Acer’s been on a bit of a tear lately, releasing some seriously thin laptops of which some other manufacturers can only be jealous.
The Predator Triton 700, Acer’s premier 15.6-inch gaming laptop, keeps things almost unbelievably slim considering the hardware that’s contained inside, partly thanks to NVIDIA’s Max-Q technology, which shrinks down big, beefy graphics cards (GPU) to fit inside a smaller chassis.
|Processor||Intel Core i7-7700HQ (up to 3.8GHz)|
|Storage||Two 256GB PCIe SSDs (RAID 0 configuration)|
|RAM||32GB DDR4-2400MHz (dual channel)|
|Display||15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS
120Hz refresh rate
|Graphics||NVIDIA GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM
|Ports||One Thunderbolt 3
Three USB-A 3.0
3.5mm audio jack
|Wireless||Killer Wireless-AC 1535
2 x 2 MU-MIMO
|Keyboard||Mechanical RGB (with number pad)|
|Weight||5.4 pounds (2.45 kg)|
|Dimensions||15.47 in x 10.47 in x 0.74 in
393 mm x 266 mm x 18.9 mm
On its own, a gaming laptop with great performance is no longer a surprise, but a gaming laptop this size with this level of performance remains a treat. It’s as thin or thinner than a lot of Ultrabooks without a discrete GPU, and while it does weigh in at about five pounds, it certainly remains portable.
There are a few things I disliked about it — the display isn’t bright enough and the touchpad gets too hot to actually touch — but overall I think Acer took some chances in the right spot. The fact that something this size can rival a full desktop rig can’t be ignored, and any gamer with this in their hands won’t be able to help but smile.
However, price will play a big part in whether or not you buy it. Shelling out about $2,800 just isn’t feasible for most people, especially when there are plenty of thicker gaming laptops on the market for a third of the price.
- Mechanical keyboard.
- Stupid thin.
- Great performance.
- Attractive design.
- Poor battery life.
- Dim display.
- Touchpad gets too hot.