Gaming laptops are expensive, we all know that but the Predator Helios 300 stands out from the crowd. It costs around $1100 but still cheaper than other high-end gaming laptops like $1900 Razor Blade. Though it’s cheaper yet the gaming performance is just like any other high-end gaming laptop. They had to make lots of compromises but that does not mean it is a bad laptop.
The build quality is pretty good. On the top, it has brushed aluminium finish and the palm rest gives the laptop a premium look. The chassis is rigid and we noticed very little screen wobble. The laptop looks aggressive and sports a nice finish. On the bottom, it’s all plastic but who gives. The laptop is not sleek but that helps with the cooling aspect.
The internal specs are not just good it’s fantastic. It comes with the Intel i7-7700HQ CPU, Nvidia GTX 1060 6 GB graphics card and 16 GB DDR4 RAM. It’s pretty surprising to see specs like this on a laptop that costs only $1100. Therefore the 3 pieces of hardware that affect the gaming performance are the same as much more expensive gaming laptops. The I/O is also impressive and it comes with 2 types of USB 2 and a type A and type C USB 3, plus Ethernet, HDMI2.0 and even a full-size micro sd card. You can play any game on high settings without the FPS dropping under 60. The laptop stays cool under heavy game loads thanks to its chubby form factor. The picture quality of the inbuilt webcam is also good.
The display is a full 1080p IPS display and providing a IPS display on a budget laptop sounds good. Yet the display does not look that good. Don’t get me wrong, the viewing angle and the contrast ratio is fantastic but it still does not feel like a IPS display. You can describe the maximum brightness as maximum ” glowyness”. I just want to say you can’t do video editing or photoshop work unless you buy an external monitor. It won’t affect your gaming experience, keep that in mind. Buy another laptop if your only purpose is editing.
As I said before Acer had to make compromises while making this laptop. The display and the battery life proves that. It has a 48-watt hour battery, therefore you should take your charger wherever you go.
KEYBOARD AND TOUCHPAD
The keyboard and touchpad are both pretty good but not as good as other high-end laptops. They certainly get the job done. The force to press the keys are little high but you can forgive that.
So in this laptop, you have to give up the display and the battery life in exchange for extream performance. If you are only focused on gaming performance then you can’t buy any better gaming laptop at this price. But if you are focused on other works with a little gaming then I will suggest you a little lower spec laptop with at least double the battery. So what is your opinion on this laptop? let us know in the comment section down below.