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Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop PC 15 6 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: September 30, 2019 (Refresh Now)
7.8
SCORE
/10
Total Reviews
271
Old Reviews
0
Unverified
32
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Full HD 1080p
RESOLUTION
4.5 GHz
PROCESSOR CLOCK
6144 GB
MEMORY
15.6 meters
SIZE

Review Summary - 239 recent, verified reviews

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Gaming
 92
games, laptop, game, fps, gaming laptop
+95%
-5%
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" ...  Best laptop I've ever used it can run GTA 5 on max setting at 60 to 100 fps depending on the load and pretty much everything I can play it as max setting.  ...  "
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" ...  * Gaming performance is great ... * It is pretty light as far as gaming laptops go. ... but coming from an older gaming laptop that weighed almost 15 pounds . ... * The keys are back-lit which is great for low-light/night time computing/gaming ... You can load a handful of modest sized games or one huge game (Doom 2016 is around 80 - 100 gigs after patches and Final Fantasy XV is around 90 gigs after patches. ... You will definitely want to add a spare drive to put games on.  ...  "
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" ...  In the main games that I run (PUBG, Apex Legends, GTA V, etc . )  ...  "
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" ...  The game engine works smoothly and can play almost all the games out there at full setting, with a but of problem.  ...  "
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" ...  Very smooth running in games I run.  ...  "
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" ...  I've done quite a research on gaming laptops within the same price point and the Predator Helios 300 has the best bang-for-your-buck.  ...  "
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" ...  only game in town now. ... enough to pass as professional with just a hint of "gaming laptop" appeal. ... enough for 100% of the gamers. ... this is the best game in town. ... and 144 frames per second in their games, pull yourself together people. ... you don't plan on a long gaming session . ... benchmarking and playing around . ... Love that game though .  ...  "
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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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Display Clarity
 63
144hz, display, ips, backlight bleed, bleed
+67%
-33%
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" ...  Screen- Great looking screen. ... I have no issues about the screen.  ...  "
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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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" ...  The screen is one of the better ones and usually can be found on more expensive laptops. ... It's quite small and light for how powerful it is and for being a 15 inch monitor.  ...  "
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" ...  Colors are much better - no cheap screen on this one.  ...  "
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" ...  Great screen, and it's a lot thinner and lighter than it looks.  ...  "
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" ...  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.  ...  "
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" ...  The 144hz monitor is beautiful, and the graphics card is just incredible.  ...  "
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" ...  You also get a Full HD 144hz screen. ... Acer manages to hit that perfect sweet spot. ... Sure, there are laptops out there that might have a screen a bit nicer, be a bit lighter, game a bit faster, and so on, but the Helios 300 seems to get everything at that "just right" level.  ...  "
Overall performance
 59
gpu, predator, intel, gtx, graphics
+92%
-8%
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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. ... Bottom Line- This is a great laptop, very fast, and reliable.  ...  "
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" ...  After owning the last Helios 300 (GTX 1060) and selling it last year I was ready to be done with the Predator laptops. ... While performance matters more than looks to me and while it was a tremendous value for the price, it certainly drew a lot of attention for all the wrong reasons. ... With improved stability, thermals, looks and performance it is a no brainer.  ...  "
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" ...  The SSD is fast, nothing to complain about really, but when it comes to the screen (in my case) it feels buttery smooth (144Hz is indeed a treat for gaming) but it has visible backlight bleed.  ...  "
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" ...  Performance: Here's where we get to the good stuff. ... Overall, the price to performance ratio on this laptop is pretty much unbeatable.  ...  "
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" ...  (Intel Core i7-6950x) (Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti) ... (Intel Core i7-9750H) (Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti)  ...  "
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" ...  Laptop performs great. ... Laptop is thinner then the more expensive ASUS & MSI competition.  ...  "
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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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" ...  I had model 2018 Acer Predator Helios 300 based on gtx 1060, and I can say with all my confidence this model 2019 based on gtx 1660 ti, has a lot improvements , and it's very noticeble. ... Thermal throttling is great, thanks Acer for undervolting.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 51
acer, computer, echo, lot, version
+88%
-12%
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" ...  On specs, this is an amazing laptop. ... Sure enough, the laptop froze up and despite spending nearly 2 hours with Acer tech support, there was nothing they could do. ... In the future, I'm buying Asus, HP, Dell or anyone else but Acer.  ...  "
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" ...  I love everything about this laptop.  ...  "
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" ...  You get a lot of bang for the buck with this laptop. ... I watch the few reviews on the 2019 version of this laptop and am very glad I made the decision to purchase it.  ...  "
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" ...  Battery life is average, I managed about 3 and a half hours using this laptop for developing on Android Studio with a virtual device running all the time.  ...  "
