Heaps of laptop organizations guarantee that their frameworks are extraordinary arrangements, however, Acer is really putting its cash where its mouth is – and with a gaming laptop, no less. The Acer Predator Helios 300 ($1,099.99 to begin) offers an intense, VR-prepared Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU at a lower cost than contenders and runs hovers around the GTX 1050 Ti cards that contending laptops use at that cost.
It’s upgradable, should you need to spend more to enhance it later, however the show is dimmer than I’d like. Be that as it may, if its all the same to you that, you’ll get a capable gaming notepad for a take.
The Predator’s aluminum-and-plastic plan doesn’t stray a long way from the look of Acer’s other spending gaming scratch pad; its dark, metal top has two red stripes flanking the Predator logo. There’s a little plastic guard on the highest point of the cover that feels far less expensive than the aluminum that encompasses it.
When you lift the cover, you’ll locate the 15.6-inch, 1080p show, encompassed by a bezel that has the Predator logo on the base and the Acer logo on the upper left corner. That second logo is diverting, and I wish Acer had the certainty to give the Predator a chance to mark remain without anyone else, the way Dell does with Alienware and Asus does with its Republic of Gamers line. There’s likewise a full console with a number cushion using red backdrop illumination and red WASD keys, and additionally a dark, metal deck.
At 5.5 pounds and 15.4 x 10.5 x 1.5 inches, the Predator Helios 300 is somewhat bigger than other standard gaming scratch pad yet additionally only a bit lighter. The Asus ROG Strix GL553VD (15.1 x 10 x 1.2 inches, 5.6 pounds) and the Lenovo Legion Y520 (15 x 10.4 x 1 inches, 5.6 pounds) are somewhat littler. The 17-inch MSI GP72VR 7RFX Leopard Pro is, obviously, greater and heavier (16.5 x 10.6 x 1.5 inches, 6.4 pounds).
As any great gaming notepad should, the Predator has a lot of ports. On the left side are an Ethernet jack, a USB Type-C port, HDMI yield, a USB 3.0 port and an SD card opening. An earphone jack and a couple of USB 2.0 ports are situated on the correct side of the laptop.
The 15.6-inch, 1080p show on the Predator is sharp yet generally dull. When I viewed the trailer for Marvel’s Inhumans, Medusa’s red hair didn’t fly against her lavender dress, and brilliant lights overwhelmed both Black Bolt and Medusa in a scene together. It wasn’t as brilliant as I would have enjoyed, however it was splendidly usable.
I had a comparative involvement in Mass Effect: Andromeda. In dim regions, I wished I could knock up the brilliance, however, in lighter parts of the amusement, I could see fine. A few flames amid a space fight looked more orange than red, however, it generally looked precise.
The Predator’s show covers 81 percent of the sRGB shading range, outperforming the Legion (68 percent) however falling beneath the 15-inch laptop normal (94 percent), the Strix (122 percent) and the Leopard Pro (165 percent).
The hues aren’t the most precise, either. The Predator’s Delta-E score of 4.7 (0 is perfect) is more regrettable than the normal (2.2) and in addition the scores for the Strix (1.6), the Leopard Pro (0.3) and the Legion (0.2)
The screen measured 226 nits of normal shine on our light meter, which is dimmer than the normal (274 nits), the Strix (269 nits) and the Leopard Pro (245 nits), yet brighter than the Legion (220 nits).
Keyboard and Touchpad
The Predator’s console is agreeable, however, I wish it felt more responsive. The keys have 1.6 millimeters of vertical travel, so I never felt as though I were bottoming out. Be that as it may, the keys require 79 grams of strain to incite, which shielded them from feeling light and clicky. It didn’t take long to get used to the additional weight, however, and I typed at 109 words for every moment (inside my typical 107-115-wpm run) with my standard 2 percent blunder rate).
There are a couple of peculiarities on the console. The Shift key and the best bolt key are near one another – far nearer than some other two keys on the console – and the correct bolt key consumes up some room in the number cushion. Not at all like the console on the likewise estimated Strix, the Predator’s console is illuminated just in red; it doesn’t have full RGB lighting.
The 4.1 x 3-inch touchpad is extensive, precise and receptive to Windows 10 signals; I had no issue squeezing to zoom or swiping my Windows away. I needed to click somewhat harder than I, as a rule, hope to, however for diversions, most players utilize a devoted gaming mouse in any case.
Acer’s true harmony speakers are pleasant and uproarious, exactly how I like them. When I tuned in to Zedd and Alessia Cara’s “Stay,” the PC directed the melody from one end to the other of our medium size meeting room, delivering clear vocals, synths, and drums. The bass wasn’t as solid as I would have preferred, however.
When I played Mass Effect: Andromeda, I could unmistakably hear the lasers amidst a space fight, and gab with partners was boisterous and clear.
The preinstalled Dolby Audio application offers a progression of profiles, including Music, Movie and Game modes. Motion picture mode made it somewhat louder, and Game mode concentrated on the drums. I found that the default Music setting was a fine adjust.
Gaming, Graphics, and VR
The Predator’s Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of VRAM is an incredible esteem, and it demonstrated its strength in our execution testing. When I played Mass Effect: Andromeda on ultra settings at 1080p with FXAA hostile to associating, the diversion kept running in the vicinity of 70 and 80 outlines for each second amid fight and every so often dropped down to 64 fps amid intuitive cutscenes.
