The Acer Predator Helios 300, one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated product launches, has finally arrived in India. The Helios 300 is one of the best-performing laptops available in India, and if you wait for the proper sale, you may get it for a great deal.
In this review, we’ll go over everything this laptop has to offer, including build quality, battery life, productivity performance, gaming performance, and so on.
The laptop is slim and does not appear to be a gaming laptop at first glance. Both the top and the lid are constructed of aluminium. The metal body isn’t too heavy however, making it easy to transport. There are two sharp corners beneath the display, but they are far away and should not be a problem for most people. However, the lid attracts fingerprints, which may be readily removed with a few wipes with a cloth. When the screen is turned on, the Predator Logo on the lid also illuminates. On the lid of the 2021 model as well as the 2020 model, there is no predator writing, giving it a more minimalist feel.
The screen flexes very little, and the hinges are sturdy and pleasant to use. The vents beneath the laptop are many and enable enough air to circulate through. There are two vents on each side of the laptop, as well as two large vents with white fins on the rear. When the laptop is under strain, these vents pump out a lot of heated air, which helps keep the laptop cool.
The Webcam is at the top of the screen. It’s a 720P webcam, which is enough. It lacks an IR sensor, which means it does not support Windows Hello, but this isn’t a major problem because most gaming laptops don’t have one in the first place.
The Helios 300 sports an amazing 144Hz IPS screen with about 97 percent sRGB coverage. The broad colour range will improve the viewing experience and make colours stand out more. The 144Hz refresh rate complements having such a beautiful screen. Going back to the old 60Hz panels would seem quite sluggish after experiencing such a high refresh rate. Everything from mouse movement to scrolling and window movement seems fluid and responsive. This smoothness, especially while gaming, provides a far more pleasant experience while also reducing input latency.
The display is also fairly bright, reaching up to 300 nits, which is ideal for outdoor visibility. Because the screen has such a high brightness, even when turned down to 30% or 40% brightness, it is still reasonably bright.
The Helios 300’s keyboard is full-size and features a numpad. The keys are well-spaced and comfortable to type on. For added flair, the WASD and arrow keys feature blue/cyan linings. Two more keys on the keyboard have unique roles as well.
First, there is a button with the Predator emblem on it; hitting this instantly launches the Predator Sense application in Windows, where you may customise and monitor the performance of your laptop. We’ll go through this in further detail later.
The second button, positioned above the keyboard deck, is the Turbo button. It is a dedicated button that allows you to quickly overclock your GPU and increase the fan speeds. This implies that whether you’re playing a game or running a software with heavy loads, hitting this button will assist keep the temperatures down while simultaneously boosting performance.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the power button is situated on the keyboard. To turn on the laptop, push the power button for 2 or 3 seconds. When the laptop is turned on, unintentionally hitting the power button will not turn it off, which is a convenient feature.
In terms of illumination, the keyboard has a lot of options. The illumination on the keyboard is divided into four distinct zones, each of which may be customised in terms of hue. Lighting effects such as static, colour wave, breathing, zoom, shifting, and neon are available. The lighting is bright, and the lettering is clear through the keycaps.
The touchpad is typical, having a smooth plastic texture. It is compatible with Windows gestures, which is a good feature. The sensitivity was a little lower out of the box, but that is a personal taste. And if you’re a gamer, you’re probably going to use an external mouse anyhow.
The Helios 300 is equipped with the newest 10th Generation Intel Core i7 10870H CPU, which is a highly powerful processor. It is an eight-core, sixteen-thread CPU that can readily handle any demanding tasks you throw at it.
You should be aware that the processor does tend to heat up, but not to the point where it becomes concerning. As with the previous generation of Intel CPUs, the undervolt capability is disabled by default. However, if you upgrade to BIOS version 2.02, you may undervolt the CPU and significantly decrease temperatures.
The Helios 300 is equipped with an Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics card, which is a fantastic GPU for 1080P gaming and does not disappoint. The GPU has 6GB of VRAM and Tensor cores for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning tasks. RTX GPUs have the advantage of supporting Ray tracing, which has lately become a very demanding graphics element in contemporary games.
The RTX 3060 performed admirably in all of our testing, delivering more than 60 frames per second in most AAA games and more than 144 frames per second in competitive shooters such as Valorant, Counter-Strike Global Offensive, Apex Legends, and Fortnite.
Another appealing aspect of this card is that it supports DLSS 2.0, a function that Nvidia has included in games that use it. It’s a quick and easy approach to boost performance without losing graphics quality. FPS increases may be seen in games such as Control, Ghostrunner, Metro Exodus, and Death Stranding.
In terms of temperatures, the graphics card stays fairly cool, going up to 75C on auto fans and hovering on 69-70C on max fans.
When it comes to gaming laptop battery life, don’t expect much. It is also somewhat true in the case of the Helios 300. If you don’t make significant changes to the laptop, you won’t be able to get more than 3 hours of battery life out of it.
However, there are a few ways that can significantly boost battery life. WE recommend that you create a custom power plan and disable turbo boost when on batteries. It’s also a good idea to keep the screen brightness between 30% and 40%. Changing the laptop’s refresh rate from 144Hz to 60Hz resulted in the greatest increase in battery life.
After making all of these adjustments, we observed the battery life increase from 3 hours to a fantastic 4 to 5 hours of use with Wifi and Bluetooth enabled. We received approximately 6 hours of battery life if we turned them off as well, which is double what we used to get.
The Predator Helios 300 is a high-performance laptop with relatively few flaws. This year’s version is a big improvement over previous year’s because of the new RTX 3060 graphics card, with minor adjustments and improvements in cooling.. Because last year’s model will not be available, this is a far better option, as you also receive the current 10th generation Intel Core i7 CPU.
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