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Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop PC 15 6 inches Full HD 144Hz 3ms IPS Display Intel i7 9750H GTX 1660 Ti 6GB 16GB DDR4 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD Backlit Keyboard PH315 52 78VL

Last Updated: December 18, 2019 (Refresh Now)
8.1
SCORE
/10
Total Reviews
489
Old Reviews
0
Unverified
44
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Full HD 1080p
RESOLUTION
4.5 GHz
PROCESSOR CLOCK
6144 GB
MEMORY
15.6 meters
SIZE

Review Summary - 445 recent, verified reviews

Detailed Mode
Gaming
 174
laptop, games, game, fps, gaming laptops
+95%
-5%
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" ...  I bought this for gaming, light video/photo editing, and as a general work laptop.  ...  "
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" ...  All my computing needs are met, thanks to this unit, with the added bonuses of portability and cutting edge modern gaming capabilities.  ...  "
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" ...  Played diablo and Minecraft.  ...  "
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" ...  Not as thin as a razor but not as thick as an Alienware, very powerful and I can play everything seamlessly from regular games to VR. ... This laptop is also very good at staying cool while playing games and I haven't even repasting the processors yet, not sure if I'm going to :-)  ...  "
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" ...  I can play Destiny, no lag time,very smooth.  ...  "
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" ...  Like most positive reviews, this laptop rocks in terms of gaming performance to bang for your buck.  ...  "
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" ...  If you want a budget laptop that can play any game at max settings without skipping a beat, this is a perfect product. ... Expect to hold maybe 3 modern games and that’s it.  ...  "
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" ...  I use this primarily with my Oculus Rift S and it’s able to run every game so far.  ...  "
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Overall performance
 105
gpu, cpu, ssd, laptop, 1660ti
+90%
-10%
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" ...  I noticed a difference of 10-15 frames per secind (my desktop is equipped with a GTX 1080ti and a Ryzen 7 1700) but all the games maxed out still run well above 60 frames per second.  ...  "
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" ...  CPU - has a great cpu which is very easily over clockabke via the settings, you can set the speed, fan speed and more. ... Well if you want a laptop that is pretty sleek, fast, and can run almost any game on the market at high 60fps or higher.  ...  "
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" ...  So I decided to buy a laptop that is sturdy, has moderate weight, and good performance. ... After I got this laptop, I was amazed by its speed.  ...  "
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" ...  For sure my next gaming laptop is going to be a predator but with a decent SSD  ...  "
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" ...  If you need real power in a laptop, Intel and Nvidia are the ... It scores well in the benchmarks that I have ran and from my own ... The included 256gb M.2 style SSD is also from Kingston and seems to ... The CPU is an Intel last gen refresh (you know 14+++++ lol). ... 2019, you don't want a quad core, no matter who makes it. ... architecture and performs quite well. ... automatically switches over to the Intel IGP and doing regular (non-taxing)  ...  "
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" ...  The SSD is very fast! ... Just turbo mod on with maxed fans!  ...  "
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" ...  I had my last laptop for 5 years, a bottom of the line Alienware with a GTX 860m in it. ... I looked at a lot of benchmarks done across numerous laptops, and there wasn’t a big enough performance gain, in my opinion, to warrant the $300 to $1000 price increases.  ...  "
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" ...  It ran relatively well on this computer on the best graphics possible.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 98
acer, recommend this laptop, computer, echo, rtx
+79%
-21%
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" ...  I WILL NEVER PURCHASE AN Acer PRODUCT AGAIN.  ...  "
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" ...  At this price, there is no competitor for this laptop.  ...  "
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" ...  It replaced my Dell e6430. ... Searching around the web I've found reports that MSI and ASUS laptops do this too and it is by design  ...  "
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" ...  If you need real power in a laptop, Intel and Nvidia are the ... needed a laptop that could essentially replace my desktop(s) and this Acer ... If you go to Acer directly, there are different ... When I was setting up this machine, I did log it into my Microsoft ... Turn that guy off, and your echo goes away.  ...  "
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" ...  That and my PC's is what I have to compare it too. ... After looking at many laptops from top brands, and reading reviews and articles from the PC world, I realized I wanted a monitor at or above 120HZ. ... I am very happy with this laptop.  ...  "
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" ...  I love everything about this laptop.  ...  "
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" ...  Because of the extend desktop, this workaround works and there's no real issue here, just something to note.  ...  "
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" ...  When the kids old Lenovo Z710 laptops got "long-in-the-tooth", I replaced them with this Acer laptop based upon various reviews and recommendations that I found on the Internet.  ...  "
Display Clarity
 93
144hz, backlight bleed, display, ips, bleed
+66%
-34%
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" ...  The screen is brighter (albeit with some noticeable screen bleed at the top), the keyboard feels better, the trackpad is very usable although I use a mouse 99% of the time, and the performance is amazing.  ...  "
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" ...  Great screen, and it's a lot thinner and lighter than it looks.  ...  "
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" ...  - 144Hz screen is fantastic and responsive. ... - Can run fortnite at very high resolution at 144 FPS to max the screen capability - performance is excellent.  ...  "
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" ...  Still trying it, but i love it so far, the screen is awesome  ...  "
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" ...  This one is a thinner, more modern looking computer with cleaner lines and a smaller profile while still keeping the same screen size. ... Combined with the 144hz screen it is only trumped by my 4K monitor on my actual battlestation at home. ... SCREEN- Crystal clear with a high refresh rate.  ...  "
