2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 review (PH315-53

In the past few years, Acer’s Predator Helios 300 have been among the top selling and most recommended performance, gaming, and general purpose laptops on the market for good reason.

We have reviewed all available Helios 300s over time. This article summarizes our thoughts on the latest 2020 model, the 15-inch Predator Helios 300 PH315-53. A detailed look at the 17-inch variant will also be available shortly. Stay tuned.

Compared to the previous Helios 300 from 2019, this generation offers the expected hardware for 2020, but feels similar at first glance and looks very similar to its predecessor. However, upon closer inspection, you will find that Acer has improved a few other aspects as well, such as: B. the display options or the thermal design.

We’ve used our review unit for the past few weeks, long enough to find out its strengths and quirks, and long enough to compare it to some other performance laptops in its class.

Our configuration is the higher-level model with an Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics and a 240 Hz display. However, most of this article applies to the other configurations as well. We will also update the article as soon as we can test the 2060/144 Hz display model. This is the cheapest option currently available in the US for $ 1200 and here in Europe for under 1400 EUR (follow this link to update pricing information).

The data sheet as verified – Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53

Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53 gaming laptop
screen 15.6 inches, resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels, IPS, 240 Hz, matt, AU Optronics AUO82ED panel
processor Intel Comet Lake Core i7-10750H, six cores
Video Intel UHD and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB 90 W OC (GeForce 446.14)
memory 16 GB DDR4-RAM 2933 MHz (2 x 16 GB DIMMs)
camp 1x 1 TB SSD (WDC PC SN730), 2x M.2 slots + 2.5-inch bay
Connectivity WiFi 6 (Killer 1650i) with Bluetooth 5.0, Realtek Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Ports 3x USB-A 3.2 Gen2, 1x USB-C Gen 2 – data only, HDMI 2.0, MiniDP, LAN, headphones / microphone, Kensington lock
battery 58 Wh, 230 W power supply
size 363 mm or 14.27 in. (W) x 255 mm or 10 in. (D) x 22.9 mm or 0.9 in. (H)
Weight 2.2 kg (4.85 lb), 0.75 kg (1.65 lbs) Power Brick, EU version
Extras RGB backlit keyboard – 4 zones, NumPad, 2x stereo speakers, HD webcam

Acer offers the Predator Helios 300 PH315-53 in different configurations with different RAM sizes, memory types and either Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti, RTX 2060 or RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics.

Design and appearance

The 2020 Helios 300 is largely based on the same chassis as the 2019 version, but with a few improvements. Below them is a new set of air intake grilles above the keyboard that compliments the existing thermal design and further facilitates fresh air intake, as well as a slight I / O rearrangement, with the power supply now conveniently placed on the rear edge and free space in the upper left, where it was previously positioned.

The I / O has practically not changed between the two models, and the 2020 variant continues to collect the video-out ports on the right side, which can clutter your mouse area when plugging in an external monitor. It doesn’t include a card reader yet either, and the USB-C port is still a Gen1-only data implementation. So you can’t use it with a suitable external USB-C dock or for charging, unlike what is available on higher tier laptops these days. Additionally, I should add that biometrics are not yet present on this laptop and none of them are unusual for this segment.

The redesign also resulted in a less pleasant change: the status LEDs are now under the screen and right in your line of sight when you’re watching a movie in a dark room. Not a fan, especially if they were intelligently positioned on the page in the previous generation.

Now it may look like we’re starting off on the wrong foot with this 2020 Helios 300, but I just wanted to eliminate the differences between the 2019 and 2020 variants from the start.

Design and construction has not changed. This laptop is one of the most beautiful in its class. Note on this article that this Helios 300 is actually one of the most affordable mid-range gaming / performance laptops you can buy right now. Of course, prices differ between regions, but in most markets this sells for less than the piers from Asus, MSI, HP, or even Lenovo. We’ll line it up against the competition at the end of this review and in a separate article.

In this sense, the Helios 300 feels robust and reliable. For the interior and the lid, aluminum is used in a nice looking dark blue color that shows fingerprints fairly easily, while the bottom is made of a rougher black plastic. The lid still inherits a Predator logo with panel lighting and two decorative blue bars (which are not lit). So this is not the most subtle design and is difficult to accept in the more rigorous work and school environments. Acer is among the last to stick to this type of accent, and it’s doing them a disservice. In addition, this Helios 300 also inherits the sharp front inner lip and the pointed corners of its predecessor, which can dig uncomfortably into the wrists in certain situations.

