Acer’s Helios 300 is The Best Gaming Laptop For Golf Simulator

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Acer’s Helios 300

Acer have completely redesigned their Helios 300 gaming laptop this year, and it’s back to being one of the better gaming laptops that you can buy now! I had some pretty major issues with last year’s model that prevented me from recommending it, but now all of these have been fixed in this year’s redesign, So let’s check it out in this review!

Acer’s Helios 300 is The Best Gaming Laptop For Golf Simulator
Acer’s Helios 300

Design & Build Quality

The Helios 300 has a dark blue finish, and both the lid and interior are metal. There was some flex to the keyboard and lid despite the metal build, but overall build quality felt good during normal use. Fingerprints and smudges show up fairly easily, but as it’s smooth it’s easy to clean with a microfiber cloth.

The predator logo on the lid lights up blue from the screen’s backlight, so can’t be customized. The screen goes back about 140 degrees, and I didn’t have any problems opening it despite there not being anywhere to easily grab with your finger. The hinge seems sturdy even when ripping it open hard.The lid still feels easy and smooth to open, and only wobbles a little when typing hard.

Size & Weight

It’s not exactly thin, but it’s still portable and similar to most other 15” gaming laptops. The laptop alone weighs 2.5kg or 5.5lb, increasing to 3.5kg or almost 7.8lb with the fairly large 280 watt charger included.

Camera & Microphones

There’s a 1080p camera above the screen in the middle, an increase compared to last year’s 720p camera, but it does not have Windows Hello face unlock.

Acer’s Helios 300 Specs & Feature
BrandAcer
Screen15.6 Inches
Hard Disk512 GB
Ram Memory16 GB
Resoulation1080p
Weight3.5kg
Price$1,235

RGB Lighting

The keyboard has per-key RGB backlighting, and all keys and secondary functions get lit up. Key brightness can be adjusted between 4 levels or turned off by holding the function key and pressing the F9 and F10 keys.

You can also change it through Acer’s Predator sense software under the pulsar lighting tab. This lets you set different effects for the keyboard and light bar, or you can sync them together.

The light bar is pretty subtle, at least compared to say Lenovo’s Legion 7i, ASUS’s Scar 15, or MSI’s GE series. The keyboard lighting seems to stay on with the lid closed, perhaps because of the light bar, but you can set all lighting to automatically turn off after 30 seconds of being idle.

Ports

The right side has two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports. The rest of the ports are on the back. From left to right we’ve got the power input, a Thunderbolt 4 Type-C port, HDMI 2.1 and Mini DisplayPort 1.4 outputs. Acer’s website says 2.5 gigabit ethernet, but Killer E2600, which my Helios does have, only that's gigabit, 

so that seems to be a mistake on the website. That single Type-C port on the back can be used to charge the laptop, something that wasn’t offered in last year’s model. But due to the way Thunderbolt works, if you do want to connect an external screen to the Type-C port, it will go via the integrated graphics and optimus, 

and you can’t use advanced optimus to change that behavior. The HDMI port does connect directly to the Nvidia graphics, bypassing optimus though, and so does the mini DisplayPort. We also confirmed that the HDMI port could run a 4K external screen at 120Hz 12-bit with G-Sync.

Battery Life

The Helios 300 is powered by a 4-Cell 90Wh battery. Acer has finally gotten rid of the 2.5” drive bay to give us a bigger battery. This results in the 2022 Helios 300 scoring above average for an Intel based gaming laptop with these specs, lasting for about 5 and a half hours in my YouTube playback test.

Quite a bit longer compared to last year’s Helios which had a smaller 58Wh battery. Personally I think the tradeoff of not having a 2.5” drive is well worth it here, two M.2 slots should be plenty for most people, and m.2 drives aren't that expensive these days. That said, it is kind of annoying that at least the second slot can’t fit my 2TB drives.

Pricing & Laptop Deals

Let’s discuss pricing and availability next. This will change over time, so refer to the link below the article for current prices. so check that out for current gaming laptop deals. At the time of writing Content, in the US Helios 300 starts at $1,235USD for the RTX 3060 model,

The 3070 Ti configuration is $300 more, though this one is currently on sale and also hasa 240Hz refresh rate screen, so probably a little more expensive compared to the one I tested. For this sort of price, it’s kind of competing against Lenovo’s Legion 5i Pro, and it’s got pretty similar features too.

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