When you are a gaming freak and always look for the best gaming experience that fits your budget the best option is to have a thorough walkthrough across all the gaming laptop reviews available. This article reviews one of the recent additions to the Acer Predator Helios line-up, Predator Helios 300PH315-52 with a host of new specs like the 15.6 inch screen, 144 hertz refresh rate and 17-9750H Intel Core Processor, this new edition comes with its own set of pros and cons.
With an aluminium top surface and keyboard deck the Acer Helios claims a standard premium design and considerable light weight of only 2.7 kg. The bottom panel is only where plastic is used and it facilitates heat dissipation. There are two fans ensuring a check on temperature surge during operation. However, there is this noise bug of the fans running during the turbo mode.
There are two choices to the screen size: The medium 15.6 inch screen or the massive 17.3 inch screen. Though, it is advisable to go for the 15.6 inch one over over the 17.3 inch one because the massive screen size makes you want not to carry it everywhere, keeping the difficulty of carrying it at the forefront. Added to that, are the color coverage, the brightness and contrast which are only above average and hence should be kept indoors with an external screen added for accurate color work like editing. The overall display though serves an extremely good option for gaming.
The display has this extraordinary added feature of 144 Hz refresh rate. This means the screen will refresh or show 144 frames per second/FPS which is different from (in-game frames per second which can be lower than FPS due to hardware bottlenecks like graphic card processor HDD etc.) with such a mind blowing, first-time-ever refresh rate, a gamer should expect a cakewalk throughout the gaming.
Keyboard and Trackpad:
This model has a 4 zone RGB lighting keyboard which is not available in most of the other 2019 models. The lightings can be customized by the user with the help of Acer predator sense app. The keystrokes are smooth with the premium feel of the metallic keyboard deck with nearly no problem arising during long typing sessions. The trackpad is supported by windows precision and the glass finish makes the maneuvering experience even smoother. Processor with Hexa Core Intel Core i79750H and dedicated GPU. The Acer Helios 300 model earns some real points on the basis of which it can be marketed as a premium gaming laptop and that too, when speaking about the regular version (one can guess what the SUPER version will be like).
There are other models apart from that which have a GTX 1660Ti. The integrated GPU and the Intel HD 630 facilitates handling the less intensive graphics on a regular basis. The powerful GPU, additionally, facilitates the running of almost every game at around 60 FPS speed, the experience enhanced by a 144 Hz display.
RAM and Storage:
This Helios 300 2019 model has a whooping 16GB RAM and DDR4 and the GPU has the GDDR 60 memory which makes the computer a perfect fit for a multitasking mechanism, that too with ease. The 256 GB storage SSD is a cherry on top of a cake. This gets you faster boot up, faster file sharing and faster reading and writing speed. Also, you get a ITBHDD to store all the different Triple-A title data, the 256 GB storage not having sufficed.
Having talked a lot about the astounding features that stand out almost everywhere, discussing the battery life is probably highlighting one of those lacks that the Acer Helios series have. It has a 58 WH 4cell battery enabling you to get an in-hand backup of only 5 hours, that to doing only basic stuff, out of the 6 hours backup that Acer claims to give. Though it barely matters if its a 4cell or a cell battery, as because, all that matters is the mAh the battery setup has. More mAh means more shelf-life. Also, it does depend on the type of hardware that is involved in consumption of the battery. The more powerful the hardware the lesser is the battery life.
While using then Nvidia GeForce 1660 Ti, expect a longevity of only 3 hours, striking out another good driving instinct of using it outdoors. Well, to make sure you don’t freak out, it gives you a lightweight portable AC adaptor of 180 W.
Connectivity and ports:
Again a flabbergasting feature to light up your face: Killer 1550i AC Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 5.0 and Killer E2500 with LAN supporting your connectivity. You have a bundle of ports you can plug an external keyboard and mouse easily into without falling short of ports. It comes with 1 USB 3.1 type C, 1 use USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0 and 1 HDMI port. The only port it doesn’t have is a thunderbolt port.
It costs 1,19,990 INR which is around 1750 USD. The thing that should be noted is that the prices vary depending upon the model picked up from the Helios 300 series. As far as the price is concerned, weighing all the amazing features that this model of Helios 300 comes with, it is ok. And if you are looking for a mid-range gaming laptop you can go for it as you get value for money, though it is recommended that you do go through researching about all the other versions of Acer predator Helios 300 2019 series and make the wisest choice.