Hands-on with the super thin Acer Predator Triton 700 gaming laptop with a see-through trackpad

Acer announced their new Triton 700 series gaming laptops on April 27 in New York City. At just 18mm thin Acer claims it's the fastest gaming laptop around netting a 17,000 score on 3DMark besting the competition by significant margins.

We got some hands-on time yesterday with the Triton 700, and it's quite impressive. It's not just the radical cooling solutions that let the Triton 700 hit high-performance marks, but some crazy design choices too.

For instance, there is the weird trackpad above the keyboard thing, which Acer tried years ago with the Aspire R7. This time around, however, it's see-through, which is a unique twist.

Acer Predator Triton 700 specifications

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CategoryAcer Triton 700
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home 64-bit
Display15.6" FHD (1920 x1080) IPS
ProcessorIntel Core i7-7700HQIntel Core i5-7300HQ
MemoryUp to 16GB of DDR4User upgradable up to 32GB (2x soDIMM)
GPUNVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series
Ports1 USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 31 HDMI 2.0Three USB Type-ADisplayPortEthernet
StorageUp to 512GB PCIe Gen 3x4 SSD
Dimensions393 (W) x 263 (D) x 18.9 (H) mm
Weight2.6 kg (5.7lbs)
WebcamHD webcam supporting Super High Dynamic Range imagine (SHDR)
WirelessKiller Wireless 2x2 802.11 ac

Also, there is a USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3, built-in Ethernet, a few USB Type-A ports, DisplayPort, and HDMI 2.0 out.

In hand, the laptop is not light, but it is quite thin, and the all-metal chassis felt high quality.

The mechanical keyboard is also a nice and feels like the Razer Blade Pro.

Availability starts in August with pricing at $2,999 (€3,399). We'll try to get a review unit to see if Acer has the chops to compete with Razer.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.