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I can honestly say, this is the coolest thing I’ve been given the opportunity to do thus far. I’ve had the opportunity, no, the pleasure to play with the Acer Predator Triton 700. This laptop is currently sold for an average of R38000.00, and for good reason. In the outset, I would like to say a massive thank you to N-Tech and Acer South Africa for this opportunity. The reviewing of this laptop (and 3 others which will follow this one) is ahead of DGE 2018 because these laptops will be on display there.

So, what will this article cover you might ask? In this article, I will be covering the specifications of the Acer Predator Triton 700. I will then run a few benchmarks using 3D Mark, will go through the design and feel and then will look at the possibility of using this laptop over and above a desktop plus in everyday use.
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Specifications

Let’s drop into it. The Acer Predator Triton 700 is packed with the following:

  • CPU: i7 7700HQ 2.8GHZ
  • RAM: 32GB of DDR4 running at 2394MHZ
  • GPU: nVidia GTX1080 MAX-Q
  • Display: 15.6-inch, 120Hz 1920×1080 IPS with G-Sync
  • Weight: 2.4kg with a 1kg battery charger
  • Dimensions: 15.5 x 10.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Ports: HDMI, DisplayPort, USB 2.0, 3x USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, mic jack, headphone jack
  • Webcam: 720p

acer-predator-triton-700-review-pic3Well, what does this all mean? To put it in perspective, when unboxing this product there are 2 things you immediately notice, the weight of the laptop, and the size of the charger. The weight of the Acer Predator Triton 700 gives it a solid, stable feel. The matt look around the keyboard and the track-pad give it sleek look which is appealing to the eyes.

Further, the MAX-Q Nvidia GTX1080 gives it the boost it needs. You rarely have in-game fps spikes. The i7 has plenty of juice, so if you wanted to use this laptop to run photoshop or do video rendering, you won’t feel the difference to that of a workstation setup. The display with the 120HZ screen is easy on the eyes and runs smoothly in game which is assisted by the G-Sync. There are plenty of USB 3.0 ports as well, with an HDMI display port (if you needed to use it with a screen – which I highly doubt you would!).

In all, the Acer Predator Triton 700 has so much packed under the covers that it’s difficult to cover it all in one article. It definitely packs a punch, as you will see in the benchmarks we ran using 3D Mark. But how does it stack up in design and feel?

Design and Feel

As mentioned earlier, the Triton 700 has a lot of weight about it which gives you the feeling that it was manufactured with good solid materials and with enough power under the covers (which we know it has). Additionally, with the matte finish and the predator logo underneath the screen, there’s enough eye candy to keep you happy.

The screen feels solid as well, so when opening and closing the laptop, you don’t feel like it’s flimsy or going to break underneath your fingers.

The RGB keyboard and the fan underneath the tinted glass screams gamer! Also, with the Predator app, you can change the colour and the RGB feel to either the Breathing effect or Snake style. You could also set the keyboard to static and change individual keys to whatever colour you want – like I said, it screams gamer! The keyboard is a mechanical one, so it comes with the sound and the stiffness of a mechanical keyboard. So, unfortunately, you have to push down a bit harder than you would on a normal keyboard. They positioned the track-pad and the keyboard different to normal laptops, and I understand why it’s a gaming laptop (emphasis on the word “gaming”). The keyboard is all the way forward and close to the edge of the laptop, so you don’t have to worry about the track-pad getting in the way of a gaming session. I wrote this article on the Acer Predator Triton 700, and I must say, having the keyboard on the edge was way more comfortable than I originally thought it would be. I also wear a watch, which has scratched my work laptop, so I usually take it off when I’m working, however, with the Triton 700, I didn’t have to do that and I didn’t get any pain in my wrist while using it. Unfortunately, though, the track-pad is in an awkward position, you stretch over the keyboard if you have to use it. It also seems “hidden” in a way. I say that because right next to the track-pad is the glass tinted glass so that you can see your RGB fan. The track-pad also did not feel as responsive as I hoped it would, but then again, depending on the game you’re playing, you would most likely use a gaming Mouse and not worry about the track-pad at all.

The audio of the Triton is something that Acer should be proud of. For its slim design, the Triton 700 is surprisingly loud, making a few people look at me weirdly as I pump the volume to max to test the speakers. Not only is the Triton 700 loud, but it is clear and audible, so you don’t have that awkward distortion – unless the video you are playing has bad audio rip.

Everyday use

acer-predator-triton-700-review-pic1Is this a laptop you will be purchasing for everyday use? Well, if you have the funds, why not? But seriously, this is where you would need to analyze what you would be using the laptop for. In terms of a gaming laptop, if I didn’t recommend this laptop, people would think that something is seriously wrong with me.

However, if you are a going to use this for work unless it’s work that is very graphic and CPU intensive, then this will be a bit of an overkill and I would recommend one of the other laptops in the Predator range.

Having said all of that, as I mentioned above with regards to writing this article, I enjoyed the use of the keyboard and the positioning of the keyboard. Unfortunately, though, I cannot afford this type of laptop for work – hence it’s such an honor to be able to review this beast.

Benchmarks

In Timespy, the Triton 700 performed really well. We also looked at the performance of the laptop and in a few games, and tried a game CS:GO and Dota 2 online to see how it performed, the results are below:

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I had a good gaming experience in CS:GO. I was averaging approximately 299fps, which is to be expected from the GTX 1080 in this laptop.

I had no issues with Dota 2 either. The game ran smoothly. I had capped the fps to 160, and that’s where it stayed constantly throughout the entire game.

To be honest, with the graphics card in this laptop, it would be surprising if you had low fps. It runs well and has the power to push out all the fps you need/want and more.

Final comments including the pros and cons:

acer-predator-triton-700-review-pic2The Acer Predator Triton 700 lives up to its name, it really does. This beast packs everything you need from a gaming laptop and more. The benchmarks show that it has the capabilities, and I don’t see it lagging behind anytime soon. There are some notable pros and cons I’d like to mention:

  • Pros: Well designed and eye-catching chassis; Clear and loud audio; Bright, vivid display; Powerful overall and graphics performance.
  • Cons: The bad battery life; the awkward positioning and lack of responsive of the track-pad; Starts sounding like a jet engine when the GPU and CPU are put under strain.

All-in-all, a big thank you to Acer and to N-Tech for this opportunity. I’ve enjoyed working with and reviewing the Acer Predator Triton 700 and this will be something that I won’t quickly forget. If you would like to purchase the Acer Predator Triton 700, contact N-Tech for a price. As always, I look forward to hearing from on what you think about the laptop and about the article.