Designed for versatility and demanding gaming, the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-76K7 puts forward some interesting arguments to seduce its audience. This racy and imposing 15-inch installs a powerful base shared between a 10th generation Core i7 Hexa Core and a high-end GeForce RTX 3060 with the support of 16 GB of RAM and a fast and generous storage capacity (SSD 1 TB). Thus, it is intended for demanding gamers as well as for creative tasks. The 144Hz IPS borderless screen brings its share of immersion while the cooling system has been reworked in the service of efficiency. The package is convincing, provided you ignore its poorly organized connections and imposing design.
Specifications of the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-76K7
|Screen (s)||15.6 ” Full HD LED IPS 144Hz ComfyView 3ms 72% NTSC 300cd / m² thin edges (1920×1080, matte / anti-reflective)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-10750H Comet Lake (2.6 GHz, 6 cores)|
|RAM installed (max)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 2933 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel UHD 630 and Optimus|
|Storage||1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD (M.2, 2280)|
|Connectivity||1 USB 3.2 (Gen2) + 1 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0, mini-DisplayPort 1.4|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i), Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet (Killer E2600)|
|Backlit Keyboard||Yes, 4-zone RGB|
|Audio system||2 speakers, Acer TrueHarmony, Waves MaxxAudio|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||3 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 3815mAh 58.7Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.3 Kg / 363.4 x 255 x 22.9 mm|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-76K7
This Acer Predator Helios PH315-53-76K7 keeps the case of the 2020 Helios 300 and does not offer a restyling. We therefore find the black plastic and aluminum frame with a racy silhouette with sharp edges and light blue accents. The format remains in the good average. Despite everything, with 23 mm thickness and 2.3 kg on the scale, the Helios 300 PH315 is not the best student in 2021. Moreover, if this version takes a small step towards sobriety, it remains great efforts to be made in this direction in view of the competition (Asus TUF in particular). The keyboard has a numeric keypad and is 4-zone backlit for advanced customization, but not at the system level per key.
Next, let’s talk about the 15.6-inch screen installed on this PH315-53-76K7 with its IPS panel powered by a refresh rate of 144 Hz . Ideal for experiencing the action without latencies, as if you were there. The Full HD (1920 x 1080 px) is most suited to the players and allows to make the most of your HD content while the matte treatment prevents the ambient light reflected on the screen, improving comfort (especially in dark scenes).
The connection is slightly redesigned and contains most of the required ports (except Thunderbolt 3 and the card reader). You get two video output options (HDMI 2.0, mini-DisplayPort), three USB 3.2 ports, and one USB 3.2 Type-C Gen2 port, a versatile port that accepts charge here. A Gigabit Ethernet port is also present, associated with the Wifi AX and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity modules. As often on this type of gaming PC, there is no biometric connection (Windows Hello).
Performance, battery life of the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-76K7
Now let’s judge the performance of the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-76K7. Based on the 10th generation Core i7-10750H Hexa Core Comet Lake processor, the ultimate versatility CPU, the ultrabook benefits from a complete management of the so-called creative use consisting of video editing, 3D animation, programming or parallelization, with complex calculations. The 16 GB RAM in front is comfortable and offers the right amount of flexibility in multitasking, enough to ensure the next few years.
As its design asserts, the Predator is especially designed for gamers who will favorably support the GeForce RTX 3060.generation Ampere (2021). This is a high-end GPU capable of meeting the needs of demanding gamers, exceeding the capabilities of a GeForce RTX 2070 (Super) Turing. It is able to ensure a smooth quality rendering on all of the user’s favorite games, by taking advantage of Ray-Tracing on compatible games with advanced details and a respectable number of FPS. The RTX 3060 is also valuable for software that harnesses GPU computing power to speed up processing. This is for example the case in multimedia under Sony Vegas or Adobe Première / Photoshop, which will interest creators, especially with 6 GB GDDR6 of dedicated memory.
But that’s not all, it also contains a large capacity NVMe SSD storage (1TB) . The system gains there directly compared to a configuration with mechanical hard drive because of the speed of loading offered by the SSD. This type of storage ensures almost instantaneous switching on and off, transfers calculated in seconds or instantaneous software launches where the mechanical support involved significant latencies. Note also that the SSD is by nature more silent, robust and efficient than a hard drive. And if it is often tackled for its too low storage capacity, this is not the case here since it provides 1 TB, enough to allow the
Let’s finish with a point on battery life. The Helios 300 PH315-53-76K7 contains the same 58 Whr battery as the 17 inch version. Combined with the powerful components and despite Optimus, it can not do better than 5 hours of daily use in web browsing with Wifi.