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Acer Predator Triton 500 (2020) review: truly portable power plant




I’ve tested many gaming laptops over the years, and the newly revamped Acer Predator Triton 500 is the best I’ve ever played.

Mammoth gaming laptops, which have been threatened for years to carry in their bags and throw at their backs, were only capable of maniac class performance. While the introduction of Nvidias’s energy-efficient Max-Q technology has created a more portable and playable notebook, the truly affordable ones usually feature graphics options below the upper layers of performance. I will. Games on the go always required some compromise.

enough. The Acer Predator Triton 500 brings it all together, combining a 6-core, 12-thread Intel Core i7-10750H processor with Nvidias’s powerful new GeForce RTX 2080 Super graphics chip. All that power is somehow squeezed into a sublime 4.6-pound aluminum chassis with an ultra-fast 300Hz G-Sync display that provides a drop-dead gorgeous contrast ratio. Is it perfect? No thank you. But damn, I love it.

Acer Predator Triton 500 Specifications and Brad Chacos / IDG Features

Acer has sent us the finest Triton 500 to offer. It’s apparently listed on the Acers site for $2,600, but at the time of the press release, it’s only available on B&H Photo for $2,800. You get a lot of hardware for all those money.

CPU: Intel 10th-gen Core i7-10750H Memory: 32GB DDR4/3200 GPU in dual channel mode: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q Display: 15.6 inches, 300Hz, 1920×1080 IPS screen, Nvidia G-Sync Storage: 1TB Samsung NVMe SSD dimensions: 14.1 x 10 x 0.75 inches (without legs) Weight: 4.6 lbs

There is no more than you can ask for. The Samsung NVMe SSD included is very good, but if you want even faster, there’s another M.2 slot for expansion, and Acer loads Intel software on your laptop and uses RAID 0 Enabled dual SSD setup.

However, accessing storage and RAM is difficult. The Triton 500 has an inverted motherboard design. This means you have to pull out the ribbon cable and the entire motherboard to access the expansion slots. Fortunately, the stock configuration comes with enough firepower.

This beast is even fast on the internet. The Acer Predator Triton 500 includes Killers AX1650 Wi-Fi 6 module and Killer DoubleShot Pro technology. DoubleShot Pro allows game-optimized 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet ports to work in conjunction with your notebook’s 802.11ac Wi-Fi to shift more important tasks to wired connectivity and turn less urgent tasks into your wireless network. Can be migrated. The Triton 500 also supports Bluetooth 5.

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The leftmost port.

Acer included a good selection of ports despite the relatively small size of this gaming laptop. The Triton 500 comes with a trio of USB 3.0 ports, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, Mini DisplayPort, headset and mic jack, and the Ethernet ports mentioned above. It also includes a Kensington lock slot for security sensitive types.

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The rightmost port. Not shown in the photo is the Kensington lock slot behind this side.

Acer Predator Triton 500 Design

Most aspects of the Acer Predator Triton 500’s design have been carried over from last year’s model, which is perfectly fine, as it’s a nicely crafted, very compact laptop. Weighing just 4.6 lbs, the Triton 500 is firmly planted in a thin and lightweight gaming area. Laptops of similar weight tend to offer slower graphics options and other components, driving home to how special this notebook is. This power house feels great hidden under your arm and doesn’t squeeze your backpack like laptops in other monster games.

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The Acer Predator Triton 500 doesn’t overwhelm you despite the monster’s hardware inside.

Aesthetics are always subjective, but I love the sleek black aluminum design. With a silver Predator logo engraved in the center of the lid and reinforced with a blue backlight, you can’t mistake this for a Hoham workstation. But like the Razers Blade lineup, the Triton 500 doesn’t look like a terrible thumb in office meetings. Its tasteful.

This laptop also looks great in the game. Whereas last year’s model had a fairly standard 144Hz display, the new Predator Triton 500 offers an amplified screen to match the internal ferocious GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q. The 1920×1080 panel is the perfect resolution for gaming laptops of this size, and 4K delivers a blazing 300Hz to 1ms gray-to-grey fast response. In addition, it supports Nvidias’s smoothly smooth G-Sync technology. Playing with this rig is an absolute pleasure. Hell, just moving around the desktop with a mouse feels great. Everything looks super crisp.

