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MSI launches gaming laptops running eighth-gen Intel CPU

Took cues from a sports car for its design

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MSI has officially made its gaming lineup powered by eighth-generation Intel processors available in the Philippines. Headlining the series are two models — the GS65 Stealth Thin and GE Raider RGB Edition.

The GS65 Stealth Thin is the first gaming laptop to be equipped with a 144Hz IPS display with 7ms response time. This translates to super fluid movement while playing and could make or break a gaming match. The company also boasts an 82 percent screen-to-body ratio.

The gaming notebook has a new golden accent and trim that makes it look more premium. Inside, it’s equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor. MSI Philippines’ William Villanueva reiterates that in order to experience the most out of your gaming machine, the processor should be able to churn out tasks with efficiency. With that in mind, they are confident the 8750H chipset installed on the Stealth Thin would get the job done.

The rig is also armed with 16GB of RAM (up to 32GB), and up to a 512GB SSD.

It wouldn’t be a complete gaming platform without keys that light up. If you’re a fan of personalizing your color schemes, then you’d be glad to know the GS65 has a new per-key RGB keyboard designed by SteelSeries. Users can customize each key in addition to receiving real-time game status through the lighting of the keyboard.

Pricing for the two variants are as follows:

GS65 Stealth Thin (GTX 1060 GPU, 256GB SSD) — PhP 134,995

GS65 Stealth Thin (GTX 1070 GPU, 512GB SSD) — PhP 169,995

On the other hand, the GE Raider RGB Edition was first seen during its announcement at CES. Being patterned after the design of a sports car, you can see the craftsmanship poured into making the laptop sleek yet functional.

It has a pair of RGB lights on its lid that consist of 24 separate zones of illumination with more than 16.8 million colors available. It even has lights to illuminate its USB ports. It’s definitely a looker from afar and up close. The display comes in Full HD resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and a wide view orientation.

The GE Raider RGB Edition is configurable with up to the latest eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8750H processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. It also supports up to 32GB of RAM and a combo of 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD for storage. To keep things running smoothly, cooling the rig is the MSI Cooler Boost 5 that utilizes dual fans and seven copper heat pipes.

There are two variants, namely the GE63 and GE73. Below are their price points:

GE63 Raider RGB Edition (15.6-inch display, 8GB RAM) – PhP 124,995 (DOS) PhP 131,995 (Windows 10)

GE73 Raider RGB Edition (17.3-inch display, 16GB RAM) – PhP 144,995

Both the GS65 Stealth Thin and the GE Raider RGB Edition will be available in stores soon, but pre-ordering will be available on April 4 to May 6.

SEE ALSO: Razer Phone Review: Best smartphone for gaming?

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Special Edition Predator Helios 300 looks awesome in white

The gaming machine is a looker!

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Today, Acer announced a slew of new devices. From powerful gaming computers to updated notebooks, fans gathered as the tech brand unveiled products at the annual #NextAtAcer event in New York.

Out of all the gadgets and gizmos showcased, one thing caught everyone’s eye. This is the special edition Predator Helios 300.

It comes in a stunning all-white aluminum chassis with gold details — something you don’t see a lot of with gaming laptops.

Of course, it’s not all looks. Specs have been updated, too. It’s powered by the latest Core i7 processor with up to 16GB of RAM (expandable to 32GB) and 512GB SSD storage.

This thing is also equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card and a 15.6-inch display with a refresh rate of 144Hz. Other than those changes, it’s still the same powerful machine released last year.

Regional pricing is yet to be announced for this bad baby. In the meantime, let’s just ogle at this beautiful, clean, and crisp-looking exterior.

As if it doesn’t get any better, Acer also unveiled matching white accessories.

A gaming mouse and headphones to match the whole mood.

Just look at that. I can’t stop staring, and I’m sure you feel the same way.

This is definitely this year’s best-looking gaming device so far. Take my money, Acer!