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" ...  Screen: 144Hz is becoming the norm for gaming laptops, including budget ones. ... For me, the response time is what makes this screen feel great.  ...  "
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" ...  **Display is amazing. ... 144 Hz 3 ms IPS screen made a huge difference while gaming  ...  "
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" ...  Coming from an older 60Hz screen you can see a real difference on this beautiful 144Hz display.  ...  "
Price
 84
laptop, best, money, performance, specs
+96%
-4%
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" ...  great for price  ...  "
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" ...  This still was the best bang for my buck!  ...  "
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" ...  If you’re considering on getting a laptop, this is one of the few I’d heavily recommend because of the price point.  ...  "
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" ...  I think it’s truly your best bang for your buck.  ...  "
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" ...  Best for the price  ...  "
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" ...  it's worth every penny paid for it.  ...  "
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" ...  Best in class for this price point  ...  "
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" ...  I’ve been very happy with the performance and the price is such a bargain.  ...  "
Memory
 61
storage, ram, drive, hard drive, 256gb
+92%
-8%
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" ...  1660 Ti - probably the main reason a lot of people get this laptop, the graphics card is great, it’s relatively new, has 6gb memory. ... I do recommend a ssd addition the 256gb stock is small. ... Plenty of room to add storage.  ...  "
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" ...  Internal storage is tight at 256GB but expansion options are abundant, with both 2.5" drive slot and NVME slot available for immediate expansion.  ...  "
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" ...  It handles anything I throw at it and it's blazing fast with the 32GB ram upgrade. ... Don't let the low storage deter you, find a 2.5 ssd drive for cheap and install it as a secondary or buy another m. 2 drive later on.  ...  "
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" ...  They saved you money so you can get a plethora of storage options on your own.  ...  "
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" ...  As soon as it arrived I opened it up to add a 1TB M.2 SSD, as well as a 2TB 2.5" SATA drive, both of which were simple to do.  ...  "
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" ...  - Bummer the SSD is so small - so if you want to store meaningful data figure in to buy a 2nd one.  ...  "
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" ...  - Also came with 16GB RAM - 2 x 8GB Kingston ACR26D4S9S8ME-8 PC-21300 DDR4 / DDR4-2666 (1333Mhz) - 19-19-19-43 timings.  ...  "
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" ...  I only have one bad thing to say about this laptop, this being it only has one hard-drive, and it's a measly 256 GB in size. ... Granted it is a Solid State Hard-Drive that is lightening fast, I do like more storage space, so I purchased a WD 1TB hard-drive to go into the empty additional hard-drive bay.  ...  "
Keyboard
 44
keys, blue, typing, screen, pad
+84%
-16%
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" ...  Two Major Flaws, This Laptop was getting so hot it smelt like plastic was burning, I could barely touch the keyboard in some areas, I'm Afraid to play anymore games on it, The screen has a LOT of light bleed, more than ive seen on other IPS Panels.  ...  "
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" ...  keyboard is well built and I have no problems typing on it and im writing this review while using the laptop keyboard, also the blue back-lit looks amazing at night when the lights around you are off, I really like it.  ...  "
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" ...  Keyboard: Acer did an amazing job of mixing a great feel for both typing and gaming. ... The parts that you touch such as the lid, and keyboard deck are metal, and have no flex in them.  ...  "
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" ...  I also like this laptop's keyboard, which feels pretty comfortable.  ...  "
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" ...  Love the lighted keyboard and larger keys  ...  "
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" ...  I'm amazed at how good this laptop is, It has an awesome screen and great built quality, the keyboard feels great and smooth, the fan is so silent when using it for normal tasks and browsing the internet.  ...  "
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" ...  * The keys are back-lit which is great for low-light/night time computing/gaming ... The top (back of the screen) and the keyboard area is metal, while the bottom and the bezel surrounding the screen is durable plastic. ... I absolutely love how nice and cool the metal is against my wrists when I'm typing. ... I'm just happy being able to see the keyboard in the dark.  ...  "
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" ...  Keyboard is soft but deliberate, great for typing.  ...  "
Battery Life
 44
life, gaming, 4 hours, around, laptop
+70%
-30%
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" ...  The camera is subpar but acceptable and the battery life could definitely be better but if you are expecting to play AAA games on a plane or just out away from an outlet figure your PC is going to die relatively soon.  ...  "
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" ...  The battery life is respectable considering the strength of this machine.  ...  "
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" ...  I just received this laptop it's great to use very fast quite and the battery life is fair .I most say that i love a lot .  ...  "
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" ...  The battery is 3-4 hours.  ...  "
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" ...  I have gotten a rather wide variation of battery life. ... you will need to bring your charger for extended periods. ... Tips to save battery life apply to every laptop.  ...  "
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" ...  That said - it is a high-powered laptop, so the battery doesn't last too long, especially while gaming, but I got this for portability, not for running without a charge, so it's no big deal to me.  ...  "
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" ...  Particularly the battery life.  ...  "
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" ...  The battery is fine for what it is. ... above 40% battery.  ...  "
Sound Quality
 40
loud, fan noise, speakers, laptop, noise
+57%
-43%