On the Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark (1080p, high settings), the Predator ran the diversion at 67 fps, outperforming the standard scratch pad normal (36 fps), the Strix (18 fps, GTX 1050), the Leopard Pro (33 fps, GTX 1060) and the Legion (46 fps, GTX 1050 Ti).
The Hitman benchmark (1080p, high settings) rendered at 67 fps on the Helios 300, falling behind the Leopard Pro (78 fps) yet in front of the normal (44 fps), the Strix (30 fps) and the Legion (60 fps).
Fantastic Theft Auto V (1080p, ultra settings) played at 49 fps, which is marginally superior to the normal (47 fps) and the Leopard Pro (48 fps) and much smoother than the Strix (23 fps). We view anything more than 30 fps as playable.
The Predator accomplished a score of 7.1 on the SteamVR Performance Test, outperforming the normal of 5.6 and tying the Leopard Pro.
The Predator is furnished with a 2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB strong state drive, which is all that could possibly be needed for some genuine multitasking. I had 30 tabs open in Chrome while I viewed a 1080p stream on Twitch, and didn’t perceive any slack.
On the Geekbench 4 general execution test, the Predator indented a score of 13,587, conquering the standard normal (10,675) and whatever remains of the pack. The Legion earned a score of 13,037, the Strix achieved 12,253 and the Leopard Pro accomplished 12,147.
It took the Predator 27 seconds to duplicate 4.97GB of blended media records, bringing about a rate of 188.5 megabytes for each second. The normal is 207.6 MBps, while the Legion (363.5 MBps) and the Leopard Pro (565.5 MBps) were both snappier. The Strix (94.2 MBps) arrived in an inaccessible last place.
The Predator took 3 minutes and 22 seconds to match 20,000 names and addresses in our OpenOffice Spreadsheet Macro, conveniently beating the normal of 4:12. The Legion (3:19) was faster, and the Strix (3:31) and the Leopard Pro (3:24) were a little slower.
This is a gaming laptop that kept going far longer than we anticipated. It kept running for 6 hours and 48 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which peruses the web ceaselessly finished Wi-Fi. That is lower than the standard normal (7:00), yet gaming scratchpad has a tendency to not approach that.
The Leopard Pro, for example, continued for just 2:32, while the Legion (3:39) and the Strix (3:41) additionally ceased to exist much sooner than the Predator.
At the point when it’s not gaming, the Predator remains pleasant and cool under straightforward workloads. After we spilled HD video from YouTube for 15 minutes, the base of the scratch pad achieved only 88 degrees Fahrenheit; the console between the G and H keys measured 84.5 degrees, and the touchpad was 79.5 degrees. These temperatures are underneath our 95-degree comfort limit.
In any case, things warm up when you begin to play: The base moved to 113.5 degrees, and the console achieved 104.5 degrees. In any case, the touchpad remained cool, at 83.5 degrees.
The 720p webcam on the Predator is decent and sharp, however, its hues aren’t precise. While I could make out individual hairs and see the wrinkles in an associate’s coat behind me, my naval force blue shirt seemed dark.
Software and Warranty
Acer’s greatest expansion to the Predator is its PredatorSense application, which gives you a chance to screen CPU and GPU speeds and adjust fan control for ideal execution.
You’ll likewise discover all the swell normally stuffed into Windows 10, including Sling, Facebook, Twitter, Candy Crush Soda Saga and Royal Revolt 2.
Acer offers the Predator Helios 300 with a two-year guarantee. Perceive how the organization did on our Tech Support Showdown and Best and Worst Brands report.
Designs and Value
The Predator Helios 300 we checked on was the $1,099.99 base model, which has a 2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of VRAM, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.
It’s astoundingly simple to redesign. On the base are two entryways – each secured by a solitary screw – to get to the memory and the drive sound.
In the event that you like to get it with more stockpiling, you can get an indistinguishable model that tosses in a 1TB HDD close by a 128GB SSD, for $1,399.99. Models coming in the not so distant future will incorporate a metal fan and an overclockable GPU. Acer additionally offers a progression of 17-inch Predator Helios 300 arrangements with generally indistinguishable specs (aside from a knock up to a 512GB SSD) beginning at $1,399.99.
Any laptop with a GTX 1060 GPU at that beginning cost is an extraordinary esteem. Numerous laptops in this value extend utilize lesser cards. At $1,249, the Legion has a GTX 1050 Ti, and the Leopard Pro expenses, in any event, $200 more with the same GPU.
The Acer Predator Helios 300 is an intense, VR-prepared gaming machine that costs a few hundred dollars short of what you may anticipate. Acer cut a few corners with the show to arrive, yet its simple upgradability makes it a laptop you can continue gaming on as long as possible. The battery life additionally awed us.
On the off chance that you need a superior show and speedier stockpiling, the MSI GP72VR 7RFX Leopard Pro is the approach, yet you’ll need to pay in any event another $200, and it gets just 2 hours and 32 minutes of battery life. Heaps of organizations out laptops that are solid esteem. Acer’s Predator Helios 300 is the genuine article.