Gaming Laptop Review: Acer Predator Helios 300 (2019)

Gaming Laptop Review: Acer Predator Helios 300 (2019)


hey guys how is it going welcome back to my channel so today we are looking at a gaming laptop and this is the best-selling gaming laptop on Amazon as of now the reason I am picking this laptop is because in addition to being a great value for money for a gaming laptop this is also a great laptop for somebody who wants to buy a workhorse like a laptop which is you know packed with performance but at a reasonable price so the laptop that we will be looking today is the Acer predator Helios 300 this is the 2019 edition of the laptop so this video is intended for gamers obviously because this is a gaming laptop but this is also suitable for people who are not gamers but who want to buy a laptop which is packed with performance because if you are interested in doing 4k video editing or running Photoshop or if you are running some scientific application maybe 3d modelling some CAD tool virtualization or intensive programming this is a great laptop because it comes with a fantastic CPU and a kick-ass GPU so I will go into the hardware details later in the video but I just want to set the expectations you can buy more expensive more fancy gaming laptops but I am more interested in a you know budget price this laptop sells for around and $1,100 I will throw a link in the description you can go check out the price as of today it should be around $1100 and in my opinion for this price this is the best value that you can get so the 2019 version of the Helios 300 it comes in various configuration there is a bigger 17.3 inch model and then there is the 15.6 inch screen which is the one I recommend so for the 15.6 inch configuration the best value for money is the configuration that comes with gtx 1660 TI also there is a more expensive configuration which uses there are TX 2060 Nvidia graphics card and unless you care about ray tracing you should actually avoid this configuration because you will be spending extra money for something which you are most likely not going to use because most of the games actually don’t use the ray tracing technology so in my opinion the best configuration is the one that link below in the description you can check it out now like I mentioned there is a bigger 17.3 inch model but it’s too bulky and clumsy in my opinion and so I will not you know recommend that laptop now let’s look at the hardware of this particular configuration so this one is 15.6 inch the screen it’s a full HD IPS display fantastic panel it has 144 Hertz the fresh rate and for this price there will be very few laptops which will have 144 Hertz refresh rate to screen most of them have either 60 Hertz which is the standard and some of them you may find that 90 or 120 Hertz but I have not seen any other laptop in this price point which is offering a 144 Hertz refresh rate so 144 Hertz refresh rate is really important because when you play games you want very fluid you know game play and higher refresh rate screens tend to do that so think of it as like your iPad pro if you have ever played with the iPad pro and it has a 120 Hertz refresh rate the screen so this is even better than that and it is really awesome the screen is also very bright it’s over 300 minutes and it has a 3 millisecond response time so that means when you are playing any game you will have a fantastic gameplay because the perceived lag is almost non-existent now regarding the screen Acer has also trimmed the bezels and if you compare it with the last year’s model which had relatively thicker bezels this one looks very premium and very modern and because the vessels have been trimmed from the side that means the physical size or the dimension of this laptop is also smaller it weighs around 5.5 pounds which for a gaming laptop in 2019 with the features that this laptop is offering I think that’s a pretty good you know weight and the build quality is fantastic so what a cell has done is that they have anodized aluminium top and the sides so those are metal reinforced the bottom of the laptop is hard plastic but for 5.5 pound weight I think it feels really solid in your hands the anodized aluminium it’s matte finish so you don’t get any fingerprints it’s not very glossy one other thing which I like about this laptop is that this year’s model the flashy red color is gone instead you have a blue and it looks far more professional so if you are using this laptop for gaming that’s fine but when you take it to a classroom or your workplace you also want this laptop to look a little professional it does not look like a douchebag you know flashy red color laptop now let’s talk about the port situation so you get the three USB ports the standard USB type a you also get one type C port and then the usual suspects the HDMI connector the mini display connector are present there is one gigabit lan port which is awesome and you also get a headphone jack and a mic and this is something which is you know lot of manufacturers have started removing the headphone jacks and mics from the laptop so I’m glad that those are present here now what is not present is the SD card reader and so there is no way you can read you know SD card or micro SD card which is a bummer especially if you you know like taking videos and you want to transfer 4k video from your camera to the you know your laptop you won’t be able to use SD card you will have to connect your camera with the USB cable which sucks the other thing which is missing and I would like to mention that is the Thunderbolt port so the Thunderbolt port a few years back this was a big deal because people are thinking that Thunderbolt port would enable you know what the external GPU for laptops but we all know that that never really panned out and these external GPUs are so expensive that it really doesn’t make any sense to you know go that route so the lack of Thunderbolt port honestly it doesn’t bother me okay now let’s look at the performance of this laptop because this is a gaming laptop so the performance is the most important thing this comes with a core i7 processor specifically the core i7 9 7 5 0 H processor this is an Intel 9th generation processor this is a coffee Lake series processor and it has a whopping 6 core and 12 threads so this is pretty amazing because there’s few years back something like this was not even possible in a desktop computer and now you have a laptop that this kind of performance the cores are actually based clock is around 2.6 gigahertz and the turbo frequency is 4.5 gigahertz but something amazing which Acer has done is that they have under volted the CPU so under volting is a technique where you are able to run the processor at few millivolts lesser than you know voltage and so what happens is that your processor runs much cooler and as a result it is able to overclock the turbo frequency it is able to overclock and give better performance without you know getting heated and without hitting any kind of thermal limitation so under volting used to be a technique which hardcore nerds they’re familiar with this hack and they used to you know do it on