Is it possible to have a metal-clad gaming laptop without spending a lot of money? It’s possible. Acer’s Predator Helios 300 laptop Acer Predator Helios 300 Black Friday Deals 2021 has made this possible since 2018. This 2021 model (starts at $1199; $1499 as tested) was a hardware refresh of the last year’s model with Intel “Comet Lake”, silicon and up to an 240Hz display. Both were put to good use in gaming benchmarks. It produced the best-in class gaming frame rates and nearly doubled its battery life. The ROG Zephyrus G14 is still an excellent choice for a portable gaming notebook, but the Predator Helios 300 ticks all the boxes if you want a bigger screen.
The 2021 model will have the same selection. The left edge features a pair of USB Type-A ports (5Gbps), a combo jack and an Ethernet Killer E2600 port. To the right you will find a USB Type C port (10Gbps), a Type-A port, and mini-DisplayPort video outputs. Thunderbolt 3 is not available in this tier, but it is expected to be. Acer Predator Helios300 (2021), left portsAcer Predator Helios300 (2021), right ports A media card reader is all that’s missing. Public spaces will appreciate the Kensington-style cable lock slot in the left rear corner. Because there is only one cord sticking out of the side, it’s convenient to locate the power jack around the back.
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Acer Predator Helios300 (2021) rear power port The right-angle connector on the adapter doesn’t protrude too far from the back. The Killer AX1650i card inside provides Wi-Fi 6 as well as Bluetooth 5. Killer Control Center is preinstalled and allows you to monitor and control network performance for other apps. ADVERTISEMENT Predator Helios 300 does not have biometric features like a fingerprint reader. This is a common feature among gaming notebooks. Although it is located above the display, the 720p webcam has no better image quality than most laptops. It would be nice to see a 1080p model of high quality. High-Quality Performance, Midrange Components This review’s Predator Helios 300 (model PH315-53-671QX), is the most expensive U.S. configuration.
this model is more expensive than the Amazon base model (PH315 53-72XD) which costs $1,199. It has a 6-GB GeForce RTX2060 GPU and a Max-Q edition with the 8GB GeForce RTX2070 GPU. The screen refresh rate goes up from 144Hz – 240Hz. The two models share the same six-core, 12-thread Core Intel i7-10750H processor and 16GB of memory. They also have Windows 10 Home, a solid-state drive that can hold 512GB. Acer offers a standard warranty of one year. This market is highly competitive. The Dell G5 15 was priced at $1,429 and was equipped as my Predator, but had a 144Hz display. The Lenovo Legion 5i cost $1,599 and only had a 6GB GeForce RTX2060; the Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 (GU502LW), was $1,579 and had double the solid-state storage (1TB), but no keyboard backlighting or webcam. Acer’s pricing is correct. Let’s look at the Predator Helios300 base model.
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It’s much more affordable than the review model, unless you are relying on esports titles at 144 frames per seconds (fps), it’s still a great value. It’s not worth $300 more than the 6GB GeForce RTX2060 Max-Q, and most people won’t be able to tell the difference between 144Hz or 240Hz. Outside of esports and titles like Death Stranding where both GPUs are expected to be using their CPUs at 144fps, the higher refresh rate may not be necessary. ADVERTISEMENT Let’s move on to performance testing. I compared Predator Helios 300 with gaming notebooks, whose basic specifications can be found below. Comparison chart for Acer Predator Helios300 (2021). The MSI Bravo 15 costs the same as the Predator Helios 300 base model. Although it has an eight-core, 16thread Ryzen 7 CPU, the MSI Bravo 15 is just an entry-level GPU.
The Dell G5 15SE pairs the Ryzen chip with a 6GB Radeon RX5600M, which is in line with the 6GB GeForce RTX2060 in the Lenovo Legion 5.i. The Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 is part of the Predator Helios 300. Let’s start testing. Storage, Media and CPU Testing Predator Helios 300 began with a trailing score on PCMark 10, our general system evaluation that simulates real-world productivity. The speed is still impressive, however, surpassing our internal 4,000 point mark for high-performance computers. Their top positions were likely due to the higher-powered CPUs found in the MSI and Dell units. The Predator Helios 300’s powerful storage drive enabled it to score well in PCMark 8. Acer Predator Helios 300 (2021). PCMark Next, two CPU-crunching tests are performed: Cinebench R15 puts all available cores and threads to work while rendering a complex image. In our Handbrake test we transcode a 12-minute 4K video to 1080p. Acer Predator Helios300 (2021). CinebenchAcer Predator Helios300 (2021).
Handbrake Predator Helios 300’s Core i7-10750H score was low in Cinebench R15. It should have scored at minimum 1,300 points, just like the Asus. Handbrake was slightly less favorable. The AMD-chipped Dells and MSI units were ahead in both cases. The closest Intel comparison to the Ryzen 7 4800H Ryzen 7 is the Core i7-1075H from Intel, which can only be found in higher-end gaming notebooks such as the Aorus 15G. ADVERTISEMENT Our photo editing test showed that the Predator Helios 300 was able to redeem itself. To apply 10 complicated filters and effects to a JPEG image we use Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud, an early 2018 version. Acer Predator Helios 300 Black Friday Deals 2021 Each operation is timed and added up. Cinebench and Handbrake are CPU-focused, but this test brings the performance of the storage system, memory, GPU into pl