Acer continues to delight with the Predator Helios 300. The quality and performance are top notch for a gaming laptop of this price. Even though it was originally released in 2017 (with some upgrades made in 2019), this laptop still ranks on the Amazon bestseller’s list — currently at #5.
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Build & Design
The design of the G3-571-77QK is pretty spectacular and sleek in appearance. From first touch you can tell this machine is a high-quality build. It doesn’t go overboard with the typical gaming accents either.
The outside of the laptop looks similar to the previous version, with a few minor changes that are honestly upgrades in my opinion. The top is black aluminum, actually metal, as is the keyboard deck.
It comes with a 15.6″ Full HD widescreen LED-backlit IPS display at 1920 x 1080. The color quality of the screen is not great, and seems a little dim. You can also upgrade to the 17 inch for a little more money which comes with some extra hardware too.
This machine comes with Acer TrueHarmony Technology Sound System and 2 Built-in Stereo Speakers. These are pretty good speakers with great sound, but if you’re looking for professional, studio-quality sound this might not be the one for you.
The cooling fans are pretty quiet and do a great job at keeping this machine from overheating with typical use, which is not something you can say for other laptops in the same category. Although if you’re running a ton of programs or a high-quality game, it can get quite hot and a little loud – as is quite typical with gaming laptops.
The Acer Predator Helios 300 weighs in at 5.95 pounds, and comes with an onboard webcam, a 1280 x 720 HD Webcam that supports High Dynamic Range (HDR). It comes in at 1.1 inches thick.
Keyboard & Touchpad
The Predator Helios 300 comes with a backlit MS Precision keyboard that includes a numeric keypad, which is not always typical for a 15-inch laptop. However the numeric keypad is a little crammed in there and those keys are quite small.
The WASD keys come with a red outline so people will know you’re a gamer as soon as you open this bad boy up. The rest of the keyboard is backlit with white and is either on or off, there isn’t a dimming option with this laptop.
It comes with 4 dedicated macro keys for easy of use with gaming.
The trackpad is quite sturdy and very functional for gamers.
Connectivity & Ports
The Acer Predator Helios 300 comes with the following ports:
- 2 USB 2.0 ports
- 2 USB 3.0 ports
- 1 USD 3.1 (Type C) port but not Thunderbolt
- 1 HDMI 2.0 Port with HDCP Support
- Secure Digital (SD) card reader slot
- 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
This laptop comes with wireless connectivity of 802.11ac WiFi featuring 2×2 MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz). It also features Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
Incorporating the latest 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor which is pretty standard in most gaming laptops.
7th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor 2.8GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.8GHz. 16GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory, 256GB SSD. No PCIe as this is a more budget-friendly version.
The Predator comes with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM card which is impressive as you usually get a 1050 model or lower.
The Predator Helios 300 comes with a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD and 1 TB 5400 HDD (2.5″).
While the storage included is not great, it’s very easy to upgrade it yourself. There are tons of videos and tutorials online that will help you get this done pretty quickly.
This powerhouse comes with a 4-cell Li-ion Battery (3220 mAh) that touts a 6-7 hour battery life. This is pretty great considering most gaming laptops with good graphics get around 3-4 hours of battery life before needing to be plugged in.
This is pretty disappointing, but is pretty standard when it comes to the “thin and slim” gaming laptops you’ll see on today’s market. That’s almost expected when you are buying something this portable.
Here’s a quick video of the unboxing of this gaming laptop:
For what you get with the Acer Predator Helios 300, the price tag that comes with it is quite surprising. While you may need to upgrade the memory storage, for around $1,200 (the price at time of writing), this is an incredible option for a solid gaming laptop.
Acer Predator Helios 300 Specs
|Display Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Memory / RAM||DDR4 SDRAM|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti 6GB|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-7700HQ|
|CPU Speed||4.5 GHz|
|Audio System||Waves MaxxAudio sound technology|
|Hard Disk Size||512 GB|
|Battery Life||6 Hours|
|Keyboard||Blue Backlit Keyboard|
|Connectivity Ports||1 – USB 3; 1 x Type-C Gen 2 port (up to 10 Gbps); 3 x USB 3. 1 Ports, 1 x HDMI 2.0 Port; 1 x Mini Display Port|
|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Physical Dimensions||14.23 x 10.01 x 0.90 inches|
|Operating System (OS)||Windows 10 Home|