Acer offers a really crazy deal for under 1200 dollars by releasing the 2018 version of Predator Helios 300. The system is fully equipped with high end specification included of I7 8th generation processor, overclockable GTX 1060, and 144 Hz display. The display itself is interesting here because you would never similar 144 Hz screen at this price range. The specification is considered as really great considering how competitive the price is. You might find similar choices here like MSI GE series and ASUS GL504 series, but like I said before 144 Hz panel is something rarely seen at this price tag.
The manufactures also provides some different hardware configuration users can pick depending on what they need and their budget. The I5 8300H and GTX 1050 should be the cheapest one and started at nearly 1000 dollars. In no time, the machine becomes so popular around the internet and you basically will find so many good reviews about it. Today, we are going to take a look into it further and see how it works on satisfying our needs. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Case and Looks
There is not much changed from design in comparable with its predecessor. The entire chassis is surrounded by black and red subtle and combined with some fancy lights and red details around the display. This year, Acer once adds of plastic as the main material to build its chassis. Well, thankfully it has of some kind of aluminum finishing which makes it looks and feels so good at hands. In term of build quality, this plasticky chassis is not bad in my opinion. It resists to pressure pretty well although fingerprint leaves a mark easily here. The overall stability is another selling point here as the hinge systems holds the screen very well and not wobbling at all.
There are main good points we have from its plastic material. First, the manufacture is able to reduce its cost and this is the main reason why the price is really affordable here. Secondly, in term of weight, the laptop is quite portable and light here. Measuring at 10.5 x 15.3 x 1.1 inches, the system is weight for 2.9 Kg. This amount of weight is good enough for a gaming machine and might let you carry it around for short travel. The overall impression and builds are quite satisfying and won’t leave any problem to you.back to menu ↑
Maintenance and Connectivity
The maintenance hatch is provided on its back cover and you soon find of two smaller hatches instead of big one which giving you access to RAM slots and 2.5 inch HDD drive. Users could swap their memory and adding HDD storage as their needs. I recommend you to add of 1TB HDD since the 256GB M.2 SSD is fast enough, but won’t fit as many games as you want. Opening the entire back cover here then becoming a tough case here. Even when I remove its all screws, it takes time to open it up. For this case, the M.2 slot is hidden underneath and replacing it should be really tough here.
As for the connectivity, the ports selections are relatively good although Acer does not use its left space for adding better connectivity. There are four USB standard ports included of USB 3.0 and 2.0 one. Then, there is a single USB type-C for transferring and moving our data in much faster way. The mini display port is completely missing here and means the only way to connect it to bigger monitor is by using of extra adapter through its type-C port. It’s the only solution we have right now.
|Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Coffee Lake I7-8750H 2.2 GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GTX 1060|
|Display Size||15.6 Inch FHD 144 Hz|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||16GB DDR4 Memory|
|Storage||256GB PCIe SSD (HDD Slot Available)|
The Intel I7 8750H is a pretty powerful 6 core CPU released last year. It’s 6 cores CPU manages to maintain the 2.2 GHz default clock and goes to higher clock rate in good amount of time. For making YouTube video and editing professional photos, then this going to be a perfect companion for you. But, that is not the thing makes it special here. One reason why users pick this one instead of its competitors is because of the GPU. They add of GTX 1060 instead of 1050 which considered as 30 to 40 % more powerful here. More games should playable in much higher framerate included of GTA 5 at high setting, Far Cry 5, Final Fantasy 15, and Overwatch. The Fortnite itself is playable at high setting up to 60 FPS and with smoother and faster responsive display; I can easily win the match.
Checking the battery is also worthy here and this case you will find of 3 to 4 hours of battery for browsing and streaming some movies. I have tested it for couple of times here and always getting the same result. For gaming, the result is different and I basically get of 1 to hours of gaming in some of my games. The result is never being considered as really good here, but once again we need to accept that almost every gaming device has poor battery life.back to menu ↑
The new Acer Predator Helios leaves a very good impression by checking it for couple of weeks. The performance and temperature are great and should take care of your needs for gaming and do of heavy productivity. The design itself is quite old and plain, but using the same design is considered as the only way for them to make it affordable way. Yeah, the plastic chassis could be really better at this case. The Alienware 15 R4 is more expensive and having better design, if you look for alternative here. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration here.