The Predator Helios 300 gaming laptop lets you play even the most demanding games anywhere, so we put them to the test at some of the most fitting, scenic landmarks in Prague.
We all think of PC gaming rigs as loud, large and very much chained to your desk, but the Predator Helios 300 line of laptops makes it possible to enjoy a true gaming experience just about anywhere.
The combination of powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, 7th gen Intel Core i7 processor and lightweight metal chassis mean that a morning commute is no longer a barrier to getting through that Steam queue of yours, and a long flight becomes more than just a chance to catch up on the latest Call of Duty single player campaign, but instead a chance to experience it how it was meant to be played on a 15.6-inch, full HD display that’s still light enough to slip in your bag.
Counter-Strike on the go
There’s an old saying in PC gaming: “Can it run Crysis?” In the case of the Predator Helios 300 the answer is yes, but a more crucial question these days is surely “Can it play Counter-Strike?” With more than 25 million copies sold (as well as more than half a million gamers around the world playing it at any one time), Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the best selling PC game of all time, so we could hardly not test it out on our road trip.
Fast thrills on the morning commute
Need For Speed: Payback promises to be one of the biggest racing games of the year, so we took it out for an early spin to see what to expect – and for a little extra challenge we decided to see if travelling at 100mph IRL could help our lap times. Since these sorts of speeds aren’t happening on any city road out here in the real world, we hopped on board a Czech Railways train and kicked back with EA’s latest and greatest instead.
Need For Speed is a franchise known for its stunning visuals and high speed pursuits, but the Predator Helios 300 is more than up to the challenge thanks to its GeForce graphics card and AEROBLADE™ 3Dcooling system, which uses two fans side by side to keep the system humming along like a finely tuned sports car. As a result, Need For Speed: Payback looks glorious, and the Predator Helios 300’s sharp 15.6 (or 17-inch, your choice) super sharp display (Up to 4K in 17 inch models) shows off Ghost Games’ juicy visuals wherever you are. You can even toggle all the settings, hardware and graphical, from one central hub, PredatorSense Control, or overclock the CPU for that nitrous oxide turbo boost to your own vehicle.
Next stop on our whirlwind gaming tour of Prague was the High-Voltage Laboratory, a space usually reserved for groundbreaking scientific research and hair-raising experiments. We were here to carry out some scientific research of our own at the Aperture Science Complex in Valve’s classic puzzle game, Portal 2. Thankfully the real world analogies end there – we can happily report that the labs are not controlled by a domineering, psychopathic artificial intelligence (Nor, unfortunately, was there cake).
Grabbing a bite at a cantina – in space
Artisan coffee shops are not exactly hard to come by in any European capital in 2017, but Prague lays claim to the only where you have to pay in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Bitcoin Coffee at the Institute of Cryptoanarchy is an espresso bar with a twist: this libertarian leaning hacker space, with its start interior and mesmerising decor, is all about embracing decentralized technology.
A kickabout at the training ground
It’s usually too rainy in central Europe to have a game in the park come the football season, but it’s never too damp to jump online and play a game of FIFA, and so that’s exactly what we did, in the stands at the Areál Libeň, home to FK Meteor Prague VIII, one of the oldest football teams in the country.
With FIFA 18 marking the first time in seven years that nearby AC Sparta Prague have been featured in a FIFA game, naturally we picked the top flight Czech team for a crunch match-up against Bayern Munich, to give ourselves a little bit of a test before jumping online – hoping that we might be noticed by a top club scout, and snapped up as so many top FIFA stars are by professional clubs right now.
Welcome to the jungle
Multiplayer online battle arena game League of Legends is not exactly known for being a portable experience, thanks to its difficult learning curve and the long length of matches, but where better to play as a jungler hero than in the jungle itself? We worked on our Ranked tier inside the vines and palm trees of the stunning Fata Morgana Greenhouse tropical rainforest at the Prague Botanical Garden, thanks to the Predator Helios 300’s solid battery life that lets us complete a match without dropping out and branding us as rage quitters.
So fitting was the environment, we half expected Ivern to jump out at us from the undergrowth and have the Green Father try to gank us – but no, the rustling leaves turned out to be just a few (mildly jealous) tourists. We live to last-hit another day.