Yes, I am not picking anything here, but these are tiny details that will affect your life with this laptop. It is best to know what to expect before you buy it. In comparison, Acer’s Predator Triton 300 fixes both of these issues with a friendlier front lip design, cleaner exterior, and wider screen angle. Speaking of which, two sturdy hinges hold the Helios 300’s screen nicely in place, but only allow it to recline to about 150 degrees, which is fine for desk use, but may not be enough in some cases.

Since these are these little practical details, I should add that the grippy rubber feet on the bottom keep the laptop well anchored on a desk and that Acer has taken care not to obstruct the thermal module in any way and has enough air inlets below and below above the keyboard, pushing hot air out through the rear edge. They didn’t skimp on the internal thermal design either, and we’ll come back to that in a moment. The speakers still shoot through those little cuts on the bottom, however, and they still don’t do much in terms of audio quality.

Keyboard and trackpad

The entries have not changed between generations 2019 and 2020, so there is a lot of information online.

For me this is a good guy, but not necessarily one of my favorites. I see some inconsistency between these keyboards that Acer has installed on their laptops. For example, this one looks identical to that of the Trion 300, but felt different, softer and faster to operate, which led to a higher error rate for me. I remember the same type of feedback on the 2019 Helios 300 and I will update this section as I spend more time with the 2020 17 inch Helios 300.

Acer Predator Helios 300 - keyboard and clickpad

Despite the unforgiving feedback, I think this should be a good keyboard for the average user and one to learn to live with. The softly coated keys are very pleasant to the touch, the operations are quiet, and Acer has implemented a 26-key rollover that you should find helpful in games.

The layout is full-size, with a main deck with 15 x 15 mm keys and a narrower NumPad area on th
e right. If this is your ideal format type, it can be a differentiator between the options in this segment, with some models offering a centered keyboard without a NumPad and most others using the same type of format keyboard with a NumPad area.

I should also add that this is a backlit RGB keyboard where 4 different zones can be controlled from the tab in Predator Sense. The implementation is identical to that of the Triton 300, so not the brightest or most uniform, but it does what it is supposed to. Still not a fan of this Acer design without a special caps lock key or the amount of light that comes out from certain angles under the key caps, aided by the transparent key sides.

For the mouse, Acer opted for a medium-sized ClickPad, which to me feels like plastic, and not for glass like the Trion lineups. It’s a bit rougher and smarter with faucets but still works well with everyday use and gestures.

As for biometrics, there is none on this 2020 Acer Predator Helios 300.

screen

For the screen, Acer offers either 144 Hz or 240 Hz panels in the 2020 Predator Helios 300 series, both 15.6 inches in size, FHD resolution, matt and contactless.

We have the 240 Hz variant on our review unit, which is reserved for the higher-level configurations, and it’s a solid option for gaming and everyday use. In fact, it is the same one that is offered in the higher tier Predator Triton lineups. It’s not very bright, but other than that, there’s little to complain about here.

Here’s what we got in our tests with an X-Rite i1 Display Pro sensor:

  • Panel Hardware ID: Sharp SHP14D3 (LQ156M1JW09);
  • Coverage: 98.2% sRGB, 72.7% AdobeRGB, 75.3% DCI P3;
  • Measured gamma: 2.31;
  • Maximum brightness in the center of the screen: 308.43 cd / m2 with power supply;
  • Min. Brightness in the center of the screen: 20.98 cd / m2 with power supply;
  • Contrast at maximum brightness: 1116: 1;
  • White point: 7400 K;
  • Black at maximum brightness: 0.27 cd / m2;
  • PWM: No.
  • Answer: ~ 17 ms GtG (source).

The calibration is not ready for immediate use because the White Point and Gamma are mixed up. However, once calibrated, the panel turned out to be one of the most consistent in terms of luminosity and color that I’ve tested in a while, and a nice implementation that tested the same panel in the Triton 300.

With this kind of DeltaE color accuracy and AdobeRGB coverage of over 72%, this is not only a good choice for everyday use, but also a good candidate for occasional color-accurate work like editing photos / videos, 3D rendering, etc.

However, most Predator Helios 300 configurations still ship with the 144 Hz FHD display. This is the AU Optronics B156HAN08.2 panel, also available for the 2019 Helios 300, and a close match for the 240Hz option. It’s still around a 300 nits panel with a contrast ratio of around 1000: 1 and AdobeRGB coverage of 70%. So there’s little reason to get excited if that’s just what you get for the Helios 300 configurations you are looking at.

