Top 5 Reasons to BUY or NOT buy the Acer Predator Helios 300 (15″)!

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Some time ago we shared with you our detailed review of the Acer Predator Helios 300 (15″). This is the perfect mid-range solution for those of you who are on the hunt for a powerful gaming notebook at a reasonable price. So we decided to summarize its top 5 pros and cons which will definitely come in handy if you are contemplating a purchase.

4 reasons to buy Acer Predator Helios 300 (15″)

1. Sturdy build

In terms of design, Acer Predator Helios 300 features aluminum and plastic in its build which we found quite robust and reliable. For example, the lid is made of aluminum and has a plastic patterned element on top. When putting pressure in the middle, there are no noticeable ripples on the LCD screen. In addition, you can easily open your laptop with just one hand thanks to the hinges with good linear travel.

The bottom side features black, roughened plastic, while the interior incorporates brushed aluminum surface with chamfered edges around the trackpad and the sides making it appear not only sleek but also quite sturdy.

2. Well-priced

With a starting price of around $1 099, Acer Predator Helios 300 packs almost anything you would ever need from a 15.6-inch mid-range gaming laptop – Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, up to 32GB of DDR4-2400 memory, 2.5-inch HDD in addition to another M.2 PCIe NVMe-enabled SSD slot, IPS display, stylish design made mostly of aluminum and a keyboard suitable for gaming.

3. Fairly portable compared to its competitors

The notebook’s chassis tips the scale at 2.58 kg and it is also 26 mm thin making it more portable compared to its rivals such as Acer Aspire VX 15 and Lenovo Legion Y720.

4. The screen doesn’t use PWM across all brightness levels

Another important advantage of the laptop is that it is PWM-free across all brightness levels which means it can be used for long periods of time without causing unnecessary eye strain. This is great news especially for users that spend most of their day in front of a monitor. You could also check out our Health-Guard profile that helps limit the negative blue light emissions and preserves color accuracy as much as possible at the same time.

1 reason NOT to buy Acer Predator Helios 300 (15″)

1. IPS panel with narrow sRGB coverage and low maximum brightness

The only major con we have to point out is the poor sRGB coverage of just 54% and the low maximum brightness of 289 cd/m2 which slightly spoils the gaming experience. However, our custom profiles take care of such issues and take matters to another level in terms of color accuracy, white balance and gamma.

Specs

CPU Intel Core i7-7700HQ (4-core, 2.80 – 3.80 GHz, 6MB cache)
RAM 16GB (2x 8096MB) – DDR4, 2400MHz
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5)
HDD/SSD 1TB HDD + 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Display 15.6-inch – 1920×1080 (Full HD) IPS, matte
Optical drive
Connectivity LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2×2), Bluetooth 4.0
Other features
  • 1x USB 3.0
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • 1x USB-C 3.1 (Gen 1)
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • LAN
  • HDMI
  • card reader (SD, MMC, MS)
  • red keyboard LED backlight
Battery 48Wh
Thickness 27.94 mm (1.1″)
Weight 2.7 kg (5.95 lbs)
Pros
  • Sturdy build
  • Fairly portable compared to its competitors
  • The screen doesn’t use PWM across all brightness levels
  • Well-priced
Cons
  • IPS panel with narrow sRGB coverage and low maximum brightness
  • Lack of additional USB 3.0 connectors and no USB-C Gen 2 or Thunderbolt support

All Acer Predator Helios 300 (15″) configurations

Acer Predator Helios 300 (G3-571) – $1049.00
  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5)
  • 256GB SSD
  • 16GB RAM
Acer Predator Helios 300 – $1335.99
  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5)
  • 1000GB HDD + 256GB SSD
  • 12GB RAM
Acer Predator Helios 300 – $1349.00
  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5)
  • 256GB SSD
  • 16GB RAM

(laptopmedia.com, https://goo.gl/PrWbGN)

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