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Acer Predator Helios 300 review: predatory gaming laptop

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Acer regularly updates its line of laptops every year, this also applies to game models. Last year, the Acer Predator Helios 300 gaming laptop received a pretty significant update on all fronts. This is the youngest model in the Predator gaming line, but not the youngest gaming model if you consider the entire Acer range: there are more affordable Nitros. The laptop has received an aggressive design in black and blue colors typical for the entire line, the current powerful hardware, and a fast display. Let’s see what happened in the end.

What is it? (Acer Predator Helios)

The Acer Predator Helios 300 is a gaming laptop with a 15.6-inch IPS display, 9th Gen six-core Intel Core processor, 16GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 discrete graphics and dual storage: 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD.

Why is the Acer Predator Helios 300 interesting?

The Acer Predator Helios 300 comes in a bunch of different configurations. Not the top-end, but very productive, which uses a powerful 6-core Intel Core i7-9750H processor with a clock frequency of 2.6-4.5 GHz with integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM with a frequency of 2666 MHz.

And the graphics are responsible for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 accelerator with 6 GB of GDDR6 memory onboard and support for real-time ray tracing. For data storage, there is a fast  NVMe SSD-drive with a  256 GB hard drive with 1 TB. The laptop received a 15.6-inch IPS-screen with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 and a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz and a pixel response time of  3 ms (GtG).

What’s in the box?

Acer Predator Helios 300 review

The set is absolutely standard, without any bonuses. 

What about appearance and design?

The laptop case is made of metal and plastic: the top cover and work surface are made of anodized aluminum, the bottom part and the frame around the screen are made of plastic. The main colors are beautiful black with a bluish tint and blue accents. The top cover features a pair of blue accents and an illuminated Predator logo.

The back of the laptop has large cooling vents with blue protective mesh and warning markings in areas that get hotter under load.

Acer Predator Helios 300 review

The Acer Predator Helios 300 is far from the most compact laptop and everything is in order with the connectors. On the left, there is a Kensington lock slot, ventilation holes, a port for connecting a power supply, a pair of LED indicators, a sliding RJ-45, two full-size USB 3 connectors and a combo 3.5 mm connector:

On the right side is USB Type-C, another full-size USB 3. Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, and ventilation holes. A controversial solution is the location of the video outputs. When connecting an external monitor. The cable may slightly interfere with the mouse’s hand. A card reader would also be useful. Considering the performance, the laptop is quite suitable for photo and video processing :

Acer Predator Helios 300 review

There is nothing interesting in front, only a cutout to pry the cover with your finger:

The bezels around the perimeter of the screen are not the thinnest. Although they are indeed significantly reduced compared to the previous generation Helios 300. Above the screen is a webcam with LED indicator and microphones. Under the screen – the logo of the Predator line.

Acer Predator Helios 300 review

On the bottom there is an impressive number of openings for the intake of cold air, four massive rubberized feet for stability and a couple of triangular designations for “hot” places in the laptop:

Acer Predator Helios 300 review

Acer Predator Helios 300 cannot be called compact: the dimensions are 361x254x23 mm, and the laptop weighs 2.4 kg. But it can be carried in a backpack without any problems. And in terms of dimensions, it fits into the average compartment for a 15.6-inch laptop.

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