Acer offers a new blue-toned look to its Predator Helios 300 PH317-53-72P5. This 17-inch dedicated game contains in its imposing chassis a balanced configuration for performance: Hexa Core i7, RTX 2060, 16 GB RAM and hybrid storage. The 144Hz borderless screen brings a new dimension to your games while the cooling system has been reworked in the service of efficiency. The package is convaicant, provided to override its badly organized connections without TB3 or card reader.
Specs of the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-53-72P5
|Slab||17.3 \’\’ Full HD LED IPS 144Hz (1920×1080, matte / anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-9750H Coffee Lake Refresh (2.6 GHz, 6 cores)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 2666 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots|
|Storage space||25GB NVMe PCIe SSD 1TB at 7200 RPM|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Turing GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 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 Killer E2500|
|Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Video output (s)||HDMI 2.0|
|USB||3 USB 3.1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen2)|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Drums||Li-Polymer 4 cells 58.7Whr|
|Dimensions (mm)||403.5 x 280 x 24.7 mm|
|Other||4-zone RGB backlit chiclet keyboard with numeric keypad, multi-touch touchpad|
Chassis, connectivity, screen of the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-53-72P5
Despite a slight restyling that is worth it to go from red to blue level accents of the limp, the Helios 300 still assumes its gait gamer. Its chassis combines plastic and aluminum to withstand the test of time and restore a more premium image. In this sense, Acer has softened somewhat the lines of his Predator Helios 300, especially at the lid. The hexagonal shape of the chassis is also a little less prominent but remains current.
The format is also compacted, greatly encouraged by the refined screen borders. Despite all, with 25 mm thick (4mm less than the previous generation) and 2.9 kg on the scale, the Helios 300 PH317-53-72P5 remains solid for a 17 inches in 2019. Moreover, if this millet 2019 takes a small step towards sobriety, there is still much to do in this sense given the competition (Asus ROG G731GV in particular).
Then let\’s talk about the 17.3-inch screen that sports high-end specifications on this Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-53-72P5 with its IPS perennial panel with a refresh rate of 144 Hz . Intensive players will certainly appreciate the extra 24 frames per second compared to the more widely crossed 120 Hz. Especially since the viewing angles are excellent thanks to the IPS panel which, let us emphasize it, was not previously noted for its liveliness. The Full HD (1920 x 1080px) is the most suitable for gamers and allows you to make the most of your High Definition content while the matte treatment prevents the ambient brightness from reflecting on the screen, improving the playing comfort (especially in dark scenes).
The connector is slightly redesigned and contains most ports required (except the Thunderbolt 3). The video output options (HDMI 2.0, mini-DisplayPort) are on the right, and the cables may interfere if you plan to connect an external monitor and handle a mouse at the same time. Similarly, the power plug is placed awkwardly in the middle of the left side and the SD card reader has disappeared.
Performance, autonomy of the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-53-72P5
In order to give the game its full PC dimension, the graphic part is supported by the latest-generation GeForce RTX 2060 Turing Ray-Tracing (2019). This new version reserves a visible increase in power compared to GTX 10 Pascal. Thus, the RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 installed here should exceed the capabilities of a GeForce GTX 1070 in most scenarios as demonstrated by our test dedicated to the MSI GL63 8SE . Expert players will be able to launch the most recent titles and greedy Ultra with 60 FPS minimum.
Opposite, the latest generation processor Hexa Core i7-9750H Coffee Lake Refresh is here to meet the needs of versatility. The gain compared to the previous generation is not necessarily significant on the perfs (10% env.) But it still allows to see large resources in multi-core tasks, in the service of versatility. Indeed, its 6 cores (12 logics multi-threading) are valuable when you work on greedy applications type 3D modeling, parallelization, video editing … Especially since the RAM is present in quantity. With 16 GB of RAM , you enjoy a great multitasking scope, enough to see coming the next few years serenely.
The storage that equips this Predator is generous and combines a fast dedicated SSD (NVMe PCIe) of 256 GB with a hard hard drive ( 1 TB at 7200 rpm ). This duo is leaping to ensure a system of the most reactive – the operating system, programs and games are installed on the dedicated SSD (256 GB) – while adding a large storage space to house your toy library. The gain provided by the SSD is visible compared to a machine with a hard disk alone, especially since it is generally quieter, more robust and more energy efficient than its cousin. Note that a second slot M.2 NVMe is free inside and configurable in RAID0.
Let\’s finish with a point on the autonomy of the PC. The Helios 300 PH317-53-72P5 contains the same 58 Whr battery as the 15-inch version, which is particularly small for a 17 “in 2019. Combined with powerful components, the 144Hz display and despite Optimus, it can not do better than 5 hours of daily use in Web browsing with Wifi.