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Acer Predator Helios 300

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Acer Predator Helios 300
Acer Predator Helios 300 (Predator Helios Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) - 6144 MB, Core: 1455 MHz, Memory: 8000 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 384.94, Nvidia Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2400, 2 of 2 slots filled, max. 32 GB
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, LG LP173WF4-SPF5 (LGD056D), AH-IPS, WLED, 262K, 60Hz, LCM, a-Si TFT-LCD, glossy: no
Mainboard
HM175
Storage
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7, 512 GB 
, M.2 2280
Soundcard
Realtek High Definition Audio
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 1x 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4 (a/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 29 x 432 x 290 ( = 1.14 x 17.01 x 11.42 in)
Battery
48 Wh, 3220 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 4 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chicklet, Keyboard Light: yes, 180-Watt power supply, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.876 kg ( = 101.45 oz / 6.34 pounds), Power Supply: 584 g ( = 20.6 oz / 1.29 pounds)
Price
1800 EUR

 

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Average Score: 78.2% - good
Average of 20 scores (from 35 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 82%, features: 69%, display: 77% mobility: 78%, workmanship: 77%, ergonomy: 78%, emissions: 78%

Reviews for the Acer Predator Helios 300

82% Acer Predator Helios 300 (7700HQ, GTX 1060, Full HD) Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
A slim gamer! Acer's Predator Helios 300 is a gaming notebook that weighs under 3 kg (~106 oz.). Can its cooling system keep up with the relatively compact build and supply the device with sufficient fresh air? Find out in our detailed review.
80% Acer Predator Helios 300 review: A well-rounded gaming laptop at a great price
Source: PC World English
This comfy-to-carry notebook delivers a superb 1080p gaming experience and absolutely oozes value. If I needed to buy a gaming laptop today, the Acer Predator Helios 300 would get my money (though I’d augment its paltry 256GB of storage with another SSD or external drive). Highly recommended.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/30/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Acer Predator Helios 300 review: A well-rounded gaming laptop at a great price
Source: Good Gear Guide English
This comfy-to-carry notebook delivers a superb 1080p gaming experience and absolutely oozes value. If I needed to buy a gaming laptop today, the Acer Predator Helios 300 would get my money (though I’d augment its paltry 256GB of storage with another SSD or external drive). Highly recommended.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/30/2018
80% Acer Predator Helios 300
Source: Gadgetspeak English
This is part of a range of gaming notebooks from Acer. While I openly admit that I am no gamer other reviews will tell you what this and other units in the Predator range can accomplish in the gaming area I concentrate on its other features.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/19/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 80% workmanship: 80%
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Notebook Review
Source: G Style Magazine English
With the exception of my display concerns, The Acer Predator Helios 300 is one mighty machine. A gaming notebook with the power of play the latest games in over 60fps, a VR-ready powerhouse with one surprisingly long battery life. I was extremely impressed and while I know why the machines is under $1100, it is more than worth it for the power and portability you get.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/05/2018
80% Acer Predator Helios 300 review
Source: PC Advisor English
The Acer Predator Helios 300 is a good gaming laptop if you’re after a machine that’ll be plugged-in 95 percent of the time. It gets you good performance per pound with elements of gamer flashiness that appeals to some.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/27/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Acer Predator Helios 300 Review
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
The Acer Predator Helios 300 is exclusive to Flipkart in the online space, and it’s now available for Rs. 89,990, compared to the launch price of Rs. 1,29,999. Keep in mind that this isn’t an official price reduction from Acer, only Flipkart’s pricing. If you’re looking for beefier internals then Acer has a Core i7 version of this laptop in retail stores which has 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an Nvidia GTX 1060 (6GB) for Rs. 1,35,550 (plus GST).
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/10/2017
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 80% display: 70% workmanship: 70%
75% Acer Predator Helios 300 Review
Source: Techspot English
The Acer Predator Helios 300 is the gaming laptop you should purchase if you are on a budget. At just over $1,000, it provides the best collection of gaming hardware available at this price point, matching more expensive laptops in a range of popular games.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/30/2017
Rating: Total score: 75%
70% Acer Predator Helios 300
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Acer’s latest machine offers solid 1080p gaming performance, good design and a decent screen, but it’s outpaced by its key rival from Asus, which offers a beefier graphics core and Nvidia G-Sync for less cash.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/13/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
62% Acer Predator Helios 300 Review
Source: Think Digit English
The Acer Predator Helios 300 is a good laptop, but can’t match the added features of some other laptops in its category. That being said, it is the only laptop in its range to offer GPU overclocking, if you need that.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/27/2017
Rating: Total score: 62%
ACER Helios 300 Review: Bang For The Buck Gaming Notebook
Source: Unbox English
While the asking price for both versions of the Helios 300 (Intel Core i5/4GB RAM Php 66.9K, Intel Core i7/8GB RAM Php76.9K) isn’t what you’d call affordable, it’s still way lower than the offerings of ACER’s rivals. And like we said earlier, the deficiencies that we pointed out (no SSD, low RAM) can be easily remedied by putting in new parts, which most gaming PC owners are itching to do anyway.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/22/2017
Acer Predator Helios 300 – Review
Source: Hardwareheaven English
The Acer is a well-made machine with good balance, especially considering the £1,300 price. The GTX 1050 Ti is a solid 1080p gaming chip, the Core i7 processor is fast, and the screen is solid.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/19/2017
70% Acer Predator Helios 300 review: Extreme performance and price
Source: Gadget Show English
The system boot and game load times on the Acer Predator Helios 300 is quite low. As most of it is handled by the large SSD within the machine. This machine is not a power hog either, 180W is what it consumes at max. The design is slim (because of which there is no DVD drive) and weight of 2.65Kg does make this notebook portable. All this seemed good and we almost moved past the "hot performance" till our eyes went over the price tag. The asking price of Rs 1,69,999 is steep and there is stiff competition from makers like ASUS, and MSI. Both have machines with similar tech specs at lesser price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/14/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
78% Acer Predator Helios 300 (17-inch) review:
Source: CNet English
You can find similar components for less, but Acer packs a lot of unique features -- and a big screen -- into the midpriced Predator Helios 300.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/11/2017
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 60%
80% Acer Predator Helios 300 (17-inch) Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The 17-inch Acer Predator Helios 300 is an easily upgradable gaming laptop with a bright screen and strong performance, thanks to its overclockable GTX 1060 GPU.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/07/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Acer Predator Helios 300 (17-inch, PH317-51) review – distant from its smaller sibling, yet so alike
Source: Laptop Media English
So is the 17-inch Helios 300 worth it? Well, the pricing of the machine is crucial and unfortunately, Acer wasn’t able to bring the price of this machine lower than the new 17-inch Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro BE and the Predator 17 (G5-793 with GTX 1060). So there’s not really a good reason to opt for the Helios 300 instead of the Predator 17, for instance, unless you really want the 7th generation Intel CPU and better portability because these are the only things in which the Helios 300 is better. And what about the 15-incher? With a display like this, the 17-inch Helios 300 appears to be the smarter choice here but you will give up some of the portability and the better build.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/01/2017
Acer Predator Helios 300
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Acer’s already tried and tested this formula with the its VX line, and with a higher-spec graphics and a better screen, I’m optimistic this is another solid addition to its gaming laptop range.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/28/2017

