Acer Predator Triton 700 review: A lot of PC packed into a thin chassis

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Acer's been on a bit of a tear lately, releasing some seriously thin laptops of which some other manufacturers can only be jealous.

The Predator Triton 700, Acer's premier 15.6-inch gaming laptop, keeps things almost unbelievably slim considering the hardware that's contained inside, partly thanks to NVIDIA's Max-Q technology, which shrinks down big, beefy graphics cards (GPU) to fit inside a smaller chassis. I used the Triton 700 for about a week, and while it's not a perfect laptop, it's certainly one of the finest gaming devices I've so far seen.

About this review

Acer supplied Windows Central with a review unit of the Predator Triton 700. This specific configuration includes a seventh-gen Core i7 processor (CPU), 32GB of DDR4 RAM, an NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU, and dual 256GB solid-state drives (SSD). Expect to pay about $2,800 for this beast.

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Acer Predator Triton 700 hardware and specs

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ProcessorIntel Core i7-7700HQ (up to 3.8GHz)
StorageTwo 256GB PCIe SSDs (RAID 0 configuration)
RAM32GB DDR4-2400MHz (dual channel)
Display15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS120Hz refresh rate
GraphicsNVIDIA GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDR5 VRAMMax-Q design
PortsOne Thunderbolt 3Three USB-A 3.0USB-A 2.0RJ45 EthernetHDMI 2.0DisplayPort3.5mm audio jack
SpeakersDual stereo
WirelessKiller Wireless-AC 1535802.11ac2 x 2 MU-MIMOBluetooth 4.1
CameraFront-facing 720p
KeyboardMechanical RGB (with number pad)
Weight5.4 pounds (2.45 kg)
Dimensions15.47 in x 10.47 in x 0.74 in393 mm x 266 mm x 18.9 mm

Acer Predator Triton 700 design

The main attraction of this gaming laptop, aside from the stellar performance, is the design. The entire thing is just 0.74 inches (18.9 mm) thin and weighs 5.4 pounds (2.45 kg), and the all-aluminum chassis has a black matte finish. It does easily pick up smudges and there is a bit of creaking when you pick it up from a corner, but overall this feels like a solid laptop that's not about to come apart. It's not quite as impressive because of the weight, but you can open the lid with one hand.

There is a Predator logo stamped onto the outside of the lid, and other than the keyboard and GPU lighting, the rest is relatively understated. There aren't any gimmicky additions to make it look like you have a fast laptop; the Triton 700's performance can speak for itself.

Like the ASUS Zephyrus, the Triton 700's keyboard is moved down to sit along the lower edge of the body. This makes room above for the slimmed-down GTX 1080 and viewing window that doubles as the laptop's touchpad. The GPU itself has a bit of a light shining on it to match the keyboard, giving it a bit of style in an otherwise plain spot. All colors can be changed through the built-in PredatorSense app, where you can also adjust fan control and GPU overclocking.

To allow the two large fans and five heat pipes to operate properly, the body is covered in vents. Above the keyboard and next to the touchpad and viewing window combo, all along the back edge, and on the sides you can feel air being pushed or pulled. Understandably, the laptop still has some issues keeping cool when under a prolonged load, and you'll be hard-pressed not to notice the heat if you keep it sitting on your lap.

No gaming laptop would be complete without a decent selection of ports, and the Triton 700 delivers. On the left you have two USB-A 3.0, two 3.5mm jacks for a headset, and a USB-A 2.0 port that's indented and covered, allowing you to hook up a dongle or adapter without it sticking out. On the right side is an RJ45 Ethernet, another USB-A 3.0, and Thunderbolt 3, and along the back, next to the charging port, are HDMI and DisplayPort. You shouldn't have any problems connecting your peripherals or VR systems.

Finally, dual speakers are located on either side of the keyboard, and though most of the time I like to use a headset while I game, they pumped out some decent sound that can usually cover the fan noise.

Acer Predator Triton 700 display

The 15.6-inch non-touch screen has a 1080p resolution, and while it offers up great color and contrast, it really doesn't get very bright. Even at the maximum setting, you'll want it to go higher if you're gaming anywhere other than a dark office or basement (which is where my gaming cave resides). The display also seems a bit dwarfed by the enormous bezels, but you can look past this when you start gaming.

