Acer Tri­ton 700

ACER’S STREAM­LINED PREDA­TOR IS PACKED WITH THE LAT­EST IN­NO­VA­TIONS, MAK­ING IT THE PIN­NA­CLE OF POR­TA­BLE GAM­ING

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Re­joice! Gam­ing lap­tops are get­ting slim­mer. Where once you would need a 4kg mon­ster to house a high-end graph­ics card, Nvidia’s Max-Q GeForce GTX 1060 – an un­der­clocked ver­sion of the desk­top GTX 1060 – means the Preda­tor weighs a ver­te­brae-friendly 2.4kg. That’s heav­ier than the 2.2kg Asus ROG Ze­phyrus, but at 18.9mm thick this re­mains a highly por­ta­ble gam­ing ma­chine.

The 2.8GHz quad-core In­tel Core i77700HQ pro­ces­sor is ably sup­ported with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD. The Tri­ton 700 achieved an ex­cel­lent 128 in our bench­marks and proved just as im­pres­sive in Geek­bench 4: a score of 4,443 and 14,774 in the sin­gle-core and the mul­ti­core tests re­spec­tively are near-iden­ti­cal to the Ze­phyrus.

You’ll need to be plugged into the mains to achieve this per­for­mance. Un­plug it, and you’ll no­tice a mas­sive drop. You’ll also no­tice the bat­tery me­ter plum­met­ing: the Preda­tor lasted a mere 2hrs 9mins in our video run­down test. Still, it’s not sur­pris­ing given the sheer power housed in­side.

The lo­cal-spec ma­chine is only equipped with an Nvidia GTX 1060, though, far from Nvidia’s best, but cer­tainly enough to tackle al­most any game at rea­son­able de­tail lev­els on the FHD screen.

The 120Hz panel in­side the Preda­tor may also eat away at the bat­tery, but that’s ne by me. Any avid PC gamer will tell you that a 60Hz panel is hor­rid to play on, but with Nvidia’s G-Sync tech­nol­ogy in tow, it’s a joy to play games on the 15.6in Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS panel.

It hits a con­trast ra­tio of 1,053:1, so a tad be­hind the Asus ROG Ze­phyrus’ 1,253:1 but still pretty good. Colour ac­cu­racy is medi­ocre with an av­er­age Delta E of 2.99, so you won’t want to do any se­ri­ous photo edit­ing on it, and I was dis­ap­pointed by a peak bright­ness of 330cd/m2.

Acer parks two front­fac­ing stereo speak­ers on ei­ther side of the key­board. These are loud enough to en­ter­tain, and can be ne-tuned through the Dolby At­mos soft­ware, but you’ll need a Blue­tooth speaker for any se­ri­ous lis­ten­ing.

There are plen­ti­ful USB ports spread across the two sides: three USB 3, one USB 2 and one USB-C. The right-hand side also houses a Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net port, with a 3.5mm head­phone and mic jack on the left. HDMI 2 and Dis­playPort out­puts sit con­ve­niently at the back of the lap­top.

Acer opts for a full-sized key­board with a num­ber pad, but I of­ten hit hash rather than Re­turn, and in­stead of press­ing the left­sided Ctrl but­ton, my lit­tle nger sat in be­tween the Fn and Ctrl keys. That was a pain when I was crouch­ing to shoot in CS:GO, where Ctrl is the de­fault but­ton to crouch.

The key­board’s per­for­mance, how­ever, is in­cred­i­ble, thanks to me­chan­i­cal switches with a short travel dis­tance. I even found it bet­ter for typ­ing than my 2015 Ap­ple MacBook – high praise in­deed. The keys them­selves are back­lit with RGB light­ing, all cus­tomis­able for pat­terns and colour through Acer’s Preda­tor Sense soft­ware.

I’ve saved ar­guably this lap­top’s most sur­pris­ing fea­ture for last: The key­board is lovely to type on due to the short-travel me­chan­i­cal switches

the track­pad. This sits above, rather than below, the key­board, where it dou­bles up as a view­ing win­dow for the RGB-en­abled AeroBlade 3D fan. Cov­ered in Corn­ing Go­rilla Glass, it looks spectacular, but note that there are no phys­i­cal mouse but­tons and that it gets in­cred­i­bly hot dur­ing gam­ing ses­sions. It’s also much less re­spon­sive than a nor­mal touch­pad. Thank good­ness most gamers use an ex­ter­nal mouse.

The Acer Preda­tor Tri­ton is a gam­ing lap­top with­de­cent power. It has a re­spon­sive panel and ex­cel­lent key­board. The bat­tery life and oddly placed track­pad are the only black marks – aside from the GTX 1060 GPU – but for many gamers, es­pe­cially thanks to the un-tax­ing FHD res­o­lu­tion, this is more than enough to do the job and keeps the cost down.

KEY SPECS

Quad-core 2.7GHz In­tel Core i7-7700HQ pro­ces­sor • 6GB Nvidia GTX 1060 with Max-Q De­sign graph­ics • 16GB RAM • 15.6n IPS dis­play, 1,920 x 1,080 res­o­lu­tion • 512GB PCIe SSD • HD we­b­cam • 802.11ac Wi-Fi • Blue­tooth 4.1 • HDMI 2 • Dis­playPort • 3 x USB 3 • USB 2 • Win­dows 10 Home • 54Wh bat­tery • 393 x 266 x 18.9mm (WDH) • 2.4kg • 2yr RTB war­ranty

$2,499 • www.acer.com/au

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