From its Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics card to its Full HD 144 screen
Hz with a response time of 3 milliseconds passing through its
cooling fans at 6600 rpm, all on the Acer Predator
Triton 500 is fast. It's also incredibly compact for a
15.6-inch laptop. It weighs 2.1 kg and measures only 17.9 mm
thick. It means that it allows you to play high games
performance anytime and anywhere, assuming, however, that
you are not too far from a power outlet. As we could
wait, it's not cheap. Count 1.999 euros in basic price with
a RTX 2060 Max-Q. It is necessary to count on 1.000 euros more for the
configuration with a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q and Intel Core processor
The Predator Triton 500 combines the traditional design of a computer
gaming laptop with a more relaxed approach reminiscent of
that of Razer. The flamboyant blue emblem and its name on the lid and
under the screen inside accentuate the gaming style just as its
vents and its angular edges.
Three-zone RGB keyboard illumination can be customized
with the PredatorSense app, which also provides other tools
to improve the gaming experience. ZQSD keys and keys
arrows, as well as a dedicated PredatorSense key are concave and tinted
in blue to be easier to spot.
The layout of the keyboard is good, the soft touch and the movement
short keys perfect for typing. The touchpad works well but
he lacks mouse buttons.
The 144 Hz 1.920 x 1.080 pixel display has a response time of 3 ms. He has not
shown no blur or ghosting effect perceptible during the game.
colorimetric performance is not necessarily sufficient for
photo or video processing, but it's nice for games, just like
brightness and contrast. There are HDMI 2.0 ports, Mini DisplayPort
and ThunderBolt 3 for external displays and we can use three in
same time with the Triton screen.
Three USB-A 3.0 ports, 1 Gigabit Ethernet, headphone jack
complete the whole thing. All connectors and power input are
on the sides forward because the back third is occupied by all
the vents. It is not very aesthetic once all the cables connected.
In addition, there is no SD card reader.
Powerful but noisy cooling
Who says big power says great heat and a laptop too
thin needs a lot of help for air circulation. Predator
so is equipped with a fan on the central processor and two for the
Graphic card. The PredatorSense application has commands from
fans for those who want to be able to adjust the speed.
The system is rather quiet in normal use. But when he is at
full charge with a game, the fans turn full-time and
become noisy to the point of choking the game's audio. A Turbo button
above the F1 and F2 keys allows you to instantly overclock the GPU,
but also to set the fans to their maximum, which gives
the impression of sitting in front of a desk fan.
And even with all this cooling, the machine gets too hot for
stay on your knees. The upper part is however more
temperate and we never really felt heat on the side
left of the keyboard or the palm rest while playing. Let's add that despite this
heating up, the system remains perfectly stable.
Maybe it's because we mainly tested computers
entry-level gaming laptops, but the experience of new titles
such as Metro Exodus and Shadow of the Tomb Raider with on the settings
ultra Triton blown us away. It reveals all the wonderful
textures, shadows and details of these games. Display performance
fluids only add to the approval, so that there is only
put on a good headphone to block the noise of the fans and
immerse yourself in a game
Perhaps even more important than playing ultra is that
the RTX 2080 also provides room for maneuvering for
come. The same goes for the hex processor and the 32 GB of
memory which also gives the Triton a lot of power for the
video editing and design work while using Chrome with 20
However, all this power does not help the life of the battery.
Indeed, the Triton 500 took only 2h21 minutes to our endurance test. A
part of the problem is that G-Sync does not work again with the
Optimus technology from Nvidia, which means that Triton can not
switch between its integrated graphics chip and GPU.
But in the PredatorSense app, we find an option to prevent
the system to use only the graphics card. This requires a
reboot, but once off, the system will switch between the two GPUs
as required. It helped us extend the life of the
battery for common tasks.
The new Nvidia RTX 20 processors are the biggest advance in
the graphics since 2016 and we will find the RTX 2080 Max-Q in
several gaming laptops this year. The Acer Predator Triton
500 makes good use of this graphics card, complementing it with others
solid components all nestled in a slender frame. Options like
the RGB keyboard, the PredatorSense app and the Turbo button for a
Instant overclocking make the Triton an excellent choice.