A 120Hz refresh rate keeps everything looking smooth, especially when coupled with NVIDIA G-Sync tech. There isn't an option to go for a higher resolution, and though 4K would be nice to try out, I think sticking with 1080p is the best bet here, especially when you realize how quickly the battery depletes.

Above the display is a 720p webcam, and though there's plenty of room for something more, Acer decided to forego IR for Windows Hello. The camera works well enough for video, but if you're seriously into streaming, you'll want to check out a standalone piece of hardware.

Acer Predator Triton 700 keyboard and touchpad

Here's where things get kind of weird. To make room for the GTX 1080 GPU, Acer has moved the keyboard down to the spot traditionally occupied by palm rests and touchpad. The customizable RGB keyboard itself is great — mechanical switches make that sweet click and can accommodate your fast reaction time — but if you need a device for much more than WASD, you'll soon find that typing without palm rests isn't the most comfortable thing ever, especially if it's in your lap.

At first glance, it appears that the laptop doesn't have a touchpad at all, but here it's actually built-into the viewing panel that gives you a glimpse at the GPU. Acer admits that it's only meant for emergencies (or for when you seriously want to muck up your view of internal hardware), and a slick gaming mouse for regular use is included. Without the added external mouse I'd be far more upset, especially since the touchpad gets hot after an hour of gaming.

The Acer Predator Cestus 500 mouse has equally customizable RGB lighting to keep everything matching, it has adjustable click switches, and it's covered with extra buttons so you can set up your own hotkeys. It's ambidextrous, meaning there are buttons on both sides, and it'll take a couple of hours before you stop accidentally hitting buttons near the grip.

Acer Predator Triton 700 gaming and VR

Acer was able to fit a GTX 1080 GPU with 8GB of VRAM into the slim body thanks to NVIDIA's Max-Q design, which does slightly lower the performance to keep the card compact. You're still looking at power somewhere between a GTX 1070 and 1080, and thanks to easy overclocking through the PredatorSense app, you can push performance.

Running SteamVR games with Windows Mixed Reality wasn't an issue here, though you're going to hear the fans loud and clear as they try to keep the laptop cool. As for standard gaming, I gave PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Dying Light a go to get some real-world frames-per-second (FPS).

In a quick round of PUBG I got an average of 118.9 FPS with settings on ultra. In Dying Light, with settings all cranked up as high as they go, I got an average of 116.9 FPS. It's clear that the Triton 700 is not just boasting.


Time Spy (Higher is better)

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Acer Predator Triton 700GTX 10805,809
ASUS ROG ZephyrusGTX 10805,551
Lenovo Legion Y720GTX 10603,469
Lenovo Legion Y520GTX 1050 Ti2,491
Razer Blade 2017GTX 10603,639
Dell XPS 15 (9560)GTX 10501,789

To put the Time Spy benchmark into perspective, 3,362 is about what's expected from a gaming PC that can run both Vive and Rift. A standard gaming PC score is about 3,900, so this 5,809 score is exceptional.


Fire Strike (Higher is better)

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Acer Predator Triton 700GTX 108014,572
MSI GS63VRGTX 10609,874
HP Omen 15GTX 10608,722
Lenovo Legion Y720GTX 10609,017
Lenovo Legion Y520GTX 1050 Ti6,623
Razer Blade ProGTX 108012,976
Dell XPS Tower SEGTX 107012,315
Razer Blade 2017GTX 10609,278

Gaming laptops usually sit around the 10,850 mark and compared to the Razer Blade Pro with GTX 1080, the Triton 700 scores significantly higher.


Orange Room (Higher is better)

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Acer Predator Triton 700GTX 10808,592
Lenovo Legion Y720TGTX 10709,028
Lenovo Legion Y920TGTX 108010,688

Compared to full-sized desktop PCs, the GTX 1080 in the Triton 700 performs comparably. Keep in mind that a VR-ready PC sits somewhere around the 5,000 score.

Acer Predator Triton 700 performance

Battery life in gaming laptops is almost never stellar, but the 54WHr battery in the Triton 700 seems too small for what it's powering. If all systems are go and you're in the middle of a game, you're going to get less than an hour from a charge. When performing more standard tasks like web browsing, you can expect to get between two and three hours of life. You're going to want to always bring the adapter with you, which almost needs its own carrying case because of the size and weight.

