ACER PREDATOR HELIOS 300
Acer Predator Helios 300 is a 38.1 cm (15) gaming laptop engineered with 8th Gen Intel® processors and 15-inch gaming laptop with stunning graphics up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 graphics. I am very much satisfied with the NVIDIA GTX graphics card.
The Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-51-73SR (NH.Q3HSI.012) laptop is a very good product that comes with some decent features to give an all-round performance to the users.
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- Good Screen
- Nvidia 1060
- i7 8750h
- Weight is a bit… manageable for gaming laptop.
- Fan Boost.
- Keyboard is great
- Thermal Throttle after 20 min of heavy usage
- build quality is lacking..
- Fan Noise is huge on full boost.
- Track pad is Not up to the mark
Above Chart to compare the GTX 1050Ti Performance.
PROCESSOR (CPU) PERFORMANCE:
With a Core i7-8750H processor, 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, Nvidia GTX 1060 6 GB graphics and dual storage, with an M.2 NVMe SSD and a 2.5″ HDD. Acer offers the 2018 Helios 300 in a bunch of different configurations and we got the higher end version for our tests.
CPU is the big over the 2017 Helios, as it’s a six-core and massively outperforms the quad-core in multi-core activities, as you’ll see below or in this dedicated article than compares the i7-8750H to its processors and other alternatives you could consider in the months to come.
Before we get to the actual performance section, I should mention that the RAM and storage are easily accessible on this laptop, in case you choose to get one of the lower end models and plan to upgrade it yourselves.
However, while there are quick-access bays on the back for the RAM slots and the 2.5″ bay, you’ll have to remove the entire back-panel in order to get to the M.2 SSD. It’s a fairly simple task.
The special fact in this laptop, As far as the performance goes. This laptop handles everyday activities smoothly, while running cool and quiet, as its fans don’t spin with such light chores.
GRAPHICS CARD (GPU) PERFORMANCE:
We ran a few of our test games on this sample and compared the results with those of the Helios 300 tested last year, with the i7-7700HQ processor and GTX 1060 graphics. Normally, the CPU shouldn’t have a major impact on gaming performance, so the differences below will show you the exact result.
Comparison for the gaming performance:
BUILT QUALITY / DESIGN:
We’re not going to focus on this aspect, as on the outside the 2018 Helios is identical to the 2017 model, which we covered in depth over here.
Design and build aside, the Helios 300 offers a proper selection of ports, but there’s still no Thunderbolt 3 on this updated model.
In very few words though, the Predator Helios 300 is a fairly bulky 15-inch full-size laptop, with a nice plastic and metal construction, but also a fair amount of popping-red design accents, aggressive elements and big logos.
DISPLAY / BATTERY LIFE:
There’s a 15.6-inch matte display on the Acer Helios 300, with an IPS panel with color quality.The calibrated color profile for the 144 Hz screen is also available to choose in market but it is costlier. Last year’s models came with a dim and color-mediocre LG Philips panel, but the 2018 update gets a much good AU Optronics panel, brighter and capable of covering a large color gamut, as you can see below.
Update: The Helios 300 is available with either a 60 Hz (HardwareID : B156HAN06.0) or 144 Hz screen (HardwareID : B156HAN07.1).
Just a 48 Wh battery on the 2018 15-inch variant of the Helios 300, which is much small for this day today life in laptop market especially since there are alternatives with larger batteries, as well as way lighter notebooks with similar hardware and similarly sized batteries.
Note the point this is laptop not made to keep the larger battery because it’s purpose is different which is totally apart from the battery life.
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