Acer Predator Helios 500 (Ryzen+Vega) $1299

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  1. Ifrin

    Ifrin Notebook Evangelist

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    Doesnt show up for me, possibly expired.

    New and used also doesnt present any for 1300
     
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    I managed to purchase this from Amazon for advertised price of US$1299. Have also purchased 16GB of Hynix 2400Khz RAM, a Seagate Firecuda 2TB 2.5in HDD and Adata XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB SSD NVME Card for an additional US$250, so have a well specs'ed laptop for US$1550, which is about what Amazon is asking again for this model give or take US$50-100.
     
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    It's a great price for everything you get. Just keep in mind that this machine only supports NVMe on one of it's M.2 slots, so you have to remove the included 256GB NVMe SSD to install your upgrade.
     
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    Totally aware its only got one M.2 NVME slot, now filled with the 256 SSD drive, which I'm swapping out with the Data 1TB one and putting a clean instal Windows 10 Enterprise on it - won't do upgrades until all kit arrives but can state honestly that the Laptop is massive, maybe too big for my kid - really surprised at the size and this despite using a 17in Apple laptop!
     
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    Quick enquiry, can I run Mac OS on this beast in emulator mode?
     
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    Yes, Mojave runs native using the clover kernel hotpatch methods. It runs as well as a B450 Ryzen desktop other than the built in ps2 keyboard is only detected by the community driver about 20% of the time. Hopefully the 10.14.6 TSC patches help this issue but I will not know for sure until I get the machine back from Acer for repair.
     
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    This interests me greatly, given I'm a longtime Apple user unhappy with the way Apple has been going for quite a few years, so would like to see if I can load a Mac OS and get it working - can do this on the second SSD slot.
    I'm not too interested in upping the speed of this beast, rather, just want a well specced, reliable Laptop that will last two-three years - had I realised on big this unit was I may have opted for the 15in Predator, alas, don't think they had a AMD option.
     
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    Just a heads up the helios 500 Ryzen is still 1300
     
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    So so tempting at $1.3k!
     
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