Helios 300 (2019) - The Best $1200 Gaming Laptop

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  • Dave Lee
    Dave Lee   3 weeks back

    I legit think that most companies HATE the existence of this gaming laptop. This puts a LOT of pressure on companies to make something competitive.

    • John James
      John James  3 days back

      This Helios looks great, but can you comment on or even do a review of the Lenovo Y545? Costco has a configuration with the same specs as this for $1200 but additionally has a 1TB spinning drive and a larger (512gb) nvme ssd. I have read that the thermals may not be quite as good as the Acer, but it looks like a better deal from my perspective. Obviously you need a Costco membership for this deal but I think the $60 for a year is a small price to pay, and this is also one of the few gaming laptops (if not the only at the moment) you can find in-store to play with or buy rather than having to order it online. Let me know what you think!

      Link to Y545 at Costco: https://www.costco.com/Lenovo-LEGION-Y545-Gaming-Laptop---Intel-Core-i7---GeForce-GTX-1660Ti---144Hz-1080p-Display.product.100492301.html

    • Rajashekhar Reddy S
      Rajashekhar Reddy S  1 weeks back

      Can I use it for 3D modelling softwares like solid works, inventor?

    • Gregory Local
      Gregory Local  1 weeks back

      This is now $999 on Amazon for Prime Day 2019. This is an absolute steal for what you get. Great review Dave, keep up the great work.

    • Chris Leach
      Chris Leach  1 weeks back

      Hello Sir,
      I'm a old gamer of the 2000's
      I love the assassin creeds and battlefields.

      What is the best computer in laptop ?
      Would you recommend a desktop? If so what's the best for these two game series!!!

    • Nafiz Uddin
      Nafiz Uddin  2 weeks back

      Dave do a review for HP omen 15 2019

  • Mark Loren Fahey
    Mark Loren Fahey  5 hours back

    Love yer reviews, thanks Dave! No BS and straight up good info!

    • anto sutanto
      anto sutanto  7 hours back

      Anyone Can tell Me? Why Almost Computer Stuffs always cheaper in US?

      • Snovix
        Snovix  13 hours back

        I have a HP Pavilion which has a :
        GTX 1050 TI
        I7 - 8700
        128 GB SSD 1 TB HDD
        Bought it for about 1200$ last year. I’m starting to think if it’s worth it or not, any answers?

        • solid works creation
          solid works creation  17 hours back

          what game u played in this ??

          • Akshit Kumar
            Akshit Kumar  18 hours back

            Should i go with this or rog strix scar 3 rtx 2060 version

            • z06wu3y4
              z06wu3y4  18 hours back

              I like how you answered why are there so many 1-stars.

              • Akam Jasim
                Akam Jasim  20 hours back

                Dave, MSI GE73VR Raider 2017 and Acer Predator Helios 300 2017, Which should I choose, Both of them are used, and as you better know MSI is more pricey? Your advices are appreciated. I love and respect your content.

                • Clifton Carnes
                  Clifton Carnes  1 days back

                  Dave, have you been reading the reviews for this laptop? A lot of the 1 star reviews say the laptop is bricking after a few uses. Some a couple weeks after purchase to even hours after receiving it.

                  • Ratchet Rorschach
                    Ratchet Rorschach  5 hours back

                    woah,
                    this info is really weighing in on my laptop decisions right now, hurm.......

                    do you have any other good suggestion for this price performance point?

                • yasser mansoor
                  yasser mansoor  1 days back

                  Review Asus Tuf gaming Fx505 please

                  • Abdullaev Iskandar
                    Abdullaev Iskandar  2 days back

                    I'm like so disappointed why everyone forgets about taxes in reviews... In CA you should pay extra $100 and that's not cheap...(((

                    • MaskSo James
                      MaskSo James  2 days back

                      Is 899 is amazing right now

                      • Merouane BELAROUSSI
                        Merouane BELAROUSSI  2 days back

                        You got yourself a life time fan, i've been looking for 3 months for a low budget gaming pc, and was about to take a lenovo legion (had tested it at a friend house) but the i saw this vid and asked more about it, it is strangly known to be the best and can compite with the 2000+ $ ones but no one talk about it coz they won't sell the rest of there things otherwise, and now that i have it, maaaaan it feel soo gooood !! Again thank you for you videos and keep up the great work man !!

                        • Divination
                          Divination  2 days back

                          For future gaming laptop reviews, can you add in Fortnite fps too?

                          • Paul Z
                            Paul Z  3 days back

                            Always super impressed about your content delivery. It's like you could just do the whole thing in one take.

                            • Erik Biedrzycki
                              Erik Biedrzycki  3 days back

                              Would’ve been nice to know that the only hard drive space it has is a 256gb ssd

                              • Fallen
                                Fallen  1 days back

                                Well, at least you can upgrade storage, hard drives are not that expensive

                            • Muhammad Saad
                              Muhammad Saad  3 days back

                              I really want to get this laptop but im gonna wait till it comes on sale for $900

                              • Stormboxer
                                Stormboxer  3 days back

                                I want to buy it but what benchmarks do I have to run so I know if it’s a lemon?