Hardware and performance

Our test model is a first-class configuration of the Acer Predator Helios 300 in the PH315-53 2020 model with an Intel Core i7-10750H processor, 16 GB DDR4 RAM with 2933 MHz, 1 TB memory and two graphics: the Nvidia RTX 2070 dGPU and Intel UHD within the Intel platforms with Optimus.

Before we proceed, please remember that our review unit is an early production model with software available from the end of June 2020 (BIOS v0.14, Predator Sense 3.00.3138, GeForce Game Ready 446.14 driver). While certain aspects may change with future software updates, our results should be largely consistent with the retail models as well.

In terms of spec, the 2020 Helios 300 comes with a 6Core Intel Comet Lake i7-10750H processor, which we have in this example. The i5-10300H models are available in the specifications below. Intel 8Core processors are only an option on the Triton 500 series, while AMD hardware is only available on very few Nitro models of this generation.

The updated Intel platform also supports DDR4 memory up to 3200 MHz. However, in Out configurations, only 16 GB of DDR4 RAM at 2933 MHz is provided in dual-channel memory and there are two DIMMs available inside.

For the GPU, we have the Nvidia 2070 non-super graphics chip from 2019 in a Max-Q implementation with variable GPU TDP and settings between the different performance modes available in Predator Sense:

  • Normal – is a balanced everyday profile in which the GPU runs at standard frequencies, an output of approx. 80 W and a balanced fan profile.
  • Fast – increases the GPU to 90 W and +50 MHz core, +30 MHz memory overclock;
  • Extreme – Keeps the GPU overclocking at +100 MHz and +60 MHz memory and allows the fans to spin faster.

These are slightly different overclocking settings than the Triton 300, which we have already tested. The Fast / Extreme profiles are only allowed when the laptop is connected. There’s also a turbo mode (activated by pressing the physical turbo button) that sets the Extreme GPU profile and puts the fans at maximum. This helps bring the temperatures down, but with a noticeable increase in noise, and I can’t imagine using it regularly.

As a side note, these profiles do not directly affect the TDP of the CPU. Thanks to the faster rotating fans of the Extreme profile, the processor can work with slightly higher clocks in this case under sustained loads.

As for storage, our device gets a single WDC-PC-SN730 drive, a mediocre device that should be fine for the average user but can be updated if necessary. This laptop has two M.2 slots and a 2.5-inch bay. However, our device lacked the necessary connectivity to attach a 2.5 inch hard drive / SSD, and chances are you won’t get the connection with the retail model unless you choose to configure it with an included one Hard disk. However, it is a standard SATA cable, as can be easily found on Amazon or eBay.

Accessing the hardware is a simple task and requires removing the base plate. Inside there are the two M.2 SSD slots, the Wi-Fi module and two RAM slots, as well as the 2.5 cage, the thermal module, the battery and the small speakers that flank it.

Apart from that, the Predator Helios 300 is a multi-purpose notebook that can handle demanding loads, but also everyday multitasking, browsing and video content, while running quietly and cool. It’s never completely quiet, but the fans spin slowly and can only be heard in a quiet environment.

Let’s see how this works out with demanding loads. We start by testing CPU performance in taxing tasks by running the Cinebench R15 benchmark more than 15 times in a loop with a 2-3 second delay between each run.

At Extreme (with the fans in the car) the i7-10750H processor offers clock rates of 3.8+ GHz, temperatures of around 90-94 degrees Celsius and values ​​of over 1180+ points with a TDP of 70+ W. runs. The performance is the limiting factor here, but the i7 runs in the direction of its maximum clocks and its maximum potential and with a higher performance than the already tested Nitro 5 or Triton 300. Furthermore, the fans in this test remain at only 42-43 dB quietly at head height.

By switching to normal, the fans are attenuated to barely audible levels of 37-38 dB. Thermal is the limiting factor in this case, but the i7 still runs on around 70 W and clocks close to maximum.

By switching to Turbo, the thermal limitations are reduced and the laptop can be operated in the mid-80s, but without any significant impact on performance.

Undervolting usually makes a difference on Intel processors, although it is more limited on 10th generation platforms. Our device supports both XTU and Throttlestop, and we were able to stably undercut it at -100 mV (-125 mV was also possible, but we called back to avoid stability problems). In this case, the CPU stabilizes at its full turbo speed of 4.2 GHz and 62 W + TDP at extremes and at temperatures of 80 to 83 ° C.

