- Extremely Thin and Light
- Fantastic Performance
- Beefy Specification
- One Solid Build Quality
- Tinny Speakers
- No SD Card Slot
After a god awful-almost-a-year-later, we finally get to review a Predator device and you wouldn’t believe me how excited I am because this time around last year, the Triton 500 caught my attention for so many reasons and I am sure, the question I am sure you all would ask is: Is it still worth getting right now in 2020? Read more about what we think about this laptop in our review.
Design and Build
The Acer Predator Triton 500 has a relatively stealthy design going on overall – so much so that they call the Triton 500 that we are reviewing – Abysmal Black. What makes the Triton 500 stand out from the crowd is how simple and neat it looks. Not only it has the gamer accent – which is the trademark Predator Blue all over the place but also has a very edgy and business look to it with the all black finish. It’s nice to see a gaming laptop that isn’t in your face for once and the design language of Predator Triton 500 is up there as my favorite designs of all time.
In terms of build quality, we are looking at a solid metal build and shows that Acer did not cheap out on materials and went all in. While have a shockingly thin profile, it weighs in at 2.1kg to be specific. There isn’t much of a screen wobble going on and the whole keyboard area has very little to almost no flex which shows the build isn’t flawed at all. On the back and the side, we have so much vents for the air intake and air outlet for better thermal solution which is smart as well. The display can go all the way up to an 180 degree – weird flex, but okay.
Specification and Performance
Under the hood, the Acer Predator Triton 500 packs the following specification:
- Intel Core i7, 9th Generation Processor 9750H
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM (Overclockable)
- 16GB DDR4 RAM
- 256GB x 2 PCIe NVMe SSD in RAID 0 Configuration
We benchmarked the laptop with Geekbench and PC Mark. As for the storage, we opted in for CrystalDisk Mark to see how much Sequential Read and Write it can give.
With such power, the capability of this particular laptop is almost endless. That said we did throw few games to see how it handles – Overwatch, RE: 2 and Sekiro. Overwatch which isn’t much of a demanding game ran really well with no struggles at Ultra settings and with an average frame rate of 112fps which is more than great. Games like RE: 2 and Sekiro had a frame rate in the range of 87-99 fps – which is very impressive on a thin and light.
To make things a little easier on the thermal perspective, Acer has upgraded their 4th Gen AeroBlade 3D technology with new ultra thin blade with better noise reduction. That said, when you tap that Turbo button, you can really hear the fans kicking in and to my surprise, it isn’t as loud as I thought it would be. The temperatures are well maintained and it hovers around 67-73 degrees under heavy load and as soon as the fan Turbo kicks in, the temperature drop is pretty significant with 5-7 degree drop and hovers in the range of 60-68 degrees. Very impressive.
Other than that, the laptop does not have shortages for any ports – on the left side, we have Dedicated Microphone and Headphone jack, followed by a HDMI port, a Full Size USB 3.1, Ethernet Port and a Barrel DC IN charging port. On the other side, the laptop has the battery indicator and charging LEDs followed by a Thunderbolt port, DisplayPort and another two Full Size USB as well. Sadly, there isn’t a single SD Card slot to be seen on the laptop.
As for the display, the Triton 500 comes with a Full HD IPS Panel with a support for 144Hz but take note, it doesn’t have support for G-SYNC but rather uses the Adaptive Sync which is the current trend in display. It offers an 81.% Screen-to-body ratio with a tiny camera up top and a humongous Predator branding on the chin of the display. That said, the display has an anti-glare coating to give it a really nice viewing angle especially on the move as you will be able to use it under bright light with no issues.
Other than that, gaming on this display is decent and pretty good to be honest. With wide viewing angles, playing games like Overwatch and even other titles like Evil Within 2, DMC: 5 was just pure bliss. As for productivity and other entertainment consumption – the screen is impressive as well. Watching shows on Netflix is good and editing work on Lightroom offers a decent accuracy.
Keyboard, Trackpad and Speakers
The keyboard on the Triton 500 is a chiclet style keyboard but has a nice feel to it. With previous gaming laptops we have tested, which tends to have a much more mushy feel to it while typing, the Predator Triton 500 keyboard is very decent and typing on a long run on this keyboard isnt tiring at all. On top of that, it comes with a 3 Zone RGB Backlight and a custom WASD keycaps compared to the rest of the other keys (except for the PredatorSense and the Arrow keys of course).
The Trackpad on the other hand is small but accurate thanks to the Windows Precision drivers and with all the support for gestures, it makes the trackpad nice to use. There isnt a dedicated Left and Right button but its combined with the trackpad instead, which is still fine.
The speakers on the Triton 500 isnt the strongest suit as it does sound a little tinny at maximum volume and the sound staging is off as well. Possibly the only weak spot for the Triton 500. I’d suggest you bring a portable speaker or a headphones to enjoy shows on the move or even music for that matter.
The Acer Predator Triton 500 showed so much capabilities and it just made me want more of this laptop. Sure its going to be almost a year old but truth is – its rocking a solid specification under the hood which is still relevant in 2020. That said, if I have to choose one laptop for the rest of my life, this would be it. In fact, I’d gladly ditch my existing laptop for this without thinking twice – that’s how serious I am about this product.
Did I tell you the Triton 500 can give the Zephyrus a run for it’s money? Acer, for the love of god – keep this track record going on. I love it. ROG, watch out for the Predator. 😊