Style:Laptop Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-51-78NP Gaming Laptop comes with these high level specs: 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H Processor 2.2GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 4.1GHz (9MB Smart cache), Windows 10 Home, 15.6” Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit IPS display, 144Hz Refresh Rate, 300nit Brightness, 16:9 aspect ratio, 72% NTSC, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Overclockable Graphics with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM, 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory, 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD, Secure Digital (SD) card reader, Optimized Dolby Audio Premium sound enhancement, Acer True Harmony Plus Technology, Two Built-in Stereo Speakers, Intel Wireless-AC 9560 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi which can deliver up to 1.73Gbps throughput when using 160Mhz channels (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting Super High Dynamic Range (SHDR), 1 - USB 3.1 (Type-C) port (Gen 1 up to 5 Gbps), 1 - USB 3.0 port (featuring power-off charging), 2 - USB 2.0 ports, 1 - HDMI 2.0 with HDCP support, 4-cell Li-Ion Battery (3220 mAh), Up to 7-hours Battery Life, 5.51 lbs. | 2.5 kg (system unit only) (NH.Q3FAA.001).
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Chances are you know a bit about computers if you’ve made your way through all of the laptop options to this guy. If you are new to buying computers, I will break down some of the specs, what they mean, and what I feel their value is. If not, scroll to the end for my final thoughts.For the new guys, here’s the breakdown:SCREEN: 144hz IPS 1080p display. 144hz means you get 144 frames per second. Most laptop screens are going to get 60hz or nicer ones get 120hz. 144hz is fast. IPS displays are good for wide viewing angles and color production. I am surprised to see a 144hz IPS display on a gaming laptop because in the past, IPS were only used for graphic design. 1080p is Full HD, and is more than adequate for gaming on a 15 inch screen. 4k is kind of overkill especially for a budget. A 27inch 144hz IPS 1080p display goes for up to $300. I would estimate the value of this laptop’s display at ~$150GRAPHICS: Nvidia gtx1060. I wouldn’t buy a laptop without a graphics card, and it has to be NVidia. The 1060 is a great value and is perfectly capable of handling games at 1080p. The 1070 and 1080 are more for 4k gaming and make them kind of overkill and not as budget friendly. The 1060 should be able to connect to a 4k tv and play games in 4k, but they would probably look better in higher settings in 1080p on that same 4k tv. A desktop gtx 1060 still goes for about $300.CPU: Intel i7-8750h. This is a beast. 6 cores with hyperthreading. It supports ultra HD resolutions without a graphics card. I won’t bore you with all of the details about how beastly this is. Bottom line, it is a top of the line CPU. the desktop’s i7-8700 goes for just over $300.aRAM: 16GB of ddr4 should suffice for just about anything. Leave a hundred screens open on your browser and play games while using photoshop. Who cares right?? You could get more but it would be overkill for a budget gaming machine. This much ram for a laptop sells for around $150Storage: 256gb M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. A lot of letters right? This is probably the fastest type of drive in the consumer market. Rather than a giant block in your laptop, this is a small card that goes in the motherboard. It is fast!!! No more PTSD every time you restart your computer. 256GB is enough for windows and several large programs like photoshop. I don’t recommend this as a storage drive, only as an operating system/large program drive. That’s where the problem lies. This is the only drive in the laptop. You can easily install a second drive in the bay on the bottom of the laptop. It takes 3 minutes. I would recommend a hard drive from western digital.The installed 256gb m.2 drive goes for $120.However, adding another drive adds $100, upping the price of the laptop to $1300 (its currently at $1200)Bells and whistles:1 USB 3.1(type c), 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI 2.0, SD Card reader. (no thundercat port)HIgher end laptops have more bells and whistles like extra ports and fun other things. This comes with the basics, and most people won’t need more than that.Keyboard: red backlight, side numpad. Can’t change the colors. Kind of basic keyboard. This saves on overall cost of the laptop and its a bell or whistle I can live without.FINAL THOUGHTS:Adding up the assumed monetary value of the Display ($150), GPU($300), CPU($300), RAM($150), and Storage($120), We have a base value of $1020. I can’t easily estimate the motherboard, battery, laptop shell, power cord, and other small parts, but assuming all those other parts add up to ~$300, that makes the value of this laptop around $1300. It sells for $1200 so it is a good value.Biggest selling point in price range: Other similarly priced laptops offer similar specs, but not many