Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop PC, 15.6" Full HD 144Hz 3ms IPS Display, Intel i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, 16GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe SSD, Backlit Keyboard, PH315-52-78VL

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Intel Core i7 9th Gen
15.6-inch
Notebook only
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Human Interface Input Keyboard
Hardware Interface Ethernet
Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti
Brand Acer

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  • 9th Generation Intel Core i7 9750H 6 Core Processor (Up to 4.5GHz) with Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Graphics with 6GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM
  • 15.6 inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen LED backlit IPS Display (144Hz Refresh Rate, 3ms Overdrive Response Time, 300nit Brightness and 72 percentage NTSC)
  • 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory, 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD (2 x PCIe M.2 Slots; 1 Slot Open for Easy Upgrades) and 1 Available Hard Drive Bay
  • Backlit Keyboard; LAN: Killer Ethernet E2500 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN; Wireless: Killer DoubleShot Pro Wireless AC 1550 802. 11ac; 4th Gen All Metal AeroBlade 3D Fan
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Ready for battle and eager for a fight, the Helios 300 drops you into the game with everything you need. Only now we’ve armed it with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics, the latest 9th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor and our custom-engineered 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D Fan Technology. With the 144Hz IPS panel and 3ms Overdrive response time you can say farewell to blur and hello clear, crisp, high-octane gameplay.

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Enjoy an incredibly fast 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms Overdrive response time in Full HD for frames that are crisp and clear for high-octane gameplay. The ultimate gaming display for enthusiast gamers.

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PredatorSense is the ultimate tool to control and customize your gaming experience from one place. Just tap the PredatorSense key and take command over lighting, fan speed, overclocking, game profiles and more. What else could you ask for?

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With Killer DoubleShot Pro, choose which applications take up precious bandwidth. Bandwidth prioritization is user controlled in the Control Center.

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This ultimate gaming platform is VR ready, just plug in a VR headset and step into a new world.

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Enhance and empower what you hear! Waves MAXXAudio technology deliver an immersive sound effect during gameplay.

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Backlit Keyboard

See-through backlit concave-shaped keycaps for WASD and features two integral keys to take note of: Turbo and PredatorSense.

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Computer Memory Size 16 GB 16 GB 8 GB 16 GB 4 GB 16 GB
CPU Model Manufacturer Intel Intel Intel Intel AMD AMD
CPU Speed 4.5 GHz 5 GHz 4.1 GHz 5 GHz 3.52 GHz 2.9 GHz
Display Resolution Maximum 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 pixels
Screen Size 15.6 inches 15.6 inches 15.6 inches 15.6 inches 15.6 inches 15.6 inches
Display Technology LED LED LED LED LED
Hard Disk Size 256 GB 512 GB 128 GB 512 GB
Item Dimensions 14.23 x 10.01 x 0.9 inches 14.31 x 10.04 x 0.9 inches 14.31 x 10.04 x 0.96 inches 14.31 x 10.04 x 0.9 inches 14.31 x 9.74 x 0.71 inches 14.29 x 10.22 x 0.98 inches
Item Weight 5.07 lbs 5.07 lbs 5.07 lbs 4.85 lbs 3.97 lbs 5.41 lbs
Operating System Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home Windows 10 S Windows 10 Home
Processor Count 6 6 4 6 2 1
RAM Type DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 SDRAM
Wireless Communication Standard 802.11ac 802.11ax 801.11ac 802.11ax 802.11ac 802.11ax

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CPU:Intel Core i7 9th Gen  |  Capacity:15.6-inch  |  Style:Notebook only

Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315 52 78VL Gaming Laptop comes with these high level specs: 9th Generation Intel Core i7 9750H 6 Core Processor 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 4.5GHz, 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED backlit IPS display, 144Hz Refresh Rate, 16:9 aspect ratio, 3ms Overdrive Response Time, 300nit Brightness, 72 percent NTSC, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with 6GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM, 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory, 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD (2 x PCIe M.2 Slots | 1 Slot Available), 1 Available Hard Drive Bay, Waves MaxxAudio sound technology, featuring MaxxBass, MaxxVolume, MaxxDialog and hyper realistic 3D Audio using Waves Nx, Acer True Harmony Technology, Two Built in Stereo Speakers, Acer Purified.Voice technology with two built in microphones, Killer Double Shot Pro Wireless AC 1550 802.11ac WiFi featuring 2x2 MU MIMO technology (Dual Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Killer Ethernet E2500 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth 5.0, HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting Super High Dynamic Range (SHDR), 1 USB 3.1 Type C Gen 2 port (up to 10 Gbps), 3 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Ports (One with Power off Charging), 1 HDMI 2.0 Port with HDCP Support, 1 Mini Display Port 1.4, Backlit Keyboard, Lithium Ion Battery, Up to 6 hours Battery Life, 5.07 lbs. | 2.3 kg (system unit only) (NH.Q5MAA.001).Processor Speed : 2.60 GHz. Maximum Power Supply Wattage:180 W

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Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2019
CPU: Intel Core i7 9th GenCapacity: 15.6-inchStyle: Notebook onlyVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for gaming, overall a lot of laptop for the price
By Samson Wick on May 27, 2019
Overview:
This machine does a pretty good job living up to its advertised capabilities. This review is based on my impressions after a couple of days with the unit - I may update it later if anything relevant occurs long-term.

