The Acer’s Predator Helios 300 Special Edition Gaming laptop.
The more interesting laptop designs to come out from Acer.
Its new Predator Helios 300 Special Edition was a mix of white and gold that made it stand out from the standard black and red looking gaming machines being announced and on the market.
The unit was a Core i5-8300H model with a 15.6-inch 1920×1080 IPS display with a GTX 1060 inside.
If you like white and gold, and it will be interesting to see how the white stands up to repeated use and cleaning.
The chassis is made from some composite materials (which is not disclosed) which should reduce fingerprints and scratches incurred during normal use.
The display, while not going all the way to the edge, can get reasonably bright, was definitely useable in a dimly lit room. Viewing angles seemed solid as well.
The webcam is above the screen, and to be honest the white surround of the display did not impinge on using the device.
The ports on the side including an Ethernet port, an HDMI port, several USB ports, and a card reader. There is also a USB Type-C, however, power is supplied through a larger power brick using a circular connector.
On rear the system, it looks like the 2.5-inch storage device and DRAM can be adjusted after purchase, due to two screwed down sections.
In the device, the system was using a 256GB Micron 1100 SSD, which is a mid-range SATA SSD, along with a Western Digital 1TB HDD with the Core i5-8300H and the GTX 1060.
- Operating System: Windows 10 Home
- Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H processor Hexa-core 2.20 GHz
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB Dedicated Memory
- Screen: 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 IPS Comfy View In-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
- Memory: 16 GB, DDR4 SDRAM
- Storage: 256 GB SSD
- Ethernet Technology: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Gigabit Ethernet
- Battery: 4-cell Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) 3320 mAh
There’s going to be some heat with gaming and Acer uses their dual fan system to help remove heat through the grated rear of the laptop.
The fans can also reverse direction to help shift dust and blockages, and the way the system does this can be controlled through Acer’s installed applications.
The keyboard is basically a full-sized keyboard arrow keys which is a definite plus. It is easy to spot that the WASD keys have a ‘gold’ square on them. This is not a sticker, the keys themselves are colored this way.
I feel like the key should be fully colored, rather than just a square (which sometimes looks off center), but it is easier to add the color after the fact.
The key letters are actually cutaways from the keys as well. The function keys to adjust the brightness are in the arrow keys, with some of the F-key rows for other functions.
There are separate functions for music too. The downside of the keyboard though is the location of the power button – right next to the number pad.
Also alongside the Helios 300 SE will be a series of Predator related white and gold accessories. There’s the Predator Backpack, the Predator Cestus 510 Mouse, and the Predator Galea 500 Headset.