Acer Predator Triton 300 – Review
There’s no stopping Acer gaming side Predator in being the benchmark for the other gaming laptops to either beat or copy.
The newest Triton 300 has been quite a hit on the market so far. But how does it perform in our gregarious test? Quite well actually. But of course, there are some quirks that could be improved for the future.
At 2.5kg, it is quite a chunky boi of a laptop but considering what it packs within the hardware inside. The look and feel of the laptop itself is the Predator’s usual sleek finish but when holding it, it feels quite fragile when touch and believe me, it’s not.
Opening it up and you’re greeted with a very modest keyboard design as only the WASD, Arrow keys and the all-important Predator key (more on this later) being the ones with a distinct blue light beneath them.
Its ports are quite substantial. With two USB 3.1 Type-A ports and even one Type C port on the left and one USB 2.0 port on the right, it already has better designs than what the Nitro series even have, though the power port is still on the right as well which is a bit bothersome when putting in say an external hard disk around there.
Its screen is perhaps it’s solid points, A Full HD 1920 x 1080 screen with a 144Hz refresh rate, making it quite useful in the line of competitive esports if so desired. Battery life is also quite mendable as it has risen to 8 Hours Unplugged, a far cry from its original battery life in the original Predator laptops three years prior.
Software & Game Performance
It does include a Predator sense app where you can configure the CPU Fan speed and GPU performance and temperature. It does include a dedicated Overclock button (if you are crazy enough) and of course, the all-important keyboard color changer for those times where you need a rainbow keyboard setting. All of it accessible within touch of the Predator button on the keypad side, which is a neat touch.
Before we go on about games, here are the laptop’s spec of the review unit:
- CPU Intel Core i5-9300H
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650
- RAM: 8GB
- Storage: 512GB SSD
And boy, can it run them on the high/ultra range. The GTX 1650 is quite recent (if you count April 2019 as recent), so it’s 4GBs of VRAM is quite beefy, that running Forza Horizon 4 on 60FPS is quite easy.
Most of the benchmark games have quite easily reached 60fps and above on the game’s VERY HIGH recommendation. Games like Destiny 2, Assetto Corsa Competizione and even open world titles like Sleeping Dogs can make the Predator running them smoothly.
In terms of cooling wise, the 3D AERO BLADE fans and vents do their job quite better than, say, the Nitro with the middle of the laptop not getting quite heated thanks to its placement of the fans on the middle. And a 512 GB Solid State Drive does help in booting games rather quickly quite constantly.
Being that the Predator Triton 300 is the few newest edition in the lineup for 2019, it’s quite surprising that the price for this review unit is at MYR 4799 for the 8GB Ram version, quite a cheaper option than it’s rivals and more certain it’s sister brand, the Nitro, in terms of power and perhaps usability.
Its other 4GB RAM with an Intel i5-9300 (4 Cores) edition is a bit cheaper at around RM 3699 and I reckon this can be a choice of upcoming esports stars with the power that both editions can hold.
I firmly believe that the likes of Asus and HP will have a hard time with the Predator Triton 300 around. It’s all-rounder design with a good combo of Intel and Nvidia GTX might be the one that finally takes Acer in front for 2020. Like the Mercedes F1 team, they have improved on being better than ever.