The previous Acer Predator Helios 300 (2018) has been one of the best and favorites well-priced modern gaming laptops in the market.
It’s a mid-tier machine that delivered excellent features and competitive price for its class. Last year, the new Acer Predator Helios 300 2019 came into the market.
This line (PH315-52) delivered even more impressive features compared to the 2018 model, as the provider redesigned, upgraded, and offered some configurations options.
Besides, these beast are once again successfully hits the market as the most competitive priced gaming laptops than most of its rivals.
And yes, it was lacked with few visible issues, but its performance is stellar for the prices.
Product: Acer Predator Helios 300 15
Item Model Number: Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-52-75DE
Screen Size: 15.6-Inch
Weight (lbs/kg): 5.3/2.41
Optical Drive Type: None
Editor’s Rate: 9.3 out of 10
PROS & CONS
PROS: Very reasonable price, excellent build quality, high performance, comfy keyboard, easy upgrade internal drive, and the GeForce RTX 2060 delivered an excellent graphics capacity. The 144 Hz framerate and matte screen offered smooth movement and visibility for outdoor uses.
CONS: Can get loud considering the internals. No card reader available, short battery life, and a Thunderbolt 3 could make it more versatile in terms of connectivity.
- ACER PREDATOR HELIOS 300 2019
- KEYBOARD & TOUCHPAD
- BATTERY LIFE
ACER PREDATOR HELIOS 300 2019
Acer Predator Helios 300 2019 available on both 15 and 17 inches, plus with several hardware setup options. However, the revised unit is on the specific one of Helios 300, and it’s the PH315-52-75DE model (black color).
The Predator Helios 300 PH315-52-75DE is a 15-inch laptop which suffices and broad enough for gaming purpose. Similar to its predecessors, with the 144Hz refresh rate display, it offers respectable and smoothes for the gaming experience.
Moreover, it comes with an incredible set of hardware for the user. It includes the latest 9th generation Intel processor (with 6-core), Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics card, 512 GB PCIe NVMe solid-state drive, and 16 GB of memory.
Plus, there’s one available slot for PCIe M. 2 (M-dot-2) type, as you can easily upgrade the storage capacity later on. This laptop looks more elegant than the previous Helios 300 and seems like hybridize with the Acer Triton lineup.
|ACER PREDATOR HELIOS 300 PH315-52-75DE||DETAILS|
|Screen Display||15.6 Inch Full HD 1080p Widescreen LED-backlit IPS Panel Matte Display (144 Hz Refresh Rate)|
|Max Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Dimensions cm/inches (LxWx H)||36.1 cm/14.23″ x 25.4 cm/10.01″ x 2.3 cm/0.9″|
|Processor/CPU||9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750H|
|CPU Performance||6 (Hexa-Core), 2.60GHz (Up to 4.5GHz)|
|Graphics Card/GPU||Dedicated Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060|
|GPU VRAM||6 GB GDDR6 RAM|
|RAM/Memory||16 GB RAM DDR4 SDRAM|
|Hard Drive||512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home Edition|
|Webcam||HD Webcam with SDHR (Super High Dynamic Range)|
|Networking||Wi-Fi 6/802.11ax Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, & Killer Gaming Network E2500 LAN|
|Interfaces||1x USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2, 3x USB Type-A 3.1 (1 with Power-off Charging), 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x Audio Jack, 1x Mini Display, 1x Ethernet (RJ-45 port)|
The Acer Predator Helios 300 2019 has been redesigned and significantly improves visually. It looks somehow compact than the previous model.
However, it’s still bulky as the final dimensions are 36.1 X 25.4 X 2.3 centimeters (L X W X H). It uses both plastic and aluminum material for its body.
As for the base (keyboard and palm-rest) and lid area (back screen), it utilizes the aluminum. While you’ll find it uses the other substance at the bottom and screen bezels.
Hence, this unit reasonably sturdy for the build. Weighing 2.41 kg is undoubtedly for a gaming rig, but this Helios 300 PH315-52-75DE is lighter than the previous model.
The complete black matte, with the blue accents, predator logo, and the metal screen lid, are mostly delivered a fashionable look for a gaming style.
A protective sleeve could help when you’re not carrying the backpack. If you’re searching for a mid-range gaming laptop, this beast is perfect.
KEYBOARD & TOUCHPAD
Helios 300 chiclet-style keyboard has a similar layout to most of today’s laptops, a full-size Numpad, and the characters engraved and printed with white color on its keycaps. It’s large enough and black painted, as it is suitable for visibility.
Besides, the keys are well-sized for the fingertips, and it’s decently spaced, and reliable for typing efficiency and reduces the mistype error. It also travels downward with an acceptable amount of point for today’s standard.
However, you’ll still find the power button on the top-right of the keyboard, and the keys’ bounce may feel a bit soft. Since it’s built for gaming, the Predator Helios 300 also supports the Acer n-key rollover.
