Our review of the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-56-78LS
High-performance designer gaming laptop, theAcer Predator Helios 300 PH317-56-78LS The 17-inch IPS 2.5K High Definition anti-reflective display, whose 165Hz frequency improves floating speed in games, can support newer games thanks to its advanced NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 Ti ray tracing graphics card, which accelerates multimedia processing. This is also the case with 16 GB of RAM and the Intel Alder Lake-H Core i7-12700H processor with 14 powerful hybrid cores as well as the fast 1 TB SSD storage, which increases the responsiveness. This versatile black laptop designed to play and create r under Windows 11 also benefits from a backlit keyboard and connectivity options with USB-C Thunderbolt 4, 2 video outputs and Wi-Fi axis.
Best known price: 2199 €
Features of Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-56-78LS
|Screen (s)||17.3 ” QHD 2.5K LED IPS 165Hz 300cd / m² ComfyView thin edges (2560 × 1440, anti-reflective)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-12700H Alder Lake-H (14 cores, 6P 2.3 GHz, 8E 1.7 GHz)|
|Installed RAM (max.)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR5 4800 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (busy)|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB GDDR6 dedicated processor-integrated Intel Iris Xe and Optimus|
|Storage||1TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe, 2280)|
|stik||2 USB 3.2 (Gen2, 1 powered) + 1 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2) Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1, mini-DisplayPort|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6Eax (2 × 2), Bluetooth 5.2 + Gigabit Ethernet (Killer Ethernet E2600)|
|Sound system||2 Waves MaxxAudio speakers, TrueHarmony|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Announced autonomy / battery||6 hours / Li-Ion 90Wh|
|Weight / dimensions (mm)||3 kg / 399.3 x 295.5 x 26.85|
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-56-78LS over the competition
The Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-56-78LS is currently displayed in promotion at Baker and offers an interesting configuration / price ratio for its category, where it is one of the only ones to offer such a new and efficient processor and a graphics card connected to such a high frequency and definition screen.
If this Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-56-78LS does not meet all of your criteria, you will find other configurations in our guide to gaming laptops that you can play with a similar budget. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, it will have the biggest impact on performance.
Chassis, connectors, screen of Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-56-78LS
It has a gamer look with its black design and angular lines.
Its cooling is provided by CoolBoost technology using 2 fans that can be controlled using the NitroSense application, heating pipes and air outlets.
This creative gaming laptop is well-equipped for connectivity with its USB-C Thunderbolt, its convenient HDMI and mini-DisplayPort video outputs to easily connect it to a TV or monitor, such as its Bluetooth 5.2 and wireless Wi-Fi modules. – Fi ax (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect remotely, its Ethernet and audio ports or its 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) transfers guarantee up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 peripherals are connected to it.
The Chiclet keyboard can, of course, be backlit, which is handy for better distinguishing its keys in the dark.
To appeal to gamers, the screen uses a frequency of 165Hz, which improves game speed compared to the 60Hz standard. Fans of High Definition content are also taken into consideration as the screen is adorned with a QHD 2.5K definition that is better than Full HD, here combined with a 16: 9 format suitable for videos. The screen also offers more accurate colorimetry than average with significant vertical and horizontal viewing angles thanks to its IPS technology. As it is anti-reflective, the screen also provides better visibility in a bright environment (eg outdoors) than a glossy panel while being more relaxing to the eyes with prolonged use.
Performance, autonomy of the Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-56-78LS
The Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-56-78LS is for those looking for a versatile, large-format, high-resolution laptop with high performance in games and creation, offering comprehensive connectivity options.
Players will especially appreciate that it can run the latest games, while adopting a 2.5K definition that requires more graphics calculations than Full HD, which induces a lower number of fps.
It must be said that it embeds the dedicated high-end GeForce RTX 3070 Ti ray tracing NVIDIA Ampere graphics card.
Creatives will also appreciate the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti because it speeds up processing under software that uses GPU computing power, such as Adobe Premiere / Photoshop or Sony Vegas.
In fact, NVIDIA Optimus technology enables / disables the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti automatically and in real time depending on the tasks performed.
Optimus makes maximum use of the Intel Iris Xe solution integrated into the processor despite its much more modest benefits because it is energy efficient and promotes autonomy. In this area, pending more extensive testing, you can expect about 6 hours of battery life with ease of use.
Still, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is requested by Optimus to perform graphics processing that is considered too heavy for the Intel Iris Xe. Of course, with one or the other you can watch pictures and videos, but also play light titles.
The heart of this laptop for gamers and creators supports the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti well in games and delivers total power capable of appealing to demanding users. It consists of an Intel Alder Lake-H Core i7-12700H processor and 16 GB of RAM.
This duo will especially appeal to creators, as it provides much faster processing than a classic Quad / Hexa / Octo Core processor and 8 GB DDR4 / 5, and the difference is especially noticeable during work that consumes CPU and RAM resources by utilize the multi-core (and therefore the 14 Alder Lake hybrid cores), such as in video editing, 3D rendering, or photo editing.
In terms of storage, Acer logically chooses a 1TB SSD, a large capacity that competes in this area with what hard drives offer. As a bonus over the latter, keep in mind that an SSD is more energy efficient, quieter, more shock resistant and much faster.
Best known price: 2199 €
As a result, thanks to the SSD, we can, for example, get to online gaming cards faster than with a simple hard drive, while games / software launch, processing and start / stop are much faster.
More generally, the SSD guarantees much better fluidity and responsiveness on a daily basis than a hard drive.
Not the most easily portable with its 3 kg in weight, this versatile multimedia creator-oriented gamer laptop uses a large format and offers the advantage of being particularly comfortable in the context of mainly sedentary use (eg: at home).
Expect it to get loud and hot when pressed hard (eg games, treatments).
If necessary, a ventilated support can be used to maintain the temperatures (remember to check the goals carefully!).