COMPUTEX 2017 | Acer's ultra-thin Predator Triton 700 gaming notebook is coming in August
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Acer has been knocking it out of the innovation park this year with their gaming notebooks. The Predator 21X made a huge splash when it debuted in January and again when it went on sale last month, and Acer may generate just as much buzz with the Predator Triton 700.
We reported on this notebook at Acer’s event back in April. As a refresher, the Triton 700 is part of a renewed push in thin-and-light gaming laptops. However, unlike the lower-powered thin-and-lights of recent history, the Triton 700 packs in top-of-the-line-components from NVIDIA and Intel. Thanks to NVIDIA’s new Max-Q design initiative, Acer was able to fit a GeForce GTX 1080 in the Triton 700’s 18.9 mm thin chassis. The 1080 here is a bit less powerful than its desktop counterpart but should still offer impressive performance in heavy 3D tasks and games, especially considering the svelte form factor of the notebook. The Triton 700 also has options for Kaby Lake CPUs from Intel, up to 32 GB of DDR4 2400 MHz RAM, up to two 512 GB NVMe SSDs, Killer 2x2 AC WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.1. The Triton 700 also has quite a few connectivity options including two USB 3.0 Type-A, a single USB 2.0 Type-a, a Gigabit LAN port, one DisplayPort, one HDMI 2.0, and a USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 40 Gb/s. The 15.6-inch display is a Full HD IPS panel with support for NVIDIA’s G-SYNC to eliminate screen tearing.
The input devices for this notebook are very interesting. The keyboard features individually RGB-backlit mechanical switches. Interestingly, the keyboard is thrust to the front of the notebook, likely to improve the cooling solution by housing the hotter components (i.e., the CPU and GPU) toward the back of the chassis. A Gorilla Glass window covers the back of the notebook and allows users to peek at Acer’s new AeroBlade fans and the impressive cooling system. This glass plate also serves as the notebook’s touchpad.
The Triton 700 looks very impressive, but it faces stiff competition from Razer’s Blade Pro and the newly announced Asus Zephyrus thin-and-light. With the innovative devices coming from top-tier manufacturers, 2017 is shaping up to be a great year for portable PC gaming.
The Acer Predator Triton 700 will be available in North America and Europe in August for USD $2,999 and EUR €3,399, respectively.