Testing Methodology:
I don't have a lot of sophistocated instruments for measuring the actual brightness, color gamut etc... In general I stuck to sofware based tests and my somewhat subjective eyeballs.

Construction:
The top (back of the screen) is metal, as is keyboard and palm-rest area, the screen bezel and bottom are plastic. This was a pretty good design decision as it keeps the bottom from turning into a hotplate in your lap. The hinge feels solid and moves very smoothly.

Screen:
The screen is rated about 300 nits. Just based on comparisions with others with similar ratings this screen seems like it might actually be a little brighter than it's rated. It's perfectly visible outside in daylight as long as there isn't direct sunlight on the screen. The 144hz refresh rate is a really nice feature and allows for some rock-solid motion. The contrast and color gamut are very effective and pleasing to the eye. I don't have a tool for measuring the colors so this could just be clever engineering, but nothing here feels like a compromise. The screen does suffer from uneven backlight blooming so on a completely dark image, there are bright splotches around the margin, but this is pretty typical for an IPS LCD.

GPU:
The GPU seems to be able to take just about everything I've thrown at it on the most insane settings and I haven't noticed any performance problems. The Witcher 3 and Darksiders Warmastered Edition look amazing in motion, with the latter running at a V-sync'd 144hz with no problems at all. It pulled a very respectable score of 14,000+ on the Final Fantasy XIV Stormbringer Benchmark with everything turned up to maximum and every optimization turned off. The laptop comes pre-configured with an overclock setting called "Turbo" mode which is activated by a button to the upper-left of the keyboard. You can, of course, create your own overclocking profiles.

In order to more efficiently use power, conserve battery, and cut down on fan noise, as with most contemporary gaming laptops, the Predator Helios 300 uses Intel Optimus. In a nutshell, Intel Optimus switches dynammically between the considerably less powerful and less power-hungry integrated Intel GPU and the GTX-1660ti. The system will attempt to guess which GPU should be used for a given process, but you can deliberately control this in a couple of different ways. From the Nvidia Control Panel, you can set the GPU to use for a given application so that whenever that program (i.e. your games) are launched it automatically does so under the Nvidia card. Alternatively you can tell the system to favor the Nvidia card for everything (not a great idea unless you want to listen to the fan all the time and watch your battery level drop before your eyes). And Lastly, there's a context menu item called "run with graphics processor" that lets you select which to use by right-clicking on an application before you launch it. So Optimus is pretty useful for balancing performance, but it somes with a couple of unfortunate tradeoffs. There is no "Display" option in the Nvidia control panel because Optimus dynamically manages those settings, and G-Sync and Fast Sync options are not possible though technically the GPU is capable of using them.

Keyboard:
The keyboard is, for the most part, great. The keys are spaced reasonably, slightly convex, quiet and just have a nice feel. I'm used to pressing harder so my fingers have a tendency to bounce and I wind up typing double letters occasionally, but it's nothing I can't adjust to. (I tried using the Windows "Filter Keys" setting to help with this but it's more of an accessiblity option and is too restrictive) The width of the keyboard allows for the incorporation of a 10-key keypad on the right, however the keys are much narrower than the rest of the keyboard, and the 0 key has been shifted to the center column to accomodate the arrow keys, so it's a bit of compromise. It's only really annoying when trying to type in a large string of numbers such as when entering a license key.

Trackpad:
The trackpad is generously large and very sensitive. There are no mouse buttons, but the bottom of the pad is clickable with the right and left corners representing the right and left mouse buttons.

Sound:
The laptop comes with a pair of down-firing stereo speakers that are okay for what they are. They're tinny and can't really get loud enough to overpower the fan noise when playing games. Noise cancelling or noise isolating headphones are pretty much mandatory for gaming or anything that drives the GPU. That said, the virtual surround effect is surprisingly convincing.

Backlighting:
They changed last-year's red backlight to blue, which I think is somewhat more pleasing to the eye, but it's kind of a deal breaker in the use-it-in-bed scenario because the blue light spectrum interferes with your ability to achieve REM sleep. It's a thing, look it up.

