Acer has recently launched a range of exclusive gaming laptops to take on its competitors in the market. As expected, Acer was able to capture the attention of the gaming community, all thanks to the significantly low priced laptop that it unveiled.
While some other companies that have launched laptops of the same price range have compromised with quality in some way or the other, Acer has ensured that its customers get the best deal by not only making gaming laptops more affordable but also ensuring that they provide the high-end performance to the ultimate satisfaction of the users.
The Acer Predator Helios 300 is a part of Acer’s Predator series of gaming laptops. However, while the earlier models in this series such as the Predator 21 X were priced on a much higher level, the Helios 300 is designed to meet the needs of those with a limited budget.
Acer has equipped the Predator Helios 300 with powerful hardware system which can give a neck and neck competition to the other higher priced laptops available in the market. The Helios 300 is designed to be a no-nonsense laptop and therefore you will not find any fancy features but a simple gaming laptop which efficiently serves the purpose it is designed for. Check out our detailed review of Predator Helios 300 to see how it fares on various parameters.
Acer Predator Helios 300 Highlights
- Intel Core i7-7700 HQ Processor
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
- 15.6" Full HD widescreen IPS display
- 16 GB DDR4 DRAM Memory
- 256GB SSD
- Red Backlit Keyboard
- Up to 7-hours of battery life
Acer Predator Helios 300 Review
Considering that the Acer Predator Helios 300 is basically an amazing gaming laptop at budget prices, its design has also been kept in tune with its efficiency. You wouldn’t exactly call it a stylish looking laptop as it has the basic aluminum and plastic design that other Acer laptops generally have.
However, in keeping with the series that it is a part of, the Helios 300 has been given two red lines on the lid along with the official logo to mark it as Predator series laptop as well. It also has a Predator sticker on the inside bezel.
The red backlit on the keyboard is also a USP of the Predator series and sets this laptop apart from others. Talking about the keyboard, the keys are spaced evenly and are easy to type with. It also sports a 4.1 x 3-inch touchpad which is comfortable enough for gaming as well as pinching zoom in & out which is an essential requirement for laptops running on Windows 10.
When we look at its size, it is a slightly bigger laptop with dimensions of 15.4 x 10.5 x 1.5 inches. However, at 5.5 pounds of weight, the Helios 300 does weigh lesser than other laptops of the same dimensions making it handier and easier to carry around.
The laptop also has a number of versatile ports including Ethernet jack, HDMI output port, SD card slot, USB slot and USB Type-C slot which are quite sufficient for all your gaming requirements.
display & audio
The Acer Predator Helios 300 is equipped with a 15.6 inch full HD display screen which will prove to be a delight to play high-quality HD games. With its 1080p display and an amazing color reproduction scheme, the Predator Helios 300 really does surpass expectations when you consider that it is only a budget gaming laptop.
It has a 144 Hz refresh rate on the display which is actually hard to get in laptops of this price range. However, the color tones used in the display to make it a little dimmer than other laptops. This might leave you wishing for an option to make the screen brighter during darker game scenarios or videos.
The audio feature of this gaming laptop is far better when compared to the previous years’ Predator models. The device has TrueHarmony speakers along with bass effect which is sufficiently loud and clear for your gaming needs. Even if you find the speakers’ volume to be on the lower side, you can always use headphones.
The pre-installed Dolby Audio App also enables the user to change the speaker settings depending on whether you are watching a movie or playing a game. In both the display and audio segments, this laptop gets an above average rating from our side.
Hardware & Graphics
The reason why the Acer Predator Helios 300 has become such a popular laptop is mainly due to the powerful hardware features that it boasts of. The Intel i7 processor helps the laptop clock in a frequency of 4.1 GHz which when combined with the dedicated 16 GB of memory card makes it an ultra-powerful laptop with smooth running graphics.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of VRAM installed especially to run HD games in all their glory is another feature which makes the Helios 300 even more powerful and places it on a much higher level than its competitors.
The laptop can give you approximately 70 to 80 frames per second. The laptop never falls below 60 frames even while playing the most intense games. Such stats are only found in high-end gaming laptops and therefore it is a pleasant surprise to get so much for such a modest price.
The graphics are clear and crisp thanks to the Nvidia graphics card while the gaming performance is smooth, responsive and without any lags, thanks to the powerful hardware. All in all, the Predator Helios 300 does rank very high in our list of recommended laptops for its hardware and graphics.
Battery life & Cooling
Acer claims a 7-hour run time for the Helios 300 which does sound like a far stretch for a gaming laptop. True to the claims, the Helios 300 delivers on its promised battery life and can easily run for more than 6 hours even with several hours of heavy gaming or watching videos. The battery life is definitely not as great as that offered by high-end portable laptops but it is still pretty decent for a laptop of this price range and features.
The cooling or rather the heating up of the laptop is one segment where the Helios 300 needs some improvement. Though the laptop does not heat up with light usage, you will probably experience some heating problems if you are playing heavy games for a long duration.
The powerful hardware, graphics features along with good quality display and audio make Predator 300 a high-performing laptop. The laptop was tested for performance on various criteria including multi-tasking, data transfer, and gaming tests.
In all of these parameters, the Helios 300 has stood its ground and proved to be a powerful laptop which can support multitasking with even up to 30 tabs open at a single time in a browser without any performance issues.
Data transfer speed is quite decent while the 256GB PCIe NVME SSD allows the laptop to boot up and load game run times more quickly. The Helios 300 has also surpassed all the benchmarks when it was tested against other mid-range gaming laptops in running heavy games. Thus, it proves to be a laptop with performance levels of a high-end gaming laptop with the pricing of the mid-range segment.
If you are looking for an affordable gaming laptop which delivers high performance, you probably won’t find a more competitive laptop than the Predator Helios 300. It definitely has a powerful hardware which is hard to find in other laptops of this segment.
Although you might face a little to no lag with heavy games on the Helios 300 but you'll get to enjoy a perfect gaming experience with the lag-free runtime and clean graphics. Supporting features such as the audio speakers and the long-lasting battery life make the Helios 300 a good buy.
You must keep in mind, however, that this is essentially a gaming laptop and not really a multi-purpose device. As such, it does not have a very appealing design but what it lacks in looks, it makes up for in performance.
Also, the Helios 300 is a mid-segment laptop and if you compare it with the high-end laptops, it may fall short on performance. However, because you are getting a decent gaming laptop with only slightly lower features than the high-end laptops without burning a hole in your pocket, you are sure to realize what a good deal you are getting.
From our end, the Acer Predator Helios 300 gets a big thumbs up for its high performance and low pricing model, thus, making it one of the best laptops in the market for gamers with a limited budget.