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" ...  This is a gaming laptop and when you max the fans, they are meant to make noise in order to cool this thing off. ... Since I have one already, fan noise isn’t a problem for me.  ...  "
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" ...  When the fans are set to Max it's sounds like a leaf blower.  ...  "
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" ...  probably the loudest fans I've ever heard on a laptop.  ...  "
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" ...  PUBG got the fans really going but with earbuds in I couldn't hear them.  ...  "
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" ...  Speakers better then expected for type of laptop. ... And is not too loud under 4400 rpm  ...  "
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" ...  One thing to note is that the fans are loud when turned up but with the temps I get I just throw on my headset & couldn't be bothered.  ...  "
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" ...  The screen is crystal clear and the sound is pretty decent as well. ... It's almost like that mosquito sound that older people cant hear.  ...  "
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" ...  You can use the PredatorSense software to disable the sound during boot time. ... And DO make sure to uncheck the "Enable audio enhancements," which may be on by default and produces a much worse sound than if it were disabled.  ...  "
Build Quality
 40
plastic, hinge, feels, metal, laptop
+80%
-20%
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" ...  Built like a rock though. ... Feels like a very very sturdy machine.  ...  "
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" ...  + Solid build quality  ...  "
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" ...  Its metal surfaces do make it feel very good, and they add strong structural support. ... I now can confidently carry it around campus without worried bending it.  ...  "
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" ...  The build quality is very sturdy and also compact.  ...  "
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" ...  I’m very happy with its performance and build quality.  ...  "
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" ...  Popping a 2.5" SSD into the slot with the included ribbon cable and rubber bumper was easy-peasy.  ...  "
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" ...  The build quality is excellent, it has aluminum on the lid and rest palm, while the bottom is plastic.  ...  "
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" ...  It has really great build quality.  ...  "
Software Platform
 35
windows, bios, windows 10, bloatware, app
+60%
-40%
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" ...  It's a fast laptop with lots of power, however I can't understand why Windows 10 Home version was installed?  ...  "
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" ...  Searching around the web I've found reports that MSI and ASUS laptops do this too and it is by design  ...  "
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" ...  I personally am a tinkerer, and enjoy messing with settings.  ...  "
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" ...  Viola, the echo is gone.  ...  "
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" ...  I enjoy the simple approach the "turbo" button provides for overclocking and the very user friendly app that controls fan speed, etc.  ...  "
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" ...  Also, Google chrome will bug out when playing games while alt-tabbing and go black and not allow you to see anything.  ...  "
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" ...  well done Acer.  ...  "
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" ...  PredatorSense and it’s IOS application is so useful and successful  ...  "
Product Reliability
 35
months, weeks, acer, years, month
+63%
-37%
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" ...  After two reviews I sent the HP back as fast as possible. ... I've had this laptop for a week now and have had no issues.  ...  "
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" ...  I have only owned 1 other laptop which lasted almost a decade. ... When I buy computer stuff I try to get the best for the money that will not be out of date for many years. ... In my mind I try to buy things that will be good for 8-10 years. ... I will update again with anything new.  ...  "
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" ...  Im using it for three months without issues.  ...  "
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" ...  I won't lie, it DID have an issue about a month after I purchased it.  ...  "
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" ...  Either way it was great while it worked. ... I'll change to a higher review if the new one lasts longer than 3 days .  ...  "
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" ...  I got this laptop around 3 months ago and I do game a lot and work/study a lot, and I study computer sciences. ... Hope this helps someone because I was frustrated for days trying to fix it  ...  "
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" ...  I will add another update to this review if I experience any problems.  ...  "
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" ...  All in all, I'm really happy with this purchase and can see that this laptop will last me at least 4 to 5 years gaming-wise because of the powerful components Acer used. ... Definitely a huge improvement over their Helios offering of last year.  ...  "
Cooling
 30
pad, laptop, fan, cooling system, fans
+97%
-3%
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" ...  I used stock setting without cooling pads but turned the coolboost option on ( that is different from Max fan speed)  ...  "
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" ...  Even so, I'm using a cooling pad. ... They undervolted from the factory which definitely helps cool it down by a few degrees.  ...  "
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" ...  The Helios 300, however, has a newly redesigned cooling system that handles gaming without overheating or throttling (tested on Aida64 and Heaven benchmarks).  ...  "
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" ...  Cooling vents gather dust a bit.p  ...  "
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" ...  good thermal build, with cooling pad even more  ...  "
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" ...  * Cooling is MUCH improved over the 2018 PH315-51 model and comes factory under-volt by -0.125v which certainly helps. ... * Although cooling is much improved over last year's model, for some games, you will want to turn the fan to max.  ...  "
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" ...  The loudness of the fan is not my concern if it did its job, cooling the laptop.  ...  "
