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Acer: New Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptops announced

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Notebook
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Notebook
Acer's recently announced Predator Helios 300 notebooks promise a lot of performance for a small price. The 17-inch systems are equipped with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or 1060 GPUs as well as Intel quad-cores. Prices start at $1400.

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Acer offers new gaming notebooks: The new Predator Helios 300 laptops expand the price-sensitive entry-level lineup with different 17-inch laptops. The GPUs provided by Nvidia; you either get the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or GeForce GTX 1060 in combination with Intel's Core i5-7300HQ or i7-7700HQ quad-core CPU. Memory is up to 16 GB DDR4-RAM with a maximum of 32 GB. The storage solution uses a fast PCIe NVMe SSD (up to 512 GB) in combination with a conventional HDD (up to 1 TB). There is a hatch at the bottom, so you should be able to upgrade the drives.

The display is a matte Full HD screen (1920x1080 pixels) based on the IPS technology for wide viewing angles.

The Predator Helios 300 features one USB 3.1 Type-C port, another USB 3.0 port as well as two USB 2.0 ports. You also get a conventional Ethernet connector (RJ-45). The Wi-Fi module supports 802.11ac (2x2).

High-end Gaming with Geforce GTX 1060  

Acer targets entry-level gamers as well as customers requiring a powerful multimedia machine with the Predator Helios 300. The SKUs with the more powerful GTX 1060 should have no problems with the native FHD resolution and the highest settings when you play modern games based on the benchmarks we already performed with this GPU. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is about 50% slower, so you might have to reduce some graphics settings. Users with a focus on playing games should get a model with the GTX 1060.

The Acer Predator Helios 300 is planned to arrive in August starting at $1400.

Mass Effect Andromeda
1920x1080 Ultra Preset (Resolution Scale Mode off) AA:T
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
7700K
75.6 fps ∼100%
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
6820HK
50.3 (min: 44) fps ∼67%
GeForce GTX 970M
4700MQ
31.4 (min: 21) fps ∼42%
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
7700HQ
23 (min: 18, max: 34) fps ∼30%
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
7700HQ
20.4 (min: 16, max: 30) fps ∼27%
GeForce GTX 960M
4720HQ
15.2 (min: 8) fps ∼20%
1920x1080 High Preset (Resolution Scale Mode off) AA:T
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
7700K
83.5 fps ∼100%
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
6820HK
55.8 (min: 50) fps ∼67%
GeForce GTX 970M
4700MQ
32.9 (min: 24) fps ∼39%
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
7700HQ
27.9 (min: 23, max: 41) fps ∼33%
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
7700HQ
24.6 (min: 21, max: 34) fps ∼29%
GeForce GTX 960M
4720HQ
19 (min: 16) fps ∼23%
Acer Helios 300 Gaming Notebook
Acer Helios 300 Gaming Notebook
Acer Helios 300 Gaming Notebook
Acer Helios 300 Gaming Notebook
Acer Helios 300 Gaming Notebook
Acer Helios 300 Gaming Notebook
Acer Helios 300 Gaming Notebook
Acer Helios 300 Gaming Notebook
Acer Helios 300 Gaming Notebook

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2017 04 > Acer: New Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptops announced
J. Simon Leitner, 2017-04-27 (Update: 2017-04-27)
Andreas Osthoff
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