They are very good value yes. And I am shocked myself at saying that over the years too , TBH. The Lenovo would have been a safe choice as well , though the top of the Legions has a little bit too much flex for my tastes. A G7 is a little more sturdy on top, but they didn't have many good sales on.Thanks - I do wish the predator had dropped the 2.5 bay and lengthened the battery - battery life is not super, i see. Ive been watching the youtube videos since I posted and they're glowing about the value though - used to avoid acer laptops... Also just realized it may be awkward using it in public with the word "Predator" lit up on the back
I'm sure the Helios will work out just fine for you. They have warranty support up here in Canuck ville as well should something go sideways.
Gaming laptops have sadly, but not so sadly become my daily driver.