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" ...  I've built my own computers all my life and this purchase outshines my past experiences in all relevant respects.  ...  "
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" ...  This laptop is fantastic over the last version. ... You can find it on the acer website. ... Best deal for the money for a laptop.  ...  "
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" ...  This is all without activating the "Turbo" setting which automatically over-clocks everything on your laptop, and cranks up the fans to max speed to keep them cool. ... 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.  ...  "
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" ...  If you're looking for a laptop that is a drop-in replacement for a desktop, then this is probably not your device.  ...  "
Price
 49
laptop, money, best, specs, point
+94%
-6%
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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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" ...  FINAL THOUGHTS- The new Predator Helios 300 is worth every penny.  ...  "
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" ...  Best laptop with best price  ...  "
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" ...  for the price point this is one of the best laptops you can buy.  ...  "
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" ...  Would recommend even when on regular price, however on sale it is a steal.  ...  "
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" ...  Best deal for the money for a laptop.  ...  "
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" ...  For the price. ... Overall this is a great laptop for the money.  ...  "
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" ...  The amount performance for your hard earned money can’t be beat.  ...  "
Memory
 34
storage, ram, drive, hard drive, 256gb
+94%
-6%
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" ...  I do suggest getting a 2.5" SSD for additional storage.  ...  "
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" ...  Easily upgraded the memory and added a hard drive.  ...  "
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" ...  At this time, I've got a second 500 gig drive to complement the main 250g drive and I also have a portable 250g Samsung rugged ssd drive that uses the 3.1 USB C port should I need even more space. ... Beautiful screen, powerful components, upgradeability in memory and storage, small compact size, and tech that will still be viable a few years down the line.  ...  "
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" ...  -The Upgrades,they made it extremely easy and cheap to upgrade your ssd and ram(up to 32gb but 16 is more than enough),took me around 3 minutes to install an SSD ... Solution:format everything and install windows on the main ssd  ...  "
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" ...  very happy with it, blazing fast performance, did add a 2nd 500gb NVMe drive,  ...  "
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" ...  The 256gb ssd is smaller than preferred but speedy. ... I would have preferred to keep the secondary NVMe m.2 drive and COMPLETELY DELETE the sata SSD drive in exchange for a larger battery .  ...  "
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" ...  Also, do note that you will have to buy a separate storage device if you plan to use this for a long time.  ...  "
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" ...  This thing is just as much of a beast as my desktop which has an i7 7700, 16 GB ram, z270 gaming pro carbon motherboard and a overclocked rtx 2070 xtreme by Gigabyte.  ...  "
Keyboard
 27
keys, blue, typing, screen, key
+81%
-19%
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" ...  The keyboard is very good, even though it is strangely placed.  ...  "
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" ...  The internal keyboard and touch pad are perfectly adequate, but you're gonna use a mouse + WASD anyway so who cares?  ...  "
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" ...  Keyboard is soft but deliberate, great for typing.  ...  "
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" ...  Reviews have stated the keyboard deck and cover are aluminum. ... I love this keyboard because it has the keypad included. ... The keys are illuminated in light blue which can be made darker or lighter with two of the F keys.  ...  "
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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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" ...  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.  ...  "
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" ...  The laptop feels solid thanks to the aluminum screen back cover and keyboard frame. ... It is well built with slim design and very smooth keyboard with classy blue color.  ...  "
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" ...  I like the way the key board feels also, and I use a wireless mouse.  ...  "
Battery Life
 27
life, gaming, gaming laptop, expected, battery life
+74%
-26%
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" ...  This is a gaming laptop so don’t expect amazing battery life or anything.  ...  "
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" ...  Battery life isnt anything special, but I expected that and no high expectations for a 59w.  ...  "
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" ...  * Battery life is OK  ...  "
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" ...  Battery life is fine, obviously with these specs and such a demanding CPU the battery life is lower than say laptops with i5/i3 and a bad GPU.  ...  "
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" ...  Can't say about battery life, because I always have it plugged in during gaming - but .  ...  "
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" ...  Battery life is actually better than expected for this power hungry gaming laptop with such a small battery.  ...  "
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" ...  Battery works good and I didn't noticed any battery drain while battery connected to AC  ...  "
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" ...  Decent battery life.  ...  "
Build Quality
 25
plastic, metal, feels, hinge, predator
+84%
-16%
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" ...  The build quality is very sturdy and also compact.  ...  "
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" ...  Nice sign on back side of cover.  ...  "
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" ...  Hinge looks way better than 2017.  ...  "