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" ...  Lastly, a cooling pad is highly recommended. ... GET A COOLING PAD. ... This will change depending on the title you play, how long you play, and whether you have a cooling pad or not.  ...  "
Refresh Rate
 24
fps, screen, refresh rate, really, monitor
+100%
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" ...  Same refresh rate, different response "feel".  ...  "
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" ...  The 144hz monitor looks awesome.  ...  "
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" ...  The 144Hz screen is incredible.  ...  "
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" ...  Display is really good, 144hz refresh rate ~ 3ms response time makes it one of the best displays in laptop of this price point & bezels are way smaller compared to last year's model.  ...  "
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" ...  In metro exodus 100+ fps  ...  "
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" ...  I literally haven't found a game in which I can't run at max settings and still get an amazing frame rate.  ...  "
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" ...  The 144Hz monitor is nice looking, but shouldn't have been a strong selling point as I allowed it to be.  ...  "
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" ...  I also have the 144Hz enabled.  ...  "
Marketplace
 23
prime day, got, prime, day, today
+87%
-13%
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" ...  International delivery faster than expected.  ...  "
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" ...  So I am one of those who got the hell of a deal in the prime day. ... Just received it today.  ...  "
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" ...  One of the best purchases I've made on Amazon.  ...  "
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" ...  before writing this review.  ...  "
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" ...  Product is fine, prime shipping was a joke.  ...  "
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" ...  Works as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  Thanks Amazon my items is verry good.  ...  "
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" ...  I got this laptop on Amazon Prime Day and was pretty stoked on it.  ...  "
Comfort
 23
feels, comfortable, feel, laptop, keys
+87%
-13%
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" ...  I also like this laptop's keyboard, which feels pretty comfortable.  ...  "
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" ...  They feel good, especially if you like to type and you're used to smaller keys.  ...  "
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" ...  Just mushy enough to be comfortable in gaming, but tactile enough for typing to be a breeze and enjoyable. ... I can carry the laptop with one hand easily, and in a backpack it feels like it isn't there.  ...  "
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" ...  It feels really great to type on and the layout is nice, I barely feel like I have to adjust from my previous laptop.  ...  "
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" ...  Honestly, it feels like I'm getting more than I paid for. ... I love the shape and feel.  ...  "
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" ...  Feels like I'm playing on my PC.  ...  "
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" ...  It's no mechanical keyboard but it is definitely responsive and comfortable to type on.  ...  "
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" ...  The keyboard is comfortable to work on although the letters are a bit squished together so it did take me a little bit to get used to.  ...  "
Resolution
 20
screen, 4k, 144hz, display, laptop
+100%
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" ...  4k capable I believe and VR capable.  ...  "
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" ...  Maxed out settings @ 1080p with 8x MSAA solid 75FPS.  ...  "
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" ...  The HDMI works, but if you have a 60 Hz monitor, the laptop screen will also go down to 60 Hz if a video is playing on the monitor, such as a Twitch stream or a YouTube video.  ...  "
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" ...  Coming from an older 60Hz screen you can see a real difference on this beautiful 144Hz display.  ...  "
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" ...  -144hz screen is nice (although max setting on most AAA titles only get around 75-85 FPS)  ...  "
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" ...  4K renders smooth as silk and the Adobe suite loves this device.  ...  "
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" ...  1080p is more than sufficient, and it really shines here. ... 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.  ...  "
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" ...  As for running most games on medium to high it can reach those framerates just fine to keep on with the very nice 1080p display.  ...  "
Screen Protection
 20
top, black, love, lot, light
+50%
-50%
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" ...  It's ok except my screen gets scrambles lines across it constantly.  ...  "
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" ...  The item i received had a screen with yellow tint and acer support is useless  ...  "
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" ...  i want to have it as display buy its broken.  ...  "
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" ...  Probably because I’m picky, but the model I had had a terrible screen bleed on the upper left corner of screen, while I could fix it.  ...  "
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" ...  white spots on the top of the screen  ...  "
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" ...  When it was done the screen was black and was not going to come back on .  ...  "
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" ...  Around edge of screen there is white splotches whenever the screen is bla k. Just unboxed this and now waiting on a replacement.  ...  "
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" ...  But anyway, I broke the screen too after a few months.  ...  "
Design
 19
look, design, nice, predator, overall
+100%
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" ...  Aesthetics and build quality: The aesthetic is now a blue, not the familiar red that the Helios line has used before.  ...  "
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" ...  great design with great specs!  ...  "
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" ...  Pros- awesome design  ...  "
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" ...  And it looks really awesome in person. ... I love the shape and feel.  ...  "
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" ...  -thin, light and not super gamey look  ...  "
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" ...  Looks great and isn't super bulky or heavy.  ...  "
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" ...  I like how this laptop is nice to touch, and it looks cool.  ...  "
