I purchased my first gaming laptop 3 weeks ago. Why? Well I needed powerful laptop that I could take with me and it would have enough power to do video editing, on screen recording, some little gaming etc. I am travelling a lot. I travel usually 5 days a week and I am staying at hotels 4 nights every week. Normal desktop is not option for me.
After some time, I made my decision. I chose the Acer Predator Helios 300. It was very affordable option for a gaming laptop. I think it is one of the best gaming laptops on this price range. There is still few things you really should look for when comparing prices. Shops are selling different versions of this same computer. For example, there is following version for Acer Predator Helios 300. There are option with Intel Core I5 or I7 and graphic card has few options, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1060.
Be careful when comparing the prices of Predator Helios 300 laptops. There are many different options for the same laptop. This is the main reason why there is so many different prices for this same laptop.
So, this means that there can be four different layouts of this same model. One shop could be selling this computer very cheap but when you check it it has Inter core I5 with GTX 1050 in it. On other hand there is also option Intel Core I5 with GTX 1060. Which is my computer by the way. So you really have to know what you want.
My model has 8GB of memory, but some versions have more. I think the 8 GB is the minimum. Screen is Full HD 1080. Helios 300 comes with AeroBlade 3D fans and the keyboard is very nice with a red backlit.
The lid itself is made of aluminum and there is small plastic rim on the top of it. I suppose it is there to help you open the lid and keep the lid free of finger prints. (which is impossible). Predator Helios 300 does not look like a cheap computer on my opinion. It has very nice finishes and does not have too much plastic in it.
Full HD 1080 screen
The screen on this model is 15.6” but you can get it also in 17”. It is Full HD 1080. Colors are from my opinion very good and the brightness. I have noticed that some people are complaining about the colors and that the screen is way too dark. Well I think it is IF you compare it to a more expensive computer. You cant get everything when reaching out for cheap.
Keyboard is very nice to use. Buttons work very well. Only thing I do not like is the right shift and up arrow placement. I write very fast and it has taken so long for me to learn the layout. I have pressed the up-arrow thousands of times when I was trying to use the right shift. Very annoying at the beginning. Well my muscle memory will learn it soon. I also like the red color behind the buttons. If you don’t you can easily turn if off. Also, the letters WASD have been colored red. (well it is a gaming laptop).
Laptop performs very well when gaming. I have played hours and hours of Fortnite with this laptop and I have used the epic settings. So far, no problems. Except with the internet… That is the price of traveling. Some places in Finland are just awful when trying to use the 4G connection. This computer can handle also PUPG, GTA and Witcher for example.
You can easily add memory to this computer as well. There is small cover on the bottom where you can find all the empty memory spaces if needed to upgrade the computer.
So, If you are looking for a affortaple gaming laptop that can handle games, video editors etc. In my opinion you could easily choose Predator Helios 300 without getting gray hair.
- Intel Core I5 (also I7 possible)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (also 1050 possible)
- LCD 15.6″ Full HD
- 8 GB DDR4 Memory
- 256 GB SSD storage
- Wlan and Bluetooth
- HD Camera with 2-Mic
- AeroBlade 3D fan
Few examples where you can find Acer Preadtor Helios 300
Amazon UK: Amazon UK – Acer Predator Helios 300 (NOTICE: This model is with I7 and GTX 1060)
Amazon US: Amazon US – Acer Predator Helios 300 (NOTICE: This model is with I7 and GTX 1060)