The Acer Predator Helios 300 ($1,199 starting, $1,499 reviewed) is what goes on whenever a Decepticon chooses a Stealth Fighter as its form. However, there’s no deception happening here. The Predator Helios 300 can help you vanquish your enemies however you like. From its stylish design and powerful Nvidia GPU to the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, that is a significant powerhouse. But below-average battery life keeps this notebook computer from earning an increased score.
Acer Predator Helios 300 pricing and configurations
The Predator Helios 300 I reviewed costs $1,499 and includes a 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7-10750H processor, 16GB RAM, a 512GB PCIe SSD, an Intel UHD Graphics, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU with 8GB of VRAM, and a 1920 x 1080-pixel, 240Hz display.
The bottom model costs $1,199 and drops you right down to a 256GB PCIe SSD, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti GPU with 6GB of video memory and a 144Hz IPS FHD display.
When I opened the laptop, I noticed it was included with hard disk drive cables for upgrading the hard disk drive. Based on your configuration, you can include up to 2TB HDD or another M.2 SSD. Removing underneath of the unit offers you access to the hard disk drive and the RAM, that can be expanded to 32GB.
Acer Predator Helios 300 design
With angular planes and lines, a matte black metal casing plus some tasteful chrome accents, the Predator appears like it’s seconds from transforming right into a killer sentient robot… The exhaust vents that run along the medial side and rear advise supersonic acceleration is going to happen. It’s a salacious design, to state minimal. You should, however, avoid smudges as the top metal case collects them fast.
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When I opened the Predator’s lid, I came across a beautifully organized chiclet-style keyboard welcoming me with bright backlit keys and chrome accents on leading of the keyboard deck and around the touchpad. The Turbo button near the top of the deck dared me to press it and engage warp factor ten gaming. I felt a warm pang in my own chest like she may be the one.
Measuring 14.3 x 10.5 x 0.8 inches and weighing 5.5 pounds, the Helios 300 is heavier than its direct competitors, like the svelte Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (3.5 pounds and 12.8 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches), the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (4.9 pounds, 14 x 9.8 x 1 inches) and the MSI GE66 Raider 2020 (5.3 pounds, 14.1 x 10.5 x 0.9 inches). Still, I wouldn’t judge the Predator Helios harshly predicated on these numbers. It’s similar to your friend who’s slim thick because, as everybody knows, muscle weighs a lot more than fat.
Acer Predator Helios 300 ports
The Helios 300 has enough ports to do something as a passable workstation and content-creation laptop. On the proper side, there’s a Thunderbolt 3 port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 port, a Mini DisplayPort 1.4 input and an HDMI port.
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On the left, you have two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, a Kensington lock, an Ethernet port and a 3.5mm headphone audio tracks jack. The energy jack is found in the rear.
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Acer Predator Helios 300 display
“Jumping Gigawatts!” I’m sorry, however the Helios’ 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel screen is Back again to the Future-worthy using its 240Hz refresh rate. When I watched Aquaman, the display’s contrast was solid and Mera’s red hair was nicely saturated. Jason Mamoa’s muscles gleamed beneath his form-fitting golden armor. Let’s just say I had a need to get over my dad-bod shame by playing a couple of hours of Batman Arkham Asylum to cheer up.
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Whether I was playing Batman Arkham Asylum, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey or EVE Online, there is never a stutter or frame drop. This panel beautifully renders smooth, buttery gameplay and video. While Playing Arkham Asylum, the contrast was perfect as I went in one dark room to another, with nicely saturated pops of color as I emerged from the shadows to avoid crime or simply take down on thugs for my very own enjoyment. The glowing green question marks sprinkled through the entire game as clues from the Riddler were beautifully saturated.