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" ...  In terms of bringing this laptop to a meeting or other professional setting, it's on the edge between sleek and tacky, in my opinion.  ...  "
Volume
 15
fans, laptop, fan, volume, speakers
+33%
-67%
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" ...  The second thing that bothers me is the speaker(s).  ...  "
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" ...  One minor issue : low speaker volume  ...  "
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" ...  - Fans are comparably loud  ...  "
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" ...  I don’t like that it it about as loud when on idle!  ...  "
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" ...  The fan at full blast can lower it to at least 75 degrees but this full blast is loud.  ...  "
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" ...  Turning on the turbo fan switch makes the thing suuuuuuuper loud.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this obnoxiously loud laptop but I might have to put it in another room and stream from it.  ...  "
Size
 15
compact, also, heavy, year s model, travel
+93%
-7%
comment
" ...  Compact design compared with the previous model  ...  "
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" ...  I can carry the laptop with one hand easily, and in a backpack it feels like it isn't there.  ...  "
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" ...  - It also fits nicely into Swiss Backpack - J14B-1H-A - 18.5 *12.5*7 (inches)  ...  "
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" ...  It also feels and looks much lighter than last year's model thanks to compact degsin and actual weight decrease of about 250g from last year's model.  ...  "
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" ...  Note: you definitely don’t need a workstation to learn and do small size designs.  ...  "
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" ...  Would absolutely recommend this laptop if you are looking for something easily portable, attratctive, with the horsepower to run whatever you'd like, all at a price no competitor can match.  ...  "
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" ...  I now can confidently carry it around campus without worried bending it.  ...  "
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" ...  I love how compact it is because it makes it easy to take to class with me for notes during lectures.  ...  "
Controls
 14
button, turbo button, power button, turbo, dedicated
+57%
-43%
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" ...  With overdrive the turbo button that looks like a power button pressed, the fan goes loud so it plays better on more fancier games or something.  ...  "
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" ...  New dedicated predator sense button, overclocking ready to use  ...  "
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" ...  The keys themselves have good action through and I have not had any problems with key presses. ... The sides are white and the WASD and arrow keys have a blue edge to them, which is much better than the red theme of the previous laptop.  ...  "
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" ...  Speaking of the keyboard, the power button and a dedicated utility button is placed on the number pad which seems questionable at first, but works perfectly fine since I've yet to accidentally strike either of them. ... There is a dedicated turbo button where the power would normally be which overclocks and boost everything to make while kicking on the fans to full speed which brings me to my next point.  ...  "
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" ...  You will be making good friends with the Up, Down, Page Up, and Page Down keys if you don't want to use the scroll bars in your window(s) and don't have an external mouse hooked up.  ...  "
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" ...  -Make sure you right click your desktop, get into nvidia control panel and switch from integrated graphics to gtx 1660ti  ...  "
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" ...  - The touch pad feels really smooth, but the right/left click button areas require more pressure to activate.  ...  "
Apps
 13
predatorsense, bloatware, waves, stutter, program
+85%
-15%
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" ...  The startup sound can be close in the predator sense app in the settings  ...  "
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" ...  I work with 3 browers open, with 10 to 20 tabs each, photoshop, youtube music playing and rarely have any lag on the programs and can swich between the with no problem.  ...  "
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" ...  PredatorSense and it’s IOS application is so useful and successful  ...  "
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" ...  Also, Google chrome will bug out when playing games while alt-tabbing and go black and not allow you to see anything.  ...  "
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" ...  I enjoy the simple approach the "turbo" button provides for overclocking and the very user friendly app that controls fan speed, etc.  ...  "
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" ...  Also, in the program you can enable “game sense” and the program will disable anything on your pc that might be downloading or bogging down your internet.  ...  "
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" ...  As a computer science student I never had any problems working even doing heavy tasks like game development or android studio  ...  "
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" ...  There are a few bloatware programs added by Acer onto this laptop. ... This is one Acer program you definitely want to keep and use.  ...  "
Mouse
 13
pad, gaming, left, laptop, keyboard
+85%
-15%
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" ...  The mousepad is a good size, but is hard to click effectively, so I suggest getting a decent gaming mouse.  ...  "
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" ...  I can even simply plug it with an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and it outperforms my couple-of-years-old gaming desktop by leaps and bounds, in all capacities except for modular upgradeability.  ...  "
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" ...  I find myself unknowingly ditching my MX Master for the trackpad.  ...  "
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" ...  Trackpad is also better than expected since you usually have low expectations from trackpad in a gaming laptop, where you would plug external mouse for gaming anyway.  ...  "
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" ...  Was able to add extra external hard drive,hook up Xbox controller, speaker system,gaming mouse.  ...  "
