Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) vs Acer Predator Helios 300 (PH315-53)

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Display 3456 x 2234
CPU
GPU Apple M1 Pro GPU (16-core)
RAM
Storage

Review

Evaluation of Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) and Acer Predator Helios 300 (PH315-53) important characteristics
Performance
System and application performance
Gaming
Performance in popular 3D games
Display
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Connectivity
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Case
Design, materials, durability and usability

Key Differences

What are the key differences between the notebooks
Advantages of the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021)
  • Higher number of cutting-edge USB Type-C ports: 3 versus 1
  • Significantly easier to carry: weighs 400 grams less (around 0.88 lbs)
  • Around 2.4x better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • Features a much bigger (~69%) battery – 100 against 59 watt-hours
  • Thinner bezels and 19% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Better webcam recording quality
  • 80% sharper screen – 254 versus 141 pixels per inch (PPI)
Advantages of the Acer Predator Helios 300 (PH315-53)
  • Includes an old-school USB-A port
  • Higher screen refresh rate: 144 versus 120 Hz
  • Can run popular games at about 75-103% higher FPS
  • User-upgradable RAM (up to 64GB) and an SSD
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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs

Case

Weight 2.1 kg (4.63 lbs) 2.5 kg (5.51 lbs)
Dimensions 355.7 x 248.1 x 16.8 mm
14 x 9.77 x 0.66 inches
363.4 x 255 x 22.9 mm
14.31 x 10.04 x 0.9 inches
Area 882 cm2 (136.8 inches2) 927 cm2 (143.7 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~86.2% ~72.4%
Side bezels 3.4 mm 9 mm
Colors Silver, Gray Black
Transformer No No
Opening angle 135° -
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber No No
Number of fans 2 2
Noise level 37.4 dB 51 dB

Display

Size 16.2 inches 15.6 inches
Type Mini LED IPS LCD
Refresh rate 120 Hz 144 Hz
PPI 254 ppi 141 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:10 16:9
Resolution 3456 x 2234 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision No
Touchscreen No No
Coating Glossy (Antireflective) Matte
Display tests
Contrast 25700:1 -
sRGB color space 100% -
Adobe RGB profile 88% -
DCI-P3 color gamut 99.1% -
Response time 67 ms -

Battery

Capacity
Battery type Li-Po Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes No
Charging port position Left, Right Bottom
Charge power 140 W 230 W
Weigh of AC adapter 353 gramm 600 gramm

CPU

CPU name
Base frequency 2.0 GHz 2.5 GHz
Turbo frequency 3.2 GHz 4.5 GHz
Cores 10 4
Threads 10 8
L3 Cache - 8 MB
Integrated GPU Apple M1 Pro GPU (16-core) Intel UHD Graphics 630
Fabrication process 5 nm 14 nm

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 30 W 100 W
Nvidia Optimus - Yes
Type Integrated Dedicated
Fabrication process 5 nm 8 nm
GPU base clock 450 MHz 1267 MHz
GPU boost clock 1296 MHz 1605 MHz
FLOPS 5.2 TFLOPS 12.3 TFLOPS
Memory size System Shared 6 GB
Memory type LPDDR5 GDDR6
Memory bus 256 bit 192 bit
Memory speed 6.4 Gbps 14 Gbps
Shading units 2048 3840
DirectX support - 12
GPU performance

RAM

RAM size
Channels 4x4 GB 2x8 GB
Clock 6400 MHz 3200 MHz
Type LPDDR5 DDR4
Upgradable No Yes
Total slots - 2
Max. ram size - 64 GB

Storage

Storage size
Bus Custom PCI-E Gen 3.0 (4x)
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x512 GB 1x512 GB
Upgradable No Yes
NVMe Yes Yes

Sound

Speakers 4.2 2.0
Dolby Atmos Yes No
Loudness 84.7 dB 81 dB
Microphones 3 2

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard v6 v6
Bluetooth v5 v5
Fingerprint Yes No
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720
Ports
USB-A No 2x USB 3.2
USB Type-C 3x USB 4.0 1x USB 3.2
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 4 No
HDMI 1x HDMI 2.0 1x HDMI 2.0
DisplayPort No 1x v1.4
VGA No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) No Yes
SD card reader Yes No
Proprietary charging port Yes Yes

Input

Keyboard
Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No Yes
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 1 mm -
Touchpad
Size 15.5 x 9.9 cm -
Surface Glass Plastic
Windows Precision No Yes
*Disclaimer! Ports, speakers, display, and other specifications can be different depending on the laptop’s particular configuration or region.

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