Unfortunately, AMD hardware is not available on the Helios 300 chassis at this time. However, most Predator Helios 300 configurations still ship with the 144 Hz FHD display. Unlike many affordable gaming laptops, the Predator Helios 300 has a great keyboard and touchpad. This is for 144Hz display. 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. The implementation is identical to the one on the Triton 300, so not the brightest or the most uniform, but it does what it’s supposed to. On Extreme (with the fans on Auto), the i7-10750H processor settles for clock speeds of 3.8+ GHz, temperatures of around 90-94 degrees Celsius, and scores of around 1180+ points, with a TDP of 70+W in all runs. I should also add that this is a backlit RGB keyboard, with 4 different zones controllable through the dedicated tab in Predator Sense. That’s the AU Optronics B156HAN08.2 panel also available on the 2019 Helios 300 and a close match-up for the 240 Hz option. However, on closer inspection, you’ll find that Acer also improved on a few other aspects, such as the display options or thermal design, among others. It has a quiet click mechanism and quick, responsive tracking. August 12, 2020 at 10:57 am. Regarding thermals, there are a few reviews up with the 4800H + 2060 and the thermals were good. These are Intel’s Core i7 H-series – 45-watt CPUs with up to six cores and 16 threads. However, our unit lacked the required connectivity to hook-up a 2.5″ HDD/SSD, and there’s a fair chance you’re not getting the connector with the retail model either unless you opt for a configuration with an included HDD. The i7 + RTX 2060 configuration is listed for 1199 USD in the US and around 1400 EUR at the time of this review, making it one of the best-priced RTX 2060 notebooks on the market. Regardless, these are excellent performance and thermal findings, but the fans do run loud on this Extreme profile on Auto, at about 49-50 dB at head-level. November 19, 2020 at 12:55 pm. It’s still a somewhat bulky 15.6-inch gaming laptop, coming in a standard black finish with blue accents. Still not available in my country above the 1650 Ti. Before we proceed, keep in mind that our review unit is an early-production model with the software available as of late-June 2020 (BIOS v0.14, Predator Sense 3.00.3138, GeForce Game Ready 446.14 drivers). On top of all these, I should also add that there are still no biometrics on this laptop, and none of these are unusual for this segment. Switching over to Normal quiets the fans to barely audible levels of 37-38 dB. What margin of money should I consider not getting an i7? I saw one in an Acer store but I didn't like the design at all. It’s a consistent bestseller on Amazon, for two simple reasons. Acer Predator lineup has great build quality and aluminum deck and back in this one will make it very stiff and durable. There’s little flex in the chassis or the lid. Furthermore, the fans keep quiet, at only 42-43 dB at head-level in this test. With this sort of DeltaE color accuracy and 72%+ AdobeRGB coverage, this is not just a solid choice for everyday use, but also a good candidate for occasional color accurate work, such as editing photos/videos, 3D rendering, etc. That’s good. October 5, 2020 at 9:37 pm. I removed all 11 screws, can't budge the back cover anywhere. Inputs haven’t changed between the 2019 and 2020 generations either, so there’s plenty of info about them online. Both of them are 250nit display with awful screen bleeding, 45% NTSC and 60% sRGB coverage. It’s a bit rougher and clunckier with taps, but still works alright with everyday use and gestures. Still, it does upgrade from Intel’s ninth-generation chips to 10th-gen chips. For the screen, Acer offers either 144 Hz or 240 Hz panels on the 2020 Predator Helios 300 lineup, both 15.6-inches in size, FHD in resolution, matte and non-touch. Copyright ©2020 Designtechnica Corporation. Acer has trimmed the bezels a bit in the past couple of years, however. With these out of the way, let’s look at some games. AMD’s Ryzen 4000 is more powerful, more efficient, and more affordable than the Intel platform, thus what I’d recommend in a competent work/school laptop, especially now that uncompromised designs are available. Compared to the previous 2019 Helios 300, this generation offers the expected bump to 2020 hardware, but on a first glance, it otherwise feels and looks much like its predecessor. The Predator Helios 300 will be available in July, starting at $1,200. For what is worth, though, the RTX 2060 models might run somewhat hotter and noisier, since those implement the more power-hungry 115W “Super” version of that chip. Based on my experience with the 1650Ti Legion 5, it's not going to run as cooly and quietly as this Helios with the 2060, and I'd also expect it to be more expensive than the Helios. It’s a standard SATA cable, though, the kind you can easily find on Amazon or eBay. November 19, 2020 at 3:19 pm. The new Acer Predator Helios 300 upgrades from a 144Hz refresh rate to 240Hz. The Dell G5 SE Gaming Laptop is also a similar size. The base configuration comes with an Nvidia RTX 2060, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Looking forward to those reviews. The touchpad, in particular, is surprisingly good. Acer was no help. Just make sure to look into detailed reviews before buying, we’ve reviewed most of these laptops here on the site. Furthermore, you can manually overclock the GPU in this mode and narrow down the performance limit, while keeping the noise at bay. None of these laptops is necessarily better than the Helios 300, but based on the available configurations and pricing in your regions, some of them might be the smarter buys for you. It feels sturdy and well-built to hold or carry. It’s affordable, and it’s reliable. In conclusion, while loud on the Extreme profile, the Predator Helios 300 offers an excellent balance of performance/thermals and noise-levels on its Normal profile, making it for one of the most comfortable gaming laptops I’ve tested in a long while, even with the power-hungry Intel hardware. 144 Hz FHD screen is more than enough for laptop and this hardware as full potential will be reached only in older games or with low graphics settings. The power jack is on the back. Note this isn’t the RTX 2070 Super graphics that recently launched, but instead the previous generation. Makes sense. Furthermore, this Helios 300 also inherits the sharp front interior lip and pointy corners from its predecessor, which can unpleasantly dig into the wrists in certain situations. We measured volumes of around 73-75 dB at head-level, and experienced average to poor sound quality, with little at the lower end (on the Music profile in Nitro Sense). I wasn’t yet able to test the pre-production system in benchmarks, but I booted up a game of Battlefield V and experienced some deliciously smooth gameplay. It’s not very bright, but that aside, there’s little to complain about here.
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