Th
ese are excellent results for the i7-10750H processor in this test, but somehow they only translate into Cinebench scores of around 1200 and not the 1350+ possible with other uninhibited implementations of the same processor. I would assume, however, that this is a quirk of our early sample and should change for retail models as the i7-10750H should get a higher score on this test on these types of frequencies, power, and thermals.

Finally, the performance drops on battery power, with the CPU limited to only 25 W. All of these details are available in the following charts and logs.

To put these results in perspective, this Predator Helios 300 performed very well in this test, but was outperformed by a few other implementations of the i7-10750H platform we tested, which I don’t expect in the finals the case should be retail variants. I’ve added the 8Core Intel i7 below, even if it’s only available in more expensive products, but also in some competing AMD Ryzen 4800H models in the table below, options available in the price range of this Helio just for a comparison of the Ballpark Kind of a CPU performance gap you can get with the AMD platform these days. Unfortunately, AMD hardware is not currently available on the Helios 300 case.

With that out of the way, we checked our results further using the longer Cinebench R20 loop test and the gruesome Prime 95. The CPU runs with over 70 W in both tests, with relatively quiet fans and high temperatures of over 90 degrees C.

We also ran our combined CPU + GPU stress tests on this notebook. 3DMark Stress loops the same test 20 times, looking for fluctuations and deteriorations in performance over time. This device passed him well. Luxmark 3.1 fully loads the CPU and GPU at the same time. The CPU stabilizes at around 55W and above 90 ° C, while the GPU runs at around 90W and above 75 ° C.

Next, we ran the full set of tests and benchmarks on the standard Extreme profile in Predator Sense.

  • 3DMark 13 – Fire Strike: 16882 (graphics – 19036, physics – 17992, combined – 8699);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 4234;
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 7178 (graphics – 7193, CPU – 7096);
  • AIDA64 memory test: Write: Read: 40124 MB / s, Read: 41796 MB / s, Latency: 61.0 ns;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Extreme: 4424;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 13832;
  • Handbrake 1.3.1 (4K to 1080p coding): 35.20 average fps;
  • Minimum score: Rating: 6723 (CPU Brand: 15912, 3D Graphics Brand: 11994, Disk Brand: 27526);
  • PCMark 10: 5236 (Essentials – 9482, Productivity – 8298, Digital Content Creation – 4954);
  • GeekBench 4.4.2 64-bit: – Single core: 5505, multicore: 25187;
  • GeekBench 5.0.1 64-bit: – Single core: 1221, multicore: 6336;
  • CineBench R15 (best run): CPU 1332 cb, CPU single core 188 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (best run): CPU 3116 cb, CPU single core 455 cb;
  • x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 32-bit: Pass 1 – 218.22 fps, Pass 2 – 81.24 fps;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 43.38 s.

Then we repeat these tests with the so-called Extreme UV profile (CPU – under voltage – -100 mV, GPU on Extreme in Predator Sense, fan on Auto).

  • 3DMark 13 – Fire Strike: 16879 (graphic – 19210, physics – 18017, combined – 8420);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 4257;
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 7173 (graphics – 7238, CPU – 6831);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Extreme: 4422;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 13873;
  • Handbrake 1.3.1 (4K to 1080p coding): 34.27 average fps;
  • PCMark 10: 5189 (Essentials – 9398, Productivity – 8235, Digital Content Creation – 4901);
  • GeekBench 5.0.1 64-bit: Single-core: 1217, multi-core: 6200;
  • CineBench R15 (best run): CPU 1342 cb, CPU single core 188 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (best run): CPU 3235 cb, CPU single core 459 cb;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 43.88 s.

Undervolting only leads to a slight increase in the CPU values ​​by 2-5% without this having any effect on the GPU side. However, it has a greater impact on loads of longer duration.

Speaking of which, the GPU is already overclocked in the Extreme profile, so we didn’t push it any further with MSI Afterburner in this case.

