Heilos 300 Gaming Laptop Review

.The Helios 300 is available in a variety of 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch configurations starting at $1,199.99; this year's test model is the cheapest we've examined at $1,299.99, with a 15.6-inch, 144Hz screen instead of the previous 240Hz refresh rate. It's nearly identical to the fantastic MSI Katana GF66, but with a smaller solid-state drive and a $100 price difference.

If the 1TB solid-state drive on the Helios fills up, you may install a backup hard drive (online instructions here), just as the Nitro 5. However, the Helios only has 16GB of RAM, whereas the Nitro 5 has 32GB. In system benchmarks such as PCMark 10, the Helios is also slower than the AMD-based Nitro 5. It received a score of 5,381 vs 6,820 for the Nitro 5. In the first-person shooter Metro Exodus, the Helios managed an average of 65 frames per second at Ultra settings at 1080p resolution. This is far quicker than the Nitro 5's average of 53 frames per second.

The inputs on the 2022 Predator Helios 300 range have been upgraded by Acer. The keyboard has undergone significant changes. The arrangement is similar to what they had before, with a set of full-size main keys on the left and a narrower set on the right for the NumPad area, as well as full-sized arrows jammed in among the other keys in a way that makes them difficult to detect without looking. The style and profile of the keycaps have altered, with solid black sides and a lower overall length. That’s why the overall feedback of this implementation is closer to an ultraportable design than to a full-size gaming laptop, which means this is a quick and quiet typer, but that it might also seem a little shallow on a first contact. I got used to it quickly, though, and I found the keys’ resistance and overall feedback one of the better balanced in this class. Acer updated the backlighting system as well, opting for a miniLED implementation with per-key RGB control. Various effects are selectable from the Armour Crate app, where you also get the key the manually customize each key if you want to.

The Acer Predator Helios 300 combines robust performance with a bright display and a comfortable keyboard for its user. However, paying $1,699 for a device with a limited battery life and poor speakers may be difficult. Our recommendation? Save money by opting for the Strix G15 Advantage ($1,549 - $1,699), which has a longer battery life and a more powerful processor. You will, however, be missing out on the Predator's brighter display and somewhat more powerful GPU. The Predator Helios 300 is a good gaming laptop to consider if you don't mind the short battery life and mediocre audio.