The screen isn’t particularly bright, reaching 275 nits in testing. If you’re using the Triton 500 outdoors on a sunny day, find a shaded place. However, the image itself is perfect for gaming and general use, supports 100% of the sRGB spectrum and has stunning contrast.

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The game looks beautiful with the Triton 500

The Triton 500 is also quite decent for laptops. Acers True Harmony speakers offer solid volume and clarity, but like all other notebook speakers, they won’t blow your audiophile away. The bass can be deeper, the timbre tends to be finer, and the volume is not impressive while the fan is under load. If possible, put your gaming headphones in your bag. Your laptop comes with DTS: X Ultra Surround Sound software for a more realistic reproduction of your headphone audio.

Last year I was happy with the Triton 500’s keyboard and touchpad setup, but this year is no different. Again, the subtly recessed keys feel great under my fingers, and I’m happy to say that Acer chose the full-sized cursor keys instead of the compact monster found on some laptops. It was The biggest complaint from the 2019 model has also been fixed, and Acer now offers a customizable backlight per key in the PredatorSense app. Last year, we could only configure lighting in three large zones.

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The smooth, comfortable touchpad acts like a charm and is properly centered under the Y key. It’s great to see Acer sticking to the classic layout these days, as there are too many laptops and touchpads placed in strange places. The click was registered successfully, but Id preferred to add a separate mouse button at the bottom. Yes, it’s fine. Most mobile gamers have a gaming mouse for better control. But as a tactic enthusiast, I was playing XCOM: Chimera Squad while testing Triton. The only thing that couldn’t maintain a more complete experience than the discrete mouse was the lack of the right mouse button on the touchpad. Even if I press the touchpad twice and right-click, the heat accuracy is not the same and my fingers get tired during a long session.

There are plenty of (subtle) vents on the edge and bottom of the laptop that drain the heat generated by powerful internal hardware. Acer complements the Vortex Flow, a new design that includes three custom-designed fans strategically placed in the chassis, working in tandem to increase additional airflow while simultaneously reducing noise. The company also added five new heat pipes to the Triton 500’s design, with an internally redesigned 4th generation AeroBlade 3D fan. After all, Acers’ reviewer guides claim that the thermal performance of the new Triton 500 is 33% better than its 2019 product.


Acer illustration of triple fan cooling inside Predator Triton 500.

This combination is very good at dissipating the heat given off by such high-end hardware. The Triton 500 is comfortable on your lap for everyday tasks such as emailing and YouTube videos. If you play the game in a comfortable chair for an hour or allow this laptop to play even when you’re away from a wall outlet, the chassis will be warm, but not uncomfortably hot. Similarly, if the laptop is under load, the fan in the case will sound quite loud, but not an unpleasant noise. I was much more annoyed when my laptop fan sounded jarring, treble, or vibrating. The Triton 500 will be loud, but it will produce mostly white noise, especially when using headphones.

Given that this little laptop’s cooling system tamed the 6-core Core i7 chip and Nvidias’s most powerful graphics chip, there’s nothing to complain about.

Pre-installed software

The Triton 500’s PredatorSense software Acer pre-install acts as a game command center and can control RGB lighting, GPU overclock presets, fan controls, system monitoring and more. The icon in the upper right corner offers even more customization options, tweaking the Acers True Harmony audio to the type of sound you are listening to, activating features such as LCD overdrive or disabling Nvidias discrete GPUs. Can improve power efficiency. Arendt game. You can only overclock your GPU if you have more than 40% battery life connected, but it is worth it if you meet these demands. More details later. (You can also use the nifty turbo button on your keyboard to overclock your GPU.)

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Acers Predator Sense app.

The DTS and Killer apps help manage audio and network respectively, while Nvidia software and XSplit Gamecaster serve gamers. Acer also features the Triton 500 with Netflix, Dropbox, Norton Security Ultra, Firefox, ExpressVPN, CyberLink PhotoDirector, Office, Spotify, and the Acer Collection S app. All of these are definitely handy and easy to remove, but they are worth noting when you spend $2,600 on your laptop.

Next Page: Performance benchmarks and conclusions

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