Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop PC, 15.6″ Full HD 144Hz 3ms IPS Display, Intel i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, 16GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe SSD, Backlit Keyboard, PH315-52-78VL is a pure performer.
Acer Predator Helios 300 GTX 1660 Ti 2019 PH315-52-78VL is the improved model of Acer Predator 15 inch lines.
In the box, this laptop will be well packed and protected by the styrofoams. Then you will also discover the user manual, service and warranty cards, some papers. Some of these are containing your device’s information about drivers, etc. They really take care of the packaging.
Other than those, you will also get hard drive brackets, just in case you want to upgrade your laptop.
About the power adapter, it is actually a compact power adapter. It’s smaller than those power bricks from most of the other gaming laptops.
Predator Helios 300 2019 Model Looks
First off, when you take your new machine out of its packaging, you will love the blue accent of it. The blue Acer predator logo on it looks so cool!
The logo will actually light up when you turn your machine on. You’ll also love the metal construction or aluminum surface from the metal lid and the keyboard deck. Basically, most of the parts of the device that you would touch daily.
Everything feels and looks very solid and sturdy. On top of that, it does not only make the laptop looks premium but the metal surfaces increase the durability of your gaming machine too. This is important so that you would not need to spend another thousand in the coming years.
There are 4 fans in this Acer Predator 15 inch laptop, you will notice the 2 are on the back and there is one fan on each left and right side. This shows it is well designed since many gaming laptops come with the same fan for CPU and GPU heats. For a powerful 17-inch gaming laptop, consider this one here. (The 2020 MSI GF75 model which has also the GTX 1660ti GPU)
Moreover, the thin bezel gives you a more screen view and makes the whole device looks cleaner. If you compare with the 2018 or other models, this one has thinner bezels, and of course, they also improved the hardware of this 2019 Acer Helios 300 model. It also weighs nearly 0,6 pounds less than the 2018 model.
Acer Predator Helios 300 Specs
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|CPU:||2.6GHz 9th gen Intel i7-9750H|
|Memory:||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
|Graphics:||6GB GDDR6 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti|
|Storage:||256GB PCIe NVMe SSD|
|Screen:||15.6 inches Full-HD (1920x1080P) with 144Hz Refresh Rate|
This Acer Predator Helios 300 GTX 1660 ti comes with a 144Hz refresh rate with a ~3ms response time full-HD 1080p display.
These specs alone make this Acer Predator 15 inch laptop to have one of the best displays in laptops out there. The ASUS TUF FX505DT Ryzen 5 for instance, only has a 120Hz refresh rate screen, hence about a few hundred cheaper than this one.
PH315-52-78VL vs ASUS TUF FX505DT
With the clever undervolted 6-cores Intel i7-9750H that is integrated with Intel UHD Graphics 630 and the discrete NVIDIA 80W GPU (the 1660ti) this monster will be able to do anything you want. Experience the game titles like the Final Fantasy XIV Stormbringer , Darksiders Warmastered Edition or the Witcher 3 with insane settings!
The Acer Predator Helios 300 GTX 1660 ti comes with a built-in overclock setting which is the Turbo mode. You can activate the Turbo mode when you switch the Turbo mode button on the upper-left of your keyboard. Other than that, if you want you can also set up your custom overclocking settings.
Once the Turbo mode button is on, you will hear the noticeable noises of the fan. Only if you play some intensive games or doing demanding computing tasks. By having this mode active, you won’t have throttling thermal, it would also increase the power limit of your CPU and overclock the Graphics processor to extreme mode.
Acer Helios 300 2019 Model Memory
This Predator Helios 300 2019 model also ships with dual-channel 2x8GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM, which each slot will accept up to 16GB, so it will be upgradable for a maximum total of 32GB memory.
Out of the box, this memory will be more than enough to play games and doing your usual computing work. The most laptop comes with 8GB RAM. And this one is easily upgradeable, big plus.
The Acer Predator Helios 300 GTX 1660 ti comes with a 256GB NVME SSD drive, and if you want to add 1TB hard drive, for instance, there are two slots for the expansions. So there is 3 total of the storage slots in this device. The first slot is populated with the NVME M.2 256GB SSD that is installed by the manufacturer, which also has the operating system installed (Windows 10).
The second slot is an open M.2 NVME slot that you can populate with your own NVME SSD, and the third slot is a 2.5-inch standard bay if you want to add a SATA hard drive, for example, a 1TB SATA HDD.
Generally, by using SSD drives, you can prevent your system to be overheated when gaming. For that reason, nearly all gaming laptops today, ship with SSD drives. Should you want a laptop that has bigger RAM; check out the MSI P65 Creator model (it has 512GB SSD).
There are a few features that come with gaming device.
Intel Optimus Feature
To be able to use the power efficiently, help you saving the battery life, and reducing the noises of the exhaust fans, as with almost all of the modern gaming machines, the Acer Predator Helios 300 GTX 1660 ti has Intel Optimus feature.
In short, your system will switch the GPUs dynamically. It will switch between the power-efficient NVIDIA GTX 1600ti and the less powerful integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 by using the Intel Optimus. When you are doing a computing task, this Intel feature will guess which GPU your computer will use.
If you don’t want this, you can control this feature easily by using the Nvidia control panel (by doing a right-click your desktop) and set up which GPU you want to use for the specific applications you are currently using. Here is a complete guide to go to Nvidia Control Panel.
You can also control the GPU setting by doing right-click on the shortcut icon of the program before launching it. This Optimus feature can be very useful if you want to balance the performance of your system.
These 2 have both 1660ti GPU, compare;
Keyboard and the off-centered Trackpad
The keyboard on this PH315-52-78VL Acer gaming laptop 2019 model is pretty nice to type on, and as usual, there is also a sticker on it that tells the main specs of your PC. The WASD and arrow keys are nicely located, and most of all, they work very well.
For the trackpad, it is a Windows precision trackpad, basically, it enables you to have more precise input and touch on your touchpad or trackpad.
Overall, the off-center located trackpad has better quality than expected. As you know, most gaming devices have poor trackpads. You will likely want to use an external mouse for gaming anyways.
Just a note, it has a USB-C port that won’t support video output. It won’t support the thunderbolt 3 either, you can only use it to connect to your USB-C devices. However, it ships with a mini-DP and an HDMI ports, so you have enough output possibilities.
The fact that this device has a metal lid, metal keyboard deck, and does not have flex makes this 2019 Predator Helios 300 is just incomparable. I know there are a few gaming laptops that cost 2k and flex, but this one does not. For the similar selling price, no other laptop can compare.
By having better look, durability, thermals and 1660ti GPU, and VR Ready this Acer Predator Helios 300 GTX 1660 ti is definitely worth every penny.