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" ...  Absolutely love the build, form factor (pretty slim and portable for a gaming laptop), screen (vibrant and responsive), aesthetics (I'm a fan of the blue colour scheme) and performance.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I love its style, and I love how I can get matching headset, mouse, et cetera for it .  ...  "
comment
" ...  The internal keyboard and touch pad are perfectly adequate, but you're gonna use a mouse + WASD anyway so who cares?  ...  "
Charging
 13
power, charging, laptop, charge, port
+38%
-62%
comment
" ...  Dislike the charger connector and location.  ...  "
comment
" ...  After 2 days its not coming on, only the charging light comes on.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Computer did charge, but would not boot up.  ...  "
comment
" ...  First time turning it on I had to press the power button three times (this is with it connected to its charger.) ... I reconnected to the power charger and the led would turn on indicating it's charging but then nothing.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Now it won't turn on plugged in or not, fully charged and ready to go.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I see the light for charging light up, but the power button does nothing anymore .  ...  "
Setup
 12
installation, easy, install, turn, laptop
+83%
-17%
comment
" ...  The laptop comes with the things you'll need to install an additional HD and it's easy to install.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Upon installation and boot up, it actually booted into Windows from the E 15 M.2 drive .  ...  "
comment
" ...  Turbo button works well and the installation of the HDD was very easy and works perfect ( I bought a Seagate firecuda 2TB from amazon on a deal for 65$ only and this SSHD works really well - also I install it with Justech screwdriver which is also from amazon ).  ...  "
comment
" ...  The laptop came by default under-volted, which can be checked with the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (I recommend backing up settings before using it just in case).  ...  "
comment
" ...  The installation process was easy.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I opted to go ahead and buy a 1TB ssd and it was extremely easy to install.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Installed additional Hdd and will be gitt8ng additional M.2 later.  ...  "
comment
" ...  It has 2 m.2 slots and a 2.5 inch bay with provided install hardware.  ...  "
Color
 12
colors, dark, color, bleed, backlight bleed
+75%
-25%
comment
" ...  -color gamut is accurate  ...  "
comment
" ...  For content creating is excellent, I work with photoshop and illustrator most of the day and have great performance and the color accuaracy of the screen is beautiful.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The backlight bleed was average and the colors on this screen were very nice and the 144hz was awesome.  ...  "
comment
" ...  the colors are a soft white and blue and the design itself is nice but not aggressive like their Helios 300 of last year, which I purchased as a gift for my sister.  ...  "
comment
" ...  * Screen is beautiful, colors are vibrant, the view angle is fantastic, and the 144 HZ refresh rate is great  ...  "
comment
" ...  Colors are much better - no cheap screen on this one.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The screen is really bright, colors are perfect and pop out.  ...  "
Returns
 12
refund, got, amazon, weeks, waiting
+25%
-75%
comment
" ...  So I sadly got a return on it.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I'll update the score after we send the unit back in for repairs and get it back.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Returning to Amazon today.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I will certainly return this laptop and hopefully exchange it for another one to determine if the one I have received is a bad lemon.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Decided to return it. ... Consider this before you purchase it as it may not work and waste your time to troubleshoot/return/exchange it.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Sent it out and a week and a half later got it back.  ...  "
comment
" ...  It's past my return window now because I have been stuck in a cycle of trying to reach them, waiting for them to reply, then getting email messages days later, all on top of trying to stay on top of school work.  ...  "
comment
" ...  then I turned it off and it refused to turn back on.  ...  "
Delivery
 12
shipped, product, box, today, july
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  With free shipping it came quick like in 2 days.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Got it for $1200 including delivery and taxes, so it's not bad.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The shipping was good and fast.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I purchase the device on last July 21, 2019, I receive the product july 24 2019.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Just received it today.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Shipped really fast.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Got a replacement shipped out.  ...  "
Ports
 12
port, ports, external, usb c, usb 3 0
+75%
-25%
comment
" ...  The workaround is to choose "Extend desktop" and just run the game on your external monitor and leave the laptop screen as just the desktop.  ...  "
comment
" ...  * All USB ports are USB 3.0 (Instead of 2x 2.0 and 1x 3.0 as on the older model) ... An external USB drive is the way to go if you want to remain on the safe side and don't want to pay a tech to put a drive in for you.  ...  "
comment
" ...  - It's very easy to remove the bottom panel to gain access to an additional M.2 slot and SATA 2.5" storage bay, both RAM slots, and WiFi mini PCIe card. ... - I've picked up a spare AC adapter - included in photo, search Amazon for: 19.5V 9.23A AC Adapter Charger Power Supply for Acer Predator Helios 300 G3-571-77QK, G3-571 G3-572 PH317-51, Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-793G, V15 Nitro VN7-593G Tip 5.5mm, Not Big Tip 7.4mm with Pin  ...  "
comment
" ...  It doesn't do G-SYNC or Freesync, although it may be able to do high refresh rates over HDMI if your display supports it. ... Several USB 3.0 ports (3 USB A connectors and 1 USB C connector) provide ample external connectivity. ... Some folks worry about the AC adapter cable sitting next to the air vent, but it really doesn't get hot enough to do any harm.  ...  "
comment
" ...  If you want to do 4k you can output to an external monitor. ... You'll have to actually wire the drive into your motherboard (the old Helios had the port pre-installed) and this is a service that could actually void your warranty.  ...  "
comment
" ...  This thing has a ton of ports but if you need more just pick up a type-c hub for its type-c port.  ...  "
comment
" ...  so no internal ssd, but I got an external ssd usb-c, works fine, but acer costumer service .  ...  "
comment
