A versatile high-performance gaming laptop, the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-54-705Q is equipped with a 17-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare screen with 240Hz frequency which improves fluidity in games. Its high-end NVIDIA Turing RTX 2070 ray tracing graphics card is capable of running recent games and speeding up multimedia processing, as is the heart combining a Hexa Core i7 Comet Lake-H processor with a good amount of RAM. The responsiveness of this black computer is reinforced by its fast SSD storage with a large capacity of 1 TB. It also benefits from a backlit chiclet keyboard as well as a Wi-Fi ax, USB 3.1 Type-C but also dual video output.
Specifications Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-54-705Q
|Screen (s)||17.3 ” Full HD LED IPS 240Hz 300cd / m² 72% NTSC ComfyView (1920×1080, matt / anti-reflective)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-10750H Comet Lake-H (2.6 GHz, 6 cores)|
|RAM installed (max)||16 GB DDR4 2933 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Turing GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel UHD 630 integrated in the processor and Optimus|
|Storage||1TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|Connectivity||2 USB 3.0 1 USB 3.2 (Gen2) USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0, miniDisplayPort 1.4|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i), Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet|
|Backlit Keyboard||Yes, 4-zone RGB|
|Audio system||2 speakers Waves MaxxAudio, Acer TrueHarmony|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||5 hours / Li-Ion 4 cells 3815mAh 58.7Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.90 Kg / 403.5 x 280 x 24.7 mm|
Chassis, connectors, screen of Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-54-705Q
With a black frame with angular lines, this gaming laptop has a decidedly gamer feel.
It is cooled by Predator CoolBoost technology which increases the speed of the fans according to the heat generated.
The connectivity integrated into this PC is also good, even if we can regret the absence of Thunderbolt 3. There is 1 USB 3.1 Type-C, Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi ax modules ( more efficient and recent than the Wi-Fi ac ) to communicate and connect remotely wirelessly, useful HDMI and mini-DisplayPort video outputs for easy connection to a TV for example, Ethernet and audio ports or even 3 USB 3.0 (compatible with times USB 2.0) guaranteeing transfers made up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 peripherals are connected.
A 4-zone RGB type backlighting system is fitted to the chiclet keyboard, which is practical for distinguishing its keys in a dimly lit environment.
The screen is adorned with a frequency of 240Hz much higher than the standard 60Hz which has the effect of improving fluidity in games. In addition, thanks to its IPS technology, it has significant horizontal and vertical viewing angles. It also displays colors more faithful than the average and is well suited to High Definition content such as videos by its precise Full HD definition and its 16: 9 format. Anti-reflective coating, the screen also offers better visibility in bright environments (eg outdoors) than a shiny panel and is more restful for the eyes in prolonged use.
Performance, battery life of Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-54-705Q
The Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-54-705Q is for those who want to acquire a versatile large-format laptop PC that performs in games and is creative oriented.
As it takes advantage of the high-end NVIDIA Turing GeForce RTX 2070 dedicated graphics card with ray tracing, this gaming computer is capable of running the most recent and graphics-intensive games at a good level of detail.
In addition, under software that takes advantage of GPU computing power, such as Adobe Premiere / Photoshop or Sony Vegas, the GeForce RTX 2070 speeds up processing.
The GeForce RTX 2070 comes with the Intel UHD 630 solution housed within the processor. NVIDIA Optimus technology is responsible for switching between one and the other, automatically depending on the tasks performed.
Despite its very modest performance, the Intel UHD 630 is favored as much as possible by Optimus because it is energy efficient and therefore implies better autonomy. More greedy and powerful, the GeForce RTX 2070 is therefore activated to perform graphics work deemed too heavy for the Intel UHD 630. Of course, both allow you to watch photos and videos.
The heart of this computer built around an Intel HM470 chipset, a good amount of 16 GB RAM and a Hexa Core i7-10750H Comet Lake-H processor is up to the task. The overall power it provides is able to satisfy demanding users, whether gamers or creators.
The latter will appreciate obtaining much faster processing with these components than with 8 GB DDR4 and a Quad Core, particularly under work requiring RAM and CPU resources using multicore (eg photo editing, video editing, 3D rendering) .
Keep in mind, however, that currently in games, the contribution of the 6 cores of the Hexa Core is variable compared to the 4 cores of a Quad Core.
With regard to storage, Acer here chooses an SSD which has the advantage of being much faster than a hard drive while being silent, more robust and more energy efficient. In addition, the onboard SSD here offers a large capacity of 1 TB, which rivals hard disks.
In practice, thanks to the SSD, we benefit from much faster starts / stops and launches of games / software as well as processing compared to a simple hard drive. For example, we also get faster on the cards of online games with the SSD which overall ensures much better fluidity and responsiveness than a hard drive.
Finally, as regards the autonomy of this computer which is not the most easily transportable due to its weight close to 3 kg, bet on about 5 hours of battery operation in light use.
In any case, its 17-inch format is very comfortable for predominantly sedentary use (eg at home).
In use, it should be expected that it is noisier and heats up more in the event of heavy loads (eg games, processing), but it is relatively controlled for this type of PC.