Acer’s thin-and-light Predator Triton 700 packs a GTX 1080

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 1920×1080 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.

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    • Anovoca
    • 2 years ago

    I really wish I could find that keyboard in a non gaming oriented machine.

    • Anovoca
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<] Acer's Predator Triton 700 bucks [/quote<] "bucks" seems like a poor word choice following a numerical value.

    • UberGerbil
    • 2 years ago

    All that attention to the thickness of the package, none to the thickness of the bezel.

      • BoilerGamer
      • 2 years ago

      Thing bezel laptop is still pretty rare at 15″+, so far it is either XPS 15 or Aero 15

      • Shobai
      • 2 years ago

      I’m all for wide bezels when they allow for the inclusion of a numpad – that’s one of my must-haves.

        • UberGerbil
        • 2 years ago

        Ok, I get that the keyboard+numpad dictates the form factor, but it doesn’t dictate the ratio of screen to bezel. Obviously, they have to choose from available panels and there may be none available that are the size they want (or not without going to a resolution that would be bad for gaming) but are none that would give them a little more screen and a little less black plastic? Of course, that would mean less room for the company and model names.

          • bhtooefr
          • 2 years ago

          So, a standard-layout keyboard at minimum width is 14.5 units wide (and you really complicate Japanese layouts at less than 15 units wide, and European layouts at less than 14.75 units wide), plus 4 units for the numpad, each unit is 19 mm traditionally, and your screen ends up being about the keyboard’s width maximum, usually less.

          That means you’re looking at 351.5 to 361 mm wide. At the same width, a 351.5 mm wide screen is 197.7 mm tall. Diagonal, therefore, is 403.3 mm, or 15.88″.

          15.6″ isn’t far off, so you could just make the machine physically smaller, and fit everything in there. Note that there’s a lot of bezels to the sides of the keyboard, too, whereas something like a 1990s ThinkPad had the keyboard right up to the edges.

        • BoilerGamer
        • 2 years ago

        Aero 15 have both thin bezels and a numpad, those are not mutually exclusive, what is mututally exclusive is a top mounted Webcam, all thin bezels have the webcam at the bottom which irks some people because it looks up your nose if you don’t look down at it you expose your nostril.

    • hungarianhc
    • 2 years ago

    Woah… It took me a second to realize that the keyboard goes all the way to the bottom edge of the device. Is that comfortable for typing? And the trackpad above the keyboard? Hmmmmm

    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    So close to looking professional, and then they slap a giant “PREDATOR” on the lid with autobots logo. Guess this won’t be my next client-facing road warrior.

    Has anyone tried the “trackpad on top” arrangement? It looks awkward at best.

      • UberGerbil
      • 2 years ago

      The trackpad arrangement would take some adjustment period, but I don’t think it’s all that worse than having it below. You’re reaching away from the keyboard no matter what (unless you’re using a Thinkpad nub), it’s just a question of direction. This placement at least eliminates any chance of palm-clicks and the need for software to reject such inadvertent inputs.

        • slowriot
        • 2 years ago

        Reaching over the keyboard is far worse than sliding your hand down. This also means you have to hover your palm over the keyboard to not hit those keys.

      • Voldenuit
      • 2 years ago

      You should get that laptop and job with CPS.

      • Anovoca
      • 2 years ago

      yeah, I think I would almost rather go back to the little rubber knob between “g ” and “h”

        • synthtel2
        • 2 years ago

        What’s wrong with those? Touchpads suck and I wish trackpoints were the default.

          • Anovoca
          • 2 years ago

          Nothing? I thought that was pretty clearly my point. They seem to be trying to reinvent the wheel again for no purpise

            • synthtel2
            • 2 years ago

            Ah, cool. I read your earlier post as {this < trackpoint < normal touchpads}, hence the confusion.

      • UberGerbil
      • 2 years ago

      Looks like [url=https://techreport.com/news/31995/speed-meets-subtlety-in-evga-sc15-gaming-laptop<]EVGA heard you[/url<].

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