As Acer expands its Predator gaming lineup for the second half of 2017 the company continues to focus on thermal technology to push the limits of gaming hardware. Acer’s new AeroBlade 3D fans and a new Corning Gorilla Glass touchpad design were introduced to enable the new Predator Triton ultrathin gaming notebook series and the more affordable Predator Helios notebooks.
Predator Triton 700: Thinner is Better
The first of what Acer plans to be a series of “Predator Triton” ultrathin gaming notebooks, the Predator Triton 700 packs a standard-voltage 7th Generation Intel Core processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-series graphics in an aluminum chassis at just 18.9 mm (0.74 inch) in height, thanks to dual AeroBlade 3D metal fans that increase airflow by 35% yet take up less space within the device.
The aluminum chassis of the Predator Triton 700 weighs in at 5.7 pounds and houses a 15.6-inch FHD IPS display with Nvidia G-SYNC support for connecting to an external monitor. As the first of the new ultrathin Predator Triton gaming notebook series, its simplified black chassis design is less “loud” than most of the heavily stylized gaming notebooks on the market. A large Corning Gorilla Glass plate above the keyboard serves two functions: it’s both a decorative window into the notebook’s cooling system, showcasing the AeroBlade 3D Fan and five heat pipes, and the glass surface also functions as a touchpad.
We confess that we have our doubts about using this touchpad as the only way to control a cursor or control your character in a game, but most of the gamers who might purchase the Predator Triton 700 will use an external gaming mouse.
Perhaps the most interesting part of Acer’s announcement of the Predator Triton 700 is what Acer says about performance. Acer claims the 3DMark performance benchmarks for the new Triton 700 not only surpass the benchmark results of other ultra-thin gaming notebooks, but they claim the Triton 700 even performs better than many thicker gaming notebooks that have more internal room for better cooling and high-performance components (see below). We’ll have to see how the Triton 700 performs once we get it into our lab for more detailed testing.
Rounding out the notebook’s powerful features are Killer DoubleShot Pro networking and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, which provides speeds up to 40 Gbps and supports dual 4K video output. The Predator Triton 700 also includes two USB 3.0 ports (featuring power-off USB charging), one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI 2.0 port, one DisplayPort connector and a Gigabit Ethernet port for those preferring a hard-wired connection. Networking is powered by Killer DoubleShot Pro technology, which picks the fastest network connection (Ethernet or Wireless) and sends all high priority traffic over that interface, while standard traffic is sent over the other.
The Predator Triton 700 gaming notebook will be available in North America in August starting at $2,999. Exact specifications and prices for the various configurations will vary by region.
Predator Helios 300: Traditional Gaming Notebooks for Everyone
The new Predator Helios 300 gaming notebook line will be available with 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch FHD IPS displays, its matte black chassis incorporates more stylized red accents compared to the more “serious” design of the Triton 700. Shipping with Windows 10, the Predator Helios 300 offers high-end gaming features and technologies at mid-range price points.
At the heart of the Predator Helios 300 is an overclockable Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050Ti GPU combined with a 7th Gen Intel Core i7 (7700HQ) or i5 processor (7300HQ) for outstanding performance. All of this processing power is supported with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory (upgradable to 32GB), a speedy SATA SSD and a 1TB HDD. In addition, access compartment doors on the bottom of the notebooks makes it easy for owners to upgrade memory and storage components.
The Predator Helios 300 also includes a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a USB 3.0 port (featuring power-off USB charging), two USB 2.0 ports, and an HDMI 2.0 connection. It connects wirelessly through fast 2×2 802.11ac technology, and also includes a Gigabit Ethernet port for those preferring a hard-wired connection.
The Predator Helios 300 gaming notebooks with a 15.6-inch display will be available in North America in July starting at $1,299. The Predator Helios 300 gaming notebooks with a 17.3-inch display will be available in North America in July starting at $1,399.
We’ll have a closer look and full reviews of the Acer Predator Triton 700 and Predator Helios 300 as soon as review units are available.