Acer Predator Helios 300 Review

July 18, 2019

With the monstrous Predator 21 X and sleek Predator Triton 700, Acer staked a compelling claim on chargeur asus ad887020 the high-end market place, loading its notebooks with extravagant options along with the most powerful transportable gaming hardware readily available. The Acer Predator Helios 300 does not concern itself with fanciful bells and whistles. It is a straightforward, no-nonsense gaming laptop that delivers a refreshing quantity of bang for chargeur asus ad890026 your buck, beginning at $1,100 on Amazon with a Core i7-7700HQ processor and a GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card.

The Acer Predator Helios 300 isn’t very fantastic. The display runs dimmer than its rivals, and batterie toshiba pa3817u 1brs 48wh the storage is cramped. But beyond these minor grumbles, this machine checks all the boxes you may ask for in an inexpensive gaming laptop. It is even easy to repair!

Design

We can not locate fault inside the Acer Predator Helios 300’s design and style. It really is nothing at all amazing and Batterie HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Serie hardly a stand-out, but it really is not poor either.

This gaming laptop does try to stick towards the gamer aesthetic with its metal chassis inside a gun-metal finish, black color with red accents, and geometric cuts and Chargeur Dell Venue 11 Pro (7140 9219) tapered edges. The Predator lettering and logo in silver adorn the top rated cover, though the bottom plastic cover has two, easy-to-remove compartments for the hard drive and also the RAM, which you are able to upgrade.

We appreciate the number of offered ports on this laptop, too. On prime of two USB 2.0 ports and batterie asus a32n1405 a headphone jack, additionally, it boasts a USB three.0 port, a USB three.1 port, an HDMI port, Ethernet and an SD card reader, which undoubtedly comes in handy if you are making use of this for your amateur photography and such.

The laptop is mid-sized – absolutely not tiny but in addition not as well bulky, and Chargeur Sony ACDP 100D01 APDP 100A1 A surprisingly lighter than it looks. Although our evaluation unit is missing a really hard drive, and we wonder how much heavier it gets if there’s one.

You may well say that the design is definitely an indication of how this gaming laptop is general: it is not the top and chargeur acer sw5 015 137z 18w it has a couple of flaws, nevertheless it does nicely sufficient in other places that you are going to locate very small explanation to complain.

Display

The 15.6-inch, 1080p display around the Predator is sharp but otherwise lackluster. When I watched the trailer for Marvel’s Inhumans, Medusa’s red hair didn’t pop against her lavender dress, and Batterie Toshiba Satellite NB10 A 103 bright lights overpowered each Black Bolt and Medusa inside a scene together. It wasn’t as bright as I would have liked, but it was perfectly usable.

I had a similar encounter in Mass Effect: Andromeda. In dark regions, I wished I could bump up the brightness, but in lighter parts of your Chargeur PA 1650 93 Asus game, I could see fine. Some fires for the duration of a space battle looked much more orange than red, but it otherwise looked precise.

The Predator’s display covers 81 percent of Batterie Lenovo 45N1096 45N1097 45N1098 45N1099 45N1720 45N1721 the sRGB color gamut, surpassing the Legion (68 percent) but falling below the 15-inch laptop typical (94 percent), the Strix (122 percent) along with the Leopard Pro (165 percent).

The colors aren’t essentially the most correct, either. The Predator’s Delta-E score of 4.7 (0 is perfect) is worse than the average (2.2), as well as the scores for Batterie L12L4E01 Lenovo the Strix (1.6), the Leopard Pro (0.3) plus the Legion (0.2).

The screen measured 226 nits of average brightness on our light meter, which can be dimmer than the average (274 nits), the Strix (269 nits) and chargeur asus exa1208eh the Leopard Pro (245 nits), but brighter than the Legion (220 nits).

Keyboard and Touchpad

The Predator’s keyboard is comfortable, but I want it felt additional responsive. The keys have 1.6 millimeters of batterie pa5109u 1brs vertical travel, so I never ever felt as if I had been bottoming out. But the keys demand 79 grams of stress to actuate, which kept them from feeling light and clicky. It did not take extended to have made use of towards the further stress, even though, and I typed at 109 words per minute (within my usual 107-115-wpm range) with my normal 2 % error price).

