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The Acer Predator Triton 500 or the Helios 300: Which is better to game on?

There are two types of gamers: the sort that dabbles in gaming and might pick up a controller at a mate’s house to play a little Cuphead but gets bored when the Bosses get, well, too bossy; and the type that is seriously addicted – owns all 24 instalments in the Call Of Duty franchise, sits glued to the PC, and shifts effortlessly across platforms.

That latter type of gamer would also be able to tell which gaming laptop is the best one, and for what genres of gaming.

Cream has been well aware that Acer Predators are a quality laptop to game on – better than a wimpy Dell or a clunky Mac – but we wanted to delve into the differences between the Predator Helios 300 and the Triton 500, so as to let you know the nuances that make either or both better value in gaming.

Article by Benjamin Roccamante & Antonino Tati

Both the Triton 500 and Helios 300 use the Windows 10 operating system and both are created primarily for gaming. Equally apparent in both laptops is their brilliant screen resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) and generous display size – both screens coming in at 15.6 inches wide.

The Helios comes up pretty good as the ‘bigger’ brother in the Predator family.

The Triton 500, which was originally launched in 2019, has always been praised for its thinner aesthetic and lighter weight. It has a neat keyboard layout and, like the Helios 300 (originally launched in 2017), it offers customisable colours to brighten up your gaming experience.

The Triton’s battery life is pretty good but the life for the Helios is better. Reviews have often commented on the fact that either laptop lasts 7 to 9 hours per full charge. We found it was more 9 hours for the Helios, and closer to 7 for the Triton.

The Triton’s battery life is a couple of hours short of the Helios’.

If you’re a gamer on the go like us, you’re likely going to want a battery with more juice, so the makers of both Acer models would want to take a good look at this issue.

The Helios 300 is easy-to-use and provides a no-nonsense gaming experience. The graphics are brilliant: crisp resolution and a bright, colourful display. And, like the Triton, its keyboard is punchy, lighting up from the get-go in a rainbow of brilliance.

Both computers make quite the whirring sound when using the turbo function, sounding something like a small plane taking off as it overclocks – so you might want to be aware of this when sneaking in a 3am session with that stranger over in Amsterdam.

And both laptops have smooth, precise touchpads.

Both the Triton (above) and the Helios have colourful, customisable keyboards and smooth, precise touchpads.

So far as audio goes, the Helios doesn’t deliver as booming a sound as the Triton does, but note if you game using headphones – which we often do – this oughtn’t be an issue for you, especially if your cams are of very good quality.

Acer products use something called ‘True Harmony’ technology which boasts “richer, lifelike” audio, but since most games are set in environments we don’t experience in real life (war-torn territory, apocalyptic scenarios, even vintage cartoons in the case of Cuphead), we can’t vouch for the products’ lifelike-ness.

On the subject of sound, we recommend improving things with a decent set of cams, like the EPOS H3 Hybrid or Sony PlayStation’s Pulse 3D cams. The H3, for example, can be easily connected to the Helios or Triton via USB and operates wirelessly to provide better allowance of your body’s movement and next-level gaming experience. Sometimes our gaming does see us at the edge of our seats!

For better sound, best you invest in a decent pair of cams like the EPOS H3 Hybrid, above.

The games we enjoyed immersing ourselves into on the Triton most were graphic-intensive ones, while the Helios is good for quick, on-the-go online gaming.

In sum, we’d have to say the Triton 500 sits better with us, but it does come with a heftier price tag. The only real downfalls of the Triton is the less effective cooling system and its shorter battery life.

The Helios, which has a longer battery life, is fairly hefty in size but nicer in price. In fact, it’s clunkier than the Triton by half a kilo – weighing in at 2.7kgs (think a big bag of potatoes from Spud Shed).

The Helios, at 2.7kgs, is half a kilo heavier than the Triton.

Since we do carry our PCs around a lot (from home to office and back, and often to a mate’s house) it would be nice to see if both the Triton and Helios were a little better streamlined in size and weight.

Both computers get hot relatively quickly, the Helios especially quick if you’re playing a heavy-specced game.

That said, the big selling points for the Helios are that it’s a fast operator at a decent price. However, if you can afford the Triton 500, you’ll appreciate its blistering performance more-so and should invest in this.

We were really hooked on the Triton but that was likely because neither of us had used a game-specific computer in a long time (working more on ordinary PC or Smart TV) and because the Triton fell into our lap before the Helios did. By the time it came around to testing the Helios, our gaming hours per day had reduced to… well, eight or nine!

PROS FOR THE ACER PREDATOR TRITON 500:

A superlative gaming experience.

Great performance in a streamlined, thinner design.

Great screen resolution and sharp graphics.

Comfortable keyboard with customisable colours.

Pretty good battery life (around 7 hours on full charge).

Better sound than the Helios.

Lighter than the Helios by half a kilo.

Fast SSD (the storage device containing non-volatile flash memory).

PROS FOR THE ACER PREDATOR HELIOS 300:

A fast operator at a decent price.

Provides a no-nonsense gaming experience.

Good for playing games on-the-go.

Very good performance.

Great screen resolution and sharp graphics.

Comfortable keyboard with customisable colours.

Very good battery life (around 9 hours on full charge).

Fast SSD (the storage device containing non-volatile flash memory).

Acer Predator Triton 500, RRP: $5,499 or reburbished at around $4,000.

Acer Predator Helios 300, RRP: $2,999 or reburbished at around $1,600.

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