The Acer Predator Triton 700 is the company’s new gaming laptop that delivers strong performance and a slim design. All this time we’re still conflicted about gaming laptops being bulky and heavy, but the new Acer offering can break that assumption.
One thing that separates a gaming laptop from a business laptop is its design. As we all know, gaming laptops are typically heavy and has quirky looks. With this one, the company is making a bold move because it is not only well-crafted, but also slimmer than ever. Of course, it still has the Predator branding on the lid. At the rear, there is an array of a HDMI port, a display port, and exhaust vents. Meanwhile, on the right side, you can find a USB Type-C port and a USB 3.0 port. It also houses the power button. On the opposite side, you will find 2 additional USB 3.0 ports and audio ports. The keyboard deck has an interesting design. If a keyboard usually takes the upper portion of a deck, on this laptop it’s relocated to the bottom. The placement of the trackpad will also catch your attention.
Gaming looks fun on the 15.6-inch full HD IPS LCD display. It has a refresh rate of 120hz, which is important for a smooth gaming experience. Overall, the display isn’t something spectacular. It looks alright on the eyes. The color reproduction is also decent although it’s a bit muted. The luminance is sufficient, meaning that it’s not overly bright. Above the screen is a 720p/30fps webcam. It’s pretty standard if you ask, not just the resolution, but also the image quality.
Keyboard and trackpad
The Acer Predator Triton 700 has a cool mechanical keyboard. It delivers a pleasant typing experience. We can feel every key stroke thanks to the tactile feedback. While the lower half placement is unique, it has a few disadvantages. First, you have to get used to the layout especially if you’ve never seen this arrangement before. Second, the lack of wrist support may cause problems in the future. It’s important for the palms and wrists to rest comfortably while we’re playing with the keyboard. On the contrary, the trackpad is placed above the keyboard. Again, the whole layout feels a bit awkward, even the material will make you intrigued. Keyboards are normally made of metal, but this one is based on glass. But it’s pretty accurate, and you should also learn to not use the right/left mouse buttons that normally come with a trackpad.
Hardware is the Triton’s forte. As a laptop designed specifically for gaming, it doesn’t lack anything. It is powered by a 7th generation core i7-7700HQ processor and 32GB of RAM. For storage, it offers a 512GB NVMe SSD and for graphics, it has a GTX 1080. There is also a variant that features the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. This one not only has a lower performing graphics card, but also a smaller RAM. The GTX 1080 Max-Q clearly helps a lot for playing at a 1080p resolution. It can constantly push triple-digit framerates, which directly contribute to its smooth performance. For the specs, it’s actually impressive. It even does better than other gaming-oriented machines like the Alienware 15 R3.
Acer Predator Triton 700 specs:
- 15.6-inch Full HD IPS LCD display
- 7th generation Core i7-7700HQ processor
- 32GB of RAM, 512GB of solid-state storage
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
- 720p/30fps Webcam