Newly this month, Acer finally upgrades their Predator Helios 300 series with brand new hardware specifically from Intel 8th generation processor. This system has been considered as the most popular mid end gaming machine for couple of years and I think it’s pretty normal for Acer to keep this trend by announcing new hardware selection. In term of design, you will not get something different as the chassis used here is completely similar to last year version. I do not really find the company will upgrade their design in this upcoming year because you probably know that Acer is not kind of manufactures would do the case.
Another worth mentioning thing here is the price. They decide to raise the price little bit in order to fit the new hardware included of GTX 1060. I think this is a pretty normal case because the performance you are going to receive here is worthy. I think its worth for us to take look inside and see how it works on satisfying our needs. That is what we are going to talk about here. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Connectivity
Never expect for something thin and light here because the chassis looks bulky and heavy here. It’s measured at 11 x 17 x 1.1 inches and weight for 6.61 pounds. I just hope with new this thick and big chunk of chassis, the temperature would not be a problem here. We will talk about this issue for later. As for now, the system is never being considered as portable and easy to carry around. Thankfully, the build quality is impressive and means I could not give much complaint about it. The flex is slightly noticeable in deck area, but still in very acceptable level. I never find the old design being an issue, but its heavy size might hold some users for getting it.
As big as its chassis, the ports connectivity is well complete here. There are three USB 3.0 ports alongside a single USB type-C once again without any Thunderbolt 3 support. No Thunderbolt means no for external GPU. As the companion, you have of HDMI, card reader, audio jack, and Kensington slot. All of ports mostly placed at left side and great for left and right handed users. I just hope they add of Thunderbolt 3 port as external GPU costs cheaper and cheaper nowadays.back to menu ↑
Method of Input and Display
The 15.6 inch display has a nice upgrade component thanks to new and better AU panel. Last year, I give complaint for its nicer and dim panel, but now everything is brighter and crisper to any content I see here. It covers of 90 percent SRGB and producing 290 nits brightness. The thing is even better when I find out the panel used here is having 144 refresh rate. The images much smoother and perfectly suitable for playing fast pacing games like FPS. Now, with new upgraded display, I no longer have any problem to not recommend it to you.
As for the input, the keyboard types well although the travel distant is only at 1.2 mm. They actually give us something better here, but the thing is not happened here. Thankfully, the keyboard is comfortable enough for long usage, but never be surprised of finding your error rate rising because the keys are close to each other. The backlit RGB support is remaining similar as users could customize their lighting effect, but still limited in area zones and not for each key. The touchpad itself is built from plastic, but surprisingly feels smooth on navigating around the system.
|Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317 77A4||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Core I7-8750H 2.2 GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GTX 1060|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||16GB DDR4 Memory|
|Storage||256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD|
Performance and Gaming
The big improvement is seen on hardware configuration as everything is brand new here. The Intel I7 8750H itself easily destroys the I7 7700HQ we see last year especially considering the CPU is now six and no longer quad core. With the help from GTX 1060, you basically would get 50 percent more performance in comparable with last year version. For example, Shadow of Mordor is running at 97 FPS instead of 47 FPS. The same goes to Grid Autosport which running slightly better. Any game which demands for high CPU requirement like GTA 5 will show huge improvement over performance here. The 16GB, 256GB SSD, and 1TB HDD are used as companion and all of them are fully upgradable and easily access-able for users
One thing need an improvement is a thermal issue. While it never bothers me at doing activities like browsing and editing document, I find the fan rumps up very quickly during gaming. It goes beyond to 50 dB and means you might need a nice headphone for covering its noisy sounds. The temperature is quite okay at 40 degree, but once again I see much better result at even thinner laptop here. I hope Acer knows about this issue and fix it quickly with upgrade.back to menu ↑
The new Predator Helios is getting a nice upgrade over its previous version. The screen is much nicer and performance is boosted even further. The design is remained similar however, but as long as you prefer to power over the top of everything, the thing is okay here. Sadly, new hardware means bad thermal management, so better to consider everything before taking it as your old system replacement. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration. I just hope the information is sufficient enough on helping you get a choice. Thank you very much for reading the article and see you again next time.