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Acer’s Predator Helios 300 has achieved something we never thought a gaming laptop could do. It actually manages to be popular, powerful, and affordable. 

You’d think popularity would be the hardest thing to prove, but that’s what caught our eye first. A specific model of the Predator Helios 300 has maintained a steady position among the top ten bestselling laptops on Amazon for many, many weeks. It just won’t quit. 

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Month after month, the Acer Predator Helios 300 consistently ranks as the top selling gaming laptop on Amazon.com.

We reviewed the original Predator Helios 300 here and called it a “great notebook.” Months later, we tested a model updated with Intel’s 8th-gen Core i7, and clad in an eye-catching white-and-gold chassis. With a markup in price of several hundred bucks, our opinion was far more muted. 

The model that’s selling so well on Amazon is basically that same updated laptop, but without the marked-up price to go with that white exterior. That’s why we decided to bring in this laptop to get a closer look at what it offers—and why it’s managed to hit such a sweet spot. 

Looking into the specs, we can see why it’s powerful (relatively, anyway): With its GeForce GTX 1060, 6-core Core i7-8750H, 16GB of RAM, 1080p/144Hz panel and 256GB SSD, it’s a decently configured gaming laptop.

Considering those specs, its list price of $1,100 is pretty fair, and the 5.5-pound weight is pretty bearable too. 

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Acer Predator Helios 300 ports

One of the few things that hasn’t changed on the Predator Helios 300 is the connectivity—and that means it’s starting to get a little outdated. The right side of the Predator Helios 300 houses two pokey-slow USB 2.0 ports, along with a headphone jack.