The name Acer didn’t really matter much to the gaming community until recently when they launched their first laptop intended for proper gaming in the form of Aspire V15/V17 Nitro. Today we are going to review a quite expensive gaming laptop from Acer, Predator Triton 700 PT715-51-732Q. But its road isn’t covered with flower at all as it has to stand up against the so-called behemoths like Asus ROG Zephyrus or Alienware 15 R3. Let’s get into the review then.
- CPU – Intel Core i7 Quad-Core (7th Gen), 2.8 GHz
- GPU – 8 GB DDR5, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q technology
- Memory – 32 GB DDR4
- Screen – 15.6-inch Full HD IPS (1,920 x 1,080) with G-SYNC technology
- Storage – 512 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – The ultra slick chassis of Triton 700 includes a powerful Intel Core i7 processor, 32 GB of DDR4 dual channel RAM and 512 GB of SSD which is configured as RAID 0. In many of the synthetic tests, it performed pretty well and stood tall in the head to head with competitors like Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501, Aorus X5 MD and Eurocom Q5. Due to the RAID configuration, the sequential transfer rate (>2 GBps) is pretty amazing. Also, there is an abundance of useful ports like 4 USB type-A ports (3 x USB 3.0 and 1 x USB 2.0), 1 USB type-C port with Thunderbolt 3, HDMI port etc.
- Display – It comes with a 15.6-inch FHD IPS panel supporting G-SYNC technology which helps to prevent screen tearing when the frame rate goes over the refresh rate of the screen. The max brightness is pretty good with a value of 290 nits; although it might not be best for working in a place directly lit by the sun. The sRGB coverage is good as well covering roughly 90% of the colour spectrum; although it could have been better. Was it good enough for gaming and everyday usage? Yes, for sure. Now, could the display have been better anyway? In my honest opinion, yes. While it is merely an FHD display (1920 x 1080) it would have been way better if it were a QHD or 4K display. Better resolution means an even crisper visual while gaming.
- GPU – Let’s get into the fun part then. It houses a Max-Q version of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. What it effectively implies is that you can fit in a powerful and bulky GPU like this in a slim laptop like Triton 700 (which also should apparently produce less heat; more on that later) for just a slight reduction in the performance. It is able to handle even the harshest titles in ultra settings in 4K graphics very easily. Even the newer titles like The Witcher 3 (>60 fps in the 1080p Ultra), Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (~45 fps in the 1080p Ultra) and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (81 fps in the 1080p Ultra) ran buttery smooth in the ultra settings. Now one important thing about the Max-Q technology is that while it might not affect the performance of a less powerful 1060 GPU much but on proper testing it is found that there can be a significant gap between the performance of a full sized non-Max-Q variation and the Max-Q variation of this GPU (up to 20% reduction in the frame rate).
- Cooling – Even though the GPU is supposed to be cooler (in the ‘colder’ sense; it’s already pretty cool…;)) it doesn’t mean that it is. While idling or doing lightweight tasks the temperature remains around 80 to 90°F which is quite normal. But after some hardcore gaming session the highest temperature got as high as 141°F (61°C). And the most irritating fact is that the hotspot is just above the trackpad. The underside of the deck was even hotter with 156°F (69°C) just around the vents.
- Battery – Someone told it true: a high-performance laptop (read gaming laptop) always needs to be connected to a power socket. The battery is there just so that you can go to another room and connect it there again. Triton stays hardly awake for 3 hours while surfing the internet. Doing anything more than that would certainly bring it down even further. The number falls short in comparison with both Razor Blade Pro (3:50) and Eurocom Q5 (4:15).
- Trackpad – Now many people are cursing the oddly positioned trackpad in the Triton. But I personally am not that much against it though. But that doesn’t mean that it’s flawless. As stated earlier it gets unbelievably hot under load. Also, there is no distinct line indicating the end of the glass panel and the start of the laptop casing. So using it is pretty hard already without giving it a look a couple of times. But it becomes almost impossible to differentiate in the dark as the trackpad’s not backlit.
Now, I can’t really say that it does justice to the price tag looking at its pros and cons. It sure does outperform many of the contenders in some sections but it also trails behind in some as well as stated. I’d say it’s rather a tie between the Triton and the Zephyrus. A good gaming rig nonetheless if the negatives can be ignored.