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Aspire 1VS
Predator Helios 300
$269
$1,115
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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Acer Aspire 1 is more budget-friendly and provides basic functionality for general use, such as web browsing and document editing, with a longer battery life and silent operation due to fanless design; however, it has limited storage, memory, and a lower-quality TN display. The Acer Predator Helios 300, on the other hand, is more expensive but offers significantly better performance for gaming, 3D rendering, and engineering tasks due to its higher-end processor, more memory, better graphics card, and a high refresh rate IPS display, with tradeoffs including a shorter battery life and increased weight. The choice depends on your primary use case and budget. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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General Use

5.7
Aspire 1
Predator Helios 300
7.3
The Acer Predator Helios 300 is good for general use, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Gaming and 3D

5.7
Aspire 1
Predator Helios 300
7.2
The Acer Predator Helios 300 is good for gaming and 3D, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Engineering and Design

5.6
Aspire 1
Predator Helios 300
7.7
The Acer Predator Helios 300 is good for engineering and design, while the Acer Aspire 1 is poor.

Performance

5.4
Aspire 1
Predator Helios 300
7.8
General use
3D
Engineering and design
The Acer Predator Helios 300 performs better than the Acer Aspire 1 for general use, gaming and 3D, and engineering and design.

Screen Quality

5.2
Aspire 1
Predator Helios 300
7.3
General use
Gaming and 3D
Design and engineering
The Acer Predator Helios 300 has a better screen than the Acer Aspire 1 for general use, gaming and 3D, and engineering and design.

Battery

6.0 Hours
Aspire 1
Predator Helios 300
3.5 Hours
The Acer Aspire 1 has 6 hours of battery life. The Acer Predator Helios 300 has 3.5 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
Aspire 1
Predator Helios 300
Fair
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
4.1 lbs
WEIGHT
5.5 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.9in
The Acer Aspire 1 has good portability, while the Acer Predator Helios 300 has only fair portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

5.5
Aspire 1
Predator Helios 300
7.4
The Acer Predator Helios 300 has good build quality, while the Acer Aspire 1 has poor build quality.

Cost

$269
Aspire 1
Predator Helios 300
$1,115
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The Acer Aspire 1 has a price of $269 and the Acer Predator Helios 300 costs $1,115.
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How the Acer Aspire 1 and the Acer Predator Helios 300 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Acer Aspire 1Acer Predator Helios 300
Acer Aspire 1Acer Predator Helios 300

GENERAL

Price
$269
$1,115
Brand
AcerAcer
Release Date
January 10 2022January 05 2021
Operating System
Windows 11SWindows 11 Home
Overall Dimensions
14.3'' x 9.4'' x 0.78''14.3'' x 10'' x 0.9''
Weight
4.19 lbs5.51 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel Celeron N4500Intel i7-11800H
Overall CPU Score
3.4/107.4/10
Graphics
UHD Graphics RTX 3060 (105 W)
Overall GPU Score
2.4/107/10
RAM
4 gb16 gb

SCREEN

Resolution
1920 x 10801920 x 1080
General Use Screen Score
5.2/107.4/10
Gaming and 3D Screen Score
5.5/107.2/10
Design and Engineering Screen Score
5.2/107.3/10
Diagonal Size
15.6"15.6"

PORTS & CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
33
USB-C ports
01
USB-C (Non-Thunderbolt)
00
USB-C Charging
NoNo
Display Outputs
13

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 hours3.5 hours
Battery Capacity
36.7 wh59 wh

OTHER HARDWARE

Webcam
720p720p
Keyboard Quality Score
6/107.5/10
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Number Pad
YesYes
Backlit Keyboard
NoYes

RELIABILITY

Build Quality Score
5.6/107.4/10
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better BatteryAcer Aspire 1
More portableAcer Aspire 1
Better for GamingAcer Predator Helios 300
Better keyboardAcer Predator Helios 300
Better for creative useAcer Predator Helios 300
Better for general useAcer Predator Helios 300

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Acer Aspire 1

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CNET

Joshua Goldman | May 2020
"There are no surprises and nothing's extraordinary here but this laptop's price. For those in need of an inexpensive Windows laptop for undemanding tasks, though, the Acer Aspire 1 offers just enough to get the basics done and a larger screen to do them on."

Acer Predator Helios 300

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Christian Hintze | November 2022
"The Acer Predator Helios 300 review is an overclocked gaming laptop with a good display. The Predator is large, heavy, and loud, but also offers plenty of performance according to gamers. An overclocked gaming laptop - or its user - also has to struggle with the usual disadvantages we mentioned above. On the other hand, overclocking is optional, and those who like it quieter and can live with a few less frames per second can also switch to the significantly more moderate Standard mode. Then the Helios 300 won't be any louder than the competitors."

About Acer

Acer is a prominent Taiwanese electronics brand which makes a wide range of laptops, with multiple product lines catering to personal use, gaming, and business use. They are renowned for having exceptional value for money, as they frequently offer good specifications at a lower price than other manufacturers.

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