Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7 Review
The Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop features a 15.6 inch Full HD gaming LCD with vibrant colours and great pixel density. The screen has an angular top bezel that looks very much like a gamer’s screen, and the bezels are quite pronounced on the top, bottom and sides. It is capable of a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, with an aspect ratio that is a widescreen.
The keyboard is not shy about telling you that it has been designed with the gamer in mind, and features a stylised, highlighted WASD configuration in red. The keyboard offers sufficient tactile feedback and is great for gaming. Like so many full sized laptops that are available, this laptop features a full keyboard with a number pad. The keys are backlit with a red LED.
The same angular shape carries through to the palm rest which completes the angular look of the device. The track pad is slightly off-centre and has a silver and red border around it which looks great.
The CPU is the ever popular Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, which overclocks to a healthy 3.8GHZ. It also features 6MB of cache which helps it to complete its tasks much quicker than previous versions of CPU with smaller cache. Graphics are handled by a NVidia GeForce GTX 1060, and it has its own dedicated 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM, which allows it to process graphics ludicrously fast for a laptop, and textures can be loaded into memory for easy access by the GPU, which means quicker loading times on games that have high textural detail.
There is plenty of memory that comes shipped with this unit, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, to be precise. Storage is not overly capacious, but is 256GB worth of solid state hard drive, meaning that speed takes precedence over capacity. (Which is just how gamers usually like it.)
Acer has shown itself time and time again to be more than capable of producing the goods when it comes to creating decent budget gaming laptops, and this is no exception. We gaming hardware that is easily on par with desktop machines, and those that decide to go with a unit such as this are sure to get many hours of gaming fun out of the mobile system.