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.

Specifications:

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
Max-Q design
Ports One Thunderbolt 3
Three USB-A 3.0
USB-A 2.0
RJ45 Ethernet
HDMI 2.0
DisplayPort
3.5mm audio jack
Speakers Dual stereo
Wireless Killer Wireless-AC 1535
802.11ac
2 x 2 MU-MIMO
Bluetooth 4.1
Camera Front-facing 720p
Keyboard Mechanical RGB (with number pad)
Touchpad Precision
Battery 54WHr
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.

Pros:

  • Mechanical keyboard.
  • Stupid thin.
  • Great performance.
  • Attractive design.

Cons:

  • Poor battery life.
  • Dim display.
  • Touchpad gets too hot.