their laptop but no manufacturer was actually under volting the cpu so I’m very glad that Acer has done this with this particular model and Acer has brought under volting to you know everybody and the result is that you get a better performance so for example this particular CPU the base clock frequency is 2.5 gigahertz but because Acer has under voltage eight processor actually runs at around 3.5 gigahertz and that is thanks to about 150 millivolts of under volting that a cell has performed so in simple English it means that you are able to extract more performance from this CPU which is already a kick-ass CPU so now let’s look at the CPU benchmark in the CPU average market scores 13,000 679 points which is frankly speaking unbelievable if you look at this chart you will get an idea of how kick-ass this processor is it’s smoking every other processor these are the top ten common laptop CPUs and as you can see this thing is just as smoking everybody else and this kind of performance means that not only you can play all the games but you can also run CPU intensive applications whether it is you know Photoshop video editing CAD 3d modeling you know programming if you are crunching numbers you are running any scientific application no matter what you do this CPU is going to basically handle any task you throw at it so I’ve got a couple of benchmarks for the whole you know the overall performance of the laptop the first one is Cinebench and here I am comparing this laptop that some of the other gaming laptops or the high end laptops and as you can see this laptop is at par or better than the competition and mind you some of these laptops are actually more expensive than Acer so when it comes to performance per dollar this laptop is basically smoking the other laptop in this category okay so in this chart we are looking at a real-time performance of the CPU so this is a Photoshop the task was performed in 148 seconds which is lower than every other laptop in competition so just as I said before and I am just repeating myself this laptop has a kick-ass CPU performance and it’s largely because obviously the core i7 chip is great but because it says under voltage there’s CPU you are getting such a good performance okay now let’s move on to the GPU so GPU is the most important component of your gaming laptop some would argue that it’s even more important than the CPU and this one has a NVIDIA GTX 16 60 TI a graphic card there is an option to go with the more expensive RTX 2060 but like I said before I would not recommend it because you will be paying more money to get a graphic card which basically supports you know the extra functionality which is the ray-tracing technology but because most of the games don’t use the ray-tracing technology you are basically wasting your money so I will not recommend upgrading the graphic cards they stick with 16 60 TI and I think it will get the best bang for bugs so here are a couple of benchmarking for the GPU this is the 3d mark graphics test and again as you see the Acer laptop is either at par or it is beating more expensive laptops and the same story holds in the super position 1.2 benchmark okay so this is not all bed of roses there are some problems with this laptop and in my opinion the biggest problem is the battery life so the chart here shows the battery life that you can expect this is a video rundown and Acer actually performed the worst among all the laptops that you see here the battery life was three hours 19 minutes now for moderate use you may be able to like get around 4 hours of battery life but it is really not you know nothing to talk about and that means that you will have to charge this laptop multiple times during the day and if you are doing heavy gaming then you will have to plug in this laptop to a power supply now for gaming laptop this is kind of understandable because it’s packing so much performance so the battery life will take a hit there will be a compromise somewhere Acer could have put a bigger battery but then that would have made the laptop thicker and you know heavier so ASA decided to make this compromise okay so to summarize I think Acer Helios 300 2019 Edition is a fantastic laptop for gamers it’s the best bang for bucks and even if you are not a gamer but you want a high-end laptop this is the one to buy I don’t know of a single laptop which will give you this kind of a screen which is more than 300 minutes of brightness 144 Hertz refresh rate and three millisecond you know delay which is fantastic so the more latency problems now one thing I want to point out is that this particular configuration the storage is not a lot it’s only 256 gigabyte of SSD which means if you are installing a whole bunch of games you are going to run out of space very quickly now the good thing is that this laptop comes with an extra m2 slot the PCI m2 slot for adding an additional SSD and then there is also a SATA slot available so in theory it means that you don’t have to remove the existing SSD you can go buy another SSD and expand the storage I will throw a link in the description of compatible SSDs that you can buy so here is my recommendation I would highly encourage that you know if you are thinking of buying this laptop you should also go get a 512 gigabyte of SSD or if you want more storage you get a 1 terabyte of SSD I will throw a couple of links in the description below about you know the compatible SSDs that we can buy from Amazon and because the slots you get extra slots which means your existing SSD which has the operating system and all the installation files you will not have to mess with that and you can just install it another SSD and you will have 256 gigabyte plus either 1 terabyte or 512 gigabyte whatever you decide to buy and then that will give you enough storage to install you know multiple games and you know also have other files videos pictures whatever you want to save in your laptop also let us talk about the RAM it comes with 16 gigabytes of memory which is more than enough for most of the gaming tasks but if you plan to do some scientific work you know maybe virtualization or some heavy programming and you anticipate more memory then you upgrade the RAM unfortunately the two slots are already filled so you have dual channel setup an 8 gigabyte of RAM any slot for a total of 16 gigabyte if you want to upgrade you will have to buy 2 16 gigabyte DIMMs and you can max it out you know to 32 gigabyte so I will throw a link in the description of the compatible memory modules if you are interested in upgrading now this is also going to be very straightforward just like the SSD upgrade the memory upgrade is also not very complicated and if you have never done it before don’t worry this is like very easy and there are plenty of videos on YouTube where you can actually go and look at how these kinds of memory upgrades are performed ok guys I think that’s all for today if you like this video then please like this video and if you want to see more content like this then please subscribe to my channel and I will see you guys in my next video bye [Music]

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