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Aug 8, 2017

Acer Predator Helios 300 Review - 15.6", 17.3" Display

Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300, you get a strong, performing, gaming laptop at mid-range prices. It's available in 15.6 inch or 17.3 inch full HD displays. Inside is an over clockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050 TI combined with a 7 Gen Intel Core i7 or i5 processor.

All this power is supported with up to 16 gigs of ram, speedy SSD and 1 Terabyte hard drive for storage.

An access compartment door on the bottom makes it easy to upgrade memory and storage. This gaming laptop has a matte black body with red accents.

The Helios 300, with a 15.6" display, will be available in USA ,Canda in July starting at $1,299 dollars and in Europe, Middle East, and Africa in August starting at $1,199 Euros.

The Helios 300, with a 17.3 inch display, will be available in USA ,Canda in July starting at $1,399 dollars and in Europe, Middle East, and Africa in August starting at $1,199 Euros.

The Acer predator Helios 300 the latest addition to the predator line and Acer has been doing some really good things with the predator line of gaming laptops.

This one is not unlike several others. They tries to be slim and relatively light 5.95 pounds which is 1.7 kilograms.

The top is black aluminum that's actually metal and the keyboard deck is also metal almost looks like brushed fake metal plastic but it really in metal and it gets cold the bottom is plastic as is the case with most gaming laptops and I am okay with that because it doesn't get as hot as metal dust so it's comfortable on your laptop.It certainly a gaming laptop with red accents. There are areas like around the screen, and the bottom, where materials like plastic reigns supreme.

Acer predator Helios 300 is include types of USB 2 and type C USB 3, plus Ethernet, HDMI 2.0and even a full sized SD card slot adds up to pretty good, but what's more than pretty good. with a 6 gig GTX 1060, a Core i7 7700 HQ and 16 gigs of DDR 4 memory at just over a thousand bucks.

To have an IPS screen on a budget oriented gaming laptop at all, I mean to be clear, the viewing angles in contrast ratio are great, it's still icing, you just regret asking for a corner piece. Maximum brightness could be better described as maximum "glowyness"

The trackpad are pretty good, it's accurate and tap to click and gestures work well, but I do wish that the force required to press was a little less, so that dragging and dropping files was easier.

Acer Predator Helios 300 keyboard

The keyboard takes the hit but you know it's actually not bad to type on once you get used to it so I'm ok with it has red backlighting red all day long this the only color.

The keyboard feels pretty good too. again, the force to press the keys is a little too high and they are touch mushy, so I can't get quite as fast as I could on something like an Alienware or the Surface Laptop, which is a bummer, because on a gaming laptop quick and accurate key presses are a plus.But overall it does the job it needs to and the inclusion of both a backlight and a full number pad are appreciated.

And the positives don't end there. If the 250 gig SATA SSD, which can be upgraded to NVMe by the way, isn't quite enough to house your gaming collection, adding up to 32 gigs of RAM or a two and a half inch hard drive on the Helios is really easy.

Each of those has its own compartment on the bottom, so it only takes one screw to access. It should be noted though that anything beyond that requires a full disassembly.

The sound is noticeably better than this so you're going to want to use headphones certainly to really get immersed in your game or your movie.

Wi-Fi dual bent 802 11 AC as per usual that's the standard for Wi-Fi these days and very good speeds noticeably faster than the latest gen. Intel Wi-Fi card so that's good times.

The battery life is just not really great on this. It does have Nvidia Optimus switchable graphics what you can do is you to switch between the Intel HD 630 and the Nvidia dedicated graphics automatically.

you do for school or for your business presentations that kind of thing not gaming certainly and not editing 1080p or 4k video is going to be around 5.30 hours.

Games
It's not a slim gaming laptop that won't break like I said this one's special because you get the NVIDIA GTX 1060 that's an appreciable jump up from the 1050 and 1050 Ti and that's to me is the beginning of the sweet spot for gaming. if you like high settings, if you like to play today's most demanding games I don't mean the League of Legends just about anything to play League of Legends even over watches them as demanding but I like to play Far Cry primal I can't wait the next one to come out I like The Witcher 3 these are demanding harsh games.

Fallout those kind of games are really graphically demanding and The Witcher and you want to play on high of 1080p which has a 1080p display well.

You know demanding I like to play that too so those are the kind of games you looking to play and you want to play them on high settings and you want to play in a 1080p resolution which is the native resolution of this place this is definitely worth a look.


Acer Predator Helios 300 cooling

Cooling
The cooling on this and you know the 1060 granite isn't as hot as the 1070 the 1080 models that we have reviewed but still it's remarkable how this doesn't get very hot playing Mass Effect a drama no multiplayer for a good long time you can see that the FLIR thermal temperature reading that we got 41- 42 centigrade at the hottest spot and that's about as hot as you can make it get under normal use it's not going to get that hot most of the time it stays comfortable enough to be on your laptop unless you're playing those crazy games for an hour

The keyboard area stays cool to the touch, they did an awesome job it has the usual duel fans inside and they're very good at designing fans and one thing you'll notice is on the back edge where you have this showy fins and the usual red black grill area only one side is actually open and that's the exhaust area on the rear so that we hot air.

the Acer Helios 300 on paper is the same as much more expensive competing products.

But how about the experience?

You won't have to worry about having to set a game at anything lower than High, since this laptop has no problem pinning the framerate at the 60 Hertz refresh rate of the display.So, no surprises here, it turns out that whether you cram 370 horsepower into a charger.

Under load the Helios is able to stay nice and cool without becoming overly loud either.


So then,
what you're giving up is screen and battery.

So, if you want a laptop for productivity and you just want a game on it a little bit,I'd go for something at this price point with a GTX1050 TI, a Core i5 and potentially nearly double the battery life, but if you want a machine that is laser focused on price to performance for gaming, at just over $1,000 , the Predator Helios 300 knocks it out of the park. Highly recommended.  http://amzn.to/2hFMkML

Only drawback is going to be battery life is about 5 hours with light to moderate use yeah that's because it has a small battery.

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