2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-72XD review.
Do you want to have a new gaming laptop that has high-end specs but doesn’t want to spend 2K or more? You are in the right place, read our review below.
✅ First off, let’s get into the main specification first.
PH315-53-72XD Core Specs
|Product||Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, 15.6" Full HD 144Hz 3ms IPS Display, 16GB Dual-Channel DDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, WiFi 6, RGB Keyboard, PH315-53-72XD|
|Screen||15.6″ Widescreen LED-backlit IPS screen with Full-HD 1920×1080|
|Processor||Intel i7-10750H (10th gen)|
|Dedicated Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060|
|RAM||2x8GB 2933MHz DDR4|
|Pros & Cons||VIEW|
✅ 6C/12T Intel i7-10750H
On the inside of the PH315-53-72XD is the Comet Lake 14nm++ CPU, the 10th generation of i7-10750H.
Without a doubt, it is categorized as a high-end processor chip that is dedicated to high-end laptops. It has a total of 6 Cores, 12 Threads, and a Turbo boost up to 5.0GHz (with a base Clockspeed 2.6GHz).
The 12MB cache memory and the 128GB max memory capacity of the CPU are also factors to make this laptop’s CPU to be one of the powerful CPUs in the market. Find out more about CPU’s cache here.
Dedicated GPU: the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
In addition to the specs mentioned above, there is also the RTX 2060 Graphics from NVIDIA in this machine.
This Graphics card is a good GPU that will run your games (also AAA titles) and is capable to process videos with 4K resolution.
On top of that, it supports the real-time Ray Tracing games, which is already coming in the last months, in short, it is a future-proof Graphics card.
16GB of Memory
This Helios 300 10th gen i7 version comes with 2x8GB (total 16GB) DDR4 2933MHz RAM out of the box.
This amount of memory will be more than adequate for most users and definitely enough for gamers or streamers.
What is so special about PH315-53-72XD laptop?
The following are the special features of this 2020 Acer Predator Helios 300 model.
144Hz 3ms IPS display with 300nits!
This Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-72XD gaming laptop comes with a 15.6″ Widescreen LED-backlit IPS screen with Full-HD 1920x1080p resolution.
You’ll be stunned by the amazing screen, as it has a 300nits brightness level.
Furthermore, the screen also has a 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms overdrive response time, The fast response time (3ms) is very important if you don’t want to have stuttering issues while gaming at higher frame rates.
So the screen of this machine is really good. On top of that, this machine’s frame is made of aluminum, for better strength, while more expensive gaming laptops are all made from plastics (less durable).
If you are interested in a non-gaming laptop from Acer that has an aluminum unibody, check out this one (2020 Acer Swift 3).
4-Zone RGB Keyboard
Yes, this PH315-53-72XD features the 4-Zone RGB Backlit Keyboard, which is really a good bonus.
This feature alone can cost you about 200 bucks. Moreover, you can change the color of the lights and even the brightness setting (Static and Dynamic settings).
You can even turn the lights completely off should you not want to have those colorful lights on your keys. But it’s always nice to have this feature on your gaming machine.
Turbo Button of 2020 Acer Predator Helios 300
On the top left of your keyboard deck, you can locate the “TURBO” shortcut button.
Once pressed, it will automatically increase your computer’s fan speed and also will overclock the GPU. This is a really good additional feature from this Helios 300 in order to protect itself from overheating issues.
CPU is undervolted by default
Most manufacturers locked the Undervolting feature of their laptops in the BIOS or UEFI, so you will need to be very techie to access them.
However, this laptop is factory Undervolted by default which is really great to help to reduce the heat in this gaming machine. I wish there will be more laptops that come undervolted.
2019 vs 2020 Acer Helios (PH315-53-72XD)
The Acer Helios family comes with many different configurations.
However, the main difference, when compared with the 2019 model, the charging port of the 2020 model is now located at the backside of the laptop rather than the side.
Then the 1x USB-C also supports fast charging this time.
And of course, lastly, the processor and also the Graphics card are newer and improved.
Why this PH315-53-72XD?
Because Acer keeps making a great gaming laptop with great internals to deliver good performance, an amazing screen, and a cool keyboard.
And their Acer Predator brand with its sturdy build quality and decent battery life.
At this price and with the same specs, the 10th gen of i7, and the RTX 2060, this laptop is about ~600 bucks cheaper than this one from Razer Blade (the price can fluctuate time after time).
A final thought, you cannot go wrong with this gaming machine with this price range. For this 1K price point, you will get the 10th gen of i7, RTX 2060, and 16GB dual-channel 2933MHz memory.
Furthermore, Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-72XD also comes with an aluminum lid, backlit keyboard, and RAM/Storage upgrade capabilities, very recommended!