Hands On With The Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Editionby Ian Cutress on July 11, 2018 1:37 PM EST
One of the more interesting laptop designs to come out of the Computex week was from Acer: its new Predator Helios 300 Special Edition was an eclectic mix of white and gold that made it stand out from the swathe of standard black and red looking gaming machines being announced and on the market. We had a recent chance to spend some time with the unit at an Acer UK event.
So to begin, the unit in front of me was a Core i5-8300H model with a 15.6-inch 1920x1080 IPS display with a GTX 1060 inside. The unit looks great, if you like white and gold, and it will be interesting to see how the white stands up to repeated use and cleaning. We were told that the chassis is made from some composite materials (which ones were 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 keyboard is basically a full sized keyboard, using full size arrow keys which is a definite plus. The amount of key travel, compared to say the Huawei Matebook X Pro, was larger which is a plus for my use. 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 I suppose it is easier to add the color after the fact. The key letters are actually cut aways from the keys as well. The function keys to adjust the brightness are in the arrow keys, with some of the F-key row 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. I often use the number pad for numbers and operational keys, so having the power button here is quite frustrating.
With the Core i5-8300H and the GTX 1060, 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.
On the rear of 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 I was looking at, the system was using a 256GB Micron 1100 SSD, which is a mid-range SATA SSD, along with a Western Digital 1TB HDD.
The ports on the side seemed numerous, including an ethernet port, a 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.
When discussing the unit with the Acer reps here at the event, it seems like that the original Helios 300 got some good feedback however some of the retailers in the UK only got a few units of stock so there wasn’t a lot of noise. The hope is that something like this special edition will stand out from the crowd.
Also alongside the Helios 300 SE will be a series of Predator related white and gold accessories. There's the backpack, the Predator Cestus 510 mouse, and the Predator Galea 500 headset.
Acer’s Predator Helios 300 Special Edition laptop will be available later this year. The manufacturer did not disclose its estimated pricing or how many units will be produced.
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johnnycanadian - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - linkWith all due respect to Acer, that whole line looks hideous. The mouse reminds me of the new Civic SiR with nonsensical angles and flares everywhere and the laptop itself is a derivative design, only now in white. Meh. And you still won't be taken seriously if you bring such a garish machine into a boardroom vs. a LAN party where I'm sure it'll be drooled on.
shabby - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - linkNo one will drool at a white gaming laptop... I guarantee it.
Flunk - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - linkI don't know about that, I think the Civic Type-R looks kinda cool and even I think this is hideous.
Sushisamurai - Thursday, July 12, 2018 - linki for one think the gold design actually looks nice. I would probably buy the mouse and bag as accessory add-ons as there's so many traditional black computers out there these days. I probably won't really use the mouse, but I think it'd look really nice.
Gunbuster - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - linkEvery time I imagine Chris Hansen peeking up over the laptop lid. No way would I ever buy a "Predator" laptop
cfenton - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - linkHaha, I was thinking the same thing when I saw the lid. I know it's their gaming brand, but I wouldn't want to have "Predator" written on something I use in public.
DigitalFreak - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - linkMy god that thing is hideous.
PeachNCream - Thursday, July 12, 2018 - linkAgreed. When I look at it the words "cheap knockoff" come to mind right away and are swiftly followed by "gaudy" and "visual atrocity that should never have left the napkins the it was drawn on at the bar."
rocky12345 - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - linkThe laptop itself is probably a good unit but OMG the color is ugly if they have this with maybe a black option and a red trim it might look a lot better and make me not want to gag.
rocky12345 - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - linkSo Yea black with subtle red trim on the laptop same goes for everything else with it use those colors and people might want to buy it.