We also ran some workstation-related loads in the Extreme profile:

  • Blender 2.83 – BMW Auto Scene – CPU Compute: 4 m 27 s (extreme), 4 m 14 s (extreme UV);
  • Blender 2.83 – BMW Auto Scene – GPU Compute: 1 m 11 s (CUDA), 32 s (Optix);
  • Blender 2.83 – Classroom Scene – CPU Compute: 14 m 6 s (extreme), 13 m 25 s (extreme UV);
  • Blender 2.83 – Classroom Scene – GPU Compute: 5 m 13 s (CUDA), 2 m 45 s (Optix);
  • Luxmark 3.1 – Luxball HDR – OpenCL CPUs + GPUs Score: 31320 (extreme);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – 3DSMax: 154.81 (extreme);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Catia: 109.02 (extreme);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Creo: 147.25 (extreme);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Energy: 19.29 (extreme);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Maya: 177.27 (extreme);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Medicine: 49.08 (extreme);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – Showcase: 91.28 (extreme);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – SNX: 15.76 (extreme);
  • SPECviewerf 13 – SW: 76.48 (extreme).

Below is how this Helios 300 configuration compares to some other 15-inch portable laptops in its class.

– be updated

Let’s look at some games. We ran a few DX11, DX12 and Vulkan titles on Standard Normal / Extreme and Extreme UV profiles with fans on Auto. We have the following:

i7-10750H + RTX 2070 Max-Q FHD Extreme UV FHD Extreme stock FHD normal stock QHD Extreme stock
Battlefield V (DX 12, Ultra Preset, Raytracing AUS) – – 106 fps (78 fps – 1% low) 98 fps (72 fps – 1% low) – –
Battlefield V (DX 12, Ultra Preset, Raytracing ON, DLSS OFF) – – 60 fps (4 fps – 1% low) 51 fps (44 fps – 1% low) – –
Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Ultra Preset, SMAA) 97 fps (71 fps – 1% low) 95 fps (70 fps – 1% low) 92 fps (66 fps – 1% low) 75 fps (60 fps – 1% low)
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Ultra Preset) 144 fps (89 fps – 1% low) 143 fps (86 fps – 1% low) 133 fps (77 fps – 1% low) 103 fps (79 fps – 1% low)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (DX 12, Ultra Optimized, TAA) 75 fps (59 fps – 1% low) 76 fps (59 fps – 1% low) 69 fps (54 fps – 1% low) 57 fps (45 fps – 1% low)
Rise of Tomb Raider (DX 12, very high preset, FXAA) 90 fps (48 fps – 1% low) 89 fps (49 fps – 1% low) 90 fps (52 fps – 1% low) 79 fps (44 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12,
Highest Preset, TAA)
87 fps (59 fps – 1% low) 86 fps (58 fps – 1% low) 79 fps (59 fps – 1% low) 63 fps (48 fps – 1% low)
Strange Brigade (Vulkan, Ultra Preset) 131 fps (102 fps – 1% low) 131 fps (100 fps – 1% low) 120 fps (92 fps – 1% low) 99 fps (80 fps – 1% low)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Ultra Preset, Hairworks On 4 90 fps (67 fps – 1% low) 90 fps (67 fps – 1% low) 83 fps (59 fps – 1% low) 63 fps (46 fps – 1% low)
  • Battlefield V, The Witcher 3 – recorded with Fraps / FPS counter in-game in campaign mode;
  • Far Cry 5, Middle-earth, Strange Brigade, Red Dead Redemption 2, Tomb Raider games – recorded using the included benchmark utilities;
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 optimized profile based on these settings.

The following HWinfo logs show the CPU and GPU speeds and temperatures in Farcry 5, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Witcher 3 in the default Extreme profile.

Both the CPU and GPU run smoothly and cool on this laptop, with average temperatures being around 70 degrees Celsius in most titles, with the exception of Far Cry 5, in which case the higher performing CPU was in the 80s and therefore operated at higher temperatures. Regardless, these are excellent performance and thermal results, but the fans run loudly at about 49-50 dB at head height on this Extreme profile in cars.

Undervoltage has a small impact on CPU / GPU temperatures and performance. However, if you lift the laptop slightly off the table, these temperatures are lowered by a few degrees in our tests.

Switching to the turbo profile also lowers the temperatures and increases the fan noise further to 52-53 dB. This profile is not required for this Predator Helios 300.

Instead, I would recommend leaving this laptop in the normal fan profile. You would end up with a performance drop of around 10% as the GPU is limited to 80 W and is no longer overclocked in this mode, but still has good thermal (around the mid-70s for CPU and GPU in most titles) ) and much quieter fans with only 41-42 dB at head height. In addition, this mode allows you to manually overclock the GPU and limit the power limit while keeping noise at bay.

