Acer Predator Helios 300 Review | xGamers
The market of gaming laptops does not stand still and continues to develop by leaps and bounds, improving not only the variety of models and lines, but also the quality of produced projects.
One of the bright leaders of this segment is Acer, which offers all fans of computer games a series of legendary laptops "Predator".
The emphasis on graphics and performance is the key to successful sales, so the trends in the equipment of laptops with IPS matrices and the balance in GPU and CPU resources are only beginning to gain momentum.
And about one of the popular gaming laptops Acer Predator Helios 300, which is able to meet the high needs of gamers and will be discussed in this material.
Technical characteristics and specifications
Series "Predator Helios 300" is not limited to one laptop, and has more than a dozen modifications, differing in the selection of components.
We highlight the following technical characteristics, which are most often found in representatives of this series
Predator Helios 300
Intel Core i7-9750H
Intel Core i5-9300H
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070, 8 GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 6 GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 6 GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
32 GB, DDR4-266
SSD 256 ГБ, WDC SN720 SDAPNTW-256G-1014 (NVMe 1.3)
HDD 1000 ГБ, Seagate Barracuda Pro ST1000LM049
1 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
3 × USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1 × 3,5-мм mini-jeck
1 × HDMI
1 × mini-DisplayPort
1 × RJ-45
17,3'', 1920 × 1080, IPS 144 GHz
15,6″, 1920x1080, IPS 144 GHz
Size and weight
403,5 × 280 × 24,7 mm / 2.9 kg
View cost on Amazon
Accordingly, the cost depends on the desired configuration, for example, the Assembly PH315-51-78NP with Intel Core i7-8750H and GTX 1060 6 GB can be purchased for $ 960, which in General can be called the best price for the eighth generation processor and the optimal graphics card for it. For more productive models will need to part with the amount of 1900-2100$.
So, back to the review.
The scope of delivery of the laptop series "Predator Helios 300" is standard
Black box with brand logo
Delta Electronics power supply
And of course the user manual.
Unfortunately, no additional accessories are supplied as standard.
Appearance and Dimensions
Can we say that "Predator Helios 300" is a stylish laptop? Certainly and unambiguously, it is possible.
The case of the laptop is made in a strict gray color with bright, but not catchy elements of blue and corporate logo "Predator", which is also highlighted.
The metal alloy available on the top cover provides strength and a certain solidity of the laptop, which is quite important, given the purpose and dimensions of the device.
The lower part of the body is made of good-quality plastic with many perforations, which should provide a good air capture by the cooling system.
Immediately it is worth noting that there is no possibility of a quick upgrade, as to replace the components you will need to remove the bottom cover completely.
Behind you can see two blue radiators, covered with only a few inserts, which directly speaks to the desires of the manufacturer to pay maximum attention to the quality of the cooling system, and not to the design (no one needs) elements. But the cooling system can find fault and find flaws, as, indeed,and any other gaming laptop.
As for the dimensions. "Predator Helios 300" cannot be called supermassive and heavy laptop, this line shows the optimal ratio in size and weight. In General-it is a mistake of many to pursue the visual subtlety of the device, thereby sacrificing the placement and quality of components. If you are in search of a gaming laptop - its dimensions (not to be confused with the diagonal of the screen) should not interest you in the first place.
The model in question features a full-size keyboard with a four-level RGB backlight controlled by the built-in PredatorSense software.
Blocks "W-A-S-D" is allocated, and such important buttons in game process as "SHIFT", "CTRL" and "SPACE" kept the sizes habitual to many.
The quality of the transmitted image is achieved as a result of the IPS-panel b156han08. 2 from "AU Optronics", with a maximum scan frequency of 144 Hz and a response time of 3 MS. Yes, these indicators are largely conditional, since the response time is difficult to determine to the user.
Color reproduction and brightness adjustment range is not at the highest level, but no critical nuances in the process of work and tests were not noticed.
"Predator Helios 300" offers quite wide viewing angles - up to 170 degrees without significant color burnout.
In General-a high-quality matrix that allows you to comfortably use the laptop at any time, also able to convey the charm of modern graphic progress.
It is necessary to take into account the above material and understand that the line "Predator Helios 300" has many modifications and performance indicators can vary significantly.
As an example, a little more detail on the performance laptop Predator Helios 300 PH315-52 with i7-9750H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB.
Without the use of overclocking and with the installation of maximum graphics settings, the average frame rate in 6 popular games showed more than good indicators (without comparison with direct competitors)
Cooling system and autonomy
The question of heating the laptop when working with heavy loads should be of interest to every applicant.
As shown by numerous tests, laptops line "Predator Helios 300" offer optimal temperature conditions.
In stress tests AIDA64 under extreme loads, the appearance of which in normal use is impossible, there were cases of minor trotling, but even they were leveled after manual adjustment of the fan speed.
When you select automatic fan speed control in the gameplay, heating indicators of the working area of the laptop are in the comfortable range of 50-55 degrees, if desired, with the help of manual adjustment, you can achieve a lower value (43-47 C).
It would be a mistake to demand from the gaming laptop increased autonomy, given its purpose and the limited installation of components.
Battery resources will last for 3-4 hours of use of the laptop in the mixed load mode, but the playing time is unlikely to be enough for 1 hour.
Such decent performance laptops series "Predator Helios 300" - is the key to success, which developers have successfully used.
In these laptops, you will find everything you are looking for:
- This is the presence of budget models with good performance;
- Efficient operation of the cooling system;
- Moderate noise;
- Availability of the possibility of upgrading;
- Good color reproduction and image quality;
- The optimal ratio in the criteria of price/quality.
Undoubtedly, one of the leaders among gaming laptops under 1000.