Compared to the Predator Helios 300 2017, Predator Helios 300 2019 has made a number of significant changes and especially the most powerful configuration with the 9th generation Corei CPU and 4th generation AeroBlade cooling technology. Let’s explore the power of this “Ice Monster” in Acer Predator Helios 300 2019 review below.
When compared to the 2017 model, the Helios 300 2019 has been transferred from red tones to green tones, bringing a fresh feel like Ice. On the other hand, We also found this dark blue tone very beautiful, like it was using a device from the future.
The Predator logo is now shining with neon blue, while two green strips that contribute to adorn the laptop.
Basically, the Acer Predator Helios 300 2019 is still a gaming laptop, so the design is full and the volume is about 2.2 kg but still light enough for you to carry around.
On the left side, you can see the air intake, charging port, LAN port, 2 USB 3.0 ports and 3.5 mm headphone port respectively.
On the right are the heat sync slot, HDMI port, mini Display port, USB 3.0 port, and Thunderbolt 3 port, respectively.
On the rear edge, we can see two large radiator slots along with the warning words of danger and high temperature.
Close-up view of a heat sink slot on the laptop and the front of the device is also designed with a beautiful diamond cut, giving a luxurious feel to Helios 300 2019.
The Predator Helios 300 2019 features a 15.6-inch screen with Full HD resolution and gaming technology, the frequency of 144 Hz, 3-millisecond response speed. For many gamers, this is definitely a valuable upgrade on this laptop, because it will allow them to play better games.
After nearly 2 weeks of experience, we found the screen of the laptop with high brightness, good contrast, wide viewing angle, and resistance to glare at a decent level. This means that when you play the game in the room it will be very comfortable, but if you are sitting near the window or outside, then increase the brightness to the maximum.
Just want to add that the narrow edge screen on the thin frames of the Predator Helios 300 2019, is definitely following the current ‘laptop fashion’ trend for you.
Keyboard and Touchpad
As for the keyboard, we can quickly tell you that the feeling of typing is still as good as the day. Travel deep keys, feel the key while pressing that there is a steady bounce. Highlighted keys are W, A, S, D, Aero Keys and Predator Sense Keys (System Management, Radiator Fan, Keyboard Icon…
Our keyboard is equipped with 4 RGB LED backlight, so your device will stand out in the dark. This is also a point that likes many gamers because the color that it brings gives them more confidence when they bring their laptops out to play.
On top of the keyboard, there is a button called turbo, when you press this button, you will activate the entire graphics card overclocking mode, pushing the rotation speed of the two radiators to the maximum. Of course, there is a bit more noise, but playing games is better.
The touchpad of the device gives a smooth feel, the mouse pointer gives fast response speed and is also portable if it gets light water, comfortable to use if you have sweaty hands.
We used both RTX 2060 and GTX 1660 Ti graphics cards, but in today’s Acer Predator Helios 300 2019 review, we will evaluate the gaming capabilities of GTX graphics cards first.
- CPU: 9th Gen. Intel Core i7 9750H
- RAM: 8 GB (single channel)
- Hard drive: 256 GB SSD (support 2 SSD slots or 1 SSD + 1 HDD slot)
- Discrete graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Lightweight performance test with Cinebench R15 software, a machine with an OpenGL score of 96.70 FPS and CPU’s score is 1228 CB.
What about the speed of SSD drives installed on the laptop? Read speed up to 3,000 MB / S and writes speed of 1,600 MB / s. Thanks to this, the machine boots very quickly, and the game is installed on this hard drive also loads even better.
Next is the game testing, because Predator Helios 300 2019 is an FPS game device, we had also tested these types of games.
First, we have CS: GO with an average FPS of 105. The game is very smooth in the maximum graphics mode and supports the 144 Hz frame, so it’s a good shot.
The next game we chose was PUBG, even in Ultra graphics settings, even in Ultra graphics settings, the game was easily played at 72 FPS. If you want to play at higher FPS, you can increase the graphics performance.
Another first-person shooter in the horror genre is Metro Exodus, which was also quite smooth on Helios 300 2019. We have set it at the maximum graphics level and do not turn on Ray Tracing, the average FPS is recorded when play is 75 FPS.
Finally, the heaviest game we tested was Battlefield V, we also turned on the maximum graphics mode and didn’t turn on Ray Tracing. As a result, the game was smooth, the average FPS is 50, but sometimes when shooting, the FPS also drops to 10, quite uncomfortable.
Good heat dissipation
The Predator Helios 300 2019 uses the 4th generation AeroBlade radiator fan, which provides high heat dissipation performance, helping us to play games without feeling hot. In normal working conditions, the fan rotates at the speed of more than 2,000 revolutions, the CPU temperature is quite cool, only about 44 degree Celsius.
When playing games, it is certain that the temperature of the CPU and GPU will sometimes rise up to 90 degree Celsius, but after activating the turbo mode, the radiator fan spinning at a speed of more than 6,000 rings will help the temperature drop from 8 – 12 degrees C. Overall, it is very cool for gamers to play. That’s why we also call it “Ice Monster”.
Speaking a bit more about the radiator fan on the Predator Helios 300, this is a fan that uses metal wing leaves with 59 steel leaves designed for serrated fins. In this part, heat dissipation helps in increasing efficiency and also reduces noise. The sound of the fan from the radiator fan is very similar to the sound of the jet engine. We really like this sound, don’t know if you’re like it or not.
With such a terrible configuration, when using a battery, it won’t last long. We also tried to use battery saving mode, ran only basic functions and the device’s battery life is more than just 3 hours.
This parameter is more about the context for gamers because we always have laptops to play games and bring chargers to play for fun.
Acer brings Predator Helios 300 2019 in new color design, brings freshness, coolness, and prices around $1600 which can be purchased through Amazon.com and Bhphotovideo.com. It uses a gaming monitor with a frequency of 144 Hz to meet the needs of FPS gamers, configuration using the 9th generation Core i7 processor and two powerful discrete graphics card options are GTX 1660 Ti or RTX 2060. And the most important is that the 4th generation AeroBlade radiator fan always brings a cool feeling when you play the game.