can boast of having that 144hz IPS display. Some competitors are at 120hz which isn’t anything to scoff at. The M.2 NVMe is a must if you are considering other competitors. Other than that, most laptops in this pool offer the same general specs (CPU, GPU, RAM)CONCERNS:Audio: Audio kind of sucks. If you hold the speakers towards you, they sound fine, but they aren’t even close to ear level so all the sound is getting muffled by your lap. I usually use my headphones, but there are also a lot of bluetooth speaker options nowadays.Materials: The case is solid. Parts of it are metal and other parts are plastic. Oils from your fingers show up very well all over the laptop. Wear vinyl gloves when playing games (jk don’t). You may have to clean it often.Overheating: All gaming laptops will get hot. In fact most other laptops I considered buying were criticized heavily for getting too darn hot. The ones that weren’t criticized for that were criticized for breaking at the hinges. I purchased this one because it was reviewed as being sturdy and cooler than other gaming laptops. I haven’t had any specific problems with this laptop, but others have suggested boosting the fan if in a hardcore gaming session. Invest in a cooling pad. It should be very hard to overheat this laptop to the point of failure. I’m not going to post a super long review, just what I cared about, what this laptop is, and what it isnt.Pro: Insane performance per dollar. Maxing out stuff like Diablo 3, WoW, Overwatch, DOOM, Various Source engine games (TF2, Halflife 2, black mesa, etc) will be butter smooth. This is a near-desktop replacement device.Pro: One of the best non mechanical keyboards. Great travel distance and key responsivenessPro: Lighter than I expected. It’s not an ultra-thin notebook, but very travel friendly.Pro: Premium FeelPro: Gorgeous Display. It’s a 144 Hz IPS display. It’s gorgeous. There is some lightbleed when displaying almost all black screens, but that’s expected. Not going to count that as a con.Con: It can get warm, to the point of discomfort near the WSAD keys, which I assume the GPU is located internally. I turned on the coolboost feature or whatever its called and this helped.Con: Bloatware. Took about 5 minutes to remove, but nobody likes bloatware.Con: Drivers out of box are a joke. My network performance was horrible until several driver installs and windows updates completed. Drivers are extremely out of date (8+ months old) out of box.Neutral: Design language is typical angsty 14 year old, red and black, stark angles, and angry looking PREDATOR logos. I personally don’t care, some people might not like the loud looks.Neutral: PredatorSense software: It lets you slightly OC the 1060, which I did. It also lets you set fan curves. There’s plenty of third party software that does all this already but it’s nice of them to try.Neutral : 2 year limited warranty: I hope I don’t need it.Neutral: NO Mechanical storage hard disk: It only has a 256gig NVME. Not a big deal because I use this exclusively for a handful of games to play while at work, but this might be a turn off for some.Overall, I am happy with this having spent $1200. I would not pay a cent more, but most laptops in this tier DO cost 1400+. If you want something to play games on the go, are cheap, but demand decent quality, there is your go-to laptop. Not sure whether the thermal paste is badly applied, or this laptop just sucks. But it has serious issues with overheating. I was consistently hitting temps of 90C+ and hit spikes of 98C quite a few times. The laptop shut down twice because it maxed at 100C. This is happening with the fan on MAX and the GPU set to NORMAL, not even overclocking.However, based on reading other reviews, I believe this issue is not consistent with this item, it is a manufacturing flaw, not a design problem. This will happen to you SOMETIMES if you buy this laptop. This is not a risk I’m willing to take, I’m returning it for a different laptop which will not have cooling issues.This laptop, other than its (serious) cooling issues, was a great laptop and ran games well (for the first hour or so).*EDIT: I forgot to add, the left control key worked about half the time, since day 1 of buying the laptop. I had to press it really hard to get it to work right. **
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As an audiobook narrator, I spend a great deal of time propped on my bum. It’s difficult to concentrate on the book you’re narrating when your bum goes numb. After trying a collection of folded towels and foam bed pillows, I took a chance on the ComfiLife pillow. OH MY. I can now sit for hours in complete posterior comfort. I thank you, and my listeners thank you. I don’t write many reviews - I try to save mine for when I really have something to say.My mom recently was very sick and lost a lot of weight. With that came loss of much of her ”padding” which made long car rides and even sitting on our nearly brand new power reclining leather couch uncomfortable for ”seat”.So I got her this cushion. It has made such a huge impact that she carries it around with her from car to