyboard, two vents emerge on the sides. In order to effectively cool the high performance of the 17-inch gaming laptop, a lot of air is pursued through the system using this.
If you want to get the most out of the show, use the “Turbo” button to up up the volume on the fans. However, it then gets quite loud. The Helios 700 is quiet in regular use, even without the turbo ventilation, but it doesn’t mean it’s overly quiet.
Due to the enhanced cooling, the test reveals a difference in operating loudness from 46.5 dB to 66 dB. It becomes rather noisy, but you get the additional power on another laptop this way.
Only an SD card reader is missing from the list of connectors. It’s a shame, since I prefer to shoot images with my camera and then transfer them to my computer using the SD card, but the bulk of people use smartphones anyhow.
There is also no optical drive for DVDs and/or Blurays. The trend is obviously away from the DVD drive here as well. The Acer Predator Helios 700 PH717-71-95Q9 has enough room for cooling and all high-end components.
We have three USB 3.0 ports here, which is twice as many as the type-C USB 3.1 Gen.2 standard, plus Thunderbolt 3 and LAN. The HDMI and DisplayPort ports may be used to connect monitors. AC-WLAN and Bluetooth 5.0 are the wireless options.
There isn’t much left for the battery life on this thick computer with a lot of power. If we don’t utilize the system to its full capacity, you’ll receive an average of 2 hours and a maximum of 3 hours.
There’s also a lot to lug about. Let’s start with the massive power supply, which is already massive. The size is also important for providing adequate power to the laptop.
On the scale, the Gaming Laptop weighs around 9.92 lbs. The entire height is around 4.2 centimeters.
Not just because of the performance, but also because of the proportions, a desktop PC outperforms a laptop. The Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-53-79S0, for example, is lighter, yet it is also “weaker.”
Conclusion and Execution
The Acer Predator Helios 700 is a powerful gaming laptop with smart ventilation and a fast processor.
Even extended gaming sessions without the use of an extra keyboard are feasible thanks to the keyboard. Furthermore, the whole design exudes the WOW factor that you would expect from a mobile computer in this category.
The Acer Predator Helios 700 has already shown that the company is thinking forward and intends to shake up the gaming industry. A gaming convertible with 4K resolution is already a bold statement.
Although the laptop does not seem to be overpriced, the price may be a deterrent for others.
Only the notebook’s mobile qualities, such as weight and battery life, work against it, but this is due to the hardware, which is why the Acer Predator Helios 700 comes in second place behind the Alienware Area 51m.
If you can’t afford the Alienware Area 51m, the Acer Predator Helios 700 is still an excellent high-performance gaming laptop.
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