Planning on buying a viable and responsive gaming laptop in 2021? Well, chances are that you will have to pay a lot more than you had to do in 2020. However, if you are paying more, it is common nature to want more as well.
Compared to last year’s model, the 2021 Acer Predator Helios 300 has gone up by $100.
However, the upgrade in the price range is all because of the upgrade in the features and functionalities too.
Most of the features are the same, except for the upgrade to the graphics card, integrated with the NVIDIA Ampere architecture.
Design and Build
It is no question that Predator Helios 300 with its all-black chassis and angled lid corners stands out of from every other gaming laptop available in the market. Pairing the stunning construction with the turquoise-backlit logo and you have a premium quality gaming laptop priced under $1,500.
The rebranding of the Predator Helios 300 is unlike anything else. Unlike the previous versions, this one feature subtle branding and a sleeker design, something that makes it easier for gamers who are always on the go. In short, the design isn’t cluttered and has a mature vibe.
The device is an average sized gaming laptop and weighs 4.85 pounds, which is quite an acceptable weight for a gaming laptop of this calibre.
However, when it comes to the build of the 2021 Acer Predator Helios, the device is constructed partly with aluminum, including the lid, palm rest and keyboard deck. However, compared to few of the competitors from other leading brands like HP and Alienware, the devices feature a metal construction, so that is a downside worth noting.
But, despite the non-metal construction, the strength of the device is worth noting. Even with the plastic base, the chassis has a good flex and superior functionality, something that you wouldn’t have to worry about.
Pair that with the four-zone RGB keyboard with a dedicated button on the number pad for launching individual applications with flare. The only downside is that it lacks the per-key backlighting customization options.
Pushing aside the construction, the 2021 Acer Predator Helios 300 also features a highly responsive and high-quality display with 144Hz refresh rate for superior clarity and enhanced visual experience like you have never experienced before.
The device is equipped with a 15.6” FHD display with a responsive 144Hz refresh rate to tackle some of the most visually intensive games available.
Also, it provides with ample brightness, wide viewing angles and 100% sRGB color space to calibrate vibrant visuals while you are playing some of your favorite games online.
The 2021 Predator Helios 300 also lacks biometric features like the fingerprint reader or the face recognition webcam. However, the integrated 720p webcam offers superior video quality with a privacy shutter to keep a free flow during the video consultations.
Moving ahead from the display of the device, the Predator Helios 300 is backed with some of the latest performance features and functions for optimal results.
The device is powered by the latest 11th Generation Intel Core i7-11800H processor with 8 cores and 16 threads that allows you to tackle some of the most extensive games and the high-end visuals.
Aside from the latest CPU configuration, the Helios 300 is also backed with the latest NVIDIA RTX 3060 GPU with 6GB VRAM for responsive and immersive gameplay.
It features the latest NVIDIA Ampere architecture that supports ray tracing cores and supports multiprocessors supporting the DirectX 12 for the ultimate gaming performance like you have never experienced before.
The 5th Generation AeroBlade fan with 89 blades is designed to offer optimal air intake with the Vortex Flow design that ensures uniform heat dissipation to prevent the risks of overheating. Also, the CoolBoost technology maximizes the cooling efficiency like you have never experienced before.
Not only has Acer upgraded the overall performance of the device, the 2021 Predator Helios 300 is backed with the latest connectivity options, including the Thunderbolt 4 for superior data transfers and external connectivity as per your requirements.
The device is integrated with the multipurpose USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, Ethernet jack and audio combo jack for superior connectivity with external devices.
As for the wireless connectivity functions, the Predator Helios 300 also comes with the USB Type-A and USB Type-C ports for faster data transfer without any stopping.
Pair all of that with the wireless connectivity features with the Intel Killer DoubleShot Pro with Ethernet E2600 and Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i and the Bluetooth 5.0 support and you have yourself a winner.
Storage and RAM configuration
Much like its previous version, even the upgraded Acer Predator Helios 300 features up to 512GB SSD of storage with 16GB DDR4 RAM for superior multitasking results, especially when you are handling some of the most extensive games.
Despite the limited storage options, the device is suggested as one of the best options that you’d need to enhance the multitasking power of the intensive game that you are likely playing.
Also, compared to some of the other devices in the similar price range, the upgrade does manage to outdo some of the functionalities like you have never witnessed in a Predator device before.
The DTS:X Ultra enhances the overall audio output, rendering you to experience a high-quality and realistic sound production while you are trying to defeat your enemy and put them down. Along with the maximum stereo output, the gaming laptop is great with its long-lasting battery life as well.
Pricing and Availability
The 2021 upgraded Acer Predator Helios 300 is available on Amazon.com at a starting price of $1,299.99. However, due to increased demand, the device is currently unavailable and is likely going to be restocked soon.