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ACER Predator Helios 300 Gaming laptop: 17.3'' IPS FHD, i7-7700HQ, 16GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD, GTX 1060 6GB, Win10 $1100 @Costco

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This is the cheapest I've ever seen this laptop, which sells for $1399 at Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy. Its the 17.3" version, opposed to the popular 15.6" version that Amazon sells at $1050. Costco usually sells it for $1200, but it's now $100 off. "$100 manufacturer's savings** is valid 8/28/17 through 9/27/17."

Surprisingly not extremely heavy being a 17.3" only at 6.6 pounds, likely due to a smaller battery that Acer claims will last 7 hours, but that's definitely not while gaming.

Link to Costco:
https://www.costco.com/Acer-Preda...68662.html

Full Specs:
Processor & Memory:
Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor at 2.8GHz
16GB DDR4 (2-DIMM) RAM

Drives:
1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive + 256GB Solid State Drive
No Optical Drive

Operating System:
Microsoft® Windows 10 Home (64 bit)

Graphics & Video:
17.3" FHD IPS WLED Backlit (1920 x 1080) Display
6GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 Graphics

Communications:
Wireless-AC WLAN (featuring MIMO) + Bluetooth 4.0
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 Connector)
Integrated HD webcam (1280 x 720)
Integrated Digital Microphone

Audio:
Optimized Dolby® Audio Processing
2x Integrated Stereo speakers

Keyboard:
Backlit Keyboard

Ports & Slots:
1x USB 3.1 Type C
1x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0
1x HDMI 2.0 (with HDCP support)
1x Secure Digital (SD) Card Reader
1x Combination Headphone/Speaker/Line-out Jack

Power Supply:
4-Cell Battery

Additional Information:
Dimensions: 17.02"W x 11.41"D x 1.14"H
Approximate Weight: 6.61lbs

I know Costco isn't always the best at providing product descriptions, so here are links to this laptop at Amazon and BestBuy.
Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Preda...helios+300
Best Buy:
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/acer...Id=6025404
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It's not the 15.6 model that was on sale for 899 a month ago on Amazon. this is 17.3 good deal but lack of thunderbolt 3 is the only downside to me.
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Is the only difference being the screen size from the amazon 900 one awhile back?
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1x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0

Not sure if I can use oculus rift which requires at least 3 usb 3.0.
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1x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0

Not sure if I can use oculus rift which requires at least 3 usb 3.0.
Powered USB hub for your VR masturbation lab?
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Powered USB hub for your VR masturbation lab?
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Needs G-Sync
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It's not the 15.6 model that was on sale for 899 a month ago on Amazon. this is 17.3 good deal but lack of thunderbolt 3 is the only downside to me.
Any decent budget one besides the alienwares that has thunderbolt 3 with these specs?
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I have the 15 inch version of this (purchased on prime day). I feel it's been a pretty great laptop so far for the price. Updated all drivers/firmware via acer's website and installed nvidia experience to update the graphics drivers. No big issues that I can think of at this point. If I wanted to provide any criticism, it would be that the screen doesn't get quite as bright as I'd like for gaming in a brightly lit room and the edges of the laptop can feel a little sharp if you rest your arms in a position near the corners.
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Is the only difference being the screen size from the amazon 900 one awhile back?
That and this one comes with a mechanical drive along with the SSD. The one from prime day only came with a 256 SSD.
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Any decent budget one besides the alienwares that has thunderbolt 3 with these specs?
I'd recommend an alienware laptop, first time purchasing one via best buy and its been solid so far. Purchased an open box AW15R3-7376SLV-PUS ended up at $1175 with tax. Gtx 1070, g sync, thunderbolt and quality is excellent. Installed a 2tb sshd from the amazon deal with the helios 300 that I returned. Very simple to upgrade this laptop,
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Sucks that you can't return stuff like this after two years anymore. LOL
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Any decent budget one besides the alienwares that has thunderbolt 3 with these specs?
I bought my MSI GS63VR from an authorized reseller on eBay for $1100
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Sucks that you can't return stuff like this after two years anymore. LOL
yes it does, would be a nice cycle though upgrade every few years
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I'd recommend an alienware laptop, first time purchasing one via best buy and its been solid so far. Purchased an open box AW15R3-7376SLV-PUS ended up at $1175 with tax. Gtx 1070, g sync, thunderbolt and quality is excellent. Installed a 2tb sshd from the amazon deal with the helios 300 that I returned. Very simple to upgrade this laptop,
Loaded for black friday. I was worried about only 2 usb ports and heaviness. Is the screen good? I am thinking of the TN 120hz gysnc for black friday.
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