Finally, this laptop also works well when plugged into an external monitor, with the main screen open, or with the lid closed, especially if you place it on a vertical stand for easy air intake. However, I only tested it with the lid open and on the Extreme profile.

In summary, the Predator Helios 300, although loud in Extreme profile, offers an excellent balance between power / thermal and noise level in Normal profile. This makes it one of the most comfortable gaming laptops that I have tested in a long time. even with the power-hungry Intel hardware.

For what it’s worth, the RTX 2060 models could run a bit hotter and louder as these implement the more power hungry 115W super version of this chip. We will update as soon as we can test this as well.

Noise, heat, connectivity, speakers and others

The thermal design has not changed compared to the Helios 300 from 2019, apart from the additional air inlet grilles in the interior above the keyboard. Acer continues to implement a cooling solution with two fans, four heaters, three heat pipes and sufficient thermal plates that are distributed over the components and the secondary electronics.

As explained above, this implementation does an excellent job of keeping the components in the car fan profile in check. Here is a summary of the fan noise to be expected at head level.

  • Extreme, fans on turbo – 52-53 dB with games;
  • Extreme fans on car – 49-50 dB in games, 42-43 dB in Cinebench loop test;
  • Normal, fans on auto – 41-42 dB in games, 38-38 dB in Cinebench loop test, 32-35 dB in daily use.

The CPU fan is always on with daily use, and I would have appreciated passive cooling with video streaming and the like, but you will only hear it in a very quiet environment with no sound coming from the speakers.

The laptop remains quiet during demanding CPU loads, but the fans use the Extreme and Turbo profiles with games and combined CPU + GPU loads. Therefore, I would recommend the use of this Predator Helios 300 primarily for the perfectly balanced normal profile.

With the cool components and a well-designed air inlet / outlet, it’s no surprise that this laptop runs pretty cool on the outside too. The interior heats up to over 50 degrees Celsius in the normal profile, but the frequently used areas such as the WASD regional and arrow keys are much cooler below 40 degrees Celsius and are therefore perfect for longer gaming sessions. Additionally, this Predator Helios on Extreme or Turbo is one of the coolest running performance laptops out there.

* Daily use – Streaming Netflix in EDGE for 30 minutes, normal profile, fan at 32-35 dB
* Gaming – Normal – Play Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Normal Profile, fans at 41-42 dB
* Gaming – Extreme – Play Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Extreme Profile, fans at 49-50 dB
* Gaming – Turbo – Play Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Turbo Profile, fans at 52-53 dB

< p>For connectivity there is Gigabit Lan and Wireless 6 + Bluetooth via Realtek / Killer chips on this device. We’ve used the laptop wirelessly for the most part, and it performed well in all of our tests, both near the router and more than 30 feet away with obstacles in between.

The speakers fire through cuts in the lower abdomen and don’t expect much from them. Wir haben Lautstärken von etwa 73-75 dB auf Kopfhöhe gemessen und eine durchschnittliche bis schlechte Klangqualität mit wenig am unteren Ende festgestellt (im Musikprofil in Nitro Sense). Sie möchten höchstwahrscheinlich einige Kopfhörer damit anschließen.

Schließlich wird die Kamera oben auf dem Bildschirm platziert, flankiert von Mikrofonen. Es ist in Ordnung für gelegentliche Anrufe, aber erwarten Sie auch hier nicht viel.

Lebensdauer der Batterie

In der Acer Predator Helios 300-Serie befindet sich ein 58-Wh-Akku, der zu diesem Zeitpunkt für ein Notebook seiner Klasse eher klein ist.

Folgendes haben wir auf unserem Testgerät erhalten: Die Bildschirmhelligkeit ist auf etwa 120 Nits (~ 60 Helligkeit) eingestellt.

  • 15 W (~ 3-4 h Gebrauch) – Textbearbeitung in Google Drive, Energiesparmodus, Bildschirm bei 60%, Wi-Fi EIN;
  • 11 W (~ 5-6 h Gebrauch) – 1080p-Vollbildvideo auf Youtube in Edge, Energiesparmodus, Bildschirm mit 60%, Wi-Fi EIN;
  • 10,5 W (~ 5-6 h Gebrauch) – Netflix-Vollbild im Edge-Modus, Energiesparmodus, Bildschirm mit 60%, Wi-Fi EIN;
  • 22 W (~ 2-3 h Gebrauch) – Surfen in Edge, Balance-Modus, Bildschirm bei 60%, Wi-Fi EIN.

