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Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop PC, 15.6" Full HD 144Hz 3ms IPS Display, Intel i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, 16GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe SSD, Backlit Keyboard, PH315-52-78VL

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CPU: i7-9750/16GB/256GB

Capacity: 15.6 in

Style: Notebook only


  • 9th Generation Intel Core i7 9750H 6 Core Processor (Up to 4.5GHz) with Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Graphics with 6GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM
  • 15.6 inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen LED backlit IPS Display (144Hz Refresh Rate, 3ms Overdrive Response Time, 300nit Brightness and 72 percentage NTSC)
  • 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory, 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD (2 x PCIe M.2 Slots; 1 Slot Open for Easy Upgrades) and 1 Available Hard Drive Bay
  • Backlit Keyboard; LAN: Killer Ethernet E2500 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN; Wireless: Killer DoubleShot Pro Wireless AC 1550 802. 11ac; 4th Gen All Metal AeroBlade 3D Fan


Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315 52 78VL Gaming Laptop comes with these high level specs: 9th Generation Intel Core i7 9750H 6 Core Processor 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 4.5GHz, 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED backlit IPS display, 144Hz Refresh Rate, 16:9 aspect ratio, 3ms Overdrive Response Time, 300nit Brightness, 72 percent NTSC, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with 6GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM, 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory, 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD (2 x PCIe M.2 Slots | 1 Slot Available), 1 Available Hard Drive Bay, Waves MaxxAudio sound technology, featuring MaxxBass, MaxxVolume, MaxxDialog and hyper realistic 3D Audio using Waves Nx, Acer True Harmony Technology, Two Built in Stereo Speakers, Acer Purified.Voice technology with two built in microphones, Killer Double Shot Pro Wireless AC 1550 802.11ac WiFi featuring 2x2 MU MIMO technology (Dual Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Killer Ethernet E2500 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth 5.0, HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting Super High Dynamic Range (SHDR), 1 USB 3.1 Type C Gen 2 port (up to 10 Gbps), 3 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Ports (One with Power off Charging), 1 HDMI 2.0 Port with HDCP Support, 1 Mini Display Port 1.4, Backlit Keyboard, Lithium Ion Battery, Up to 6 hours Battery Life, 5.07 lbs. | 2.3 kg (system unit only) (NH.Q5MAA.001).Processor Speed : 2.60 GHz. Maximum Power Supply Wattage:180 W.

Standing screen display size: ‎15.6 Inches

Max Screen Resolution: ‎1920 x 1080 Pixels

Processor: ‎4.5 GHz core_i7

RAM: ‎16 GB DDR4

Memory Speed: ‎4.5 GHz

Hard Drive: ‎256 GB SSD

Graphics Coprocessor: ‎NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti

Chipset Brand: ‎NVIDIA

Card Description: ‎Dedicated

Graphics Card Ram Size: ‎6 GB

Wireless Type: ‎802.11ac

Number of USB 3.0 Ports: ‎4

Average Battery Life (in hours): ‎6 Hours

Brand: ‎Acer

Series: ‎PH315-52-78VL

Item model number: ‎PH315-52-78VL

Operating System: ‎Windows 10 Home

Item Weight: ‎5.07 pounds

Product Dimensions: ‎14.23 x 10.01 x 0.9 inches

Item Dimensions LxWxH: ‎14.23 x 10.01 x 0.9 inches

Color: ‎Black

Processor Brand: ‎Intel

Number of Processors: ‎6

Computer Memory Type: ‎DDR4 SDRAM

Flash Memory Size: ‎256

Hard Drive Interface: ‎USB 3.1

Power Source: ‎Battery Powered

Batteries: ‎1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)