Battery:
It runs on a 3720mAh battery which is about 25% more capacity than last year's model. Trying to give a "it lasts this many hours" number is kind of pointless in my opinion because it's affected by background processes, screen brightness, what you're doing with it, the age of the battery, etc. Let's be honest though, no one is buying this laptop for its battery life. Nvidia has several settings which seek to improve battery life while gaming, but they all involve framerate throttling. If you want to game while not connected to mains power, then you're probably playing games that would work just fine on a laptop with a fraction of the power of this thing.

Webcam/Mic
The webcam maxes out at 720p30. That resolution also holds for still images so it seems like that's the geometry of the sensor itself. It works okay in relatively low light - with the brightness gain cranked all the way up, the glow of the screen is enough to allow it to capture a usable amount of detail in a dark room. In a normally lit room the image is a bit darker than what you would see with your eyes, and as with most webcams, colors are little washed out. And like most pinhole cameras, the brighter the lighting the clearer the picture and the more faithful the colors. This would be perfectly serviceable in a well-lit office, or outdoors. The stereo microphone picks up voices clean and clear.

Network:
The "Killer" WiFi chip in this machine is amazingly fast. My Internet service tops off at around 25MB/s, and this Wi-Fi card easily hit 23MB/s (that's bytes, not bits) when downloading games from GOG Galaxy. I was pleased to see that the laptop also maintains an RJ-45 for wired ethernet connnectivity - it uses a clever hinged port to maximize space while there's nothing plugged in.

Hardware Accessibility/Upgrade difficulty:
Unlike last year's model, there are no quick access ports - if you want to get at the Wi-Fi, M.2, Memory or SSD area, you have to remove the entire bottom of the shell. Fortunately everything important is within reach after you take out the 10 philips screws and pull the bottom cover off.

Cooling:
This is by far the best vented laptop I've ever seen. The heatsink fins and fans are clearly visible through the myriad slits on the bottom, sides and back. The fans are as noisy as any laptop I've ever used, but not worse, though when you hit that Turbo button to kick in the overclocking profile and those fans crank up, it sounds like a jet preparing to take off, so if you're doing any moderate to heavy gaming, noise isolating or noise cancelling headphones are not optional.

Storage:
A 256GB PCIe M.2 drive is installed. It tops off around 1.5Gbps which is a pretty respectable speed and pretty performmant. It's not a lot of space though so it's fortunate that there's another M.2 slot to install another card later on. There's also a bay for a 2.5" drive, but the bracket and SATA connector kit comes with a warning that Acer no longer considers this a user serviceable operation and implies that your warranty may be voided by attempting to install it yourself.

Instructions/Documentation:
The documentation for the hardware was honestly a little disappointing. It gives you a tour of the ports and the keyboard, but doesn't include anything about how to install M.2 devices, upgrade memory or install a 2.5" drive - these aren't exactly rocket surgery, but it still feels like an oversite that Acer doesn't want to show you what goes where. The SATA adapter for the 2.5" drive requires connnection to a proprietary ribbon socket which they altogether fail to tell you how to locate on the motherboard.

Other Stuff:
I had to chuckle when I saw the "Turbo" button. I'm old enough to remember when that was a thing on the Intel 386 CPUs, and unironically it does pretty much the same sort of thing here.

The BIOS is about the most bare-bones affair I've seen recently, with no options for controlling and/or disabling the integrated GPU.

The system came with Norton Ultimate installed. Thankfully that's about the only piece of garbageware installed by Acer. Microsoft's default "Windows Defender" is far superior to Norton and unlike Norton it won't waste a ton of CPU cycles for no good reason. Windows Defender is already part of Windows 10 - just uninstall Norton and reboot to activate it. It's better protection and doesn't expire and beg for more money in a year.

I've attached an image of the installed applications to this review so you can see what it comes with.

Summary:

Pros:
- Looks and feels sleek and solid
- That 144hz screen is fantastic
- 300 nits is not MacBook bright, but it's usable in daylight
- Comes with fast PCIe M.2 Storage
- Wi-Fi is incredibly fast
- Powerful GPU
- Very effective cooling - I never saw it break 46C

Cons:
- Blue backlighting is bad for bedtime use
- Fans get loud when the system is under a load
- No option to disable Optimus and enable GSync (so no GSync)
- Norton Ultimate - seriously?

