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Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-760S Review And Specification

 

Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-760S Review And Specification

You'll spend more money on a gaming laptop in 2021 than in 2020. The Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-760S under review has an increase of almost $200 over the model from the previous year. It upgrades to Nvidia's GeForce RTX 30 Series "Ampere" graphics for an additional cost, but that's a great option because it significantly improves gaming performance.

Everything we liked about the Predator Helios 300 from the previous year is present in this version, and we advise sticking with it: At this price point, its feature set makes more sense, and the RTX 3060 GPU will perform almost as well as the more costly RTX 3070 Max-Q GPU in the Acer Predator Helios 300 (PH317-54-70Z5 model).

The MSI Stealth 15M (A11UEK-009) is a great option if you prefer something more portable and thin, but this year's Editors' Choice winner for midrange 15.6-inch gaming laptops is the Predator Helios 300.

 Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-760S Specification

  • Processor : Intel® Core™ i7-11800H processor Octa-core 2.40 GHz
  • Graphics adapter : NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 with 6 GB dedicated memory
  • Memory : 16 GB, DDR4 SDRAM
  • Display : 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 144 Hz
  • Storage : 512 GB SSD
  • Connections : WiFi 6 (Killer AX1650i) with Bluetooth 5.2, Killer 2600 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
  • Size : 363 mm or 14.27” (w) x  255 mm or 10” (d) x  22.9 mm or .9” (h)
  • Battery : 59Wh, 4-cell
  • Operating System : Windows 11 Home, Windows 10 Home, Windows 11 Pro, Windows 10 Pro
  • Camera : Webcam: HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting Super High Dynamic Range (SHDR)
  • Weight : 2.3 kg (5.07 lbs)

 An Angle for a Gaming Laptop

Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-760S Design

With its all-black chassis, angled lid corners, trademark rear cooling vents, and turquoise Predator emblem with parallel lines on the lid, the Acer PH315-54-760S is clearly the gaming Predator Helios 300. Predator text is only visible below the screen, giving off a more assured vibe and moving in the direction of a wider audience.

The Predator Helios 300 is a typical-sized gaming laptop, measuring 0.9 by 14.3 by 10 inches (HWD) and weighs 5.3 pounds. In comparison, the MSI Stealth 15M measures 0.6 by 14.1 by 9.7 inches, while the HP Omen 15 measures 0.89 by 14.1 by 9.4 inches.

The lid, palm rest, and keyboard deck of the Helios 300 are partially made of aluminum. At this price point, it is difficult for it to compete with similarly priced rivals that use more metal finishes; two good all-metal options are the Gigabyte Aero 15 and Razer Blade 15 Base Model.

A Smooth Predator at 144Hz

Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-760S keyboard

Nearly all gaming genres, notably esports, benefit from the silky-smooth image on the 144Hz high-refresh-rate screen on our test device. The full HD screen on the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-71QX from last year is the same, however the refresh rate is limited to 240Hz.

Nevertheless, for vivid visuals, both displays have certified 100% coverage of the sRGB color gamut, enough brightness, wide viewing angles, and anti-glare surfaces.

The PH315-54-760S sports a four-zone RGB keyboard that is just as vibrant as its predecessor's. True RGB control is possible with Acer's PredatorSense software, which lets you define the red, green, and blue values for each zone. There is a special button on the number pad that can be used to start the program.

The keyboard's four zones and limitless color options should fulfill the needs of most gamers, even though it lacks the per-key backlighting personalization found in the more expensive Omen 15 and Alienware m15 models. The app's ability to save individual profiles is even better.

The typing experience is good, and the keys provide an engaging feel for your fingers when you're playing video games. The WASD and arrow-key clusters have a thicker border, making them appear brighter and emphasizing this laptop's appeal for gamers. A 15.6-inch screen is perfectly sized for the buttonless touchpad that is located below the keyboard.

Even without Thunderbolt 4, the port variety is excellent. Two USB 3.2 Gen 1 type-A ports, a Killer E2600 2.5Gbps Ethernet jack, and an audio combo jack are all located on the left. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 (with a Killer AX1650i wireless card) are the available wireless technologies.

There are USB Type-A and Type-C connectors with capability for device charging on the right edge of the laptop. Additional video outputs include mini-DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0b.

Battery Life – Nothing out of the ordinary

The Acer Predator Helios 300 somewhat surpasses the 3:21 average for gaming laptops with a battery life of three hours and twenty-four minutes (Acer claims more). However, it might have been much worse because extremely powerful gaming laptops often have a battery life of roughly 2.5 hours. Although it won't last on a cross-country journey, the Helios 300 nit should be adequate as long as you're near three hours of a charging outlet.

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