Acer Predator Helios 300 (15″) vs Lenovo Legion Y520 – what are the differences?

Another day, another battle between two premium laptops – this time it is Acer Predator Helios 300 (15″) vs Lenovo Legion Y520. If you want to find out what the major differences between them are, then keep on reading.

Starting off with hardware options, both laptops are powered by 7th generation Intel Core processors. However, the difference comes in the graphics part as Acer Predator Helios 300 sports the full version of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU which is more powerful than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q in its rival. On the other hand, Lenovo Legion Y520 comes with a larger amount of memory – up to 32 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM.

Moving on, both notebooks offer the same display option – a 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS panel. However, there is a slight difference in terms of overall dimensions. The Lenovo Legion Y520 appears to be the more portable laptop as its 2.40 kg (5.3 lbs) construction features a 26 mm profile as opposed to 2.70 kg (6 lbs) and 27 mm for its opponent but this is nothing drastic. Another contrast between the two devices is that Acer Predator Helios 300 (15″) sports a chassis partly made of metal.

And finally, the connectivity options are almost identical except for the presence of a single USB 3.0 Type-C port in Lenovo Legion Y520.

Specs sheet

  • Acer Predator Helios 300 (15″)
  • Lenovo Legion Y520
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10
  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • Intel Core i5-7300HQ
  • up to 16 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM
  • up to 32 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM
Internal storage
  • 2280 PCIe NVMe (M key)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q (6GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5)
  • Intel HD Graphics 630
  • AMD Radeon RX 560M (4GB GDDR5)
  • 15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • 15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
Connectivity 802.11ac, 2×2 MIMO (Dual-Band 2.4GHz / 5GHz)
Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.1
  • 2x USB 2.0 Type-A
  • 2x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • HDMI
  • SD card reader
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Security Lock slot
  • 1x 2.0 USB Type-A
  • 2x 3.0 USB Type-A
  • 1x USB 3.0 Type-C
  • SD card reader
  • audio jack
  • Security Lock slot
  • 3220 mAh, Li-ion, 4-cell
  • 4110 mAh, Li-ion, 3-cell
Weight2.70 kg (6 lbs)2.40 kg (5.3 lbs)

All Acer Predator Helios 300 (15″) configurations

All Lenovo Legion Y520 configurations

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6 years ago

how is the display quality? any actual statistics on the colour gamut and other details?

Rossen Pandev
6 years ago
Reply to  mk

Of course, we go into detail about this in the full review of the Helios 300.

5 years ago

Hey I believe that the maximum ram for the Helios is up to 32gb