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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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" ...  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 half metal case is confidence inspiring. ... The bottom is very easy to remove with a few screws and gives you quick access to all replaceable parts Normally I would not buy an Acer but their Predator line shows quality they have not shown in the past.  ...  "
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" ...  The construction is solid, and it looks great, in my opinion .  ...  "
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" ...  I’m amazed with the build quality at this price point along with the weight.  ...  "
Sound Quality
 24
loud, speakers, fan noise, noise, fans are loud
+46%
-54%
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" ...  It sounds like someone is talking through a tin can. ... * The speakers sound piercing and tinny. ... This is to be expected though, most laptops don't have the greatest speakers anyway.  ...  "
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" ...  Other reason was because of the fan noise. ... I don’t like that it it about as loud when on idle! ... Yeah that’s right, a whistle (whooshing) sound when on idle.  ...  "
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" ...  Fans are super loud and run all the time.  ...  "
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" ...  Turning on the turbo fan switch makes the thing suuuuuuuper loud.  ...  "
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" ...  The first is that the speakers are downright pathetic, and the loudness of the fans makes this problem worse than it would be, so plan on using headphones of some sort.  ...  "
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" ...  It might be better for gaming but in normal use fan makes lot of noise  ...  "
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" ...  Good performance but noisy fan.  ...  "
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" ...  The main gripe that prevented a 5 star rating is the damn fan noise. ... 30dB is almost inaudible in a noisy room, but my living area is usually silent so the fan noise is noticeable. ... During gaming the fan noise gets pretty loud, around 55 dB, but that's to be expected.  ...  "
Software Platform
 21
windows, bios, windows 10, bloatware, app
+57%
-43%
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" ...  WHICH you will need to update to the latest version right out of the box. ... You can find it on the acer website.  ...  "
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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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" ...  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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" ...  I am a software developer and the Nvme included is very fast for such things. ... Battery life is average, I managed about 3 and a half hours using this laptop for developing on Android Studio with a virtual device running all the time.  ...  "
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" ...  Viola, the echo is gone.  ...  "
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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 will update again with anything new.  ...  "
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" ...  information is from my own experience, if Acer changes things up in the ... useful (Update: It is, see below update). ... Edit: Update 7/18/19 ... I never thought I would say this, but let Windows control your sound and you will be fine, lol.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 19
years, year, working, weeks, update
+68%
-32%
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" ...  it's been over 10 year since i purchased a laptop.  ...  "
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" ...  the next few years, but for now .  ...  "
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" ...  I have had this laptop for about a month now and I really love it.  ...  "
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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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" ...  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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" ...  Waited about a month to write this review.  ...  "
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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 bought this before prime day, had it a few months now and I enjoy it.  ...  "
Marketplace
 17
prime day, got, prime, day, today
+82%
-18%
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" ...  Got this on prime day sale!  ...  "
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" ...  Good value bought on Amazon day.  ...  "
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" ...  Received the Predator yesterday from Amazon (delivered to the Middle East) and it met every expectation I had.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought it for $1200 and before it could ship I saw it go on sale for $999 for prime day.  ...  "
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" ...  I got it on sale on Prime Day for under $1000.  ...  "
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" ...  before writing this review.  ...  "
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" ...  Got a replacement shipped out.  ...  "
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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.  ...  "
Cooling
 17
cooling system, pad, laptop, fan, speed
+100%
comment
" ...  The screen is amazing, the ventilation is great it cools down really fast.  ...  "
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" ...  To have nice cooling I personal would recomended turn on "Max speed" aeroblade fans.  ...  "
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" ...  This laptop has EXCELLENT thermals, it NEVER thermal throttles due to the -.125 undervolt on the cpu and good cooling system so long as you dont block the vents and I live in a very hot area often the outside temp gets to 85+ degrees farenheit.  ...  "
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" ...  Cooling System- The fans and the design do a great job at keeping this beast of a laptop cool, allowing amazing ventilation that blows out the back of the computer.  ...  "
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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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" ...  Did get a little warm as expected so I put a cooling pad under it to help.  ...  "
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" ...  The cooling on this pc is also very good!  ...  "
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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.  ...  "
