Slim-and-light has been the name of the game for smartphones and notebooks for some time now. However, gaming notebooks have in general remained unwieldy and cumbersome. As part of Nvidia's Max-Q program—an initiative to make gaming laptops more efficient, thin, and quiet—Acer's Predator Triton 700 bucks this trend. It fits impressive gaming hardware into a slim aluminum chassis, including a GeForce GTX 1080 card.
Aside from the aforementioned Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, the Triton 700 houses a standard-voltage Intel Kaby Lake processor and up to 32GB of 2400 MT/s DDR4 RAM. A pair of NVMe SSDs in a RAID 0 setup are on storage duty. The notebook's 15.6" IPS display has a resolution of 1920x1080 and support for Nvidia's G-Sync VRR technology. This hardware all fits into a chassis that's only 0.74" (19 mm) thin. Acer claims that its new AeroBlade 3D metal fans offer better airflow than previous models and let the company get away with cramming these hot components into a thin laptop chassis.
The design of the Triton 700 is remarkably understated as far as gaming notebooks go. It has a simple black finish, and Acer gave the usually-flamboyant Predator logo on the back of the display a monochromatic look. There's some RGB LED bling courtesy of the backlighting under the mechanical keyboard, but the device's main decorative flair is a window above the keyboard that looks down on an exhaust fan and the five heat pipes. The window is constructed of Gorilla Glass, and also functions as a touchpad. Some users might object to the touchpad placement, while others might appreciate not having to place their hands directly on the area containing the device's hottest components.
Immersive surround sound comes courtesy of Dolby Atmos, and network connections are managed by Killer's DoubleShot Pro adapter. The Triton 700's list of ports is highlighted by a Thunderbolt 3 connector. There are also two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI 2.0 port, and a DisplayPort connector. Acer plans to release the Triton 700 in August. In North America, pricing will start at $2999, and in the EMEA region (marketing-speak for Europe, Middle East, and Africa), pricing begins at €3399.