The Predator Triton 500 is Acer’s flagship gaming laptop that comes with alluring design and amazing features. Acer Predator Triton 500 has a crucial role in the story-line of Acer’s ascent. With this model, Acer has tried to compete with Razer Blade 15 with an attention to a sleek design with minimum performance compromise. Before jumping on the review, let’s take a look at the specifications of Acer Predator Triton 500.
Acer Predator Triton 500 Specifications
|CPU||Intel Core i7 8th Generation|
|RAM||32 GB DDR4 SDRAM|
|Display||15 inches Full HD LED|
|Storage||512 GB SSD|
|Graphics||NVidia GeForce RTX 2080|
The base version of this model comes for $1,699, and the top model costs $2,600. Nobody is going to consider $2,600 as an affordable amount but is still cheaper than Razer Blade 15 that has the same hardware and features. Other competitors like Alienware m15 R2 are still behind in the race of RTX 2080 Super Graphics and CPU performance.
Everything looks perfect with Predator Triton 500, but does it come out on top? Let’s find out in the detailed review of the model.
Acer Predator Triton 500 Design
Predator Triton 500 imitates the design of Razer Blade 15. It has a stylish and subtle design. The chassis is designed out of aluminum that provides a premium look. The extremely thin display bezels enhance the appearance of the laptop.
The laptop is 0.7 inches thick and weighs around 2.14 kg (4.72lbs) which is nearly similar to the Apple MacBook Pro 16. The laptop lacks a Numpad that provides plenty of space for the keyboard. The keys are designed with translucent plastic to improve the teal backlighting. Additionally, Acer’s Predator Sense software allows you to adjust the pattern, color, and brightness of the keypad at your will.
My only gripe is the position of the power button. It is located on the keyboard where people usually reach for the delete key. Due to the location of the power button, many people have unintentionally put the laptop to sleep.
With the competitors going for a 4k or 1440p display, Acer still chooses to offer a 1080p display with a very high 300Hz refresh rate. This might seem silly to some of you, but I personally support this decision. A higher refresh rate allows the gamers to appreciate the advantages of RTX 2080 Super over a broad scope of the content. However, gamers who play strategy games might feel left out because they won’t get a preferable sharp 4K image to smoother the gameplay.
Still, the display of Predator Triton 500 offers an excellent image quality that is nearly similar to the Alienware M15 R2 and the non-OLED model of Razor Blade 15. But the brightness is slightly dimmer than the competitor that reduces the enjoyment in direct sunlight. I would not say that the display is impeccable in the same category but the combination of 1080p and 300Hz refresh rate is something that many gamers will appreciate.
Predator Triton 500 packs a potent 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 8th Generation processor with 32 GB RAM. You can run Twitch streams, YouTube videos, and watch your favorite shows on Netflix without a glitch or lag. The laptop scored 21,290 in the overall performance test by Geekbench 4.1 that is better than Razor Blade, and stealth that scored 20,437 and 20,843, respectively. On running the Excel productivity test, Triton matched 65,000 names within 45 seconds, hardly missing the 42 seconds average of Razor Blade.
On running the File Transfer test, Triton 500 reached a savage transfer rate of 1696.4 MBps. It surpasses the GS75 Stealth and Blade 15. All thanks to the dual 512 GB NVMe PCle SSDs that can copy 4.97 GB of data within a few seconds.
Triton 500 has dual speakers positioned on the front lip of the laptop. Incorporated with Acer TrueHarmony software and Waves MaxxAudio, the speakers are capable of filling a large room with loud audio. However, the sound quality felt a bit distorted and flat while playing music. While playing games, the gaming FPS setting puts more spotlights on audio effects that provide more realistic gunfire and explosions. However, the background music sounded far off.
Usually gaming laptops are not known for their battery life, and Triton 500 carries the same image. During the battery test, the laptop gave a backup of 3 hours and 7 minutes, which is slightly lesser than the premium gaming laptop average of 3 hours and 20 minutes. Triton 500 outlasted 2 hours 34 minutes runtime of Stealth but is nowhere around the 5 hours 12 minutes runtime of Razor Blade.
With a price of $2,600, you can get home an elegant gaming laptop with alluring features, graphics, and overall power. There are pros and cons to every laptop. The definition of a perfect laptop doesn’t exist. You can even purchase Razer Blade 15 in $2,649, which is not as powerful as the Predator Triton 500, but offers a better display and unmatchable battery life. However, if you are in search of a potent gaming laptop with elegant design, powerful hardware, and impeccable graphics processor, close your eyes and seal the deal with Acer Predator Triton 500.