That said, the Function shortcut keys manage issues like turning the touchpad on and off, selecting unique display options and adjusting volume – and Chargeur 795552 009 HP at least the WASD keys are highlighted. Having said that, it can be as effective as all keyboards needs to be.

Our only complaint is that the bottom keys are taller than the other people. We discover that when we’re using the 800050 001/batterie hp 800050 001 arrow keys for gaming, we generally miss the ‘Up’ arrow important due to the fact the ‘Down’ arrow 1 is taller than we’re employed to.

The touchpad is a slightly diverse story. Like with most gaming laptop touchpads, this one’s unquestionably not great for gaming, though it really is responsive enough for Batterie Asus K551LN Serie productivity tasks. You are going to want a mouse if you need accuracy and responsiveness, like with most gaming laptops. The touchpad is also a little bit tight when you’re pressing down. Plus, we’ve run into the issue of it getting non-responsive or erratic when we’ve a mouse installed. This concern typically fixes itself when we restart the laptop and disconnect the mouse.

Performance

We’ll hold our performance somewhat abbreviated because it hasn’t changed a lot. Initial up is Cinebench, which can show us efficiency in brief multi-core CPU tasks. As it is possible to see, the current model’s score is just a pinch more quickly than the Particular Edition’s score, and Batterie Fujitsu CP672845 01 just a pinch slower than the Dell XPS 15 9570 and MSI GS65-which all feature precisely the same CPU.

Using Cinebench to measure single-core performance, we can see efficiency is suitable exactly where you’d hope it will be. You could assume this is boring, but it really is really a superb sign for the laptop to be tied with just about every other Core i7-8750H laptop.

We also like to verify the chargeur asus adp 120rh b overall performance of laptops in longer tasks, to view how the CPU performs (and heats up) under pressure. For that, we use the absolutely free HandBrake utility to encode a 30GB video file. The job can take 30 minutes on a common six-core laptop. It really is just about a tie right here among similar systems, except for the Razer Blade 15, which was tested in its default mode. Set it to “gaming mode,” and chargeur asus adp 45bw c it falls in line together with the other 6-core laptops.

Moving onto the efficiency in the GeForce GTX 1060, the Acer Predator Helios 300 does not disappoint as Chargeur Acer Aspire One D257 13748 D257 13836 we see it just barely edging out the other GTX 1060 laptops. We’ll contact it a tie again-which is superior news.

Our final gaming test utilizes Rise of chargeur asus ad883020 the Tomb Raider set to Pretty Higher in DX11 mode and, yup, it is a tie again. And yes, that is an excellent point.

Our last test looks at battery life. We set the Pc in airplane mode to eradicate network interference, attach ear buds with pa 1121 28 volume set to medium, and set the screen brightness to a comfortable 250 to 260 nits. We charge the battery to full, unplug the laptop, and loop a 4K video till the machine shuts down.

The result using the current Predator Helios 300 is slightly better than what the SE version in the laptop accomplished, but nonetheless quite beneath average overall. Blame aspect of this on the batterie asus a41 x550a battery size: at 48 watt-hours, it’s a fairly smaller supply. The higher-refresh-rate panel within the newer version may also tax the battery. We had exactly the same complaint using the SE version.

Remember, obviously, that your battery mileage will differ based on how you make use of the laptop. Wanting to play any Batterie Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E320 E325 E330 E335 E145 games off AC will drain this tiny battery lickety-split.

Battery life

The battery life on this laptop is decent for Chargeur Asus ZenBook UX31E SH53 CBIL UX31E SH72 CBIL such a device. Once more, it’s nothing astounding, however the Predator was able to perform a full run of the Guardians on the Galaxy movie at 50% brightness plus about 48 minutes into a second run before it shut down.

