Versatile laptop PC oriented game and creation, the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-53-78V4 with 17 inch IPS Full HD anti-glare screen whose frequency of 120Hz improves fluidity in games and able to run as much as possible thanks to its NVIDIA Turing GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q graphics card which also accelerates multimedia processing in the image of the heart combining a Hexa Core i7-9750H processor with a good amount of 16 GB RAM. In addition, it benefits from SSD storage with a high capacity of 1 TB which enhances its responsiveness as well as a backlit chiclet keyboard and Wi-Fi ax connectivity, dual video output and USB 3.1 Type-C.
Specifications Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-53-78V4
Backlit keyboard Yes, 4-zone RGB with Windows 10 64-bit operating system
|Screen (s)||17.3 \’\’ Full HD LED IPS 120Hz 300cd / m² 72% NTSC ComfyView (1920×1080, matt / anti-reflective)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-9750H Coffee Lake Refresh (2.6 GHz, 6 cores)|
|RAM installed (max)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 2666 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Turing GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB GDDR6 Dedicated Max-Q, Intel UHD 630 integrated in the processor and Optimus|
|Storage||1 TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe) 1 free 2.5 inch slot|
|Connectivity||2 USB 3.0 1 USB 3.1 (Gen2) USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0, miniDisplayPort 1.4|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x), Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet|
|Audio system||2 speakers Waves MaxxAudio, Acer TrueHarmony|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||5 hours / Li-Ion 4 cells 3815mAh 58.7Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.93 Kg / 403.5 x 280 x 24.7 mm|
Chassis, connectors, screen of Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-53-78V4
With its black frame with angular lines, it sports a gamer design, taking up the codes of the genre.
It is cooled by AeroBlade technology which uses 2 AeroBlade 3D 4th generation fans and heat pipes, the heat being evacuated through the grilles present on the sides and the back.
The connectivity integrated into this PC oriented creators and gamers is good, made up of Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi ax modules ( more efficient and recent than Wi-Fi ac ) to communicate and connect remotely wirelessly, HDMI video outputs and practical mini-DisplayPort to easily connect this computer to a TV for example, Ethernet and audio ports, 1 USB 3.1 Type-C or 3 USB 3.0 (both compatible with USB 2.0) guaranteeing transfers taking place up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 when plugging in USB 3.0 devices.
Thanks to its 4-zone RGB backlighting system, the keyboard allows you to clearly see its keys in the dark.
The screen is adorned with a frequency of 120Hz which improves fluidity in games compared to the standard 60Hz, which will interest players. It can also appeal to creators because it adopts IPS technology. As a result, it has large vertical and horizontal viewing angles and reproduces colors more faithfully than average. The screen is also very suitable for displaying videos and more generally High Definition content thanks to its 16: 9 format and precise Full HD definition. Anti-reflective coating, it also offers better visibility than a shiny panel in a bright environment (eg outdoors) and is more restful for the eyes in prolonged use.
Performance, battery life of Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-53-78V4
The Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-53-78V4 may be of interest to those who wish to acquire a versatile 17-inch laptop PC with performance, game and creation oriented.
It stands out for its SSD storage which rivals hard drives in terms of capacity with 1 TB offered while being silent, more energy efficient, more robust and much faster.
In concrete terms, the SSD guarantees much better fluidity and responsiveness than a daily hard drive. Thanks to the SSD, for example, we reach faster on-line games maps and we benefit from much faster game / software launches, processing and starts / stops.
In addition, as a 2.5 inch slot is free, we can add a second SSD or a hard drive to this PC if necessary.
Still, the SSD goes well with the heart of this computer which delivers solid overall performance capable of satisfying demanding users. It is made up of a Hexa Core i7-9750H Coffee Lake Refresh processor and a good amount of 16 GB RAM.
This duo guarantees much faster processing than a Quad Core processor and 8 GB DDR4, particularly in areas that are greedy in CPU and RAM resources exploiting multicore, for example in photo editing, 3D rendering or video editing.
The contribution of the Hexa Core in games is certainly variable compared to the Quad Core.
The fact remains that this PC is capable of running a maximum of games if we agree to settings under titles requiring graphics resources to obtain good playability.
It is indeed equipped with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti NVIDIA Turing, here in Max-Q edition .
Depending on the tasks performed, the onboard NVIDIA Optimus technology switches automatically and in real time between the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and the Intel UHD 630 solution integrated into the processor.
Optimus uses the Intel UHD 630 as much as possible despite its very modest benefits because it uses little energy and thus promotes autonomy. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is in practice activated by Optimus to perform graphics processing deemed too heavy for the Intel UHD 630. With one or the other, you can of course watch photos and videos.
The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti also has the advantage of speeding up processing under software that takes advantage of GPU computing power, such as Adobe Photoshop / Premiere or Sony Vegas).
Finally on the autonomy side, bet on about 5 hours of battery operation in light use for this computer whose 17-inch format is comfortable for mainly sedentary use (eg at home) but which is not the most easily transportable with its weight close to 3 Kg.
For this type of gaming PC in any case, noise and heating are relatively controlled.