Previous versions of Acer’s Predator series have attracted a multitude of shoppers due to their phenomenal performance, superb keyboards and great design among other amazing features. Acer Predator Helios 300 review introduces you the latest version of these splendid gaming laptops.
The Acer Predator Helios 300 is the latest model in the Predator series and despite being favorably priced for a gaming laptop; it features a solid body that guarantees durability as well as amazingly bright IPS screens.
The laptop is built on the latest Kaby Lake processor and a GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card which give the Acer Predator Helios 300 (15.6″) G3-571-77QK its exemplary gaming prowess.
With the right gaming components and a classic design that adequately blends both metallic and plastic parts, the Acer Predator Helios 300 is a mid-range device that is not easy to beat. It comes in 15.6″ and 17.3″ sizes but we used the 15.6″ budget option for our tests and this review.
Let us find out why Acer Predator Helios 300 is an obvious choice for gaming enthusiasts who want to get the value of every cent spent.
Acer Predator Helios 300 is Solidly Built With A Sleek Design
The Acer Predator Helios 300 15-inch laptop borrows its design and build from its predecessors in the Acer Predator series. While it is one of the most inexpensive gaming laptops out there, you would realize that when you look at it; or even when you hold it up. It looks impressively solid and looks resistant to scratches or damage hence has the ability to serve you for years without signs of abrasion. The lid is mostly aluminium and really looks good, except for the smal plastic bumper at the top. That is not all on the lid as the Predator logo is nicely printed on it and discreetly flanked by two red lines.
Lifting the lid reveals a full keyboard on a black metallic deck with sturdy keys that will obviously not wobble afte days of consistent use. The inner side of the lid has an attractive bezel all round the 15.6-inch display. Under the display is the Predator logo while at the top left corner is the Acer logo. Its wide range of ports are also carefully placed on the sides.
Let us face it! The Helios 300 display is not the best you would want to have for a gaming notebook but it is perfectly usable and still one of the best you can find for a budget gaming laptop. In fact, with a full HD IPS screen of 1920×1080, the Acer Predator Helios 300 (G3-571-77QK) provides an amazing upgrade on the previous models. It also provides spectacular viewing angles which is an important consideration for every gaming enthusiast.
The downside in the display is that you will partially strain when when you use the Helios 300 under direct sunlight. Well, who plays their favorite computer game under direct sunlight? A light meter on average brightness indicates that the screen measures 226 nits which is slightly lower than the average but will not give you any problems.
Helios 300 gaming laptop basically has two main selling points . Firstly, it runs on a 2.8 GHz Core i7-7700QH processor which is the latest and by far the most superior Intel processor. Secondly, the Pascal-based Nvidia GeForce 1060 card running on 6GB of GDDR VRAM. The combination of the superior processor and the Pascal-based graphics card necessitates smooth gaming. More interestingly, the quad core processor allows hyper threading and unlike most laptop devices, Acer gives you the option of upgrading this device from 2.8 GHz to an impressive 3.8 GHz. This is aided by the plastic cover at the bottom that you can easily unscrew and pop off to access the hard drive.
Even with the most modern computer games such as The Witcher 3 played in native resolution and high details will play smoothly with a stable frame rate and commendable response time. The device also features a 16GB RAM and 256GB boot drive.
Ports, Connectivity and Versatility
The Acer Predator Helios 300 (G3-571-77QK) has a good port selection with a fairly balanced distribution of ports. On the right corner, Acer positions the activity LEDs, two well placed USB 2.0 ports, a headphone jack and the power jack. On the left side, there is a lock notch, a standard HDMI port, an Ethernet, a USB 3.0 port, an SD card reader as well as a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port.
With 4 ports, you can do everything that you need on this laptop. In terms of connectivity, this lapto supports connection of both Gigabit-Ethernetand WiFi. WiFi connection comes from a Qualcomm and works with the faultless IEE 802.11 ac. Your communication is therefore not limited as both connections are absolutely reliable. Well, it is also webcam enabled so will suit every purpose you intend to use it for!
General Features and Specifications of the Acer Predator Helios 300
|CPU:||Intel Core i7-7700 2.8 GHz|
|Storage:||256 GB SSD|
|Display||1920 x 1080, 15.6", Touchpad|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Graphics Card||Pascal-based Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060|
|Keyboard||Standard Full size|
Keyboard and Touchpad
The Predator has a study and fairly responsive keyboard. The keys have a vertical travel of 1.6mm and this will definitely not make your fingers sour. Any fast typist will hit about 110 words in a minute with about under 2% typing error. However, to actuate, you will need about 79 grams of pressure.
This is not all about this device’s input as it comes with a Touchpad that has dimensions of 4.1×3- inches. This is spacious and will accurately respond to common Windows 1 gestures. You can therefore easily pinch to zoom or swipe without any notable strain.
Not many gaming notebooks have a battery life worth talking about. However, the Acer Predator Helios 300’s battery life will surprise you. When put on the Mag Battery Test, it ran for 7 hours which is the average runtime for most of non gaming laptops. However, when used nonstop on most modern computer games, the battery lasted for between 3 and 4 hours.
The VR-ready Acer Predator Helios 300 15-inch (G3-571-77QK) gaming laptop is a powerful device that comes at a very friendly cost. While this model was made with the value and performance in mind, it does not compromise its design hence a device you can proudly use anywhere. Finally, the fact that this laptop is easy to upgrade makes it a laptop you can use even with future more technical games.