It’s been quite some time since there was any post published on the site relating to the gaming laptops and the Acer Predator Helios 300 is an affordable VR ready gaming laptop. Along with the Acer Aspire Vx 15, this powerful laptop with good features is going to be one of the best reasons why you might want to consider buying a new gaming laptop.
The new NVIDIA graphics card has completely changed the game and there are much better laptops out there for a better price giving an outstanding performance in comparison to the laptops that we have seen previously. Without any further ado, let’s get into the detailed review-
Screen Size: 15.6 inches
Max Screen: Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor: 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7
Graphics Coprocessor: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
Item Weight: 6 pounds
Average Battery Life: 7 hours
Memory: 16 GB
Storage: 256 GB SSD
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Design and display
The laptop comes with the typical Acer Predator logo and two red colored angled lines. The common gaming laptop look, however, the build of the laptop seems pretty solid and strong. The laptop has the aluminum brush finish effect which is a look typical to the Acer clan.
The laptop comes with the 1080p IPS display which works pretty well in the case of gaming laptops. It does have a pretty great display and something which any gamer would find amazing especially when it comes to playing detailed graphic games like The Witcher or Tomb Raider.
The overall red and black look of the laptop makes it look like a typical gaming laptop and the predator logo confirms that the laptop is going to be a beast, LOL.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard is backlit and adds the red lighting on the keys add more to the black and red color code of the laptop. You do have an additional number pad to the right of the laptop making the entire keyboard more towards the left and that could take a little bit time getting used to. The keys are pretty crisp and the laptop would be great for typing since the keys do offer some considerable resistance.
The touchpad is pretty good and impressive. Although the comfort level with the touchpad can differ from one user to another, the touchpads with Acer laptops are pretty good and they have an accurate tracking. The touchpad again is more towards the left due to the inclusion of the number pad.
Most of us end up using a mouse when it comes to gaming so really I have no idea how it would be to experience using the touchpad of the laptop while gaming. But, when it comes to normal internet browsing and other activities the touchpad works pretty well.
Gaming and Graphics
The best part of all the features is the gaming feature. This laptop contains the NVIDIA GTX 1060 which is amazing and that makes the laptop VR ready. The NVIDIA GTX 1060 is better than the NVIDIA GTX ti 1050 giving you much better frame rates.
With this graphics card powering your laptop you could play all the graphics demanding games without any issues. You could probably play games like The Witcher in high settings and ultra settings without the frame rates dropping down as it was the case in the previous laptops that were powered with the older NVIDIA graphics card.
The laptop has 16GB RAM storage and comes with 256 GB SSD storage which is pretty good for a gaming laptop. A gaming laptop should at least have 8 GB RAM to perform as a really good gaming laptop. This laptop has enough storage and you can even add additional storage to it.
Being one of the most affordable VR ready laptops that we have this year, Acer Predator Helios surely is one of the most amazing gaming laptops that you could buy in order to run your VR headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
Battery Life and Overheating Issues
The laptop has a pretty amazing battery life of 7 hours. When gaming and under relatively more load as compared to browsing the battery life may end up lasting for 4 hours instead. Overall the Acer Helios 300 has a pretty amazing battery life in comparison to the other gaming laptops that are available in the market.
The laptop will eventually get hot due to long periods of gaming but the overall temperature of the laptop does not get unusually hot and you can still use the laptop without any issues. The laptop comes with dual fans that would keep the system cool in order to provide you with a better gaming experience.
Ports on the Laptop and Warranty
The ports on the laptop include – USB 3.1 (Type C) port (Gen 1 up to 5 Gbps), 1 – USB 3.0 Port (featuring Power-off Charging), 2 – USB 2.0 Ports, 1 – HDMI 2.0 Port with HDCP Support, Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port),Secure Digital (SD) card reader.
The laptop comes with a year warranty.
The Acer Predator Helios is one of the most affordable VR ready gaming laptops that we have in the competition. being one of the best laptops that would take you on a VR trip and costs just a little bit more than $1000, this laptop will be on the top of the list of affordable VR ready laptops for the year 2017.
The laptop has an amazing graphics card and display but apart from that it even has a battery which would last really long. The battery life of the laptop is pretty amazing and that kind of battery life for a laptop in the given price range is a steal.
Acer Predator Helios ahs a lot of features to like and not many setbacks except that you might want to invest a bit on expanding the storage but again that is totally optional. If you want a VR ready laptop that is affordable and has a good battery life then the Acer Predator Helios 300 is the perfect gaming laptop choice.