If the Acer Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition (PH315-55s) looks ambitious to you, that’s because it certainly is, given the sketchy track record of all things 3D in mainstream consumer tech.
The one little bit of insurance is that this isn’t Acer’s first rodeo when it comes to stereoscopic 3D displays – i.e. glasses-free 3D – as Acer has Acer has previously offered this tech in its ConceptD line of devices for creators.
Much like these other devices, the Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition uses a combination of eye-tracking, a stereoscopic 3D display and real-time rendering to achieve the effect.
In the context of games, the SpatialLabs tech leverages on the fact that most, if not all, games today are built with 3D polygons and developers include information about depth into every scene and object that they build, and they use this information to generate a stereoscopic projection.
As such, this edition of the Helios 300 packs some serious heat with up to 12th generation Intel Core i9 processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 laptop GPUs, 32GB DDR5-4800 memory and PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD storage. On top of that, it features the latest cooling technology in the form of a dual-fan layout that includes a 5th Gen AeroBlade 3D fan and liquid metal thermal grease on the CPU.
The star of the show, however, is the aforementioned SpatialLabs display. The 15.6" UHD 2D panel has a liquid crystal lenticular lens optically bonded on top of it, which allows you to switch between 2D and 3D modes. There is one limitation in 3D – framerates are capped at 60Hz, which Acer said is necessary because of how taxing it is on the system, but they believed that the experience was good enough. As such, its looks like this tech would be best suited for Action RPGs or games with plenty of dynamic action between your in-game avatar and the environment.
Of course, there is one caveat – the game needs to be supported via a pre-configured 3D profile for this tech to work. At the moment, Acer says that over 50 AAA classic and modern titles are supported, and they intend to add new games to this list monthly.
Predator Triton 300 SE
Acer’s thin gaming laptop also gets a refresh. The 14" Predator Triton 300 SE (PT314-52s) receives the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs and 16:10 OLED panel options.
New to the lineup is a 16-inch model (PT316-51s) with a 240 Hz WQXGA variant and supports NVIDIA G-SYNC and NVIDIA Advanced Optimus, which lets you switch between the integrated graphics and discrete graphics without rebooting. It also features 5th Gen AeroBladeT 3D fans, Vortex Flow airflow tech and liquid metal thermal grease.
Both the 14- and 16-inch models feature the Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i for top-notch wireless performance, while the 16-inch version has an Intel Killer E2600 Ethernet controller.
New gaming monitors
The Predator XB273K LV is a 27-inch UHD (3840 x 2160) AMD FreeSync Premium gaming monitor featuring an Agile-Splendor IPS panel (tech that enables reduced native response time with at least 90% DCI-P3 gamut) with a 160 Hz refresh rate, 0.5 ms response time and a Delta E < 1. The panel also has VESA DisplayHDR 600 and TÜV Rheinland Eyesafe certifications.
The Acer Nitro XV272U RV is a 27-inch gaming monitor with a WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution, 170 Hz refresh rate (overclocked), 1 ms response time and low glare panel. It also has an Agile-Splendor IPS panel that supports 95% of the DCI-P3 color gamut with a Delta E < 1. It also has VESA DisplayHDR 400 and TÜV Rheinland Eyesafe certifications and supports AMD FreeSync Premium technology.
Local availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.