Date First Available: May 1, 2019

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  • High performance and low temps, all for a great price
CPU: i7-9750/16GB/256GB Capacity: 15.6 in Style: Notebook only
(UPDATE 1/19/2020) - Received my laptop back on the 16th. All is well. They reinstalled the OS and updated the BIOS, and she's back to her former glory again. Still giving me great temps and handling everything I throw at her. Okay, back to my schoolwork! (UPDATE 1/3/2020) - Laptop's been working fine. I made the mistake of purchasing an extra SSD from Crucial instead of the Samsung, and it literally died in two weeks. On that drive was the driver to my Huio H610 Pro graphic tablet. No biggie, I can get it online. Today I went to install the driver and it would not install. I cleared the entries in Device Manager, and in doing so, I accidentally erased the driver for the touchpad, so while I could move the cursor around, I couldn't click anything or use gestures. I chatted with Acer Support, and they sent me the file to install. I installed it, then rebooted like they said..nothing happened. Tried it again, same thing. Called Acer and they suggested a Factory Reset (as they has suggested for the issue back on 12/14/19). If finished, but then it basically won't boot past the Predator sound effect and logo. Then it tries to do an automatic repair, fails, and the whole process starts all over again. Chatted with Acer again and now they're sending me a return label to get it RMA'd. I'll be without a laptop for probably the better part of this month which sucks because I start school on the 13th. Luckily I have my desktop, but suffice it to say...I'm not a happy dude. Hopefully Acer makes it right. If not, I still got the 4 year extended warranty. We'll see what happens. (UPDATE 12/14/2019) - Still really enjoying this laptop. It surprises me how it handles just about anything I throw at it. I won't lie, it DID have an issue about a month after I purchased it. Upon startup, it was stuck on a Windows "spinning wheel" loading screen, but to make matters worse, the screen was flashing every second, and no amount of restarts would fix this. I was livid, but after talking with Acer support, a factory reset was in order, and that resolve it. I had to make sure I installed the pending Windows updates in order for the Predator Sense to load back up, and since then, it's once again been a fantastic laptop. Still the best bang for your buck. I suggest downloading Throttlestop to push the undervolt back a bit (I pushed it to -17.6), and a benchmarking program like 3D Mark or Unigine. Lastly, a cooling pad is highly recommended. This along with the undervolt and changing the fan speed keeps my laptop very cool when running various programs. Can't stress this enough..GET A COOLING PAD. (UPDATE 11/4/2019) - So apparently, the BIOS is rather locked down and limited. This poses a problem, because you can not change the boot priority. I took the M.2 out of my old Acer E 15 and planned on formatting it to use in the Predator. Upon installation and boot up, it actually booted into Windows from the E 15 M.2 drive...NOT the drive that the Predator originally shipped with. I switched sides, moving the Predator M.2 to the right side M.2 drive and the E 15 M.2 to the left, where the Predator's M.2 was previously located. Received a BSOD. Once I removed the 2nd M.2 and put the Predator's M.2 back where it was all good. So it appears that you can not actually USE that 2nd M.2 drive despite it being empty and ready. I hooked up a regular 2.5" SSD in the empty 3.5" bay and it worked fine, but not being able to install a 2nd M.2 SSD is points OFF for this laptop. It's not a huge deal, and I will probably just install a 1TB SSD in the 3.5" bay, but why make it look like you can install a 2nd M.2 if you really can't?? Also, WHY is the BIOS locked down?? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (ORIGINAL REVIEW) I purchased this laptop as a replacement for my Acer E 15. A serious upgrade indeed, and it was worth every penny (after the 4 year warranty and taxes, it was slightly north of $1300). BUILD QUALITY - Extremely solid. Aluminum lid, plastic bezel that's thin around screen, but still very sturdy, aluminum keyboard frame, and then a plastic bottom. Weighs in at around 5lbs. Despite being a gaming laptop, the aesthetics are much more reserved than its 2018 predecessor. A simple mat dark grey body with blue accents, light blue backlit keyboard (no RGB on this version), and a blue Predator logo on the lid that lights up. SCREEN - 1920x1080 screen, at 144hz. If you have never seen games played at 144Hz, it is truly a thing of beauty. Everything is just so buttery and smooth, it changes the entire dynamic of the games. Now they could've combined this refresh rate with a higher resolution screen (such as 1440p), but there's no point when the screen you're looking at is on a 15" laptop. 1080p is more than sufficient, and it really shines here. WEBCAM - 720p...not great..not terrible...better than nothing, but if you truly need something, use an external Logitech webcam. KEYBOARD - Standard chiclet style keys. They feel good, especially if you like to type and you're used to smaller keys. The num pad on the right forces things to be a bit condensed, but I'd rather have it than not. The light blue backlight is nice; far easier on the eyes than red or green. Again, no RGB on this model, but honestly..I don't miss it. The keyboard has very little give when pressed down on, thanks to that aluminum body. Keys have a pretty good travel distance. I bottom out my keys, and I still enjoy typing on this. TRACKPAD - Not sure what others are talking about; this trackpad isn't bad at all. It's not super sensitive like the on my E 15, and it's pretty smooth. It's not made of glass, but honestly it's fine. SPECS - Here's the rundown: - i7 9750H Intel chip (2.6Ghz, Turbo takes it up to 4.5Ghz). It's a workhorse. - GTX 1660TI. Yeah, the other model has a 2060 in it, but this card's performance isn't very far behind the 2060 at all, and it is far less power hungry, which equates to better temps and thus a prolonged life for the laptop overall. Fair trade, if you ask me. - 16GB of DDR4 RAM. This laptop supports up to 64GB, so if you plan on doing some 3D work or editing 4K video, you can upgrade the RAM yourself easily. - 256GB M.2 SSD for your OS. There's an empty slot for another M.2 and even an empty 3.5" bay for a 2.5" SSD, and they include a bracket for installing it. My Acer E 15 didn't come with one of those, so it's a nice touch here. - Also important to point out...the laptop comes undervolted out of the box at -.125, which definitely helps prevent heat throttling. PORTS - (Left side) Kensington lock notch, fan exhaust, power adapter port, Ethernet port, and two USB 3.1 ports. (Right side) Fan exhaust, HDMI port, Mini Display port, another USB 3.1 port and a USB 3.1 type C port. BATTERY - 3720 mAh battery. Normal web surfing will get you about 3-4 hours, but gaming is gonna be MUCH less...MAYBE an hour, especially if you're playing at max settings. The power brick is a slim, so get used to carrying it around if you're on the go. SPEAKERS - Positioned on the bottom. Nothing special. I'd suggest headphones....and speaking of which... TURBO - Ups the ante on your device for more performance. When pressed, the CPU and GPU both get a swift overclock, and the fans SCREAM to handle the extra heat. No really..they're seriously LOUD..probably the loudest fans I've ever heard on a laptop. This is good because it keeps the laptop cool, but I'd invest in some good noise-cancelling headphones. GAMES - It'll handle the latest modern titles without breaking a sweat on the highest graphical settings. That's all you need to know. I used Unigine to run a benchmark on it, and after pushing the unvolt to -.17, using the Turbo setting, and a cooling pad, the temps were below 60 degrees. This will change depending on the title you play, how long you play, and whether you have a cooling pad or not. OVERALL - You will NOT find another gaming laptop at this price that performs this well and doesn't suffer heat throttling. Acer has set the bar pretty high, and for only about $1200. I'll continue testing and update this review with any new findings, but for now..I'd say buy with confidence for sure. ... show more
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 2, 2019 by Johnny Quid Johnny Quid