" ...  The HDMI works, but if you have a 60 Hz monitor, the laptop screen will also go down to 60 Hz if a video is playing on the monitor, such as a Twitch stream or a YouTube video.  ...  "
Storage
 11
empty, like, storage space, space, slot
+100%
comment
" ...  Plenty of room to add storage.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I dont like the amount of storage space but other than that it is amazing.  ...  "
comment
" ...  They saved you money so you can get a plethora of storage options on your own.  ...  "
comment
" ...  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.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The only downside is the storage, which in my case was only 256GB, but you can upgrade it easily.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Basically, this laptop is giving you starter space while allowing you to install a harddrive of your choice in the bay.  ...  "
comment
" ...  A last note is storage.  ...  "
comment
" ...  There is an additional empty M.2 slot in there.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 10
use, installation
+100%
comment
" ...  Click-and-drag functions are easy to do, not something I can say for all laptops.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Really easy to get an RMA, unlike other manufacturers.  ...  "
comment
" ...  This fix is easy.  ...  "
comment
" ...  easy to take a part and get access to most parts  ...  "
comment
" ...  The installation process was easy.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Easy, but another cost/effort  ...  "
Drivers
 10
driver, nvidia, works, windows, update
+50%
-50%
comment
" ...  The battery life was awful until I jumped on their website to wait 2 hours for a solution of updating my driver from their customer support rep.  ...  "
comment
" ...  DRIVER IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL  ...  "
comment
" ...  I have checked connections, downloaded new drivers but nothing works.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Screen came on after reboot I updated the nvidia and windows drivers, thought this would fix it but after a reboot the screen would not come on .  ...  "
comment
" ...  You are unable to upgrade the Nvidia driver manually.  ...  "
Video Playback
 8
videos, video, youtube, gaming, games
+88%
-13%
comment
" ...  The battery life I get on this at medium brightness doing simple web browsing and watching videos is around 4-6 hours which is not that great but not bad for a gaming laptop.  ...  "
comment
" ...  -Storage is easily upgradable(YouTube video)  ...  "
comment
" ...  I also added an M2 drive, which I have never done, but was super simple via watching a youtube video.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Battery gives me around 4 hours while I don't play, just watching movies and browsing and it last for long time, but when I am playing games it gives me around 1:00 to 1:30 hours at max while gaming.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Amazing for gaming and videos.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The audio isn't too bad, if you're just chilling watching a movie, it's fine.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I will be able to play my games, watch movies etc.  ...  "
Features
 8
light, turbo mode, turbo, blue, fan
+75%
-25%
comment
" ...  The light blue backlight is nice  ...  "
comment
" ...  The performance interface features displaying temperatures etc.  ...  "
comment
" ...  It is super light and seems well made  ...  "
comment
" ...  Do enable turbo mode (by pressing the turbo button) if you do anything demanding as it will increase the fan speed, so no thermal throttling, it would increase cpu power limit and overclock gpu to extreme.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The turbo mode is a little noisy but it works perfectly  ...  "
comment
" ...  versions with different features.  ...  "
For Kids
 7
games
+86%
-14%
comment
" ...  My son uses it mostly for music production  ...  "
comment
" ...  Great laptop for college.  ...  "
comment
" ...  My 17 year old son loves it so far.  ...  "
comment
" ...  As a college student, my tolerance for lugging that thing has been getting lower over the years.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The 2 games my kids and I have played on it might not be the most demanding either at this point.  ...  "
Cleaning
 7
screen, looks, keyboard, install, blue
+100%
comment
" ...  It comes at a pretty decent price for the specs and it just has a really clean design.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Everything looks crisp and clean and having a gaming laptop with those refresh rates on the go is great. ... It looks simple and clean with blue back lighting on the keyboard and on the back of the screen.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Finally, if you do a clean install, remember to undervolt the CPU.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The 2019 model looks cleaner with thinner bezels and has better hardware.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The color is black and hard ta keep clean.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I would suggest a clean install of Win10 and then heading to Acer to download their Predator Sense program. ... If not a clean install, do your research and find what programs to remove.  ...  "
comment
" ...  This one is a thinner, more modern looking computer with cleaner lines and a smaller profile while still keeping the same screen size.  ...  "
Call quality
 7
sound, hear, call, really, could
+71%
-29%
comment
" ...  Even a tone-deaf person can tell the difference.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2  ...  "
comment
" ...  It's almost like that mosquito sound that older people cant hear.  ...  "
comment
" ...  If you are hearing an echo-like sound as I was, then I’ll save you the 30 minutes.  ...  "
comment
" ...  They work fine for the occasional Skype call.  ...  "
For Running
 6
run, temps, programs
+100%
comment
" ...  Able to run fortnite though I don’t play it.  ...  "
comment
" ...  + Can run pretty much everything  ...  "
comment
" ...  Cant complain and it runs like a champ.  ...  "
comment
" ...  It’s extremely quiet, but that’s probably because I’m just sitting setting it up and don’t have any programs running.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Update: still running great.  ...  "
comment
" ...  This thing can run near anything you want it to.  ...  "
Touch Sensitivity
 6
touch, nice, like, touchpad, looks
+100%
comment
" ...  this trackpad isn't bad at all. ... My Acer E 15 didn't come with one of those, so it's a nice touch here.  ...  "
comment
" ...  And the trackpad is superb.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I like how this laptop is nice to touch, and it looks cool.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Haven't tried testing it but so far it's incredible and feel and touch of it is outstanding.  ...  "
comment
" ...  * The touch pad is nice and spacious  ...  "
comment
" ...  Touchpad to me is really nice.  ...  "
For Travel
 5
work, travel, pretty, fun
+100%
comment