Foreign Reviews

Einsteiger-Gaming-Notebook auf dem Prüfstand
Source: Allround-PC.com German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/20/2017
Der Einstieg in die Gaming-Welt bei Acer
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/04/2017
80% Análisis: Predator Helios 300 de Acer
Source: Geektopia Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/21/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Review Acer Predator Helios 300, Un Portátil Fino Pero Robusto
Source: Newesc Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/26/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 86% performance: 83% display: 76% mobility: 81% workmanship: 82%
Acer Predator Helios 300
Source: Noticias 3D Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; good connectivity. Negative: Thick frames; mediocre design.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/17/2018
80% Acer Predator Helios 300 recensione: un notebook gaming potente ma equilibrato
Source: Ridble Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/05/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Acer Predator Helios 300: Desktop Replacement Di Fascia Media Con Gpu Gtx 1060
Source: Everyeye.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/01/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
84% Recensione Acer Predator Helios 300 – Pronto a combattere, anche in VR
Source: Techzilla.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/11/2017
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 85% performance: 85% display: 75% mobility: 85% workmanship: 90%
87% Recensione Acer Predator Helios 300
Source: Smart World Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/06/2017
Rating: Total score: 87% price: 80% features: 85% display: 80% mobility: 75% workmanship: 80%
Recensione Acer Predator Helios 300 by Smartphone Italia
Source: Smartphone Italia Italian IT→EN
Positive: Nice gaming performance; decent hardware; good price. Negative: Relatively heavy.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/26/2018
RECENSIONE Acer Predator Helios 300: il gaming si fa "portatile"
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN
Positive: Large screen; great built quality; powerful processor; nice display.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/27/2017
80% Acer Predator Helios 300 - Degelijke gaminglaptop
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/14/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Acer Predator Helios 300
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/26/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
Acer Helios 300 – test laptopa dla graczy
Source: PC Lab.pl Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Solid workmanship; comfortable keyboard; good speakers; good cooling and silent system; nice display. Negative: Mediocre touchpad.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/27/2017
Обзор игрового ноутбука Acer Predator Helios 300: главное — баланс
Source: 3DNews.ru RU→EN
Positive: Excellent display; high performance; good cooling system; comfortable keyboard; powerful processor.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/20/2017
Acer Predator Helios 300 15, Versi Terjangkau Acer Predator Yang Tampil tak Kalah Gagah
Source: Pemmzchannel ID→EN
Positive: Good price; nice design; decent performance. Negative: Heavy; short battery life; overheats while using.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/20/2017
86% Acer Predator Helios 300: Uriașul prietenos [PLAYTEST]
Source: Playtech.ro →EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/29/2017
Rating: Total score: 86%
TEST Acer Predator Helios 300 – „Marele alb” pentru gaming
Source: Playtech.ro →EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; nice gaming performance; good display.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/29/2018
Acer Predator Helios 300 - un echilibru rar întâlnit între performanţă şi preţ [REVIEW]
Source: Go4it.ro →EN
Positive: High performance; low price; nice display; powerful hardware; good silent and cooling system. Negative: Mediocre design; heavy.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/19/2017

