The asterisk is approaching, it’s time to think about gifts. This time we will consider a gaming laptop for … ourselves. What device will allow us to work and play comfortably and efficiently, without ruining the wallet? Predator Helios 300 is an accurate answer to this question.
Predator is a sub-brand of the recognized Taiwanese company Acer, specializing in the production of high-quality devices for players, including gaming laptops. If we need a universal, efficient computer, on which both professional programs and, above all, the latest games will work efficiently, then we should look for devices in this class of devices.
The Predators from the Helios series are available in two sizes. The choice between them is a matter of how we intend to use such a device. If we want greater mobility, the version with a 15.6-inch screen will be better. However, if we care more about comfort while playing and working, the 17.3-inch variant will certainly give us more satisfaction. Here, we will choose a larger model as a Christmas gift.
What catches the eye the first time you contact this computer is the great quality of workmanship and the designers’ attention to detail and flavors. The housing is largely made of black-colored aluminum (the screen and the upper part of the housing with the keyboard), which gives us a pleasant feeling of communing with a premium product. Only the bottom of the computer is made of plastic, but the material used there is of very good quality.
The appearance of the computer is a matter of taste, of course, but the Predator can really be liked. The case has some nice embellishments such as an illuminated logo and indentations on the screen flap, aggressively styled air inlets and outlets, but is not overloaded with them. The computer in an interesting way combines gaming aggressiveness and elegance, you can easily take it to a business meeting.
As befits a purebred computer for players, we have a large, comfortable, RGB-backlit keyboard with a numeric block. The backlight can be set according to your preferences, we have at our disposal multicolored animations, the division into zones (4), as well as subtle lighting in uniform colors. We make playing with the keyboard in the Predator Sense application, where we can use ready-made presets or create our own profiles.
May the force be with us
The computer that is to hit our personal Christmas tree is the basic model of the “seventeen”, equipped with a 6-core Intel 11th-generation processor and Nvidia RTX graphics card. Onboard we find the Intel Core i5-11400H chip from the Tiger Like family, made in a 10 nm lithographic process and clocked at a base speed of 2.70 GHz.
It is supported by a dedicated NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX ™ 3050Ti graphics card with 4GB of fast GDDR6 memory. The computer is also equipped with a fast SSD NVMe to drive with a capacity of 512 GB (we still have a 2 slot) and 16 GB of RAM. As befits a modern computer for the player, we also find here fast WiFi 6 (IEEE 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax), supported if necessary with the classic Ethernet 1GB / sport.
We have 4 USB ports at our disposal, of which USB-C is also Thunderbolt ™ 4, allowing you to connect two 4K screens at the same time. The other three ports are classic USB-A sockets (1x USB 3.2 Gen2 and 2x USB 3.2 Gen1). On the right side, there is also an HDMI 2.1 port and a mini Display Port. If we throw in a few more monitors under the Christmas tree, our Predator will be able to easily handle them.
What is certainly interesting for every avid gamer is the screen and its gaming parameters. Our Predator is equipped with a 17.3-inch IPS LCD matrix with a great response time of 3 ms and refreshment at 144 Hz. The resolution of the matte screen is 1920 x 1080 px, which in combination with the GeForce® RTX ™ 3050Ti card allows you to play at high settings and high FPS with most titles.
We do not have to worry about overheating the device. Its cooling is ensured by proprietary heat dissipation systems, designed by Acer engineers:
- AeroBlade 3D, behind this name, there are two large, 89-blade fans, with edges with special, animal-inspired shapes that guarantee quiet operation.
- CoolBoost ™ is a system that manages the operation of fans and the control of individual computer zones,
- VortexFlow is the appropriate shaping of thermal zones, insulated with thermal foam and more efficiently dissipating heat to the outside.
Older players will surely like the Turbo button, which brings the cooling system to the highest speed. This is not something to be used permanently, but it can be useful in critical situations with the most hardware-demanding titles.
Watch out, they are behind you!
However, games are not only images but also sound. In Predator, it will be taken care of by the DTS: X Ultra system, which in combination with headphones or external speakers can “build” a spatial scene that reflects the situation in the game. The computer will not guarantee that no one will come from behind, but it will give us a better chance of hearing something like that.
Predator Helios 300 will come to our Christmas tree with pre-installed Windows 10 Home and the ability to upgrade to the new 11-version. However, the decision remains in our hands. When using this computer, it is worth paying attention to the addition prepared by Acer programmers, which makes it easier for us to manage our gift.
We are talking about the Predator Sense program already mentioned on the occasion of keyboards. This is where we can manage and supervise the performance of our computer and create special profiles for specific games. It is also supported by known to all owners of computers from the Acera Care Center stable, which will allow you to easily deal with specific updates intended for this device.
Not just playing
As I have already mentioned, Helios 300 is such a universal computer that it will allow us not only for comfortable entertainment, but also efficient work. The LCD matrix offers good color reproduction, which in combination with a matte matrix and strong components allows for comfortable work, for example, when editing video. The keyboard, despite the gaming character, is surprisingly comfortable, office work is nothing terrible for Helios. Everyone will appreciate the large screen size … and in every situation.
We are looking for a large Christmas tree
So if you want to treat yourself to the end of the year, the Predator Helios 300 is a very good candidate for that. The only thing you need to take care of in advance is a large Christmas tree, this large laptop may not fit under a smaller one. How much do you have to pay for it? Currently, its price is PLN 5,999, which, considering its equipment and workmanship, is a very competitive offer. The only question is whether, after you buy it, other household members, especially the smaller ones, will not want to take it for themselves.
The article was written in cooperation with Acer