Comfort
 16
feels, comfortable, laptop, keys, feel
+88%
-13%
comment
" ...  This is hands down the best laptop, or even desktop, I have ever owned.  ...  "
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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.  ...  "
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" ...  Everything feels so buttery smooth.  ...  "
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" ...  It's no mechanical keyboard but it is definitely responsive and comfortable to type on.  ...  "
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" ...  Head phones are recommend. ... So far I'm very happy with the laptop, it has excellent performance, very nice expandability, is comfortable to use and looks really good.  ...  "
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" ...  The laptop feels premium. ... It’s comfortable to type on for me, and I enjoy the sky-blue backlight as I’ve been stuck on red for 5 years.  ...  "
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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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" ...  I did a lot of research before hand and this is the winner by far.  ...  "
Refresh Rate
 13
screen, really, hz, fps, 144
+100%
comment
" ...  The 144Hz monitor really gives off a different feeling, now I can't go back to my old 60Hz monitor, LOL.  ...  "
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" ...  you can really notice the 144hz response time.  ...  "
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" ...  If you are upgrading from 60 or 120 hz, you will notice the difference. ... FPS in PUBG ranged between 100-144, depending on your location in the map. ... FPS ranged between 250-350.  ...  "
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" ...  The 144hz monitor is beautiful, and the graphics card is just 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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" ...  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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" ...  It will play pretty much anything at 1080p ultra settings with fantastic frame rates. ... SCREEN- Crystal clear with a high refresh rate.  ...  "
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" ...  The 144Hz screen is incredible.  ...  "
Screen Protection
 13
top, black, lot, light, issues
+46%
-54%
comment
" ...  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
 13
design, nice, predator, overall, look
+100%
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" ...  The hinge feels amazing  ...  "
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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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" ...  And it looks really awesome in person. ... I love the shape and feel.  ...  "
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" ...  The construction is solid, and it looks great, in my opinion .  ...  "
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" ...  Everything feels so buttery smooth.  ...  "
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" ...  And the overall design largely exceeds my expectation.  ...  "
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" ...  great design with great specs!  ...  "
Resolution
 12
1080p, 4k, 144hz, hd, fps
+100%
comment
" ...  The screen looks amazing with 1080p 144Hz 3ms.  ...  "
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" ...  It will play pretty much anything at 1080p ultra settings with fantastic frame rates. ... Combined with the 144hz screen it is only trumped by my 4K monitor on my actual battlestation at home. ... You can look up benchmarks if you're interested, but bottom line here is you'll have no problem with 1080p gaming. ... If you want to do 4k you can output to an external monitor.  ...  "
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" ...  Does the job for modern games at 1080p.  ...  "
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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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" ...  Maxed out settings @ 1080p with 8x MSAA solid 75FPS.  ...  "
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" ...  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.  ...  "
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" ...  This thing can do 120-150 FPS on Fortnite on my 4K TV.  ...  "
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" ...  I use an external monitor personally but I can edit 4k footage and export no problem, and I can stream and game with absolutely no problem either.  ...  "
Mouse
 12
pad, gaming, left, laptop, keyboard
+83%
-17%
comment
" ...  Invest in a powered USB hub if you need to plug in more than just a keyboard and mouse (Because who wants to game on a laptop keyboard and touch pad unless they had no choice?) ... Personally I'm fine with it and I'll be hooking an external mouse to it whenever possible anyway.  ...  "
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" ...  I find myself unknowingly ditching my MX Master for the trackpad.  ...  "
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" ...  The internal keyboard and touch pad are perfectly adequate, but you're gonna use a mouse + WASD anyway so who cares?  ...  "
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" ...  I like the way the key board feels also, and I use a wireless mouse.  ...  "
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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 love its style, and I love how I can get matching headset, mouse, et cetera for it .  ...  "
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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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" ...  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.  ...  "
Size
 11
also, heavy, year s model, thermals, size
+91%
-9%
comment
" ...  lightweight, with great performance and thermals.  ...  "
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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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" ...  - 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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" ...  This little guy lets me pop it into my thin laptop sleeve along with it's charger, which is also a nice compact size, and my gaming mouse and earbud headphones and I'm good to go.  ...  "
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" ...  Looks great and isn't super bulky or heavy.  ...  "
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" ...  The build quality is very sturdy and also compact.  ...  "
Charging
 11
power, charging, turn, nothing, charged
+27%
-73%