The seventh-gen Core i7-7700HQ CPU offers up four cores of power, and coupled with the 32GB of DDR4 RAM, you shouldn't experience any bottlenecks. I ran some standard benchmarking tests, and the results are not surprising.


Geekbench 4.0 Benchmarks (Higher is better)

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DeviceCPUSingle coreMulti core
Acer Predator Triton 700i7-7700HQ4,83415,298
ASUS ROG Zephyrusi7-7700HQ4,32213,213
HP Omen 15i7-7700HQ4,33714,713
Lenovo Legion Y720i7-7700HQ4,69714,810
Lenovo Yoga 720 15i7-7700HQ3,78410,255
Surface Laptopi5-7200U3,7257,523
Lenovo Legion Y520i7-7700HQ4,59614,903
Razer Blade 2017i7-7700HQ4,27713,597
Dell XPS 15i7-7700HQ4,50313,587
Razer Blade Proi7-6700HQ3,66012,325

The Core i7 CPU outperformed most other laptops we tested. For any everyday tasks, you'll have no problems.


PCMark Home Conventional 3.0

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Acer Predator Triton 7004,205Better than 88 percent of all results
Lenovo Legion Y7203,599Better than 74 percent of all results
Lenovo Yoga 720 152,993Better than 57 percent of all results
Surface Pro 20173,055Better than 57 percent of all results
Surface Laptop2,494Better than 40 percent of all results
Lenovo ThinkPad T4703,103Better than 62 percent of all results
Dell Latitude 52853,079Better than 57 percent of all results
Lenovo Legion Y5203,475Better than 70 percent of all results
Razer Blade 20173,448Better than 70 percent of all results
Dell XPS 153,534Better than 71 percent of all results

The PCMark Home Conventional test takes a bunch of your hardware and determines how well it works together while performing a number of everyday tasks. The speedy CPU is undoubtedly helped along by the whopping 32GB of DDR4 RAM to post up a nice score.


CrystalDiskMark (Higher is better)

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Acer Predator Triton 7003,353.5 MB/s1,859.3 MB/s
Razer Blade Stealth1,281 MB/s1,330 MB/s
HP Omen 151,772 MB/s795 MB/s
Lenovo Legion Y7201,642 MB/s789.7 MB/s
Lenovo Yoga 720 151,839 MB/s1,238 MB/s
Surface Laptop423 MB/s237 MB/s
Lenovo ThinkPad T4701,079 MB/s716.1 MB/s
Lenovo Legion Y5201,838 MB/s1,151 MB/s
Razer Blade Pro2,571 MB/s2,467 MB/s
Dell XPS 15 (9560)2,207 MB/s1,628 MB/s

Thanks to a RAID 0 configuration, the dual 256GB PCIe SSDs provide ridiculous speeds. Whether you're booting Windows or in the middle of a game, you won't have to worry about transfer speeds slowing you down.

Acer Predator Triton 700 review: Conclusion

On its own, a gaming laptop with great performance is no longer a surprise, but a gaming laptop this size with this level of performance remains a treat. It's as thin or thinner than a lot of Ultrabooks without a discrete GPU, and while it does weigh in at about five pounds, it certainly remains portable.

There are a few things I disliked about it — the display isn't bright enough and the touchpad gets too hot to actually touch — but overall I think Acer took some chances in the right spot. The fact that something this size can rival a full desktop rig can't be ignored, and any gamer with this in their hands won't be able to help but smile.

However, price will play a big part in whether or not you buy it. Shelling out about $2,800 just isn't feasible for most people, especially when there are plenty of thicker gaming laptops on the market for a third of the price.

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  • Mechanical keyboard.
  • Stupid thin.
  • Great performance.
  • Attractive design.


  • Poor battery life.
  • Dim display.
  • Touchpad gets too hot.
Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt brings to Windows Central more than eight years of experience writing about laptops, PCs, accessories, games, and beyond. If it runs Windows or in some way complements the hardware, there’s a good chance he knows about it, has written about it, or is already busy testing it.