couch. I’ll be ordering another one in the next day or two so she can have one in the house and one in the car.I was worried the gel would make the seat to cold for her as she is extremely temperature sensitive, but she loves it. I find her happily passed out sitting up on the couch now which she hasn’t been able to do for months now. I imagine she will continue to use this cushion even after she has regained some of her own ”padding”. Updated Review: I originally left a 5 star review. This thing was great at first. But I’ve only had it a few weeks and now, after about 4-5 hours of use, it flattens to the point that my back/tailbone pain is back and in full force. I REALLY wanted to love this pillow and I did at first, but I’m returning it because it’s not worth the money I spent on it. To be honest, it’s better than nothing so if I spent $5 or $10 on it, I would keep it. But for $30+ it’s not worth it. Oh, and just for comparison sake, I’m 5’6” and 145lbs, so I’m not that big and it still goes very flat. Others seem to think it lasts so maybe I just got a defective one? Who knows, but I’m just putting this out there so others are aware, because I know I always value honest reviews (especially those updating after different periods of use) when buying stuff.Original Review: I sit at a desk about eight hours a day… And my chair was starting to cause pain in my tailbone… I ordered this and I haven’t had pain since. The material is soft and seems Dora bowl… And the inside seems to be the perfect amount of firmness. There is no other way to explain it, this cushion is uncomfortable as all get out. While it does relieve some pain off my lower back, the bump and strange shape of the cushion spreads my legs and digs into my crack that it actually hurts. IT feels like I’m constantly on the toilet. I had to put some hydrocortizone cream on it because I think I got some sort of hemorrhoid or something. It hurts I tell you! I position the cushion exactly where I’m supposed to but it’s no use. Sitting on a plain old cotton pillow is actually less painful than this. After doing some research on the internet along with the reviews here on Amazon. I was excited to get this product because generally over 4,000 reviewers had positive things to share about this seat cushion. I was pretty confident I would enjoy and benefit from the seat cushion. I have an office job so I sit in my chair frequently all day every day. I was starting to develop lower back pain along with sciatica issues. After ordering this, due to prior confidence, it is a disappointment because as soon as I sat on it, after 10 minutes, it flattened like a pancake. Instead of being 2 inches, it flattened to less than 1 inch. I can ”easily” squeeze the cushion and it flattens immediately. It is not firm at all. Enclosed is a picture to show what it does. Since I never used this product/brand before, I have nothing to compare it to so I am giving it 1 star. I slightly feel some comfort and do like the ”idea” of the space in between the cushion as I notice some relief to my tailbone, but as soon as it flattens. I feel my office chair. Happy does not start to describe. Suffering with a deformed coccyx bone for year means very painful to sit for any considerable length of time. I havw tried other set cushios with cut outs that have ”fallen flat” and I am not overly heavyset (maybe could lose 10lbs). Thaf said tried this cushion because took my grandson to Disney, I dreaded the plane ride and due to other spine issues that would prevent my walking all day I would need a scooter chair, that meant sitting mostly all day.So I looked around and decided on your ComfiLife cushion.Well, I guess this is winding up to be a testimonial, because for the first time in 15 years I could sit through the day, scooting around throughout Disney one day, Universal another Disney Hollywood the third, with my family! I did take a small break when the scooter would not fit in the small shops, and to get on perhaps 6 rides that did not twirl me too much…but I - we - my comfiLife and I did it!!!!Thank you very much! I’ve tried more of these types of cushions than I can remember. Aside from common quality issues, there is always the challenge of finding a cushion that properly fits one’s own tush - that’s as much a matter of its size and contours as it is firmness. This cushion seems to be as well made as any others I’ve had. The gel does add firmness. My glutes are thin (with age) which makes many cushions too firm for me even though they work fine for others. I have become accustomed to this one, and the gel is preventing it from depressing too much under my 160 lb weight so my coccyx remains protected. I tried the version of this cushion without the gel, and it flattened such that there was pressure on my tailbone, so it had to go back. Additionally, the contours work with the size/shape of my hips/thighs. Some cushions are a flat wedge, which for me works a little while on more flat surfaces, but this cushion’s contours (along with the gel) make it much more comfortable for long sitting periods and on various surfaces. Recommended.