                                • John James
                                  John James  3 days back

                                  Dave, I think you made an error, unless I missed something—you said there are 2 USB A and 1 USB C, but I see 3 USB A. If this is a technical misunderstanding or I misheard, my apologies. Always love your videos, the best tech reviews out there. Keep it up!

                                  • hungry one
                                    hungry one  4 days back

                                    Ok just got this and this is the best of the best . It has the best specs on the market for the budget that it withholds. If your a person who studies sincerely and plays for pleasure this is the one. I firmly repeat THIS IS THE ONE!!

                                    • Kam hoi Poon
                                      Kam hoi Poon  4 days back

                                      What is better helios300 or triton 500

                                      • Ratchet Rorschach
                                        Ratchet Rorschach  5 hours back

                                        triton 500, if the price is not too different from helios 300

                                    • MarkThisWayAfter
                                      MarkThisWayAfter  4 days back

                                      Dave understands why free market economies ALWAYS produce better and more affordable options for we consumers. I love capitalism. We keep getting better products at better prices! 😏❤️

                                      • Ryan McCleary
                                        Ryan McCleary  5 days back

                                        I can't seem to find any for sale with RGB lighting! Do you know where you can find this model

                                        • Ratchet Rorschach
                                          Ratchet Rorschach  5 hours back

                                          unfortunately, some region & countries differs in the rgb availability and specs,

                                          check thoroughly and ask the official customer service representative in your country first before buying,

                                          if RGB is that important to you.

                                        • Adw0z_08
                                          Adw0z_08  4 days back

                                          On acer website probably

                                      • Ahmed I.
                                        Ahmed I.  5 days back

                                        What about the Zephyrus S? On paper, it seems to have much better specs for only a small bump up in the price.

                                        • Moonlight blade
                                          Moonlight blade  5 days back

                                          does it support 5 ghz wi-fi

                                          • Dario Gonzalez
                                            Dario Gonzalez  5 days back

                                            This acer helios 300 or Asus zephyrus s (1070 max Q)?

                                            • Miguel Alejandro Lopez Rodas
                                              Miguel Alejandro Lopez Rodas  4 days back

                                              The zephyrus 1080 is a really really good laptop but it's not as cheap as the helios 300 2019. The zephyrus is around 2000 dolars I think so but the helios is a really good device but has problems with overheating. So if you have the money get the zephyrus but if you don't look for a helios 300

                                          • Yash Lamba
                                            Yash Lamba  5 days back

                                            Lenovo y740 was revamped just this month. It offers all these with Gsync and a larger ssd, I am even more confused about which one to get. Suggestions?

                                            • Stormboxer
                                              Stormboxer  4 days back

                                              I’d get this one simply because it’s looks better

                                            • Yash Lamba
                                              Yash Lamba  4 days back

                                              @Adw0z_08 but ssd and Gsync are something we can't ignore

                                            • Adw0z_08
                                              Adw0z_08  4 days back

                                              I found the lenovo keyboard to be worst (quality/layout is annoying)

                                            • Adw0z_08
                                              Adw0z_08  4 days back

                                              I'm in the same situation :/ I cannot choose

                                            • Yash Lamba
                                              Yash Lamba  4 days back

                                              @Adw0z_08 do tell me which one you get, damn I am lost rn.

                                          • Bharat Depani
                                            Bharat Depani  5 days back

                                            How is the build quality...?

                                            • Peter Pan
                                              Peter Pan  5 days back

                                              A banger...

                                              • Bruno McSilva
                                                Bruno McSilva  6 days back

                                                Help me out guys: Helios 300 at $ 1200 or Alienware M15 $ 1499
                                                Would $300 on Alienware M15 make a lot of difference in comparison with Helios 300?
                                                For what I understood it is a pretty good device.
                                                I will play games(of course), Program, design 3D, and I Edit videos. Thanks Dave Lee!!!

                                                • aka GRIDLOCK
                                                  aka GRIDLOCK  6 days back

                                                  I couldn't find this in Arabic amazon

                                                  • Armando Gutierrez
                                                    Armando Gutierrez  6 days back

                                                    Do you have any case recommendations for this laptop?

                                                    • Obli Vious
                                                      Obli Vious  6 days back

                                                      Bruh 1300 dollars but only a 256gb ssd and no hdd. Im triggered

                                                    • RJB
                                                      RJB  6 days back

                                                      Can this do 1440p gaming on an external monitor with decent frame rates?

                                                      • şakir tosun
                                                        şakir tosun  4 days back

                                                        You could play if you consider lowering the graphics to high/med level

                                                    • Tony Bonstead
                                                      Tony Bonstead  6 days back

                                                      Is anyone experiencing a lot of backlight bleed? I just got my replacement from Amazon because my first one had a lot of backlight bleed and this one feels like it's about the same, maybe worse. In both cases the boxes were damaged and for each one there was only some paper in the shipping box to protect it. I'm not sure if I'm getting all this backlight bleed due to manufacturing issues or Amazon's mishandling of shipping. I know some bleed is inevitable but for 1300$ I don't think there should be this much.

