Something bonkers will always appear at CES and this year is no exception. The Acer Predator Triton 900 is a convertible gaming laptop with a 4K, 17-inch screen that flips, extends or reclines. It also has the latest NVIDIA RTX 20-series graphics and it’s totally insane.
Acer also announced the much more reasonable Predator Triton 500, a slim 15.6-inch laptop for more…pragmatic owners. Let’s break them down.
“We are pushing the envelope on what a gaming notebook can be with designs that offer more uses while still packing in the computing power,” said Jerry Hou, General Manager, Consumer Notebooks, IT Products Business at Acer.
Acer Predator Triton 900 Convertible Gaming Laptop
The Acer Predator Triton 900 absolutely looks like the kind of laptop a Predator would use. It’s a hulking 17-inch monster with what Acer is calling Ezel Aero Hinge that flips the screen 180 degrees effectively turning the Triton 900 into a tablet.
You get four different usage modes:
- Display mode – for sharing your screen with others during gaming
- Ezel Mode(or tablet mode) – for playing games with the touch screen
- Notebook mode – regular usage mode and typing
- Stand mode – turns into a tablet for gaming or using creator tools
In order to save space, the Triton 900 uses a similar trackpad placement as the Zephyrus S — which is off to the side of the keyboard.
Inside the Triton 900, you can get up to an NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2080 GPU powering a 4K IPS Display with NVIDIA G-Sync. No screen tearing or stuttering here.
Also, a six-core 8th Gen Intel Core i7, 32GB of system ram and NVMe PCIe SSD’s that can be ordered in RAID 0 configuration. I’m surprised that Acer didn’t go for the more powerful Core i9 like Alienware.
A nice touch is that the Triton 900 comes with an Xbox wireless receiver meaning you can use an Xbox controller to play your Windows 10 games.
The sound on the Triton 900 is delivered by Waves Nx technology that promises head tracking for realistic 3D audio.
All this is packed in a chassis that is a mere 23.75mm(0.94 inches)
Acer Predator Triton 500 – For the more pragmatic
Alright then, if you aren’t for the wild convertible design then the Predator Triton 500 is the one for you.
A 19.9mm(0.7 inch) slim all-metal chassis weighing 2.1kg with narrow bezels is the first thing you’ll notice about the Triton 500. Inside of that, you get NVIDIA RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, NVMe PCIe RAID 0 SSDs, and up to 32GB DDR4 memory.
The VR-ready GPU can be easily overclocked but is already powerful enough for the 15.6-inch, 144Hz, 3ms display. Oh, and it’s a G-Sync ready display so, yeah.
Australian pricing and availability hasn’t been released but expect the Predator Triton 900 to start at USD $3,999 while the Triton 500 at USD $1,799 in North America.