A creator-oriented gaming laptop, the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-54-76JG features a 17-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare screen whose frequency of 144Hz improves fluidity in games. Recent games can run on this PC thanks to the high-end NVIDIA Turing RTX 2070 ray tracing graphics card which accelerates multimedia processing, like the heart combining a Hexa Core i7 Comet Lake-H processor with a good amount of RAM and fast SSD storage with a large capacity of 1TB for increased responsiveness. In its black chassis, it also houses a backlit chiclet keyboard as well as a connection with dual video output, Wi-Fi ax and USB 3.1 Type-C.
Specifications Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-54-76JG
|Screen (s)||17.3 ” Full HD LED IPS 144Hz 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 PH317-54-76JG
It sports a clearly gamer design with its black frame with angular lines.
Its cooling is entrusted to 2 fans (59 bionic metal 0.1mm blades), heat pipes and Predator CoolBoost technology which increases the speed of the fans according to the heat generated.
This creator-oriented gaming laptop PC is well-equipped in terms of connectivity with its Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi ax modules ( more efficient and recent than Wi-Fi ac ) to communicate and connect wirelessly, its HDMI video outputs and practical mini-DisplayPort for easy connection to a TV for example, its Ethernet and audio ports, its USB 3.1 Type-C as well as its 3 USB 3.0 (both USB 2.0 compatible) guaranteeing transfers up to 10 times more faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 devices are plugged into it.
The chiclet keyboard has of course a backlighting system, here of the 4-zone RGB type, convenient for discerning its keys in the dark.
The screen particularly targets gamers with its 144Hz refresh rate which improves gaming fluidity compared to the 60Hz standard. Thanks to its IPS technology, the screen offers a more faithful than average colorimetry as well as important viewing angles, both vertical and horizontal. It also lends itself very well to the display of High Definition content and especially videos thanks to its precise Full HD definition and its 16: 9 format. Anti-reflective coating, the screen also offers better visibility than a shiny panel in a bright environment (eg outdoors).
Performance, battery life of Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-54-76JG
The Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-54-76JG may appeal to those who want to invest in a versatile 17-inch laptop that performs well in creative-oriented gaming.
The most recent graphics-intensive games can run at a good level of detail on this PC as it takes advantage of the dedicated high-end GeForce RTX 2070 ray tracing NVIDIA Turing card.
In practice, the GeForce RTX 2070 is activated / deactivated automatically and in real time by integrated NVIDIA Optimus technology, depending on the tasks performed.
Optimus gives maximum preference to the Intel UHD 630 solution integrated into the processor despite its very modest features because it uses little energy and therefore promotes autonomy. The GeForce RTX 2070 is therefore activated by Optimus to perform graphics processing that is too heavy for the Intel UHD 630. With either of these solutions, we can obviously watch photos and videos.
In addition, under software that uses GPU computing power, the GeForce RTX 2070 speeds up processing, as in Sony Vegas or Adobe Photoshop / Premiere.
Essential in games and under treatments, responsiveness is reinforced here by the onboard SSD storage. The SSD guarantees much better fluidity and responsiveness on a daily basis than a hard drive. This is reflected in particular by much faster game / software launches as well as processing and starts / stops, but also by a faster arrival on the cards of online games.
In addition here, we benefit from an SSD with a comfortable 1TB capacity that easily rivals hard drives. Recall in this regard that compared to the latter, an SSD is much faster while being more energy efficient, more resistant to shocks and silent.
The heart of this gaming computer is up to the task. It delivers global power that can satisfy demanding users, including gamers and creators. A Hexa Core i7-10750H Comet Lake-H processor and a good amount of 16 GB RAM are indeed integrated.
Certainly, the contribution of the Hexa Core is currently variable in games compared to a Quad Core.
The fact remains that this duo supports the RTX 2070 well in games and provides much faster processing than a Quad Core and 8 GB DDR4 in areas requiring CPU and RAM resources taking advantage of multicore, such as in video editing, 3D rendering or photo editing.
Finally in terms of autonomy, expect about 5 hours of battery operation in light use for this computer which is not the most easily transportable with nearly 3 kg on the scale but whose 17-inch format is very comfortable for mainly sedentary use (ex: at home).
In addition, if the noise and the heating increase when it is strongly used, it remains rather controlled for this type of PC.