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Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-71HN Review And Specification

Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-71HN Review And Specification

 On paper and in person, the Acer Predator Helios 300 gaming laptop looks fantastic. The Helios PH315-53-71HN, the review model, has a full-size keyboard with a number pad, industry-leading connectors for larger monitors, a bright screen with a quick refresh rate, and some incredibly powerful technology. It runs recent games fairly well, but productivity is hindered by some noisy fans and a subpar battery.

In the end, the Acer Predator Helios 300 specs are well-suited for gaming, and the series offers a variety of setup possibilities. Some of the best gaming laptops are available in this category and price range, including the superior Razer Blade 15.

Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-71HN Specification

  • Processor : Intel Core i7-10750H 6 x 2.6 - 5 GHz, Comet Lake-H
  • Graphics adapter : NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU - 6 GB VRAM, Core: 1425 MHz, 105 W TDP, GDDR6
  • Memory : 16 GB , DDR4
  • Display : 15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, IPS, 144 Hz
  • Storage : S 512GB SSD
  • Connections : 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, 1 Fingerprint Reader, USB-C
  • Networking : 10/100/1000 LAN Card (10/100/1000MBit/s), 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/), Bluetooth 5.0
  • Size : height x width x depth (in mm): 22.9 x 363 x 255 ( = 0.9 x 14.29 x 10.04 in)
  • Battery : 58.7 Wh, 3815 mAh Lithium-Ion, 4-cell
  • Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • Camera : Webcam: HD 720p
  • Additional features : Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes
  • Weight : 2.3 kg ( = 81.13 oz / 5.07 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
  • Price : 1200 Euro

Design

Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-71HN Design

When you first see the Acer Predator Helios 300, you'll probably think it looks a lot like other Predator laptops. It sports a black metal chassis with two blue reflective strips and the Predator emblem inset on the back. Given the size of the screen, this laptop is surprisingly small at 14.3 x 0.9 x 0.9 inches. However, it weighs a bit more than its rivals (similarly priced Acer and Alienware laptops weigh about 4.5 pounds), coming in at 4.8 pounds.

Although it has sufficient ports to complete the task, not everyone may like the arrangement. The right side features a USB-C port, a USB-A port, an HDMI port, and a mini DisplayPort, while the left side has a headphone jack, two USB-A ports, and an Ethernet port. On the machine's back, away from anything else, is the power port.

Display

Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-71HN Display

Screen bezels smaller than one inch could be acceptable. We are content with the 1080p display aside from that. It offers excellent blue and magenta tones that are rather warm for gaming and viewing movies, and it reproduces colors accurately.

Additionally, the display has a 240Hz refresh rate, which is uncommon in low-cost gaming laptops. This is a significant improvement over the Acer Predator Helios 300 model from the previous year, and it reduces blur and makes up for missing frames. The Zephyrus G14 (323 nits), the MSI Raider (300 nits), and the Aorus (243 nits) are its closest rivals. It averages 278 nits in brightness, which is somewhat less than the 295-nit average.

Keyboard & Touchpad

Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-71HN Keyboard

My absolute favorite keyboard has always been the Predator Helios 300. It has a roomy deck that leads to a comfortable Chiclet keyboard with 4-zone RGB backlighting that can be customized using the Predator Sense app. Simply tapping the Predator logo key will launch the Predator Sense app, and you're good to go.

The keyboard boasts well-placed keys with satisfying feedback that click when pressed. The somewhat concave shape of the highlighted WASD, arrow, and hotkeys is ideal for use during prolonged gameplay sessions.

A 4.2 x 3.4-inch touchpad that is the absolute standout is located below the keyboard. Windows 10 gestures are incredibly accurate; even when using three or four fingers, you can just feel the satisfying response. When you tap the touchpad's bottom corners, they respond quickly and have a satisfying click.

Performance of the Acer Predator Helios 300

When purchasing a gaming laptop, the focus should be more on gaming than productivity, and the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-71HN excels in that regard. Modern games like Doom (2016), Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, and World of Warcraft run smoothly on the system. The Helios 300 runs each of them at Ultra graphics settings at 1080p resolution, frequently with frame rates of 100 or more frames per second.

Fortunately, the specifications transfer to real-world performance remarkably well for people searching for a skilled player. A graphically intensive game like Metro Exodus, for example, runs at an average 63 on Ultra settings, which is more than adequate to enjoy the game with a buttery smooth gaming experience.

Additionally, as this graphics card is a GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB), there are the typical Nvidia RTX advantages to take into account. Ray tracing features are available in supported titles to enhance your gaming experience, and the overclockable RTX 3060 is a powerful GPU. Additionally, you're receiving the advantage of DLSS support, so with the aid of machine learning AI, you can be sure that the graphics will be improved without worrying about how it will affect the actual gaming experience.

Performance of productivity

For anyone who is only purchasing this laptop for gaming, the 16GB RAM feels enough, but if you're in a creative industry, the memory makes it a wonderful pick for anyone in need of a computer for remote working.

In fact, this is one of the few gaming laptops that can handle live streaming while gaming with ease thanks to its 16GB of RAM, so it's also worth considering if you're a video creator.

Battery life

Gaming laptops don't typically retain power well, and the Predator PH315-53-71HN is no exception, lasting 3 hours and 14 minutes on a single charge. Although that is slower than the typical gaming laptop average of 6:15, it is still respectable given the circumstances. The MSI Raider tops out at 4:58 while the Aorus clocks in at 6:18, but the Asus Zephyrus G14 clocks in at 11:31, making it clear who the winner is.

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