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Acer Predator Triton 700 Review
Review By @ 04:16pm 05/09/18

Product: Acer Predator Triton 700
Type: Gaming Laptop
Price: ~ $3999.00 AUD
Availability: Out Now
Link: acer.com/ac/en/AU/content/predator-series/predatortriton700

Recently we had the chance to check out the more mid-range, translation: affordable, Acer Predator Helios 300, a solid performer that no doubt provides excellent value for money when it comes to pure performance. Enter, the Triton 700. A gaming laptop at the very top of the Acer Predator food-chain, which is made immediately apparent thanks to a boot-up sound that could double as a Jurassic Park sound effect. And to borrow a line from that old dude who decided that he would bring dinosaurs back from the dead and open a theme park – this is one Acer product that “spares no expense”.

That means a sleek design with modern touches and genuinely cool features (like a glass touch-pad), an impressive 120Hz G-Sync display, and more GPU power than is probably necessary.

Under the Lid



At only 18.90 mm thick and weighing 2.40 kg, you might be surprised to learn that powering the Triton 700 is a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and Intel Core i7 7700 HQ. And in utilising Nvidia's Max-Q design standard, this means the Triton 700 doesn’t sacrifice portability for power. Now, as a model that’s been available for a little while now the CPU may not be the latest Core i7 effort from Intel, but the sizable and notable 32 GB of DDR 4 RAM clocked at 2400 MHz certainly does a lot to make up the shortfall.
Processor: Intel Core i7 7700HQ Processor (2.80GHz)
Display: 15.6inch 120Hz FHD with G-Sync
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q Design
Memory: 32GB DDR4
Storage: 512GB SSD in RAID 0.
OS: Windows 10
Interfaces: 1 x USB ports, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x Display Port, 1 x HDMI, Thunderbolt

Okay so perhaps the one piece of the Triton 700 puzzle that stands out as different, is the use of two NVMe SDD drives in Raid 0 bringing up the total storage to 512GB. As to why this approach was taken over a single drive is anyone’s guess – but we’re assuming the reasoning is performance based. The other standout, for reasons of confusion more than anything else, is the somewhat disappointing 1080p display. Not for its inclusion of G-Sync tech but for not offering a higher resolution or being as bright as it should be.

Look and Feel



The overall look or aesthetic design of the Acer Predator line across several different hardware products is one we’re fans of. From the angular touches that are as menacing as they are subtle, to the great use of light that feels part of the overall build - as opposed to glaring dashes of RGB colour. As one of the premiere Predator products the Triton 700 doesn’t disappoint, thanks in part to the sleek and solid build and impressive dimensions that truly means it can be taken on the road with minimal hassle – outside of the rather large power supply.

Okay, so you’re here to learn about the glass touch-panel and how it not only provides tactile and impressive pointer response but also gives you a peek at the fans and heatsink. No? Well, it’s a cool feature and is surprisingly easy to use - so much so that we broke our wireless mouse-only rule for the Triton 700. Sitting above the keyboard it may primarily be an aesthetic design choice, but it separates the Triton 700 from other competing laptops.

Cooling-wise, using the Triton 700 is mostly a silent affair when browsing or general PC-use and only coming to life when say, firing up Doom for some late-afternoon demon slaying. Fan-control is available at the software level, thanks to the bundled Predator app, and the positioning is such that although it does heat-up our beloved glass touch-panel – no doubt it’s efficient in keeping temps manageable without sounding like a leaf-blower. It’s still loud, but no more so than what we’ve come to expect with gaming laptops.

Gaming Performance



Right, so you’re really here to find out about the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q Design performance of the Triton 700. Well, with the 120Hz 1080p G-Sync display that almost always means near maximum frames at max settings. For Doom and Overwatch, it was an experience for the most part as the full 120 frames-per-second to match the top end of the G-Sync display. Which in a way makes the card choice feel a little overkill and reinforces our confusion as to why there are very few gaming laptops out there that offer 1440p displays. The Triton 700 should have been one.


Elsewhere 3D Mark results performed better than other gaming laptops that we’ve tested, with impressive numbers for such a thin product and low overall power use (compared to a PC) at 240 total watts. In fact, numbers wise, the Triton 700 is without a doubt one of the most powerful gaming laptops in the market today.


Overall



It’s great to see that we’re now truly in the era of powerful, thin, and light gaming laptops. Sure, they may not be the couple-of-pieces-of-paper thickness of many Ultrabooks found on the market but the sheer gaming performance you get with something like the Triton 700 is remarkable. The only real hurdle that we can see, which is true of all high-end, thin, gaming laptops is that prices tend to be on the high side.


Outside of that and talking specifically about the Triton 700 the minor issues come down to the rather large, in size, power supply, the 1080p screen-limit, and the fact that the current model being sold hasn’t been upgraded with the new Intel Core i7 processor. The first part, the power, makes sense when you factor in the large battery and overall decent performance. As for the others, there not enough to deter a recommendation – thanks in part, again, to exceptional performance across the board. And the glass touch-panel.
What we liked
Great build quality and design
Thin and generally quite light
Powerful performance thanks to the GeForce GTX 1080
Glass touch-panel works a treat
Great software support and easy customisation
What we didn't like
1080p screen feels a little lacking
No revision means last year's Core i7
Large power brick
We gave it:
8.5
OUT OF 10
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