Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Acer Predator Helios 300 Review

Verdict

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £1200.00
  • Quad-core Intel Core i5 or i7 processor
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or 1060
  • 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch Full HD IPS display
  • Up to 16GB DDR4 memory

Hands-on with Acer’s more sensible gaming laptop

Acer is expanding its range of gaming laptops, filling in every conceivable gap. The Helios 300 range, which takes the form of both 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch laptops, is a step up from the Aspire VX 15 machine I reviewed earlier this month, but is still firmly in the mid-range.

This is a classic gaming laptop, with a classing gaming laptop design. There’s the sharp edges and red highlights you’ve come to expect from Predator machines, but it feels relatively well made. It looks very similar to the aforementioned VX 15, in fact.  It’s similar in terms of weight as well; the 15.6-inch model tips the scales at 2.6kg and is 27mm thick.

Acer Predator Helios 300

Related: The best gaming laptops to buy right now

The 17.3-inch model, meanwhile, weighs a mighty 3kg and is 29mm thick. This bigger model will go up against Asus’ excellent ROG Strix GL702VM.

I tried the 15-inch model at Acer’s launch event, and it ticks a lot of boxes. The keyboard feels very similar to the one found on the VX 15: it’s backlit by red LEDs – which not everybody will like – and has a really responsive action. It takes a bit more force to press than some other laptops, but it works really well in this case. 

There are some differences between the Helios and the VX 15. The biggest – and most important – is that Acer has picked a substantially better Full HD IPS screen. The VX 15, you might recall, was serioulsly harmed by its rubbish screen, that had a slightly yellowy tint and horribly narrow viewing angles. Here, the screen has lovely clean whites, wide viewing angles and is an altogether much better piece of kit. The Helios 300 will start at $1299 or €1199 (we’d expect around £1200), which equates to a £100 price bump over the VX 15. That’s a price worth paying for a better screen.

Acer Predator Helios 300

There’s a mix of specifications available on the Helios 300. The cheapest models will come with a quad-core Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor, 8GB of DDR4 memory and a 128GB SSD alongside a 1TB hard disk. The lowest-specification graphics card you can pick is an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, which will run all of the latest games at Full HD resolutions at Medium of High settings.

More expensive models get more powerful Core i7 chips alongside Nvidia’s GTX 1060, which is a proven 1440p gaming card and will happily play the latest games at Full at HD at High settings and beyond.

The model I tried was loaded up with Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and was happily handling High graphics settings at Full HD without too much fuss.


Acer’s already tried and tested this formula with the its VX line, and with a higher-spec graphics and a better screen, I’m optimistic this is another solid addition to its gaming laptop range.

Unlike other sites, we test every laptop we review thoroughly over an extended period of time. We use industry standard tests to compare features properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. We never, ever, accept money to review a product.

Find out more about how we test in our ethics policy.

Used as our main laptop for the review period

Tested for at least a week

Used consistent benchmarks for fair comparisons with other laptops

Reviewed using respected industry benchmarks and real world use

Trusted Score

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have 9 million users a month around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.