Compared to other gaming laptops, this can be a decent quantity. Not surprisingly, it is nowhere near what you’d count on from an Ultrabook or Chargeur Asus ROG GL552VW CN091D other hyper-portable laptop. That’s not this laptop’s objective, so never leave the property with out that power cord if you go with this laptop.

Heat

When it’s not gaming, the Predator stays nice and cool beneath straightforward workloads. Following we streamed HD video from YouTube for 15 minutes, the bottom of surface pro 4 chargeur the notebook reached just 88 degrees Fahrenheit; the keyboard involving the G and H keys measured 84.five degrees; plus the touchpad was 79.five degrees. All of those temperatures are beneath our 95-degree comfort threshold.

But factors heat up when you start off to play: The bottom climbed to 113.5 degrees, and the keyboard reached 104.five degrees. Even so, the touchpad stayed cool, at 83.5 degrees.

Webcam

The 720p webcam on the Predator is good and chargeur lenovo adl45wcg sharp, but its colors are not precise. Though I could make out individual hairs and see the creases within a colleague’s jacket behind me, my navy-blue shirt appeared black.

Software and Warranty

Acer’s biggest addition towards the Predator is its PredatorSense app, which lets you monitor CPU and GPU speeds and Batterie Lenovo G70 70 Serie fine-tune fan manage for optimal efficiency.

You’ll also discover all of the bloat commonly packed into Windows ten, such as Sling, Facebook, Twitter, Candy Crush Soda Saga and Royal Revolt two.

Acer sells the Predator Helios 300 with Chargeur Asus Eee PC 1025C Serie a two-year warranty. See how the enterprise did on our Tech Help Showdown and Finest and Worst Brands report.

Why buy the Acer Predator Helios 300?

The Helios 300 delivers a great balance of capabilities and overall performance for Chargeur NP.ADT0A.012 Acer a affordable price. When you have £1200 to spend on a laptop, it is an excellent option.

Its most compelling function is its great-quality 144Hz IPS screen, that is great for both gaming and all other laptop duties. Combined with solid gaming efficiency from the GTX 1060 graphics card and chargeur surface 3/chargeur microsoft surface 3 Intel 8750H processor, and you have got a machine that really delivers the goods for gaming.

Passable battery life, a decent keyboard and chargeur asus eee pc x101ch trackpad, and loads of connectivity all add to a positive general impression.

That stated, you’ll find some alternatives to consider. The HP Omen 15 includes a slightly smarter-looking chassis with narrower bezels surrounding the screen, creating for any smaller footprint all round. Additionally, it consists of G-Sync to do away with image-tear and stutter. It fees just £50 more than the Helios 300 for essentially exactly the same spec (8GB of RAM in addition to a 128GB SSD).

Spend an further £300 and you could choose up the Razer Blade – which, again, offers largely exactly the same spec but with Chargeur Asus X751SA TY097 an even much better screen, a lot higher general construct high-quality in addition to a a lot more compact style.

Then once more, the less costly configuration of your Helios 300 – with a GTX 1050 Ti, Intel 8300H, 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD – costs just £1000 and nonetheless involves that all-important 144Hz screen, making that model a tempting alternative as well.

Final verdict

We’ve mentioned it various instances and Chargeur de Voiture Dell Precision M70 Serie we’ll say it once more: the Acer Predator Helios 300 is actually a highly effective gaming laptop on the budget spectrum. Yes, you can find some obvious signs where Acer seemingly cut corners, namely the set of speakers which are unimpressive and Batterie Fujitsu LifeBook E554 Serie the dual-fan cooling system that does small to lessen heat unless tuned for the max. However, though those are glaring flaws, they are not total deal-breakers – invest in a good pair of headphones and place a desk fan next towards the laptop.

The most important point to concentrate on here is that this gaming laptop packs some power for the cost, sufficient to Batterie Toshiba Satellite Pro C70 B 10F manage one of the most demanding games even at ultra settings. The laptop also boasts a 144Hz refresh price, which you only see in pricier models, in addition to a wonderful color reproduction, which both lend to its gorgeous display.

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