Acer Triton 700
ACER’S STREAMLINED PREDATOR IS PACKED WITH THE LATEST INNOVATIONS, MAKING IT THE PINNACLE OF PORTABLE GAMING
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.
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