Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300

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BEST RATING
Engineering & Design:
4.3
GENERAL USE: Good7.4/10
GAMING/AI: Good7.2/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.7/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.1/10
CONTENT CREATION: Good7.3/10
PORTABILITY: Fair6.9/10
BATTERY: Poor5.5/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Good7.2/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.0/10
SIZE: 15.6"








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Pros
  • Powerful main processor
  • High-quality GPU
  • Good keyboard quality
  • Solid build quality
  • Effective heat management
Cons
  • Average battery life
  • Not very portable
  • Screen brightness is moderate
  • Limited color space coverage

Ratings by Category

Engineering & Design:
4.3
The Acer Predator Helios 300 is equipped with a high-performance Intel i7 processor and Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU, complemented by substantial RAM, making it well-suited for demanding engineering and design tasks. Additionally, its IPS display with high color accuracy ensures that visuals are rendered sharply, which is crucial for detailed work in these fields.
General Use:
4.2
PerfectRec’s General Use Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for general productivity, web browsing, streaming, video calls, and running a wide variety of apps and programs. The most important factors in this score include CPU performance, amount of RAM, screen quality, storage, and battery life. Keyboard quality, speaker quality, low fan noise, heat management, and to a lesser extent webcam quality are all moderately important factors for this score.
Content Creation:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.2
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Build Quality:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Operating Noise:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Keyboard Quality:
4.2
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Gaming & AI:
4.1
The Acer Predator Helios 300 excels in gaming and 3D because it has a powerful Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics card, which is crucial for rendering high-quality visuals quickly. Additionally, its screen has a high refresh rate of 144 Hz, providing a smooth visual experience which is especially beneficial for fast-paced gaming.
Software Development:
4.1
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Portability:
3.9
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,089
Release Date
May 1, 2021
Overall Dimensions
14.3'' x 10'' x 0.9''
Weight
5.51 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-11800H
Graphics
RTX 3060 (105 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
4

BATTERY

Battery Life
3.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
59 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
144Hz
Display Brightness
294 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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7.4/10
Portability Score
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6.9/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
Yes
Fan Noise Score
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7.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGB
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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7.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
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7/10
Webcam
720p
Fingerprint Reader
No
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
Yes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
3
USB-C ports
1
USB-C Charging
No
Display Outputs
3
Thunderbolt Version
4

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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."

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