Our review of the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-75K1
l’Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-75K1 is a creator-focused gaming laptop capable of running recent games with its high-performance GeForce RTX 3060 ray-tracing NVIDIA Ampere graphics card that speeds up processing, such as the Intel Octo Core i7 Tiger Lake-H processor and 16 Performance GB RAM. Featuring a 15-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare display with a frequency of 144 Hz that improves smoothness in games, this versatile multimedia laptop designed for gaming and Windows 11 creation benefits from fast 1 TB SSD storage that improves responsiveness , a backlit keyboard or even connectivity to USB-C Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi ax and dual video output.
Features of the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-75K1
|Screen(s)||15.6” Full HD LED IPS 144Hz ComfyView 3ms 72% NTSC 300cd/m² thin bezels (1920×1080, matte/anti-glare)|
|processor||Intel Core i7-11800H Tiger Lake (2.3GHz, 8 cores)|
|Installed RAM (max.)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 2933 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 reserved, Intel Iris Xe integrated in the processor and Optimus|
|Storage||1TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|connectors||2 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 1 USB 3.2 (Gen2, rechargeable) + 1 USB-C Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.0, mini DisplayPort 1.4|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1 + Gigabit Ethernet|
|Backlit keyboard||Yes, 4-zone RGB|
|audio system||2 speakers, Acer TrueHarmony, Waves MaxxAudio|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Announced runtime / Battery||3 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 3815mAh 58.7 Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.5kg / 363.4 x 255 x 22.4-22.9mm|
The Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-75K1 against the competition
The Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-75K1 is currently shown in promotion at Acer France and offers an interesting configuration / price ratio for its category, where it is one of the few to offer such a powerful processor and graphics card with such a high capacity SSD and Thunderbolt connectivity, all under Windows 11.
If this Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-75K1 doesn’t meet all your criteria, check out our gaming laptop guide to find other configurations to play with on a similar budget. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, which has the most impact on performance.
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-75K1
With its black design with angular lines, this versatile multimedia laptop for gamers and creatives has a gamer look.
It is cooled by 4th class AeroBlade 3D technology through 2 fans (59 0.1mm metal bionic blades), heat pipes and vents.
The connectivity integrated into this creative gaming laptop is good, including 1 USB-C Thunderbolt 4, Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi ax modules (more efficient and more recent than WiFi ac) to communicate and connect wirelessly remotely, practical HDMI and mini DisplayPort video outputs to easily connect this computer to, for example, a TV or monitor, Ethernet and audio ports without forgetting 3 USB 3.0 (compatible with USB 2.0) guarantees transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 when you connect USB 3.0 peripherals.
The chiclet keyboard can of course be backlit, so that we can better distinguish the keys in the dark.
It offers 2 special keys to entice gamers: Turbo at the top left for instant overclocking and PredatorSense at the top of the numeric keypad to open the appropriate application (fan control, backlighting, overclocking, etc.).
In the same vein, the screen adopts a refresh rate of 144 Hz, which improves fluidity in games compared to the standard 60 Hz. In addition, with its IPS technology, the screen reproduces colors more faithfully than average, while offering significant viewing angles, both horizontally and vertically. The screen is also excellent for displaying videos and wider High Definition content thanks to its 16:9 format and accurate Full HD definition. In addition, thanks to the anti-reflective treatment, the screen offers better visibility than a glossy panel in a bright environment (e.g. outdoors).
Performance, autonomy of the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-75K1
The Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54-75K1 may be of interest to those looking to purchase a versatile 15-inch laptop PC that performs well in games and creation.
Built around an Intel Octo Core i7-11800H Tiger Lake-H processor and 16GB RAM, this versatile laptop for gamers and creatives delivers overall power to satisfy demanding users.
It must be said that this core offers much faster processing than a Quad/Hexa Core and 8 GB DDR4, the difference is especially noticeable in areas that consume CPU and RAM resources with multicore, such as video editing, 3D rendering or photo editing.
In addition, multimedia processing is accelerated by the dedicated GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, and this under software that uses GPU computing power, such as Adobe Premiere / Photoshop or Sony Vegas.
However, gamers are the main target of the Geforce RTX 3060 ray tracing with NVIDIA Ampere architecture, as this high-end dedicated graphics card is capable of running recent games.
In fact, NVIDIA Optimus technology activates/deactivates the GeForce RTX 3060 automatically and in real time, depending on the tasks performed.
However, Optimus prefers the Intel Iris Xe graphics solution integrated as much as possible in the Octo Core i7, as it consumes little energy, which favors autonomy.
In this regard, expect about 3 hours of battery life with light use.
The GeForce RTX 3060 is actually capable of handling graphics work deemed too heavy for the Intel Iris Xe, for gaming for example.
Whether with the GeForce RTX 3060 or the Intel Iris Xe, it is of course possible to view photos and videos.
Storage is spot on, entrusted to a large-capacity 1TB SSD that competes with hard drives, enough for multiple files, software and games.
In this regard, let’s underline the advantages of an SSD over a simple hard drive: greater resistance to shocks, lower energy consumption, quiet operation but also higher speed.
Thanks to the SSD, games/software launches are much faster, especially processing and start/stop, and we reach the cards of online games faster.
In fact, the SSD guarantees much better fluidity and responsiveness in use than a simple hard drive.
Finally, this versatile multimedia creator-oriented gaming laptop is audible and heats up when pressed hard (eg games, treatments).
If necessary, a ventilated support can be used to limit the temperature (remember to check the dimensions carefully!†