  • Best "gaming laptop" at this price point, full stop.
CPU: i7-9750/16GB/256GB Capacity: 15.6 in Style: Notebook only
This is hands down the best laptop, or even desktop, I have ever owned. That's coming from long time AMD guy. It pains me to say this, but AMD just doesn't exist in the mobile market at this time. If you need real power in a laptop, Intel and Nvidia are the only game in town now. I've started traveling more lately so I needed a laptop that could essentially replace my desktop(s) and this Acer has far surpassed my expectations in that regard. See attached image. The construction is solid, and it looks great, in my opinion...sleek enough to pass as professional with just a hint of "gaming laptop" appeal. The fans can get loud when you're hammering on it, that's true. There is no free lunch, a laptop must have compromises when they are stuffed with this kind of hardware. That said, unless you run it in Turbo (read overclocked) mode all the time I find the fan noise more than reasonable. I have not found a game, or CPU workload, that required me to use Turbo in order to have a good experience. It's just stupid fast. In my opinion, you can't find a better laptop for the money, period. As you can tell, I love it. Now, I'll answer some of the questions I had before buying it since there seems to be some confusion. The following information is from my own experience, if Acer changes things up in the future I can't help you. The is no RGB on this (the 1660ti) version. The keyboard is blue backlit only. For me, this is a pro as I’m tired of red, and I think RGB is a silly overplayed gimmick. If you go to Acer directly, there are different versions with different features. The RAM (16gb total) is 2x8gb sticks of Kingston is in dual channel. It scores well in the benchmarks that I have ran and from my own experience 16gb is more than enough for 95% of people out there. It's enough for 100% of the gamers. The included 256gb M.2 style SSD is also from Kingston and seems to perform quite well. There is an additional empty M.2 slot in there. I didn't use it, so I have no idea what will or won’t work in that slot. I decided to use the open 2.5 inch HDD/SSD space for my storage needs. (Please, for all that is sacred, don't you dare put a regular 2.5 HDD in there and hamstring this fine machine). I opted to stay with the Kingston memory theme and stuck a 1tb Kingston 2.5 SSD in there. So, as of this writing I have 186gb free on my C: Drive (it's got all the normal stuff loaded up), and I'm loading my giant Steam library and other big programs onto the 1tb D: Drive. This, in my opinion, is the way to go. The CPU is an Intel last gen refresh (you know 14+++++ lol). That said, it's a good one. 6 cores, 12 threads at 45 watts it tough to beat...actually, I don't think anyone is beating it right now. AMDs mobile Ryzens are topping out at 4 core, 8 threads as of the time of this writing. I'm sure higher core count CPUs make their way into the laptop market in the next few years, but for now...this is the best game in town. Also, it's 2019, you don't want a quad core, no matter who makes it. Trust me. The 1660ti is a beastly little thing. Nvidia's naming scheme is clearly insane, but this guy is sweet. It's based on the new Turing architecture and performs quite well. It will smoke a GTX1060 and spit at the heels of a decent desktop Vega 56...and all the while using way less power. For desktops it's a hard card to love, but in a laptop it's brilliant. The battery is fine for what it is. People wanting 10-hour battery life and 144 frames per second in their games, pull yourself together people. Sacrifices must be made for mobility. When on battery the laptop automatically switches over to the Intel IGP and doing regular (non-taxing) stuff will get you 4-5 hours. You can force the 1660ti to play ball while running on the battery through the Nvidia control panel...but I hope you don't plan on a long gaming session...maybe 1.5 hours. Pro tip: You want to game? Find a wall outlet. The "Killer" WIFI and internet stuff...actually works. I was getting stupid fast wireless downloads at distances away from my router that shocked me. I'm not even going to run an ethernet cable unless I'm playing a FPS. Blazing fast connection and rock solid so far. Sadly, you will have to remove Norton (duh) and Windows 10 comes with the usual fluff that nobody is what it is. Took me about 30 minutes to remove all the silly stuff and download all the stuff I actually needed. Keep the Predator App, I think they will be useful (Update: It is, see below update). When I was setting up this machine, I did log it into my Microsoft account, and it appears I have Office installed. Not sure if that's because I have Office on another machine registered to my account...or if this comes with Office. Your mileage may vary. The "Turbo"'s the deal. It only works when plugged in and above 40% battery. It basically raises the voltage limits of the machine, while turning on the fans full blast. This results in the CPU auto boosting on more cores and higher than usual. Oh, and it also overclocks the 1660ti! Yes, yes you read that right...basically it's an "overclock button". Normally I would laugh at such silliness, but I have to works. It sounds like a small jet, but it goes like one too. I use it for benchmarking and playing around...but you could game with it in Turbo, provided you have headphones. All that said, I'm getting like 62 fps in AC Odysseus on Very High WITHOUT "Turbo". If you're familiar with this painfully un-optimized AAA title you will understand how impressive that is, lol. Love that game though...don't judge me. Hope this helps someone make a big decision. Edit: Update 7/18/19 I read a review where someone was having issues with an echo on the audio. I didn't have this problem as I have an external sound processor that I use. At any rate, I plugged in my headphones directly (1/8th jack) and sure enough...there was an echo. After a bit of investigation, it's from the "Waves MaxxAudio" App. This app can be tuned/disabled through the Predator App under the App center portion. Turn that guy off, and your echo goes away. That particular App might be useful in a gaming situation, but if your just watching videos or listening to music it falls a little short. I never thought I would say this, but let Windows control your sound and you will be fine, lol. Edit 9-25-19. Man I love this thing. I travel (airplanes) with it weekly and thus far it has been flawless. Every evening when I get done with work I'm reminded how nice the keyboard on this thing is compared to my company issue Lenovo work laptop. No regrets, I'd still buy it at the current price...very few laptops can compete at this price range. Edit 11-26-19. Still the best at this price point. 1660ti is just the best for laptops balancing performance and battery. Edit: 11-23-20. So, shopping season is near and I figured I would update this for people shopping around. I purchased this in July 2019, for less than it is selling for today. Really unsure how that works as there is a new 2020 model that is marginally faster (this is the 2019 version with the 9750h). At any rate, I'm still in love with this thing, I was actually shopping for another one to buy my daughter. Since purchase, I have started running a 1440p monitor off the display port and it does just fine. I'm not getting 100fps at that resolution, but 60fps in most titles with the settings cranked is just fine for me. Also, freesync/gsync, whatever were are calling it these days is brilliant...but only works off display port, not HDMI. In summary, I would buy again at the price I paid for it the first time around ($1199.99). ... show more
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 13, 2019 by daxsgarage daxsgarage

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