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Acer Predator Helios 500 can overclock its Core i9 and GTX 1070 chips

Predator Helios 300 Special Edition gets launched as well

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Acer is well known for unleashing some of the most unreal gaming notebooks we’ve ever seen. And while it’s difficult to top the Predator Triton 700 and 21 X, the company is certainly continuing to turn heads with its newest Helios lineup.

First up is the Predator Helios 500, which is a follow-up to the Helios 300 we saw launched around this time last year. Acer is calling this new model “exceptionally powerful” and I can’t argue with that.

Both its Intel Core i9 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 chips are overclockable. They’re already fast on stock speeds, so being able to go past their limits is something mobile gamers will wholeheartedly enjoy. On top of that, the Helios 500 can be fitted with Intel’s Optane memory, providing users with the shortest of load times. If that’s not enough, up to 64GB of RAM can be installed, too.

To make the most of the high-end components, the 17.3-inch IPS LCD (available in UHD or Full HD) can manage a 144Hz refresh rate along with NVIDIA’s G-Sync tech to prevent annoying instances of stuttering and tearing during intense gameplay. And so that things stay cool, the brand’s signature AeroBlade 3D metal fans are once again employed.

Since this is a gaming machine, you get the usual gamer essentials, including a backlit RGB keyboard and host of ports such as Thunderbolt 3 and HDMI 2.0.

Interested? The Helios 500 will go for US$ 1,999 in North America starting June, EUR 1,999 in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) beginning this month, and CNY 15,999 in China in June. Specific configurations depend per region.

Going back to the Helios 300 mentioned earlier, there’s now a Special Edition of the year-old gaming laptop. What’s different this time is the all-white aluminum chassis with gold trim — quite a unique design choice that stands out in the sea of black gaming notebooks.

It also comes with updated specs, namely an 8th-generation Core i7 processor coupled with up to 16GB of RAM (which you could still push to 32GB), 512GB SSD, Intel Optane memory, and a GTX 1060. The display is slightly smaller than its larger counterpart at 15.6 inches, but the Full HD IPS panel can handle a refresh rate of 144Hz, as well. Two AeroBlade fans are inside to keep everything in order.

The Helios 300’s regional pricing and availability will be disclosed soon.

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Acer launches affordable but fast Nitro 50 gaming desktop

Also launches complementary Nitro monitors

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Much like smartphone aficionados, gamers require a plethora of flexible options to get their optimal gaming fix. There is no catch-all model for everyone. As such, gaming PC makers do better when they launch more models catered for different types of gamers.

With this in mind, Acer is launching another expansion to its specialized Nitro family. Catered more for gamers with a budget, the Nitro lineup touts amazing specs with competitive pricing.

The new addition, called the Nitro 50, infuses the lineup with a dose of high octane. The new desktop PC packs in the industry’s up-to-date specs into one convenient package. Speaking of package, the Nitro 50 struts and shines with armor-inspired housing fronted with edgy red lighting.

Tailored for power, the Nitro 50 runs on 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processors. Further, the PC comes with variants running up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 video cards.

Additionally, the Nitro 50 blazes through every single storage issue that gamers face today. It sports up to 3TB of HDD storage and 512GB of SSD storage. The package also comes with a built-in Qi wireless charging deck.

Regardless of whether it’s online play or streaming, the PC sports a Realtek Dragon LAN card which optimizes network speeds for every use.

Nitro RG0

To complement the Nitro 50’s capabilities, Acer is also launching new Nitro VG0 and RG0 monitors. Both monitors have garnered recognition at the 2018 Red Dot Design Awards. Offering up to 27-inch variants, both the VG0 and RG0 series tailor fit usage according to every possible game configuration.

Both the Nitro 50 desktop and VG0/RG0 monitors will launch according to region. The Nitro 50 gaming desktop retails for US$ 799 and will launch between May and July. The Nitro VG0 monitors start at US$ 129 and will launch between May and June. Finally, the Nitro RG0 monitors sell for US$ 169 and will launch between May and July.

SEE ALSO: Acer Avengers Edition Laptops Unboxing

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