Gaming laptops have picked up the pace and gathering quite a crowd in the market. Stylish, packed with features and dominant performance, owning one of these beasts is becoming somewhat of a status symbol. Companies like ASUS have already made their mark with their ROG series. And it seems that Acer doesn’t want to get left behind.
The Top things to Love About the Acer Helios 300
There are a good many reasons to love the Acer Helios 300. Let’s talk about a few of them below.
- The screen! It’s as beautiful as it gets making gaming an immersive experience in itself.
- Oh, again, the screen size. It’s one thing to be able to carry a 17-inch gaming laptop with you quickly. Not many laptops of that size can talk about portability as one of its strong points. The Helios 300 can.
- A good RAM and storage capacity was ensuring that you can play your favorite games.
- Play all your favourite games, new or old, seamlessly on this machine without any hiccups.
It’s time to do more with your Helios 300. We will take a look at what works for it below.
Introducing the Acer Predator Helios 300 17-inch laptop
Helios was the god of the sun in Greek mythology. Now you may wonder why this laptop has been christened as Helios. Well, you get bragging rights with its killer name for sure.
Anyway, the Acer Predator Helios 300 is a moderately priced gaming laptop. Not too low, not too high. Works best if you are somewhere between a casual gamer and a hardcore enthusiast. For the money you invest in this laptop, the configuration is quite up to the mark.
1. Some great specs
It’s a powerhouse out there. Here’s what you get inside the briefcase:
Processor: 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7-7700 HQ
Memory: 16 GB DDR4
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB dedicated graphics memory
Storage : 128 / 256 GB, 1TB HDD
Screen Size : 17.3“ HD (1920×1080)
OS: Windows 10 Home, preinstalled
2. A Great design
Special: Full Metal Chassis
This is a powerful configuration at this price point. At heart is the latest Intel i7-7700 HQ processor, which is now pretty common among gaming laptops in this range. It should handle any games with PhysX and Havok effortlessly, giving you crisp, accurate ragdoll collisions.
Dangle those enemies, my friend!
Now, you may not hit 120+ FPS at 144 Hz in your quest for achieving ridiculous frames per second, but the GTX 1060 will make sure that your games never stutter.
You can, however, overclock 1060 with the provided software if you are feeling particularly…adventurous. To top it off, it makes your laptop ready for VR as well. How cool is that?!
3. Meant for serious gamers
The SSD will take care of your Windows OS and have you running your games in a jiffy, and the 1TB HDD is enough to store some big plays.
The IPS screen will make sure the graphics in the games look gorgeous as ever. And unlike some other models, this screen does not grant you with the ‘washed out’ effect when you look at it from an angle.
You can observe that effect on some entry-level HD monitors. It’s not a 4K screen, and you shouldn’t expect it to be at this price point. But the HD resolution is enough to immerse you in Tamriel for quite a while questing in Elder Scrolls Online.
Moreover, the black and orange design cues are in line with its competitors from ASUS ROG series. And it is quite the looker when you check out the vents at the back and minimalistic, yet useful lid with a matte finish and Predator logo in the middle. Very elegant!
4. Elegantly designed to offer better performance
The air vents at the back do look the part, what with it being named Predator and all.
And they work very nicely in getting out the hot air from the all-metal Aeroblade fan which Acer claims to be the thinnest out there. It’s a dual cooling system as opposed to the single cooling systems in some other notebooks. So it ought to keep your laptop, and your laps, quite refreshing for some time.
5. Will wow you with its sound
The sound system and speakers are potent indeed. They are loud enough to create some noise and wake up your neighbors.
The audio system is configured to spit out vocals more than bass or treble, which should be an advantage in online gaming for some people. The speakers are strategically placed to direct sound towards you, rather than at the back which was a terrible design idea in some gaming laptops.
6. Great gaming experience
The touchpad and keyboard with chiclet type keys give the computer an exciting feel.
Accented WASD keys are going to make right handed gamers very happy. The click pad style touchpad is surprisingly smooth and accurate.
7. Amazingly Portable
Weighing in under 3 kilograms, it is not the most extensive gaming notebook out there, but a backpack or a carry-case should do the trick for you.
8. Has all the ports you need
There is no shortage of ports on this laptop, which is one of the reasons that push zit ahead of the competition. You don’t just have the standard Ethernet port here; you have a lot more. Here is a look at some of the other ports.
- One USB 3.1 Type-C port as well as another USB 3.1 Gen Type-A port
- One HDMI port and an SD card reader;
- One headphone jack for you to plug your headset in.
- Two USB 2.0 Type-A ports;
- Laptop Charger Port, which it has to come with anyway.
What else would you like about it?
It does, also have integrated Wifi and Bluetooth 4.1 circuits as with all laptops worth their salt. Prefixes and suffixes come and go. There have been numerous predators and names of umpteen gods from Greek mythology.
What matters is the performance, features, and looks. And Acer Predator Helios 300 17” will fulfill all those requirements with panache!