Acer this week announced its new high-end gaming laptop, the Predator Triton 700. Designed to strike a balance between features and weight, the laptop features a quad-core Intel CPU, a yet unspecified NVIDIA GPU, 16 GB of memory, as well as a mechanical keyboard. Meanwhile the laptop measures in at just 18.9 mm thick and weighs around 2.6 kilograms, or roughly about the size of a mainstream notebook from a decade ago.

The Acer Predator Triton 700 comes with a 15.6” FHD display and is based on Intel’s Core i5-7300HQ or Core i7-7700HQ processor, depending on exact model. The laptop is equipped with 16 GB of DDR4-2400, up to two 512 GB SSDs, Rivet Networks Killer DoubleShot Pro network solution (featuring a 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi and a GbE controller), Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, and other features one would expect from a high-end laptop.

Acer Predator Triton 700
  i7-7700HQ i5-7300HQ
Display 15.6" IPS panel with 1920×1080 resolution
CPU Core i7-7700HQ (4C/8T, 6 MB, 2.8/3.8GHz) Core i5-7300HQ (4C/4T, 6 MB, 2.5/3.5GHz)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series with G-Sync support for external displays
RAM 16 GB DDR4-2400 (upgradeable to 32 GB)
Storage Up to two 512 GB SSDs with PCIe 3.0 x4 or SATA interface
Wi-Fi Rivet Killer Wireless-AC 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1
Ethernet Rivet Killer E2x00 GbE controller
USB 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 2.0 Type-A
Thunderbolt × USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 connector
Display Outputs 1 × DisplayPort
1 × HDMI 2.0
Keyboard Mechanical backlit keyboard with programmable keys
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jacks, webcam (with HDR imaging)
Dimensions Width: 393 mm/15.47"
Depth: 263 mm/10.35"
Thickness: 18.9 mm/0.744"
Weight 2.6 kilograms
Price Starts at $2999 or €3399, depending on configuration and market

In terms of overall design, the Predator Triton 700 is one of a number of recent thinner-and-lighter high-end gaming laptops to hit the market in recent years. As the popularity of gaming notebooks has continued to rise, various makers of such PCs started to diversify their lineups with thinner machines aimed at gamers, essentially splitting these niche products to classes that differ by performance and weight/dimensions. With the Predator Triton 700, Acer is looking to bring the performance of a gaming desktop to the “thin-class” gaming laptops, and gives us an idea what to expect from next-gen gaming notebooks in general.

A feature of the Predator Triton 700 that Acer is especially proud of - and is a major component of allowing the laptop to be as small as it is - is its cooling system, which has five heatpipes and two thin AeroBlade 3D fans with curved metal blades that create increased airflow. A large Corning Gorilla Glass plate that acts like a touchpad covers the cooling system and the innards of the laptop, whereas the backlit mechanical keyboard resides towards the user, giving the system a very distinctive look.

Meanwhile, one of the things that Acer is not disclosing are the graphics processors options available: the only thing we know is that the system runs an undisclosed GeForce GTX 10-series processor, and that the high-end configuration scores ~17,000 points in 3DMark11 (based on Acer’s presentation). Such a performance level is common for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU (when working with the i7-7700HQ), but this GPU consumes 110 W of power, so it's not clear whether a 15.6”/18.9mm chassis with two blowers offers enough cooling capacity to prevent significant throttling. Typically, relatively thin gaming notebooks use GeForce GTX 1060 graphics chips with around 80 W TDP, but such GPUs hit around 12,000 – 13,000 in 3DMark11 (with the same CPU). It's highly probable that Acer will be offering a GTX 1060 version as a mid-range configuration anyhow, so the real question is what exact GPU will go into the high-end configuration. NotebookCheck.net speculates that the Predator Triton 700 is equipped with a yet unannounced version of NVIDIA’s GP104 GPU with a considerably reduced TDP.

Wrapping things up, the Acer Predator Triton 700 gaming laptop will be available in Europe and North America this August. MSRPs will start from €3399 and $2999, depending on configuration, with exact specs and prices varying from market to market.

