8.0
Score

Pros

  • Good Specification and 12th Gen Intel Hardware is a delight to play with
  • QHD Display with higher refresh rate is a sweet cherry on top
  • The looks of the laptop is subtle but aggressive
  • Pricewise, pretty competitive at least here in Malaysia
  • DisplayPort equipped laptop, making it the Golden Ticket Laptop for VR Gaming

Cons

  • The Keyboard could be better in my Opinion
  • Ther Trackpad is a wee bit of a hit and miss

It’s been quite a while since we reviewed a Predator laptop, although we have reviewed a bunch of Acer products in the past. But that out of the way, it comes off as no surprise that Predator has been making big strides in the gaming Industry with their product and more recently at ESL One 2022 in Genting. That said, this time, we are reviewing the Predator Helios 300 and let me tell you, it’s pretty interesting.

Predator Helios 300 Review

Subtle Design with Gaming Accent

Personally, my affinity towards subtle looking gaming laptop has been a favourite. That sleeper laptop that looks like it belongs in the office but the moment you lift the lid open, it’s a gaming laptop. While this may not be the Triton 500SE which is such a sleeper gaming laptop, the Helios 300 still nails the design elements pretty beautifully. With an all-black finish and a grey-ed out vent on the back, this laptop looks like the agile Lamborghini of sorts with similar angles and finishes.

On the lid, I appreciate the simple and subtle Predator Logo with the outline RGB which personally I think is a lot more classy and sexier than your generic “wam-bam-thank-you-maam” kind of RGB that’s in your face. The insides of the laptop, has a toned-down finish with a display that sits high above with a thick bottom bezel that houses the Predator Logo and some stickers which is normal for Acer to do so.

The Keyboard area looks vaguely familiar, and it reminds me more of Acer Nitro line-up as their laptop has the same if not similar design layout with the only key changed, and that would be the NitroSense key for a PredatorSense key. I like how they incorporated it with the laptop itself.

Sublime Performance

The Predator Helios 300 doesn’t shy away from putting up a superior performance, at least the unit we have at hand is one tasty device with the following specification:

– Intel Core i7-12700H Processor with 14 Cores and 20 Thread
– NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM
– 16GB DDR5 RAM (upgradable)
– 1TB PCIe Gen4 M.2 SSD and one Extra SSD Slot

I am extremely happy to say that you have room for upgrades within the laptop and it’s good to have. While it maybe expensive right now to upgrade the RAM, maybe down the line you can have that room to do so. In our usual ways of benchmarking laptops, we benchmarked the laptop with the following tools: Cinebench R23, Blender BMW Render, PCMARK and 3DMARK. Let’s get things started with the Cinebench R23.

This isn’t the first time nor its going to be the last time we ever going to review an Intel 12th Generation processor (we have more reviews coming soon). But the 12th Generation Intel processor is out of the world. Intel got every little thing right and now is in a battle, leading with its peak performance and its crazy 14 cores, 20 thread is here to give you an enjoyable time.

In the scores, we can see that it hits 1732 points in single core and in multi core, it hits a whopping 16580 points. This gives a greater confidence on more Processor centric tasks more confidence and in Blender Render with CPU, we are seeing the same 3-minute mark of a performance which is good.

1/4

Moving to more pressing benchmarks where we put the GPU to test, pairing the laptop with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti may seem overkill but, in this case, it’s exactly right amount of performance.

Thank goodness it’s not the lower TDP GPU so you are getting the proper higher TDP based RTX 3070 Ti. Gaming on this is sweet and the benchmark scores from PCMARK and 3DMark explains it. Throw any games in Ultra settings, you have yourself a good Ultra gaming machine on the move, though gaming laptops sure do suffer from that battery life if you plan to do so. Check out the fps scores below.

Predator Helios 300 Game Benchmark

Peak Performance with a Button

Unlike other gaming brands that tends to overload with too many features or modes, which can get overwhelming – Predator made the whole thing easy to use. Its either you need all the power or no power at all. So, to kick things into high gear, as if you are on a Jet, the Turbo Mode does ramp the fans to its max RPM to keep the internals cool. It has respectable number of intakes on the sides and outtake vents on the back. So, the thermals are properly maintained.

You can check out the non-turbo and Turbo temperature differences below. While it may be just few degrees, it makes up for the satisfactory performance.

NVIDIA G-Sync Goodness Display

The moment you open the laptop, you are greeted with a nice 15.6″ QHD IPS Display which is G-Sync enabled. So, games are going to be amazing to play with this display with tear free, or stutters to keep things going. The position of the display is a little higher with a thicker bottom bezel which doesn’t bother me too much. Given that it still has a Webcam at the top is a win. The display handles colours well and if you do plan to use to for content consumption, you can.

Good Array of Ports

Predator has an upper hand with their Helios 300 with the ports as they have not only equipped with: 3x USB 3.2 Type-A, 1x RJ-45 Ethernet, 1x Headphone Combo, 1x Thunderbolt, 1x HDMI and a Mini DisplayPort. The last port is the main highlight as it is not easy to come by a laptop with Mini DP, so this means, if you ever plan to play in VR, this laptop is the one to go for as many brands are losing it for worse.

Conclusion

Recently if you do notice the price of newer generation hardware, especially with the newer DDR5, PCIe Gen 4 and more – it’s way too expensive and the urge to upgrade, well sure it’s there but again it all comes down to the price too. Despite the early adopter next generation hardware, the Predator Helios 300 is well priced.

Unfortunately, the variant we reviewed here is not available in Malaysia but the variant available which comes with the same processor but a less toned-down GPU, the RTX 3060 at RM 7,999 is a good buy as the contender with a similar specification cost above the RM8000 mark. So, there you have it.

It’s a good buy, although I really wish the variant, we reviewed was available in Malaysia. Time will tell. One can hope.