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Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel i7-10750H, NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB, 144hz US$1199.99 (~NZ$2306.12 Shipped) @ Amazon US

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This seems decent considering the 2019 version is on sale in NZ from PB Tech for $2564.50, $2774 from Harvey Norman, and $2599 from Computer Lounge. For some reason PB Tech says 60Hz refresh rate whereas Computer Lounge has 144Hz (Part number: NH.Q53SA.002).

This 2020 version (PH315-53-72XD) comes with:
- RTX 2060 6GB instead of a 1660Ti
- i7 10750H instead of the i7 9750H
- 512GB NVME SSD instead of 256GB NVME + 1 TB HDD? (I think)

Laptop Description
- 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10750H 6-Core Processor (Up to 5. 0GHz) with Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
- Overclockable NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM
- 15. 6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen LED-backlit IPS Display (144Hz Refresh Rate, 3ms Overdrive Response Time, 300nit Brightness & 72% NTSC)
- 16GB DDR4 2933MHz Dual-Channel Memory, 512GB NVMe SSD (2 x M. 2 Slots | 1 Slot Open for Easy Upgrades) & 1 - Available Hard Drive Bay
- 4-Zone RGB Backlit Keyboard | Wireless: Killer Double Shot Pro Wireless-AX 1650i 802. 11ax WiFi 6 | LAN: Killer Ethernet E2600 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN | DTS X: Ultra Audio | 4th Gen All-Metal AeroBlade 3D Fan
- Connectivity technology: Bluetooth

Found this deal on slickdeals
Recommend reading the comments there. The price hasn't changed on Amazon for a month or so. Also recommend reading this thread on Geekzone..

I don't have any experience with buying laptops from Amazon or gaming laptops in general.

Price breakdown
NZD $1863.28 + $83.82 shipping (to Hamilton) + $359.03 GST = $2306.12 (As at 9/8/2020 1124AM, USD $1 = NZD $1.5527).

In stock on August 13, 2020.Laptop first released June 16, 2020.

An equivalent in NZ might be this ASUS TUF Gaming A15 for $2296.55 from PB Tech (Ryzen 7 4800H + RTX 2060)
This thread on Reddit comparing Asus Tuf 15 vs Acer Helios 300 (2019) is also helpful

Price History at C CamelCamelCamel.

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  • I bought a helios from amazon, no issues at all was actually the 1660ti version. Great laptop and excellent storage in that you got 2x ssd and 1x hdd slots. Crazy for a laptop. Blazing fast aswell.

    • Whats the warranty like? Is it through Amazon or Acer directly?

      • I would only risk a purchase of this size through amazon, I would expect warranty to be no problems through them but we'll see. They are very good at honouring from past experience.

    • I bought a Helios 500 from mightyape a year or so back (GTX 1070) for about $2600. Great for the occasional LAN and left my desktop in the dust (until I got a new desktop this year). Raised a few eyebrows with mates who have had a lot of issues with Acer laptops but I haven't had any issues with this one

    • I too have the 2019 Helios 300. Its an amazing laptop, the predator sound is very cool on startup, amazing build quality etc.

      However, Acer global warranty is not likely to be useful for us Kiwis. Only good if you personally bought it when on holiday there.

  • Acer global warranty probably won't apply because it typically only covers situations where you purchase the item in-country as a traveller rather than importing it. No idea what Amazon support is like for this type of thing given our local laws(CGA) give you dramatically longer coverage(ie a high end laptop you would reasonably expect 3-5 years normal use, not the year covered).

  • Thanks for doing research on this!