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Acer Predator Triton 500: what you need to know

Words by Nathan Irvine

A gift from the gaming gods.

In the packed field that is gaming laptops, hardware giants need to be clever to stand out. With its latest beast of machine, Acer rises up and meets the challenge head on.

The Acer Predator Triton 500 sounds like something that would slot in nicely to the Terminator movie franchise. But all it has in its sights is dominating the gaming laptop world.

Here are five things you need to know about this stunning piece of kit.

It's surprisingly light for a gaming laptop.

It's lean, mean gaming machine

This is one of the thinnest and lightest gaming laptops around making it a breeze to carry about with you. There's no need for a gym membership to lug this gorgeous machine from A to B as it weighs in at just 2.1kg. But with a slimline case, we did wonder whether Acer had sacrificed some of its hi-tech guts to keep the kilos off. It did not...

It's super-fast

From the screen refresh rate of a lightning quick 300Hz to simply how fast games and apps open and close, this Predator Triton 500 is outrageously efficient. Switching between our boring word docs to the virtual world of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was so quick, we could almost squeeze in a multiplayer session between paragraphs.

It's packed with the latest tech

OK, this may seem like an obvious one, but let's consider - again - that the machine is wafer thin. It's built on Nvidia Turing™, which allows for ray-tracing graphic technology. You may have heard that the upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles will have this tech when they launch, but it's already here in the Predator Triton 500.

It's practical

As well as being portable enough to sling in a bag and take it everywhere, the Predator Triton 500 is very nice to use as a daily machine too. Too often a gaming laptop feels cumbersome when it's doing anything other than running games, but not this. We actually enjoyed the comfiness of the keyboard whilst we typed. And we can't say that for most Acer's rivals.

It can be very "extra"

This depends entirely on the user, of course, but there are enough ports on the Acer Predator Triton 500 to hook up not one, not two, but three external monitors. You can also use the laptop's Waves NX 3D Sound option that is able to turn any pair of headphones into an immersive surround-sound experience.

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