Updates:
(As I encounter new things that I think are relevant, I'll update the review here)
- The USB-C socket is not wired to the video card so it's not possible to output video. The laptop provides HDMI and a mini-DPort so it's not lacking in output options, but still.
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Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2019
CPU: Intel Core i7 9th GenCapacity: 15.6-inchStyle: Notebook onlyVerified Purchase
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't beat the price to performance yet.
By tb on June 14, 2019
Laptop performs great. You'll be able to run pretty much any AAA title at Max - Ultra at reasonable frame rates. Cooling much better then the 2018 model and I didn't notice any thermal throttling. You are unable to upgrade the Nvidia driver manually. You must use GeForce experience. 144hrz display is good not great but for the price it's unbeatable. Average backlight bleed which is typicall for IPS. Little to no screen tearing without vsync. No GSYNC which is fine. Speakers better then expected for type of laptop. Fan is loud but not piercing under load. Keyboard is soft but deliberate, great for typing. Very intrusive junkware had to be removed so notifications weren't popping up every 20 minutes, annoying but typical. Laptop is thinner then the more expensive ASUS & MSI competition. The half metal case is confidence inspiring. The bottom is very easy to remove with a few screws and gives you quick access to all replaceable parts Normally I would not buy an Acer but their Predator line shows quality they have not shown in the past. I'm disappointed it's not RGB like it was advertised on Acers website (cross-referenced specific model #) but for the performance it's not too upsetting. Would recommend as long as the quality lasts as long as it looks good.

Edit

Make sure your dedicated GPU is enabled and set as default. Optimus is frustrating. But that is Nvidia and Intel's fault. Not Acer's

Battery life comments. If you were expecting good battery life out of a laptop you should not be looking at Gaming laptops. There is alot of powerful hardware in this laptop and it gives up battery life for portability. Although I would have given up the 2.5 bay for a bigger battery. Give and take.

If you think it's overheating while gaming the components will run fairly hot by default. Even up to 97c . You should really set a fan profile before assuming it's overheating. If it's really was overheating it would shut off automatically. Otherwise it idles at about ,45-55c in a 22c (72f) room. Also set your per game profile. It should not throttle under 80c +- you don't need to use turbo mode. The fan at 40-75 percent works fine in most cases. And is not too loud under 4400 rpm

If you think the storage is too small. They placed this laptop in probably the biggest part of the market. You are getting a Hex core processor and a mid-high range GPU and a 144hrz pannel. Until recently you could not get a laptop with this type of hardware for under ,15-1600$. It has 2 m.2 slots and a 2.5 inch bay with provided install hardware. They saved you money so you can get a plethora of storage options on your own. This is by far one of the simplest laptops to upgrade with 1 pannel. They also sell upgraded ones so you can skip the upgrade

If you find that your unit is hitting 90c and above during game sessions and you feel comfortable using throttle stop. most of the temperature is because it turbos to 3.9ghz roughly. dropping the offset for each core will significantly drop your temps. You may lose 1 - 2 frames if you get too aggressive but you can dial it in to your liking. I can game a 70c with turbo at 3.1ghz

There will be a small percentage of you with faulty units. Maybe consider an RMA before you trash talk the machine.
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Diogenes
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, but good
Reviewed in Canada on September 8, 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Check the build quality of your machine (Screws on the PCIE slot)
Reviewed in Canada on September 23, 2019
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Paul-Christian Marian
3.0 out of 5 stars A quick review of the unit I received. 10/10 Performance with some flaws.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 16, 2019
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3.0 out of 5 stars A quick review of the unit I received. 10/10 Performance with some flaws.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 16, 2019
This is a review of some of the flaws my unit had and should not reflect upon every units having the same flaws.

Power brick: Gets hot really fast, especially when gaming. Also I experienced battery drain during gaming session. ( example: was playing Apex Legends with turbo mode ON and during 2 hours with the laptop plugged in the battery went from 100% to 81% *nothing else in the background* )

Keyboard: I experienced ghosting while typing on the keyboard

Screen: Massive screen bleeding all around the edges of the panel

Turbo mode: It's loud, really loud. In games I didn't notice any difference between running it at normal or turbo mode. I didn't feel like it was doing what I was meant to do.

Cooling: I researched and viewed lot's of reviews and video before buying this and everybody is saying that this is the best laptop when it comes to cooling. Well.. atleast for the unit I received, when playing games the temp goes over 85-90 degree C within minutes into the game, and with the turbo mode ON the temp goes down by a small margin like 5 to 10 degree C ( it's not a huge difference to be honest and the fans are so loud you can't even hear the sound in games anymore, you must wear headphones if you want to hear the sound in games )

Speakers: The speakers are situated under the laptop and on max volume to be honest my Galaxy S7 Edge is louder than the laptop, I can't comprehend how is that even possible...

I repeat myself this are some flaws that the unit I ordered had, I love this laptop to be honest. At this price range I don't believe you'll find anything better for the performance it offers. But I couldn't get past the defective screen or the fact that it gets so loud and hot despite the fact that everyone is saying that this is one of the best cooling laptop.

In conclusion after using it for 2 days I asked for a replacement but they didn't had any left on the stock so they did a full refund. I would recommend this laptop for the price and performance it offers as long as you can overlook some of the compromises they had to make for this laptop. I couldn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beast, for a great price. Disable Waves NX audio.
Reviewed in Canada on October 22, 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 27, 2019
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