Comment

Model:

The Acer Predator Helios 300 is a classic gaming laptop that takes the form of both a 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch laptop. As Acer expands its Predator gaming lineup for the second half of 2017, the company continues to focus on thermal technology to push the limits of gaming hardware. Shipping with Windows 10, the Predator Helios 300 offers high-end gaming features and technologies at mid-range price points. Acer’s new AeroBlade 3D fans and a new Corning Gorilla-Glass touchpad design were introduced with the new Predator Triton ultra-thin gaming notebook series and the more affordable Predator Helios notebooks. The large Corning Gorilla-Glass plate above the keyboard serves two functions: It’s a decorative window into the notebook’s cooling system, showcasing the AeroBlade 3D Fan and five heat pipes; but the glass surface also functions as a touchpad. Acer went with a different choice in materials: brushed metal for the lid cover and the interior, and rough plastic for the sides and the underbelly. Its matte black chassis incorporates more stylized red accents compared to the more “serious” design of the Triton 700. Its exterior is mostly black, but with sharp bevelled edges and quite a few red accents and embossed logos. There’s a big Predator logo on the lid, flanked by two red bars, but neither is backlit.

Aesthetically, the black metallic surfaces are prone to smudges and finger oil, so users will have to wipe them often. In terms of build quality, the Helios 300 is fairly well made with a strong inner deck. The display can lean back up to around 150 degrees and the hinges can keep it sturdily set up in any intermediate position. At the heart of the Predator Helios 300 is an overclockable Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050Ti GPU combined with a 7th-Gen Intel Core i7 (7700HQ) or i5 processor (7300HQ) for outstanding performance. All this processing power is supported by up to 16GB of DDR4 memory (upgradable to 32GB), a speedy SATA SSD and a 1TB HDD. In addition, access compartment doors on the bottom of the notebooks make it easy for owners to upgrade the memory and storage components. Another feature to mention is the webcam. It’s placed on top of the screen, flanked by two microphones and a LED that signals when it’s on. It has a wide-angle lens, but the image quality is grainy and washed out. The Predator Helios 300 also includes a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a USB 3.0 port (featuring power-off USB charging), two USB 2.0 ports, and an HDMI 2.0 connection. This laptop is suitable for casual gamers who also require something more practical.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop): 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. These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  
7700HQ: Quad-core notebook processor based on the Kaby Lake architecture. Besides four CPU cores (including Hyper Threading), the chips also integrates the HD Graphics 630 GPU and is manufactured in an improved 14 nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
17.3":

This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

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

This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.


Acer: The company was founded under the name of Multitech in Taiwan in 1976 and renamed to Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors and televisions. Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell also belong to the Group and sell their own laptops.

While Acer still had the third largest global market share in the notebook segment in 2008, it ranked 6th in 2016 with a market share of 6% after they had continuously lost market shares.

There are dozens of Acer laptop reviews per month, the ratings are average (as of 2016). Gateway, which has an own laptop line-up, has also belonged to the Acer Group since 2007.


78.2%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.
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Stefan Hinum, 2017-05-15 (Update: 2017-05-15)