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Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop: i7 8750H, 256GB PCIe SSD, GTX 1060 EXPIRED

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Amazon.com has Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop (PH315-51-78NP) on sale for $899. Shipping is free. Thanks delz4stelz

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  • Intel Core i7 8750H 6-Core (Up to 4.1GHz) Processor
  • 15.6" 1920x1080 FHD LED Backlit IPS Display (144Hz Refresh Rate)
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive SSD
  • 16GB DDR4 Memory (2666MHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 GPU
  • Gigiabit WiFi (Dual Band 2.4GHz + 5GHz) w/ Bluetooth 5.0
  • 4-Cell Li-Ion Battery (3220mAh)
  • Windows Home 10 OS
    • Inputs
      • USB 3.1 (Type C)
      • USB 3.0
      • 2x USB 2.0
      • 1x HDMI 2.0 w/ HDCP Support
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Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop PC, 15.6" FHD IPS w/ 144Hz Refresh, Intel i7-8750H, GTX 1060 6GB, 16GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe SSD, Aeroblade Metal Fans PH315-51-78N $899
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i have the predator series and best laptop i ever. keeps itself super cool and isn't too loud. i like this one than my alienware 17" laptop. both laptops latest gen too and maxed out.
i got too much toys because neither i use anymore. using mostly my galaxy tab s3, sm-t820.
I disagree completely. When I purchased a 17 inch acer predator 2 years ago, I really like the case build quality and was happy for a year. Since then, the computer's been falling apart. At the one year mark, the right audio stopped and the left audio started buzzing loudly, so I had to muffle it. At the 1.5 year mark, the battery wouldn't charge and the computer had to be run on continuous plugged in power only. Even after replacing the battery, the new battery wouldn't charge either. Now at the 2 year mark, my dedicated gtx 1070 video card won't start when I reboot, so I'm stuck with the integrated graphics card only. Bottom line, I will never buy another acer laptop again.
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That cpu notoriously overheats - you need to undervolt it on any model to avoid throttle, Intel has a utility to do it, I did that one mine and it never throttles now,
I've never had a overheating issue so long as there was adequate airflow underneath(I use a stand with air holes underneath) but the problem I run into is the power supply not being able to keep up on graphic intense games and the unit tends to pull power from the battery to try to keep up.
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I disagree completely. When I purchased a 17 inch acer predator 2 years ago, I really like the case build quality and was happy for a year. Since then, the computer's been falling apart. At the one year mark, the right audio stopped and the left audio started buzzing loudly, so I had to muffle it. At the 1.5 year mark, the battery wouldn't charge and the computer had to be run on continuous plugged in power only. Even after replacing the battery, the new battery wouldn't charge either. Now at the 2 year mark, my dedicated gtx 1070 video card won't start when I reboot, so I'm stuck with the integrated graphics card only. Bottom line, I will never buy another acer laptop again.
Unfortunately anecdotal experiences while significant to you do not help others unless you work with a company that ordered and supported many units.
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I had this laptop and eventually returned it for an overpowered one. The main reason is that the overpowered cooled better at stock and way better after undervolting.

The specs are great, this is a powerful laptop but the chassis and cooling are underwhelming and yes I went to all YouTube videos and applied all tweaks. It was ok not great.

The best laptop cooling wise at almost the same price was the overpowered 17 closely followed by the overpowered 15. Similar specs but superior to the predator cooling wise.
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If only this computer didn't have USB 2.0
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Been eyeing this. Bought the ROG Asus. It is nice but no SD card reader and the one I got is 60hz screen but it is solid. It does have the bigger hard drive (500gb) and 9750 i7. For the extra $50 might be worth it for me to get more ram but smaller hard drive and 144hz screen. Battery life is going to about the same. Looks like 4-6 hrs depending on use. Maybe not for some one else. Did anyone have to repaste theirs? Thought I had seen a comment some where about that.
This is no doubt this is a better laptop that the Asus. 60hz vs 144hz lol.
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good price, but 1060's are going to be obsolete pretty soon, worth it to get a 2060 or the 1660s? Budget GPU that will probably sell for the same price as the older 1060s.
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Do people really buy these things???? For gaming laptops lose before they turn on.... A laptop should be light and portable and not try to be a desktop. Tower and monitor is the way to game. How long do these batteries last when really cranking on games 30 minutes, so your teathered to an electrical socket if you game anyway. Am I missing something here.. I mean I love toys too but these are twice as much for half the performance????
I do not game. I do video and photo editing on the go. Your right about portability but the power of a 1060 or 2060 GPU with an i7 chip cannot be discounted. Smaller laptops without GPU are lighter with better battery life but lag when gaming on anything but low settings or 4k editing. Just what I have witnessed.
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This is no doubt this is a better laptop that the Asus. 60hz vs 144hz lol.
I have the Asus. The screen is ok. Laptop is rock solid. Rendered a 1900 x 1080 video on best performance and no visible heat issues fan was on high. Looks like indeed folks have been repasting the CPU and GPU of Preditor. Also 8750 (Acer) seems around 20% worse in performance than 9750 of the Asus ROG. Just the benchmarks I have seen. Not as much of a no brainier at around the same price.
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It's just such an unfortunate branding decision to name their gaming line "Predator". I know they're trying to go for something aggressive and "powerful", but I'm just imagining a socially awkward, quiet geek using a laptop with a cutesy anime-girl desktop wallpaper around campus with a huge "PREDATOR" logo on his laptop...
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Do people really buy these things???? For gaming laptops lose before they turn on.... A laptop should be light and portable and not try to be a desktop. Tower and monitor is the way to game. How long do these batteries last when really cranking on games 30 minutes, so your teathered to an electrical socket if you game anyway. Am I missing something here.. I mean I love toys too but these are twice as much for half the performance????
Because with a laptop, you can take it places? I'd love to see you carrying a "tower and monitor" around when you need to work and play on-the-go.
You might as well ask why anyone would need a cell phone when they can just buy a TV. If you want to watch a movie or play games on your phone when you aren't at home, you're eventually going to need a power source. Obviously. But good luck making calls and sending texts on a TV... let alone taking a TV with you when you travel.

Also, good luck finding anything for half the price with twice the performance. The only thing that even comes close to this in terms of value for specs is the awkward-looking HP Omen series.
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I own the same model from 2017 and I love it. Haven't had any issues with it playing Witcher 3 at high settings. I bought a gaming laptop rather than a desktop because I have travelled with it on occasion and podcast in another room once a week and the portability is perfect for me. But yes it's not meant to be a daily commuter device.
Shocking concept to some people apparently... a laptop can be used for things other than games, and easily transported regardless of what you're doing with it.
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This seems like a good deal but i wish the hard drive is bigger... my note 9 has same space on it Frown
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Does it come with a free Juul pod and a fortnite t-shirt? Jesus Christ, what is it with high performance laptop design?
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... the power of a 1060 or 2060 GPU with an i7 chip cannot be discounted. Smaller laptops without GPU are lighter with better battery life but lag when gaming on anything but low settings or 4k editing. Just what I have witnessed.
Ding ding ding. Mine is plugged into a 4K TV and runs all the games I've played on it surprisingly well on max settings. The fans can be noisy but it's tolerable.
I did a ton of research before buying this exact model, and there are only a few moderately more-powerful options than this in the $1,000-$1,300 range before you start jumping to $2,000 and up, and at that point, the value/specs ratio dips down into wallet-burning territory.
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