Published On: Wed, Nov 15th, 2017

Acer Predator Triton 700 review: A stunning gaming laptop with a terrible touchpad

Laptops like the Acer Predator Titan 700 flat-out didn’t exist mere months ago. They couldn’t.

Powerful gaming notebooks always demanded sacrifice, in the form of the back strain you’d suffer lugging the behemoths around. But Nvidia’s energy-saving Max-Q technology allowed Acer to imbue the Predator Triton 700 ($3,000 on Amazon) with powerful GTX 1080-class graphics in a slim, trim 5.27-pound package that measures just 0.74-inch thick. The beast is downright svelte for a gaming rig with that sort of firepower.

Clad in an aluminum chassis with glittering RGB keys, the Triton 700 makes one hell of a first impression—and it only gets better once you actually start gaming. This is one of the most impressive gaming laptops ever.

But the touchpad. Why the hell did Acer do this with the touchpad?

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Yes, that glass strip below the display is the Triton 700’s touchpad.

Predator Triton 700 prices, specs, and features

To be fair, the transparent trackpad set over the keyboard looks stunning, providing a faintly illuminated glimpse of the potent hardware lurking within. Let’s talk about that hardware first.

  • CPU: Core i7-7700HQ
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
  • RAM: 32GB DDR4/2400
  • Display: 15.6-inch, 120Hz 1920×1080 IPS with G-Sync
  • Storage: 2x 256GB LiteOn NVMe SSDs in RAID 0; 512GB total storage
  • Weight: 5.27 pounds., 2.04-pound power supply
  • Dimensions: 15.5 x 10.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Ports: HDMI, DisplayPort, USB 2.0, 3x USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, mic jack, headphone jack
  • Webcam: 720p
  • Price: $3,000 on Amazon

The Acer Predator Triton 700 joins the Asus ROG Zephyrus ($2,699 on Amazon) in the GTX 1080 Max-Q’s vanguard. We’ve covered Nvidia’s technology in-depth in both a standalone Max-Q article as well as the ROG Zephyrus review, and won’t retread the same ground here.

In a nutshell, Max-Q uses careful hardware and software tuning to reduce the GTX 1080’s TDP from 150 watts all the way down to roughly 100W, which allows it to fit into far slimmer laptops than before, like the Triton 700. The process requires the Max-Q GPUs to run at much lower clocks than a standard GeForce GTX 1080, which does result in slightly lower frame rates. You won’t notice it with the way the laptop’s configured, though.

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Nvidia’s Max-Q and G-Sync deliver a solid gaming combo in the Predator Triton 700.

Acer equipped the Predator Triton 700 with a crisp, clear 1920×1080 IPS display running at a blazing-fast 120Hz to take advantage of the GTX 1080’s fearsome firepower. The screen looks great, with wide viewing angles and a solid 311 nits’ brightness, but most importantly it includes Nvidia’s G-Sync technology. G-Sync synchronizes the refresh rate of your system’s GPU and display, which results in buttery-smooth gameplay free of ugly tearing or stuttering. Between the GTX 1080 Max-Q and the G-Sync display, gaming is an utter joy on the Acer Predator Triton 700. Gunning through Destiny 2 at extremely high frame rates never got old—at least with a mouse.

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