My Portable Gaming Setup (2017)

– Hey guys, this is Austin, and this is my portable gaming setup So, it might not look like much from the outside, but inside this bag is everything I need to game on the go

First of all, I've got to give a big shout-out to Acer for sponsoring this video The star of my portable setup is their Predator Helios 300 laptop For just over a thousand dollars, what you're getting here is a pretty well-built laptop So, yes, for some people, the gamer aesthetic might be a little bit strong But, for me, I feel like it's fairly subtle, and you do have that nice brushed aluminum look

What really makes this guy special are the specs So, inside it's rocking a Core i7-7700 HQ processor GTX 1060 graphics, as well as 16 gigs of DDR4 memory, as well as a 256-gigabyte SSD Take a look at the benchmarks and you'll see that that Core i7 is about as good as it gets as far as gaming laptops go right now With the GTX 1060 inside, it is a big step up over the 1050 Ti, and especially the 1050

It's also pretty upgradeable So, underneath a pair of doors on the bottom of the laptop, both of which only need a single screw to get into Not only can you upgrade this guy to 32 gigabytes of memory, but there's also an entirely empty 25" drive bay for adding a hard drive or another SSD It's also rocking a 15

6-inch 1080p IPS panel So, a lot of laptops, weirdly even gaming laptops, will skimp in the screen department, but this is a solid IPS panel It's got good viewing angles, solid color, and 1080p is a good sweet spot for that GTX 1060 inside It's also running a basically clean build of Windows 10, which is nice So, if you want to get into the gaming side of things, there is the Xbox app, which gives you Game DVR as well as you can connect with people on Xbox One

And one of the only things that's actually pretty loaded is Acer's PredatorSense software, which is fairly basic but allows you to take a look at things like temperature as well as control fan profiles With the Helios, we're able to play most games on high, if not ultra, settings at 1080p So, Forza Horizon 3 is a good example of this Now, I typically play it on the Xbox One, where it runs at a decent 30 frames per second on high settings But, here, not only can we crank it up to ultra, but more importantly we have an unlocked frame rate, where we're getting anywhere between 60 to 80 frames per second

A game that I don't get to play near enough but really enjoy is StarCraft II Now, it's something that's been out for a few years It shouldn't be any big surprise that we're easily able to play on full ultra settings at 1080p Next we have PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds So, PUBG is a game that's actually seen a fair bit of optimization lately, and it runs pretty well here

So, a 1080p with a mix of medium-high and a couple of ultra settings, we're actually able to get a pretty consistent 50 to 60 frames per second Oh god, oh god That was a bad idea Running naked down the street: totally recommended Never gonna go wrong

Now, to go along with the laptop, I actually do use a Samsung T5, which I keep in this little carrying case So, this is where I keep my Steam library So, because I go between different computers, both here at the office as well as my personal laptop, so, it's nice to be able to keep all of my games in one place So, I don't have to download them again all over the place, keep them updated And because this is natively USB-C, it will go right into the Predator's USB-C port, and give me an extra 500 gigs of storage for games

So when it comes to actually gaming, I don't use anything all that crazy I use a pretty standard mousepad as well as the BenQ FK1 Mouse Don't let looks fool you Even though this is a very basic, plain-looking mouse, it actually performs really well So, I'm not really a big fan of more flashy mice, with a ton of buttons and RGB

So, really this is all I need for a gaming setup, and it definitely doesn't hurt that it's only like 60 bucks While the Predator keyboard paired with the BenQ Mouse is what I need for about 90% of my games, I actually do like to play some racing games like Forza, which is where the Xbox One controller comes in So, this is one of their custom Design Lab controllers that I actually did a video on a few months ago But, as far as the actual functionality, it's the exact same as any of the new Xbox One controllers that feature Bluetooth So, some of the older ones, you either had to plug in via USB or use one of the wireless dongles

But, for this guy, all I need to do is pair it with the laptop and I'm up and running For headphones, I'm still rocking these Status CB-1s So this is actually my second pair I actually sort of wore through the first But, I really do love these

So, not only do they sound really nice, especially considering the 80-dollar price tag, but they're super comfortable for long gaming sessions And on top of that, they do fold up so you can easily fit them in a bag It might not be exciting but I also keep a 4-port tap on me So, not only does this turn one outlet into four, but you also get three USB ports Especially when you're traveling and you need to plug a couple laptops or tablets or phones in, this thing can be a life saver

Everything goes inside a Tumi T-Pass bag Now, don't get me wrong, this is definitely on the pricey side But, not only does it carry all of my accessories, as well as sometimes some video gear, but most importantly, the Helios 300 It might not be overkill but I'm pretty happy with how the setup turned out So, as always, links to all this stuff will be in the description of this video, and let me know what you guys think about my setup in the comments below

Anyway, thank you guys so much for watching, and I will catch you on the next one

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