                                                      • Kevin Hansen
                                                        Kevin Hansen  6 days back

                                                        Would it be possible for you to do another test on the 17" model?

                                                        • JustUrge
                                                          JustUrge  6 days back

                                                          yikes its 2000 dollars in norway

                                                          • akosijondy
                                                            akosijondy  6 days back

                                                            can i used this in video editing and photo editing using lightroom after effects and photoshop? sorry i’m new to laptops and new to adobe.

                                                            • Virgil Blue
                                                              Virgil Blue  5 days back

                                                              You can use any reasonably powerful PC/laptop for Adobe CC software, its not like game laptops are missing some essential components or something, so no worries there.


                                                              But Adobe programs can be memory hogs, so you eventually might have to replace the ram for something bigger than the standard 16G once you get more ambitious in your projects.

                                                              This goes for all laptops, so its not especially a minus for this one and can easily be upgraded later, often quire cheaply.



                                                              A few tips from someone used to Adobe products:


                                                              Close all software you don't need when video editing to free up extra memory.


                                                              Fiddle a bit with the Adobe preferences of each program after installing:
                                                              Photoshop etc have settings to activate GPU acceleration (for a nice speed boost) and to allocate the amount of RAM they are allowed to use at once. This can really make a difference when editing complicated/big files.

                                                              And you can always reset/adjust these settings later.


                                                              The prefs also have options for setting up the scratch disk, essentially a data cache Photoshop etc can use when the RAM fills up so you can keep on working. (If slower than before)

                                                              Set the location for that on the SSD if possible for the best speed.


                                                              Final tip: You can also modify how many Undo and History steps the program is allowed to keep possibly freeing up more memory if needed.
                                                              More steps = you can go further back if you make a mistake, but less steps frees up memory.

                                                          • kabeer rajoria
                                                            kabeer rajoria  7 days back

                                                            Asus rog strix g please

                                                            • babo
                                                              babo  7 days back

                                                              Help I got a bit confused, so can you but an extra m.2 nvme ssd and put it in the laptop?

                                                              • Beef Pho
                                                                Beef Pho  6 days back

                                                                Yes. You have another m.2 opening and you can also add a 2.5" HDD too.

                                                            • Paul Sahariah
                                                              Paul Sahariah  7 days back

                                                              Dave please review lenovo y540

                                                              • Gsquad193
                                                                Gsquad193  7 days back

                                                                This or Zephyrus S 1070 Max Q for the same price? Hard time deciding

                                                                • Adw0z_08
                                                                  Adw0z_08  3 days back

                                                                  @Marco Polio Ok thx! I'm looking to buy the helios 300 with 1660 ti or the Lenovo y540 17inch with rtx 2060... which one do you think is better ?

                                                                • Marco Polio
                                                                  Marco Polio  4 days back

                                                                  @Adw0z_08 if you're still on the fence, zephyrus laptops last gen are known for bad battery life, and the 1660ti on here should vastly outperform the 1070 max q. not really sure what the Asus does better actually haha

                                                                • Gsquad193
                                                                  Gsquad193  4 days back

                                                                  @Adw0z_08 I got the zephyrus, so far it's a nice machine.

                                                                • Adw0z_08
                                                                  Adw0z_08  4 days back

                                                                  Have you chosen one ?

                                                              • GrumbleGamer 18
                                                                GrumbleGamer 18  1 weeks back

                                                                Dave you are the most critical tech channel on YouTube that I know of. THAT SAID, I appreciate it. Without you being as critical as you are, we wouldn’t have the balance that we need in the community 🙏

                                                                • Off Off
                                                                  Off Off  1 weeks back

                                                                  F in the chat the laptop is now 1299

                                                                  • Haysee
                                                                    Haysee  1 weeks back

                                                                    It's gone up to 1300 on amazon after its prime day sale

                                                                    • Johann Sotelo
                                                                      Johann Sotelo  1 weeks back

                                                                      is this laptop upgradable??

                                                                      • Red Harrison
                                                                        Red Harrison  1 weeks back

                                                                        I'm more interested in the most powerful laptop, im not cheap as you

                                                                        • Spider-Plant Man
                                                                          Spider-Plant Man  1 weeks back

                                                                          For $1200 they are selling the lower variant (with i5 9th Gen + 1650) here in India 😑
                                                                          You guys are so damn lucky !!

                                                                          • Abishai Choragudi
                                                                            Abishai Choragudi  2 days back

                                                                            @Spider-Plant Man just got it today man. havent tried streaming on it much, but suggest me some benchmarking tools and i'll run them
                                                                            cheers

                                                                          • Spider-Plant Man
                                                                            Spider-Plant Man  4 days back

                                                                            @Abishai Choragudi
                                                                            So how is the i5 9300 ?
                                                                            Is it good enough for 1660ti (with other tasks in background like streaming)
                                                                            Any bottleneck ??

                                                                          • Abishai Choragudi
                                                                            Abishai Choragudi  4 days back

                                                                            Picked up the i5 variant with 1660Ti for 1400$... 😁 Good bargain for India atleast

                                                                            Lucky Americans 😔