Last updated on May 7, 2021
A few months ago, I needed a new laptop but didn’t want to buy another Mac until Apple put its own silicon in their hardware.
(here is a great video that explains why Apple Silicon is a game-changer for the tech industry).
So I needed to figure out if I wanted to just “get by” with something cheap or did I truly want to treat myself?
Research, Research, Research
I was willing to spend around $1500 for a computer to handle all that I can throw at it — games, graphic design, photography, video, and audio editing. Time for some research! I love to research. 🙂
At first, I considered a tower-based machine, as I knew I would be home for a while. Eventually, I found a computer system that I liked. It had the power and abilities that I desired, but the final build was nearly $3500. Egads. No, thank you.
What do gaming laptops look like in 2020?
I started to look at gaming laptops to see what I could find in my price range. After another fun chunk of research, I decided to purchase the Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop on Amazon. In short, this laptop was a steal considering its many talents and abilities.
Don’t Let the “gaming” scare you!
I always advise my clients (when looking for a new computer) to look at gaming laptops as they usually come packed ready for action. Whether it is gaming, editing video (and/or audio) files, CAD work, photo editing, graphic design, or anything graphic intensive. Even if you just write and browse the internet, this laptop is a great tool for whatever you do.
Also, when buying a laptop, it’s always better to buy more than what you need — so it will be able to handle whatever you throw at it for several years. Instead of buying a new laptop every 2-3 years, yes, I’ve seen people do this because they buy inexpensive and underpowered laptops.
Yes, this laptop has multi-colored lights for the keyboard, but there is a nice control panel to turn it off if you wish — or create a fascinating glow. Very handy when working in a dimly lit room.
Above is my Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, as I am writing this post. My room is usually dimly lit early in the morning. It is great to showcase the fun multi-colored keyboard and how I have it set to move like a “wave,” so I always have a backlit keyboard in many pretty colors. 🙂
Specifications and Information
This is a very good laptop that is extremely capable of gaming at high settings. Ready for battle and eager for a fight, the Helios 300 is armed with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics & the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor.
With the 144Hz IPS panel and 3ms Overdrive response time you can say farewell to blur and hello to clear, crisp, high-octane gameplay. In general, movement (in a game) feels smoother compared to the normal 60Hz panels on most laptops or monitors.
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- 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10750H 6-Core Processor (Up to 5.0 GHz) with Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
- Overclockable NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM
- 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen LED-backlit IPS display (144Hz Refresh Rate, 3ms Overdrive Response Time, 300nit Brightness & 72% NTSC)
- 16 GB DDR4 2933MHz Dual-Channel Memory, 512GB NVMe SSD (2 x M.2 slots | 1 Slot open for easy upgrades) & 1 – Available Hard Drive Bay
- 4-Zone RGB Backlit Keyboard | Wireless: Killer Double Shot Pro Wireless-AX 1650i 802. 11ax Wi-Fi 6 | LAN: Killer Ethernet E2600 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN | DTS X: Ultra Audio | 4th Gen All-Metal AeroBlade 3D Fan