acer predator helios 300 i7 10th gen review

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November 29th, 2020

We also ran some Workstation related loads, on the Extreme profile: Finally, here’s how this Helios 300 configuration compares to some of the other 15-inch portable laptops in its class. Hi. Unlike Asus’ recent ROG gaming laptops, the Predator Helios 300 does include a 720p webcam above the screen. While it’s a bit thick, its build quality is strong. Finally, the camera is placed on top of the screen, flanked by microphones. There’s little flex in the chassis or the lid. *Gaming  – Normal – playing Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Normal Profile, fans at 41-42 dB The Fast/Extreme profiles are only allowed while the laptop is plugged in. There’s no macro keys to program, though Acer does include a number pad to the right of the device. This is for 144Hz display. October 19, 2020 at 8:05 pm. Hi! The 2020 Predator Helios 300 is already listed in stores in most regions as of late July 2020. We’ve used our review unit for the last few weeks, long enough to figure out its strong points and its quirks, and also long enough to compare it with some of the other performance laptops in its class. November 19, 2020 at 12:55 pm. The new Acer Predator Helios 300 upgrades from a 144Hz refresh rate to 240Hz. It’s affordable, and it’s reliable. The IO hasn’t practically changed between the two models, and the 2020 variant still gathers the video output ports on the right side, which will clutter your mouse area when hooking up an external screen. Our unit supports both XTU and Throttlestop, and we were able to stably undervolt it at -100 mV (-125mV was also possible, but we dialed back to prevent any stability issues). For mouse, Acer went with a mid-sized clickpad that feels like plastic to me, and not glass as on the Trion lineups. Aluminum is used for the interior and the lid, in a nice looking dark-blue color that shows fingerprints fairly easily, while the underside is made from a rougher black plastic. You’ll most likely want to hook up some headphones with this. The CPU runs at 70+ W on both tests, with fairly quiet fans and high temperatures of 90+ degrees C. We also ran our combined CPU+GPU stress tests on this notebook. Copyright ©2020 Designtechnica Corporation. Haven't tested the RP and HP, so can't comment on those, but I'd carefully look at their gaming/thermals with games in comparison to this Helios. September 15, 2020 at 7:18 pm. The keyboard keeps things simple. Speaking of, the GPU is already overclocked on the Extreme profile, so we didn’t push it any further with MSI Afterburner in this case. It’s a bit rougher and clunckier with taps, but still works alright with everyday use and gestures. My configuration also came with 32GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD. With these out of the way, let’s look at some games. Acer has trimmed the bezels a bit in the past couple of years, however. I succeeded in popping a silver foot off and gave up, hoping for a video. This top-tier Helios 300 configuration comes with a compact 230 W power-brick, and lower-tier configurations get a smaller and lighter 180W brick. Also, it is not super heavy so carrying around will be not a problem. The result should be better gaming performance at the same affordable price. For instance, this one here looks identical to the one on the Trion 300, yet it felt different, softer and quicker to actuate, which for me resulted in a higher error rate. I removed all 11 screws, can't budge the back cover anywhere. All rights reserved. Acer still implements a cooling solution with two fans, four radiators, three heatpipes, and sufficient thermal plates spread on top of the components and secondary electronics. Inside you’ll find the two M.2 SSD slots, the Wi-Fi module and two RAM slots, as well as the 2.5 cage, the thermal module, battery and the small speakers flanking it. Not a clean design, it's much like an ASUS TUF. August 19, 2020 at 3:28 pm, Quick update: I managed to undervolt it it throttlestop and your guide =), August 19, 2020 at 4:09 pm. Real notebook reviews and analysis by real people. We ran a couple of DX11, DX12, and Vulkan titles on stock Normal/Extreme and Extreme UV profiles, with fans on Auto. My pre-production unit of the Helios 300 also came with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q. thank you for this review, I am planning to buy this laptop, now I got more interested. Acer Predator Helios 300 review: Excellent gaming performance at the push of a button. The Predator Helios 300 I reviewed costs $1,499 and has a 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7-10750H processor, 16GB RAM, a … August 12, 2020 at 7:52 pm. Gave up getting the Lenovo 7i, the AMD Legion 5 is on the top of my list right now. The backside sports some aggressive silver vents, and the lid has an angular design. I have pry tools, can't figure out where to use them on this model. Now, it might seem that we’re starting on the wrong foot here with this 2020 Helios 300, but I just wanted to clear out the differences between the 2019 and 2020 variants from the get-go. The layout is full-size, with a main-deck of 15 x 15 mm keys and a narrower NumPad section at the right. October 20, 2020 at 12:32 pm. Both have 1 TB SSD. August 28, 2020 at 9:20 am. Follow this link for the latest updated prices and configurations available in your region. They also haven’t skimped on the internal thermal design, and we’ll get to that in a bit. how do you open the back panel? Our configuration is the higher-tier model available, with an Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics and a 240 Hz display, but most of this article applies to the other configurations as well. There’s a 58Wh battery inside the Acer Predator Helios 300 series, which by this time is rather small for a notebook in its class. On the left side is an Ethernet jack, two USB-A ports, and a headphone jack. RTX 2060 is another super advantage for this price point, with i7 processor it makes great gaming experience. That pretty much wraps up our review of the 2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53, but I’d like to hear what you think about it, so get in touch in the comments section down below. You’d end-up with a roughly 10% hit on performance and framerates, as the GPU is limited at 80W and no longer overclocked on this mode, but with still good thermals (around mid-70s for the CPU and GPU in most titles) and much quieter fans, at only 41-42 dB at head-level. We got the  240 Hz variant on our test-unit, the one reserved for the higher-tier configurations, and it’s a solid option for gaming and daily use. Does the windows come preinstalled in The 256gb SSD or the HDD?? While certain aspects might change with future software updates, our results should be mostly what you’ll get with the retail models as well. This aside, the Predator Helios 300 is a multi-purpose notebook, so it can deal with demanding loads, but also with everyday multitasking, browsing, and video content, while running quietly and coolly. August 12, 2020 at 7:37 pm. Where gaming brands like Asus and Razer have transitioned to a more minimalist aesthetic, the Helios 300 maintains Predator’s old-school gaming design. AMD Ryzen 4k = cheaper, better performance, lower TDP, better thermals, longer battery life. That’s important. There’s also a Turbo mode (activated by pressing the Turbo physical button), which sets the Extreme GPU profile and pushes the fans to their max. It’s not very bright, but that aside, there’s little to complain about here. The Dell G5 SE Gaming Laptop is also a similar size. It has a blue-ish tint, though the screen handled the dark shadows of Battlefield V quite well. 3DMark stress runs the same test for 20 times in a loop and looks for performance variation and degradation over time, and this unit passed it fine. While only a marginal upgrade of the popular 2019 model, the updated 2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 remains one the of best-value mid-range performance/gaming notebooks of this generation. The faster refresh rate is useful for fast-paced online games, whether you play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or Overwatch. Acer Predator lineup has great build quality and aluminum deck and back in this one will make it very stiff and durable.

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