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Source: Acer

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  • celestialgrave - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - link

    Am I missing something or is there no touchpad/track ball/nub? Reply
  • Inteli - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - link

    It's above the keyboard, the glossy surface in the second-to-last picture. Reply
  • npz - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - link

    Looks nice. I like the large translucent glass touchpad. Just prepare to wipe the drive and do a fresh install with manual installation of drivers if it's anything like other Acer laptops.

    > Rivet Killer E2x00 GbE controller

    Oh god, no, why?? Some of the smarter ones are starting to ditch Killer nics. Asrock and Asus went all Intel. Gigabyte and MSI partially so.. still using Killer here and there. But their highend boards though use Intel nics.
    Reply
  • Charlie22911 - Sunday, April 30, 2017 - link

    I still can't figure out the hate for Killer NICs, I've got multiple computers here containing Killer NICs as well as Server and Consumer class intel NICs.
    I have no connection issues or issues with DPC latency on any of them. Am I missing something?
    Reply
  • HomeworldFound - Sunday, April 30, 2017 - link

    This is one of those issues where if you're okay with it, twenty people aren't. Intel has a solid network adapter with a near perfect driver and apparently no conflicts, and is very happy to squish bugs. RealTek does a fairly good job too but I personally prefer Intel.

    Many of us can't say the same about Killer. The extra cost. The software. The drivers.
    Reply
  • BurntMyBacon - Monday, May 01, 2017 - link

    @HomeworldFound

    I'm glad you've not had any issues with RealTek. Gives me hope that they'll one day be viable for me. However, every RealTek NIC I've tested (most recently about 7 months ago) shows inconsistent latency, problematic jitter, and most (not all) of the time, a mild to significant throughput deficit relative to the Intel, Atheros/Qualcomm, Broadcom, and Marvel counterparts (I've been testing periodically since the Athlon thunderbird days).

    Killer, on the other hand, does well with latency and jitter, and well enough with throughput (not the case early on). They are about the same as Intel in most metrics with Intel having a measurable advantage in throughput and CPU usage, but Killer having a measurable, but not perceivable advantage in latency. I have seen some driver issues out of killer in the past, but that seems to have improved more recently. Their biggest issues seem to stem from the included software. My suggestion is to install the driver and nothing else. I'm not sure that their Killer NICs are any more expensive than Intel NICs, given their inclusion on several reasonably priced boards, so I'll leave the cost issue alone.
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  • npz - Monday, May 01, 2017 - link

    Though performance is importance, the issue I'm concerned about is reliability. I've actually had some recent issues with Realtek on two different machines that used the same rtl8111 nic and it required getting drivers straight from their site as the mobo OEM drivers and the WHQL drivers were both bad/outdated. Killer is hit and miss, but then again, it may be just the included software. But can you do full control/configuration without it? Also all tests seem to show no benefit and worse DPC latency than Intel:
    http://www.pcgamer.com/motherboards-with-killer-ne...
    granted, its an older model now (E2200) but DPC latency was a sustained order of magnitude difference. And given that this is mostly low level driver interrupt optimization rather than hardware feature dependent, I'm not sure how much it has improved since then.
    Reply
  • hahmed330 - Sunday, April 30, 2017 - link

    "15.6" IPS panel with 1920×1080 resolution" WHAT!!! This isn't 2015 at least give one an option of 1440p 120Hz for a 2999 dollar laptop. Reply
  • Dug - Monday, May 01, 2017 - link

    Why?
    You don't have a video card that can keep up and 1920x1080 on 15" provides plenty of pixel density.
    Reply
  • Tams80 - Thursday, May 04, 2017 - link

    So you don't have to deal with issues relating to downscaling when gaming on a GAMING laptop.

    I wish this "It's [insert year] so it should be [insert high resolution]" would stop. We have only just got to 1080p60 being regularly possible on many devices, and the returns of higher resolution greatly diminish.
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