The keyboard features an RGB backlight, and you’ll also find a dedicated key for launching the PredatorSense app. So, the keyboard quality is pretty good and dependable for gaming too.
As for the touchpad, it is suitable for today’s requirements, but not many improvements have been made form its predecessor. The plastic-clad touchpad is smooth and moderately sized. Although, you may rarely use it since it is for gaming.
Similar to the previous Predator Helios 300, the display quality is one of the significant features that you’ll find on this unit. While in action, you’ll most certainly see the differences compared to the typical 60 Hz refresh rate.
The display is quite fast, smooth, and suffice for today’s gaming with the 144 Hz framerates and a rapid 3ms reaction time. Provided with slightly over 300 nits maximum brightness, the display considers excellent for today’s standard.
Therefore, gaming with its 15.6-inch screen size is enjoyable. Plus, the Full HD 1080p quality delivered correct details for the content, including the graphics for video games without toiling the GPU.
It utilizes the Widescreen LED-backlit IPS with matte type screen, which is suitable for outdoor use and content sharing. So, the display quality of Acer Predator Helios 300 2019 is arresting as well.
Our revise unit is the PH315-52-75DE of Helios 300, which comes with the most exclusive set of hardware. It powered by the 9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750H CPU, 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU.
Thanks to the hexacore design with up to 12 threads (two computing threads per core), the i7-9750H processor is among the most reliable CPU for gaming, other demanding applications, and even for the workstation as well.
It’s the last year (2019) most often used CPU for a gaming rig and other higher-end laptops. Besides, run up to 4.5GHz with 2.6GHz base performance is inclusive in terms of modern computing, and cost-effective too.
Paired with 16 GB RAM and SSD type drive storage made this unit provide respectable multitasking and productivity performance. While you’ll find the Intel Core i5-9300H installed on the entry-level configuration of Predator Helios 300.
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Therefore, you can expect it runs almost everything and efficient enough for both gaming and productivity. Perhaps, you need to upgrade the SSD volume shortly, as it only uses 512 GB storage capacity.
As discussed earlier, our pick of Acer Predator Helios 300 2019 offered the high-end configuration. Its graphical performance powered by the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. You can expect this card as powerful as the GTX 1070 for desktop.
Most of Helios 300 uses the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, which is good enough for today’s gaming. It’s affordable and among the latest Nvidia graphics card, and it does an excellent performance for modern needs.
However, when compared to the selected GPU (Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060), the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti falls a step behind for gaming. Moreover, the RTX 20-branded model cards support the latest tech like the Tensor cores or Raytracing.
Therefore, perhaps the GTX 1660 Ti is good enough for modern games as well, but the RTX 2060 is more suitable for someone who is concerned with more performance in high settings and for the subsequent game ability.
This unit comes with acceptable connectivity ranges. So, let’s start with the available port options first. There is an audio jack followed by two USB Type-A 3.0 ports, an Ethernet (RJ-45), and a charging port on its left side.
And, you’ll find a USB Type-C, another USB Type-A 3.0, Mini Display Port, and an HDMI port connector. There is no SD card reader slot available and fancy Thunderbolt 3 on this notebook.
Helios 300 quipped with one of the latest built-in wireless and Bluetooth 5.0. It’s called the Wi-Fi 6 or 802.11ax Wi-Fi (Killer DoubleShot Pro Wireless-AX 1650), and it’s far faster than the typical wireless device.
As for the front camera, the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-52-75DE only utilized a typical HD 720p (1280 x 720) webcam, which is lined with microphones, and it supports Super High Dynamic Range (SHDR).
The image quality considers okay for live streaming and skype. However, if you need a more precise image when going live, you need an external webcam with a better condition for that.
These days, for the 15.6-inch gaming notebook, a 58 Wh battery is short. It may able last up to 6 hours, but if it’s only used and runs minimum loads of tasks. When we look at the internals and 144Hz framerate screen, it’s understandably.
The PH315-52-75DE of Helios 300 15 probably can last 3 to 4 hours for regular uses. While you can expect gaming with this unit somewhat over one hour. Well, it’s expected for a gaming rig, so you need it to stay plugged in.
Based on its latest attributes, the provider entirely made this machine an excellent mid-tier gaming laptop. The redesigned and improvements of the Acer Predator Helios 300 2019 hits the market at very reasonable prices.
Hence, the 2019 model delivered a smaller form-factor when compared to its predecessor, and it looks more attractive by merging the aluminum and plastic for its body.
Plus, the combo of Core i7-9750H and RTX 2060 is excellent for gaming. The battery upgrades too, but still a bit too much for the power.
Moreover, with the GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, to maintain and keep the internals condition, the fans can get
loud under heavy loads. So, you need a headphone when gaming.
While the other Predator Helios 300 used Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, and also adequate for today’s AAA titles. It’s an excellent option too, as it puts less strain than the RTX 2060 GPU.