Diese erstklassige Helios 300-Konfiguration wird mit einem kompakten 230-W-Power-Brick geliefert, und untergeordnete Konfigurationen erhalten einen kleineren und leichteren 180-W-Baustein. Der Akku ist in ca. 2 Stunden voll und das Aufladen über USB-C wird nicht unterstützt.

Preis und Verfügbarkeit

Der 2020 Predator Helios 300 ist bereits Ende Juli 2020 in den meisten Regionen im Handel erhältlich.

Meistens finden Sie jedoch die Mittelklasse-Modelle GTX 1660Ti und RTX 2060 mit 144 Hz, und kaum diese hier getestete RTX 2070/240 Hz-Version. Trotzdem sind diese Mid-Tier-Modelle ohnehin das bessere Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis.

Die i7 + RTX 2060-Konfiguration ist in den USA für 1199 USD und zum Zeitpunkt dieser Überprüfung für rund 1400 EUR gelistet. Damit ist sie eines der preisgünstigsten RTX 2060-Notebooks auf dem Markt. Dies sind UVP-Preise, die gelegentliche Rabatte nicht berücksichtigen.

Folgen Sie diesem Link, um die neuesten aktualisierten Preise und Konfigurationen in Ihrer Region zu erhalten.

Vs Wettbewerb

Ich werde dies in einem separaten Artikel ausführlicher behandeln, aber in wenigen Worten, es gibt zwei Haupttypen von Performance- / Gaming-Notebooks, die Sie als Alternativen für diesen 2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 in Betracht ziehen könnten.

Auf der Intel-Seite, an der ich festhalten würde, wenn ich hauptsächlich nach einem Gaming-Notebook suchen würde, sind die meisten ähnlichen Optionen mit ähnlichen Spezifikationen teurer als dieses Helios 300, wie das ROG Strix G15 G512 oder der MSI GP65 Leopard, wobei die Lenovo Legion 5i und der HP Omen 15t in einigen Märkten am besten zueinander passen.

Auf der AMD-Seite, die Sie in Betracht ziehen sollten, wenn Sie in erster Linie nach einem leistungsstarken Arbeitscomputer suchen und Spiele als zweitrangig eingestuft werden, gibt es derzeit eine Handvoll Optionen mit Grafiken der Stufe 1660Ti / 2060, wie z. B. das Asus TUF Gaming A15 von Lenovo Legion 5, HP Omen 15 und die verschiedenen Tongfang-basierten Modelle, die unter verschiedenen Marken in verschiedenen Regionen verkauft werden, wie XMG Core 15 in Europa oder Eluktronics RP-15 in den USA. In diesem separaten Artikel finden Sie eine größere Liste von Optionen.

Keiner dieser Laptops ist notwendigerweise besser als der Helios 300, aber basierend auf den verfügbaren Konfigurationen und Preisen in Ihren Regionen sind einige von ihnen möglicherweise die intelligenteren Käufe für Sie. Just make sure to look into detailed reviews before buying, we’ve reviewed most of these laptops here on the site.

Final thoughts

While only a marginal upgrade of the popular 2019 model, the updated 2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 remains one the of best-value mid-range performance/gaming notebooks of this generation.

The solid build quality, gaming performance, and thermals remain some of its top-selling points, corroborated with the aggressive pricing that few other products match on the competitive markets in North America and Europe.

At the same time, though, some things have changed throughout this last year. For once, some of the competing designs offer larger batteries, improved inputs and better speakers now, but even so, the Helios remains competitive among its Intel-based piers.

Unfortunately, though, there’s no AMD variant, and that might steer some of you away. AMD’s Ryzen 4000 is more powerful, more efficient, and more affordable than the Intel platform, thus what I’d recommend in a competent work/school laptop, especially now that uncompromised designs are available. Intel configurations only keep a slight advantage in gaming performance, and the whole experience is enhanced by the properly cooled hardware implementation and the quiet fans on the balanced Normal profile, so gaming is where this Helios 300 remains a nearly unbeatable option, when you factor everything in. And what we recommend it for.

That pretty much wraps up our review of the 2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53, but I’d like to hear what you think about it, so get in touch in the comments section down below.

Acer Predator Helios 300 review

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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I’ve been covering mobile computers since the 2000s and you’ll mostly find reviews and thorough guides written by me here on the site.

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