" ...  excellent laptop looking for something to play and do my work in my travel times .  ...  "
comment
" ...  I use this laptop for game development when I’m traveling.  ...  "
comment
" ...  putting it in a box without packing paper so it was free to bounce around for the whole trip.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I travel a lot for my work and I was looking for a laptop that can entertain me when i go back to hotel! ... It will definitely make my business trips more fun.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I've started traveling more lately so I  ...  "
Picture Quality
 5
image, machine
+80%
-20%
comment
" ...  but the picture quality is the best I've seen.  ...  "
comment
" ...  If you understand what you're getting with this machine and have a very clear picture what it is you want out of it, then this is a fantastic machine.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The picture quality resembles early 2000s webcams.  ...  "
comment
" ...  See attached image.  ...  "
Cables
 5
ssd, power, little, cord, sits
+40%
-60%
comment
" ...  - The power cord is in a weird place on the left side of the case, it either runs towards you and sits on top of your wires (the usb plugs) or it goes away from you and sits right next to the heat vents on the left side.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Unfortunately, the laptop I received kept blacking out on me (Maybe loose wire for the screen?)  ...  "
comment
" ...  - Ethernet jack is very difficult to disengage the CAT5 cable from, it seems to snag on the RJ45 connector.  ...  "
Wifi
 5
ping, good, even, card, really
+100%
comment
" ...  I was able to get into WiFi with no issues.  ...  "
comment
" ...  -Good WiFi card  ...  "
comment
" ...  Also the WiFi reception is very good and almost always has full signal anywhere I use it.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Killer WiFi is rock solid.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The "Killer" WIFI and internet stuff .  ...  "
Internet
 5
wifi, killer
+100%
comment
" ...  It is so fast that the only limitation in speed I have seen is the internet connection.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Internet speed is good, no complaints.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Basic internet and office work, 5-6.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The internet speed is fast.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The "Killer" WIFI and internet stuff .  ...  "
Lagging
 4
time, 5, reconnect, lag, force
+75%
-25%
comment
" ...  Can run WoW on ultra high settings with no lag.  ...  "
comment
" ...  - The boot time is consistently about 5-6 seconds.  ...  "
comment
" ...  3. boots and restarts fast  ...  "
Display Size
 4
size, inch
+100%
comment
" ...  Screen is also very good for this cost.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Overall a nice size screen for viewing.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Its a very good size display. ... Im very happy I did this because I feel the 15 inch displays are perfect sizes for a laptop after using the Acer 300.  ...  "
comment
" ...  This one is a thinner, more modern looking computer with cleaner lines and a smaller profile while still keeping the same screen size.  ...  "
USB
 4
usb 3 0, external, drive, want, usb ports
+50%
-50%
comment
" ...  Literally the laptop would not recognize the hard drive.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I don't know why it has 4 USB ports because they can't be used.  ...  "
Network
 4
ping, good, fast, even, almost
+100%
comment
" ...  I was able to get into WiFi with no issues.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Also the WiFi reception is very good and almost always has full signal anywhere I use it.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Killer WiFi is rock solid.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Mainly used with Cisco APs and Asus RT3200-AC at home.  ...  "
Weight
 4
specs, performance, laptop, build quality
+100%
comment
" ...  It’s light weight.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The weight of this laptop is a major relief!  ...  "
comment
" ...  I’m amazed with the build quality at this price point along with the weight.  ...  "
comment
" ...  So I decided to buy a laptop that is sturdy, has moderate weight, and good performance. ... Even with those strong specs, the overall weight is surprisingly light (of course it's still heavier than ultrabooks). ... This laptop in my opinion worths every dollar I spent because of its specs, design, weight, and performance.  ...  "
Fit
 4
one, nicely, little, like, hold
+25%
-75%
comment
" ...  They indicated that the hinge was damaged in a fall.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Also, the back of my predator doesn't sit flush on the right side for some reason.  ...  "
Capacity
 3
wifi, silent, noisy, good, fan noise
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  Also the WiFi reception is very good and almost always has full signal anywhere I use it.  ...  "
comment
" ...  It will almost certainly not draw attention in a quiet room.  ...  "
Fingerprint
 3
+33%
-67%
comment
" ...  One complaint I have is this thing is a fingerprint magnet .  ...  "
Headphones
 3
headset, unplug, plug, laptop, use
+100%
comment
" ...  This can be distracting without a headset.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I'd suggest headphones .  ...  "
comment
" ...  provided you have headphones.  ...  "
CD/DVD
 3
drive
+100%
comment
" ...  BUT the webcam is of lower quality and it lacks a CD ROM disk tray.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The video quality is something between a VHS recording and low quality grainy DVD.  ...  "
comment
" ...  giant Steam library and other big programs onto the 1tb D: Drive.  ...  "
Exchange
 3
requested, return
+33%
-67%
comment
" ...  Consider this before you purchase it as it may not work and waste your time to troubleshoot/return/exchange it.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Requested an exchange, however  ...  "
Defective Delivery
 3
-100%
comment
" ...  The first thing is that my package had been opened. ... The SEAL was broken which should not be the case.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I'm sure mine was defective.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I received the laptop brand new unopened.  ...  "
Camera
 3
+100%
comment
" ...  Camera quality is quite meeeh, but at least is on top, thanks for not making more nose cams.  ...  "
comment
" ...  If I remember (or can) I'll try to add some pictures.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I must immediately warn about certain things (photos included):  ...  "

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Specifications

Body
Size:  15.6 meters
Performance
Processor Clock:  4.5 GHz
Memory
Memory:  6144 GB
Display
Resolution:  Full HD 1080p 
Refresh Rate:  144 Hz
Type:  LED 
Full HD 1080p
RESOLUTION
4.5 GHz
PROCESSOR CLOCK
6144 GB
MEMORY
15.6 meters
SIZE