The Helios 300 is a consistent with shape gaming workstation with a 15.6-inch 144Hz screen, GTX 1060 designs, and an Intel Core i7 chip. Specs like these are normally held for workstations in the $2,000 territory, yet the Helios 300 offers every one of them for a small amount of the standard expense.
At any rate, I can state Acer outlined a gaming PC that looks like it: brilliant red accents, stout corners, and thick bezels with plastic and metal that equivalent six pounds in weight. The Helios 300’s 1.05-inch case isn’t the most slender, and it doesn’t have the most noteworthy quality form I’ve found in a PC at this cost, yet it does well to cover a large portion of my fingerprints, in spite of its dull metal palm rest.
A “gaming” workstation, regardless of its cost, ought to have the capacity to convey top of the line execution through a nice GPU and CPU and have the minimum necessities to exploit that execution, for example, a high invigorate rate screen and solid cooling. To this point, the Acer Helios 300 conveys a smidgen of everything to say the least.
There’s a great deal I can say in regards to the Helios 300’s gaming and efficiency execution. Before the Helios 300, I haven’t tried a sub-$2,000 workstation that can play Rainbow Six: Siege and League of Legends, at a predictable 144 edges for each second. Overwatch likewise keeps running at ultra settings, however it plunges to the 80 fps stamp in exceptional firefights. Predetermination 2 likewise runs easily at around 100 fps with settings on ultra.
Contrasted with pricier gaming workstations, the Helios 300 really tolls quite well. The $2,399 Razer Blade 15 that I surveyed in June got comparative casing rates playing similar amusements. Most other top of the line gaming PCs, similar to the MSI GS65, work in a similar ballpark, with the main significant contrasts among them and the Helios 300 being the more slender and lighter edges.
Here’s another unexpected element you wouldn’t expect on a spending gaming PC: the capacity to overclock the GTX 1060 to support its execution. Inside the PredatorSense application, you can control the Helios 300’s fan modes (auto, max, or an exclusively speed) and additionally overclocking the GPU’s clock speed (when connected to). Pushing the GPU to max overclock got me anyplace between 10-15 fps help in the diversions that I tried.
Now, it’s unmistakable Acer achieved a considerable measure of the things that would make more moderate gaming PCs incredible. Where Acer hasn’t made such a decent showing with regards to is with the console. I’m significantly more joyful composing on my work area mechanical console, or even the strangely arranged Razer Blade 15, than the Helios’ soft console. Acer ran with an all-red backdrop illumination for the keys, which are shallow, delicate, and don’t feel exceptionally material.
The touchpad isn’t something to get amped up for, either. The best part about it is that it’s a Precision touchpad, so following is dependable and smooth and all of Windows 10’s multifinger signals are bolstered. Notwithstanding, the touchpad feels exceptionally one-dimensional when clicked, it flexes at each corner, and it has indistinguishable smooth surface from the metal palm rest.
Truly, I didn’t anticipate that the Helios 300 will do well with battery life in any case. In any case, most top of the line gaming workstations infrequently achieve over six hours from an outlet, so the Helios isn’t too far-removed from them.
The Helios 300 exceeds expectations at gaming execution for hundreds not as much as the PCs MSi, Asus, or Razer have available. All things considered, $1,200 isn’t precisely shoddy — that is about what you’ll pay for an excellent efficiency workstation — yet before this, you needed to pay significantly more to get this sort of execution. You’ll have the capacity to play every one of the diversions you need, with high settings, and your eyes will have the capacity to stay aware of everything that activity on the 144Hz screen. Acer won’t be the main player in this space for long. It’s altogether likely that Asus, MSi, Alienware, and others will have also estimated and specced PCs out after a short time.
Simply make a point to continually carry the accusing block of you, in light of the fact that the Helios 300 isn’t a $2,000 street warrior. It’s a moderate gaming workstation — and a damn decent one at that.
The Acer Predator Helios 300 is an activity in cheapness without an excessive amount of trade off. It doesn’t have the longest-enduring battery, the most engaging plan, or the best console. While these deficiencies may be major issues for the sort of devotee who needs a do-everything PC, it’s consummately fine for the starting PC gamer.
At this point, you may think about how the battery life of a thick, six-pound PC charges with a discrete GPU and a six-center processor. Not well, I’m perplexed: Acer promotes around seven long stretches of utilization on the Helios 300, yet utilizing it minimalistically with the brilliance turned down and console illuminated on, I could just crush out around five long stretches of use of standard, non-gaming profitability work.
The design is fine for a 15.6-inch undercarriage, however composing long archives and messages is my slightest most loved thing about utilizing the Helios 300. Ideally, contending (reasonable) gaming workstations will complete a superior occupation with the console.
The Helios 300 has a not too bad port determination, however it oddly precludes a DisplayPort completely. Clearly, you need to forfeit a few highlights at a reasonable cost, and having the capacity to associate the Helios 300 to different screens by means of DisplayPort is one of those cut out highlights. Else, you get one USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, a HDMI, Ethernet, and a USB 3.1 Gen 1 (yet not Thunderbolt 3) Type-C port.
As a result of its stout profile, cooling is something the Helios 300 exceeds expectations at — as any gaming workstation should — notwithstanding just having one open vent at the back. On the off chance that slimness in gaming workstations is connected with an expansion in cost (because of extraordinary cooling arrangements, Max Q GPUs, and so on.), at that point I’d respect an influx of less expensive, chunkier, yet at the same time svelte PCs, similar to the Helios 300. Under strain, the most blazing territories of the Helios 300 incorporate ideal over the capacity keys and the fan vents. Whatever is left of the Helios 300 stays cool, which isn’t generally the case with more costly gaming workstations. (I’m taking a gander at you, Razer.)
Its significance is that you’ll have the capacity to play most current-age PC recreations on high (or the most astounding) settings, well past the 60 fps check required for smooth ongoing interaction, and once in a while you’ll even achieve the local 144 fps target.
The primary spec a reasonable gaming PC should center around is a decent screen. Acer utilized a 144Hz IPS screen on the Helios 300. High invigorate rate screens are vital in PC gaming on the grounds that the higher the rate, the smoother your ongoing interaction experience will be. 144Hz is the present standard for top of the line work areas and workstations, and it’s an appreciated expansion to a $1,200 PC, which are typically outfitted with slower, 60Hz screens.
The Helios 300 helps me to remember gaming workstations from two years back when elegant styling was unbelievable and a gaming PC that could serve as an efficiency machine was similarly incomprehensible. I can’t state this outline dialect has matured well — it hasn’t — yet the genuine worth of the Helios 300 is in how well it can play recreations.
While it appears the Helios 300 is a pipe dream PC, it comes with a few provisos, to be specific in outline and console quality. In any case, even with those bargains, the Helios 300 is a forerunner of a pattern in less expensive yet at the same time competent gaming PCs.