Acer launches its Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51XH, a new 17-inch full-screen, full-featured, 17-inch IPS full-screen IPS laptop that is currently on sale for 839 . It includes a graphics card dedicated dedicated NVIDIA Pascal GTX Ti 4GB associated with Optimus technology, a last generation Coffee Lake Quad Core i5 processor, a large capacity hard drive, USB 3.1 Type-C connectivity and a backlit chiclet keyboard.
With its angular lines, black brushed metal finish and touches of red, it has a decidedly gamer look. It has the AeroBlade technology in charge of cooling that uses 2 fans to evacuate the heat through the wide back grille.
Specification of Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51XH
|Slab||17.3 ” Full HD LED IPS ComfyView (1920×1080, matte / anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-8300H Coffee Lake (2.3 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed (max)||8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4 2400 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (1 free)|
|Storage space||1 TB at 7200 rpm 1 free M.2 SSD slot|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Pascal GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5 dedicated, Intel UHD 630 integrated into the processor and Optimus|
|Audio system||2 speakers|
|webcam||Yes, 720p HD with microphone|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac Gigabit Ethernet|
|Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Video output (s)||HDMI|
|USB||2 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.0 USB 3.1 Type-C|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Drums||Li-Polymer 4 cells 3220mAh|
|Autonomy announced||3 hours|
|Dimensions (mm)||432.32 x 289.91 x 29 mm|
|Other||Backlit chiclet keyboard with numeric keypad, multi-touch touchpad|
The Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51XH targets those who want to acquire a versatile 17-inch high-performance, games-oriented laptop.
A maximum of games can run on this computer as long as you are ready to some settings under the latest opuses and greedy graphic resources. It is equipped with the dedicated GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB dedicated card.
In practice, the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is solicited by embedded NVIDIA Optimus technology when it comes to performing graphic processing deemed too heavy for the Intel UHD 630. Integrated with the processor, the latter with modest performance is indeed preferred maximum by Optimus because its reduced energy consumption promotes autonomy.
In fact, Optimus switches automatically and in real time between the Intel UHD 630 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, both of which allow you to watch photos and videos.
With its 16 / 9th format, the screen lends itself well to this use especially as it adopts in parallel a Full HD definition adapted to High Definition content. With its IPS technology, the screen also offers more accurate colorimetry than average, as well as very comfortable vertical and horizontal viewing angles. Anti-reflective coating, the screen also provides better visibility in bright environment than a glossy slab and is more restful for the eyes for a long time.
The connectivity built into this notebook is good by the way, including 1 USB 3.1 Type-C, Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi modules ac to communicate and connect remotely wireless, Ethernet and audio ports, a convenient HDMI video output to easily connect this PC to a TV for example or 3 USB compatible both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, USB 3.0 ensuring transfers made up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if connected to it USB 3.0 devices.
Of course, the chiclet keyboard has a key backlight system which is very convenient for discerning in the dim light.
Storage is on the other hand in withdrawal. Admittedly, we take advantage of a swift hard drive (speed of 7200 rpm against 5400 rpm usually) with a large capacity of 1000 GB. But Intel Optane module or SSD module to increase responsiveness. On the other hand as an M.2 slot is available, those who wish can add a fast SSD.
Despite the absence of Optane or SSD, this computer is not lacking in responsiveness because it relies on 8 GB of RAM and a Quad Core processor i5-8300H Coffee Lake latest generation. This results in strong overall performance that can appeal to a maximum of users on a daily basis.
On a daily basis, this notebook guarantees a much faster operation than a model based on 4 GB DDR3 / 4 and a low-power dual core or quad core processor. The difference is particularly noticeable in RAM and CPU-intensive work using multicore architecture such as video editing, photo editing, and 3D rendering.