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Katrina Reyes
September 8th, 2019 · 10 min read
Save on Acer Predator Gaming Laptop

Save on Acer Predator Gaming Laptop

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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 youve 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, heres 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 laptops display at ~$150GRAPHICS: Nvidia gtx1060. I wouldnt 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 wont bore you with all of the details about how beastly this is. Bottom line, it is a top of the line CPU. the desktops 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 dont recommend this as a storage drive, only as an operating system/large program drive. Thats 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 wont need more than that.Keyboard: red backlight, side numpad. Cant 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 cant 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 isnt 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 arent 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 dont). 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 werent 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 havent 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. Im 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. Its not an ultra-thin notebook, but very travel friendly.Pro: Premium FeelPro: Gorgeous Display. Its a 144 Hz IPS display. Its gorgeous. There is some lightbleed when displaying almost all black screens, but thats 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 dont 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. Theres plenty of third party software that does all this already but its nice of them to try.Neutral : 2 year limited warranty: I hope I dont 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 Im willing to take, Im 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. **


8 LED Selfie Ring Light for Live Stream/Makeup/YouTube Video, Dimmable Beauty Ringlight with Tripod Stand & Cell Phone Holder for iPhone Android Phone, Color Temperature 3000K-5000K, 80 Bulbs, Remote

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It arrived quickly in a box. It took me a few mins to put it together and to pair with my phone. Very easy and straight forward.I like the LED light have white, warm and yellow light and you can adjust the brightness to your liking. The phone holder is very sturdy and easy to adjust the angle. You can also adjust the LED light angle as well. I like that it doesnt take up much space and the flexibility of different adjustment. The 1st picture is taken without the light, and the 2nd picture is with the warm light setting. I like how the Cole is soft and warm, and shows more details of her fur. Highly recommended. This selfie ring light is well made. The Tripod is sturdy but lightweight, and the ring light is bright. The tripod can be set at various heights depending on the occasion, and yet it is very compact to carry around. It can be floor stand or on a desk, very flexible. The ring light has 3 modes: warm yellow, warm white, and white and 10 levels of brightness. It is suitable for all kinds of lightning needs. Also, the phone clip is easy to put on and secure the phone in place. I use this for selfies, and for video conferencing. It works really well. Loved it my niece is a MKA and this was perfect, especially the ability to control the brightness and and the interchangeable light rings! I like the height. It is about 5ft and works well when I stand up. I am 510. It also works on the desktop.I am mainly going to use it as a lighting source when taking pictures, not so much as a selfie. However, I did set it up with selfie and works as expected.I might just get the 2nd one to balance the lighting source when taking portrait in indoorsAs for the power source I used portable USB power bank The manual and the instructions are really easy to use. All I had to do was popping the ring light open and screwing it on the tripod. Its fairly simple direction and so easy to follow. The kit comes with the light ring, the tripod and bike attachment kit for a phone. Attaching the light ring to the tripod itself was easy enough. It took us a second to get the bike attachment kit put together, but once it was, it easily attached to the tripod. The whole setup is small enough to fit on our dining room table or desk, so simply a 9 year-old can use it. After setup was complete, its all done! We move it around in the house, and it remained intact. I would highly recommend this to everyone. I can really describe how much I love about this ring light. 1. It add this angle-ring look in your eyes, and it is super cool. 2. It has three color temperature setting, and can be adjusted easily to achieve either the cool look or the warm look. 3. This ring light is a continuous light where it is very useful to shoot home videos as well as portrait photos. 4. Due to the size (8) it is easy to carry around. 5. Multi-compatible with cell phone, action camera, DSLR, and point and shoot camera. Awesome light! I sit right in front of my mirror to do my makeup and hair but always end up finding something not blended right after I finish. Not anymore! :)This light is bright and has different settings to see in a variety of lighting; and with the adjustable stand I dont have to worry about shadows. Great purchase! It is easy to use, even for someone like me who never read the manual.The light is stable and even. The light is easy to adjust according to the ambient light.Ball-head is used to adjust the angles of LED light. It gives flexibility to operate the light.A light-weight of the tripod will be good arrange during taking pictures.


Bluetooth Earbuds, Hexdeer Wireless Headphones, Bluetooth Headsets True Wireless Earphones, Built-in Mic Stereo Sports Headphons for Smart Phones and Tablets(2PCS)

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No More Wires Tangling This Bluetooth Headphones will forever change the way you use headphones. No wires tangling, its easy to storage to anywhere. Small and Lightweight Weighs only 0.14oz (4g) and small enough, you can barely notice it while inside your ear. Start enjoy your wireless life with this new Bluetooth earphone. Long Distance Service Almost compatible with most Bluetooth enabled devices. Up to 33ft (with no barrier)service distance. Never miss the call or music when the device is not around you. Dual Earbuds It contain TWO pieces which can be used separately with someone sharing music or broadcast (within reasonable distance). Enjoy the stereo sound by using them both or alone. Note 1. Please read the user manual carefully before using 2. Please re-pair it with device if earbuds have noise or sound interrupted after paired. Package Contains 2 x Bluetooth Earbuds (Right&Left) 1 x USB Charging Cable 1 x Charging Case 1 x User Manual

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They were not charge they will not hold charge at all I would not recommend these at all I would rather buy the apple pods instead and no I would not recommend these at all and these are a piece of junk The quality feels super good. Comes very carefully packaged. Only one ear bud works


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