Whenever we measured the screen’s color-reproduction capabilities, the Helios 300 scored a good 74.8% on our DCI P3 Color gamut test, surpassing the mainstream gaming notebook computer average of 67.9%. However, the Asus ROG once more led the group with 83% accompanied by the MSI GE Raider (80.5%). The Gigabyte Aorus scored an abysmal 61%
Shockingly, the Helios 300’s panel averaged only 276 nits of brightness, which is below the 295-nit average. The Zephyrus G14 led the group, scoring 323 nits accompanied by the Raider at 300 nits. The Aorus raised the trunk with a sub-standard 243 nits.
Acer Predator Helios 300 audio
The Helios 300’s dual speakers can be found beneath the front lip. They deliver solid performance and get loud enough to take pleasure from gameplay and music. The machine has pre-installed DTS software so that you can change the music settings. It can help, but I still found the audio tracks output to be tinny while hearing Busta Rhymes’ “Pass the Courvoisier” and Jamie Foxx’s “Blame it on the Alcohol.” When I paid attention to the “Best of Bach”, the speakers performed better as the music is mainly composed of mid-tones.
While playing Arkham Asylum, the speaker performed solidly as I caught the nuance of each bone-crushing punch Batman delivered or the sounds of the helicopter above Arkham Asylum. During Assassins Creed, those boring conversations came through loud and clear before I unleashed among Alexios’ special attacks.
Let’s be honest, a lot of us play games or watch videos using headphones which is where in fact the DTS software shined. The DTS Headphone X setting simulates surround sounds within the surroundings whether you’re gaming, watching videos or hearing music.
Acer Predator Helios 300 keyboard and touchpad
This keyboard is without doubt the best to date. A spacious deck gives way to a complete Chiclet keyboard featuring 4-zone RGB backlighting, that you can personalize via the Predator Sense application. To gain access to Predator Sense, simply press the Predator logo key and go wild. I did so.
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The keyboard is indeed well organized and clicky that my grotesque beastly fingers scored their finest ever 98% accuracy at an impressive 95 words each and every minute on the 10fastfingers test. My normal average is between 70% and 85% with about 65 wpm. The Predator Helios 300’s thoughtful keyboard layout was an enormous reason behind my great results.
The highlighted WASD keys, arrow keys and hotkeys have a slightly concave condition to them, making them much easier to find during strong gameplay sessions.
The chrome highlights surrounding the 4.2 x 3.4-inch touchpad stick out. Windows 10 gestures were very precise, even though performing three or four-fingered gestures and simple finger taps. Underneath corners of the touchpad are responsive and also have a good click when pressed.
Acer Predator Helios 300 graphics, gaming and VR
The Helios 300 is going for a double-barrel method of graphics with a discrete
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU with 8GB of RAM and a built-in Intel UHD GPU. The notebook switches between your two using Nvidia’s Optimus technology according to the duty. My experience gaming on the Predator Helios 300 was very smooth. There is never any stutters or dropped frames or hiccups of any sort, and that’s without engaging the Turbo button. Honestly, it’s sort of disappointing because I must say i wished to press that button.
I took the streets in Grand Theft Auto V and terrorized everyone, crashing every car I possibly could get my practical with the settings at 1080p on HIGH. The notebook computer gave me an excellent 80 fps, beating the 63-fps average. The Zephyrus G14 (RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU) scored 115 fps, as the Raider (RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU) managed only 91 fps accompanied by the Aorus (RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU), which notched 76 fps.
While playing Far Cry New Dawn, the Helios 300 flexed its gaming muscle, to arrive at 81 fps. It had been plenty of to surpass the 70 fps mainstream gaming notebook computer average. The Zephyrus G14 obtained 73 fps, however, the Raider outperformed your competition with 99 fps, accompanied by the Aorus’ 87 fps.
During our VRMark Cyan test, the Predator Helios 300 scored an extremely solid 6,600. The MSI GE66 Raider led the group with a score of 8,423 accompanied by the Aorus (6,575). Mentioning the trunk was the Asus ROG Zephyrus at 5,286. All of the units surpassed the gaming average of 4,597.
When you aren’t gaming or powering another graphically taxing activity, the Helios 300 switch