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Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition PH315-51-78UA


Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition PH315-51-78UA
Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition PH315-51-78UA (Predator Helios 300 PH317 Series)
Intel Core i7-8750H 6 x 2.2 - 4.1 GHz, Coffee Lake-H
16 GB 
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, glossy: no
256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, Card Reader: undefined
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.0
height x width x depth (in mm): 26.7 x 391 x 315 ( = 1.05 x 15.39 x 12.4 in)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Additional features
Keyboard Light: yes
2.7 kg ( = 95.24 oz / 5.95 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)



Average Score: 76% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 80%, features: - %, display: - % mobility: 80%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition PH315-51-78UA

76% Test : Acer Helios 300 Special Edition, le PC portable gamer qui ne passe pas inaperçu
Source: 01Net French FR→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/05/2018
Rating: Total score: 76% performance: 80% mobility: 80%


Model: The Predator Helios series can be considered as high end budget gaming laptops. The reason for that is not the hardware, but the used materials. Most of the gaming laptops, especially in the high end, use magnesium alloy cases, whereas Acer prefers plastic material, a lot. This helps to reduce the costs of the end product. If you consider 1,200 Euros, low of course.

Don’t let the “Special Edition” in the name confuse you. In today’s industry, I think there is not much of speciality going on in terms of hardware and we mostly end up seeing those special stuff only on the outside and Predator Helios 300 Special Edition unfortunately is no different.

In this case, the naming simply means instead of going for red or black coloring, picking gold and white. It is kinda obvious this model is targeted to female gamers. It sounds a bit strange, but yeah, it is what it is.

Is there anything else worth mentioning about this “Special Edition”? Unfortunately not. In fact, in all the high end gaming laptops, this laptop could be considered mid range with its technical specs. It comes with at least a GTX 1060, in my opinion it is the minimum GPU all the gamers should aim for. I would take this further and say that all the current laptops which come with GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti can and maybe should be considered as multimedia laptops. Because they can not continue to provide high performances or lets say high details with high fps values any more and it will be worse going forward.

Compared to Asus, MSI or any other gaming laptop manufacturer, this laptop does unfortunately not stand out. It is just a change in the colors and nothing much. If you fancy a white / gold laptop and are ready to pay more just for that well, go for it. Compared to a regular Helios, this model costs 300-500 Euros more depending on the provider. Is it worth it? It is a decision you have to make. In my own opinion, it is not worth it. A real gamer would spend that money for a GTX 1070 update, that would make a lot more sense.

To sum it up, “Special Edition” naming seems to be just for marketing purposes as there are no real special thing to consider about. It is still a good gaming device. But all considered, I don’t think it is worth to spend extra money on it.

Hands-on article by Ümit Yılmaz Güneş

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile: The mobile GTX 1060 is based on the GP106 chip and offer 1280 shaders. Compared to the identically named desktop version it features a slightly lower clock rate. Games in Full HD and maximum details should run fluently on the card.

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

i7-8750H: On Coffee Lake architecture based processor for big and heavy laptops. Integrates six processor cores clocked at 2.2 - 4.1 GHz (4 GHz with 4 cores, 3.9 GHz with 6 cores) that support HyperThreading. Manufactured in an improved 14nm process (14nm++). » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.

The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.7 kg:

With this weight, a laptop is rather heavier than average. Devices in this range shine more with screen size and performance than with mobility.

Acer: In 1976, the company was founded in Taiwan under the name Multitech and was renamed Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors, TVs and computer peripherals. Since 2007, the group has merged with Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell, which also market their own laptop product lines.

Acer computers are designed for a variety of purposes, including ultrabooks for mobile use, gaming laptops for gamers, affordable options for everyday tasks, and 2-in-1 convertible laptops for versatility. Acer's product portfolio also includes tablets that offer portable computing and multimedia capabilities.

76%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Stefan Hinum, 2018-11-25 (Update: 2018-11-25)