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.  ...  "
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" ...  Now it won't turn on plugged in or not, fully charged and ready to go.  ...  "
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" ...  I see the light for charging light up, but the power button does nothing anymore .  ...  "
Color
 10
screen, dark, bleed, black, noticeable
+70%
-30%
comment
" ...  The backlight bleed was average and the colors on this screen were very nice and the 144hz was awesome.  ...  "
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" ...  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.  ...  "
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" ...  * Screen is beautiful, colors are vibrant, the view angle is fantastic, and the 144 HZ refresh rate is great  ...  "
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" ...  Colors are much better - no cheap screen on this one.  ...  "
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" ...  The screen is really bright, colors are perfect and pop out.  ...  "
Volume
 9
fan, fans, get, turbo, really
+22%
-78%
comment
" ...  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.  ...  "
Delivery
 9
shipped, product, box, today, july
+78%
-22%
comment
" ...  Got it for $1200 including delivery and taxes, so it's not bad.  ...  "
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" ...  The shipping was good and fast.  ...  "
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" ...  I purchase the device on last July 21, 2019, I receive the product july 24 2019.  ...  "
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" ...  Just received it today.  ...  "
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" ...  Shipped really fast.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Got a replacement shipped out.  ...  "
Apps
 8
waves, stutter, program, predatorsense, predator
+88%
-13%
comment
" ...  I mainly use it for Apex/Overwatch/Destiny2 and on the middle overclock setting via the PredatorSense app regularly get 90-120 fps without much stutter.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Also, Google chrome will bug out when playing games while alt-tabbing and go black and not allow you to see anything.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I installed an app that monitors CPU and GPU temps and it's never gone above 75c while gaming.  ...  "
comment
" ...  As a computer science student I never had any problems working even doing heavy tasks like game development or android studio  ...  "
comment
" ...  I'm a college student doing programming and app development so I really needed something powerful that wouldnt break the bank as much.  ...  "
comment
" ...  There are a few bloatware programs added by Acer onto this laptop. ... This is one Acer program you definitely want to keep and use.  ...  "
comment
" ...  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.  ...  "
Ports
 8
usb, usb c, usb 3 0, ports, external monitor
+88%
-13%
comment
" ...  VR Ready as well but needs mini displayport adapter.  ...  "
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
" ...  * 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
" ...  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
" ...  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
" ...  - 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
" ...  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.  ...  "
Controls
 7
turbo, nvidia control panel, nice, never, good
+57%
-43%
comment
" ...  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.  ...  "
comment
" ...  -Make sure you right click your desktop, get into nvidia control panel and switch from integrated graphics to gtx 1660ti  ...  "
comment
" ...  - The touch pad feels really smooth, but the right/left click button areas require more pressure to activate.  ...  "
Drivers
 7
driver, nvidia, works, windows, update
+43%
-57%
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.  ...  "
Setup
 6
installation, easy, install, initial, storage
+83%
-17%
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.  ...  "
Returns
 6
refund, amazon, weeks, returning, item
+33%
-67%
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
" ...  then I turned it off and it refused to turn back on.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Returning to Amazon today.  ...  "
comment
" ...  So, not only will Amazon not replace/exchange this item, they still can't provide a refund until they've had it in their shipping center for 2 weeks. ... I'll update this in 2 weeks to see if a refund is provided. ... Instead, you have to return the item, wait for a refund, and then they have the gaul to ask that you buy it again!  ...  "
Features
 5
light, mode, fan, turned, turbo
+80%
-20%
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.  ...  "
Touch Sensitivity
 5
touch, nice, like, touchpad, looks
+100%
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.  ...  "
Cleaning
 5
install, size, screen, plastic
+100%
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.  ...  "
Storage
 5
like, empty, slot, one, storage space
+100%
comment
" ...  So, i really don’t need a larger space as I still have like 130GB empty slot.  ...  "
comment
" ...  There is an additional empty M.2 slot in there.  ...  "
comment
" ...  They saved you money so you can get a plethora of storage options on your own.  ...  "
For Running
 4
programs
+100%
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.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 4
installation
+100%
comment
" ...  easy to take a part and get access to most parts  ...  "
comment
" ...  The installation process was easy.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Easy, but another cost/effort  ...  "
Picture Quality
 4
image, machine
+75%
-25%
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
 4
ssd, little, screen, life, ethernet
+50%
-50%
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.  ...  "
Internet
 4
wifi, killer
+100%
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 .  ...  "
For Kids
 3
+100%
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.  ...  "
Video Playback
 3
games, video, movies, movie, videos
+67%
-33%
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.  ...  "
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  ...  "
Call quality
 3
sound, call, really
+100%
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.  ...  "
Weight
 3
specs, performance, laptop, build quality
+100%
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
 3
one, nicely, little, like, hold
+33%
-67%
comment
" ...  Also, the back of my predator doesn't sit flush on the right side for some reason.  ...  "

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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