Acer Predator Triton 300 Review:It is a capable mid-ranger with a GTX 1650 GPU.

Acer appears to be catching up to the competition in terms of web presence and product portfolio strength. In December, the well-known Taiwanese PC maker unveiled its ConceptD line of laptops for creators, which included the ConceptD 7 Pro, ConceptD 7, and ConceptD 5.

ConceptD is a new Acer sub-brand that focuses on products built specifically for professional artists and designers. The latest ConceptD 7 Ezel Convertible series, shown at CES 2020, is powered by an Intel 10th Gen Core series CPU with Nvidia Quadro RTX graphics. More information is available here.

In retrospect, December 2019 was a pivotal month for Acer in India. It not only marked the launch of the ConceptD series in the country, but it also marked the launch of the Acer online shop, providing customers the option of purchasing things directly from an official Acer portal rather than having to choose between models listed on Flipkart and Amazon.

The new online store, store.acer.com, is already filled with discounts on popular laptops such as the Nitro 5 and Aspire 3. Surprisingly, and somewhat concerningly, no evidence of the Predator Triton 300 can be found on it. But first, let’s take a closer look at Acer’s most recent gaming laptop.

Performance

Despite not being available through the Acer online shop, the Triton 300 is available on Flipkart for Rs 79,990.

You get a laptop with an Intel 9th Generation Core i7 CPU and 8GB of RAM for that price. To manage storage, a 256GB solid-state drive collaborates with a 1TB hard disc. The CPU is supplemented by an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card with 4GB of dedicated video RAM.

The GTX 1650 is, as we all know, the entry-level model in Nvidia’s 2019 laptop GPU portfolio. Our review computer, on the other hand, has the same Intel 9th Gen Core i7 and GTX 1650 CPUs as well as a greater 16GB of RAM. Storage was provided via a WD 512GB PCIe NVMe solid-state drive, with no hard disc.

This Triton 300 variant is expected to be available soon on online shops like Flipkart.

When the base panel was opened, a fairly nice arrangement of components with lots of room for expansion was revealed. The CFL Auris motherboard in the review unit features two DDR4 SDRAM slots, one of which is filled by the Kingston 16GB chip.

The motherboard also had two M.2 storage slots, one of which was occupied by a Western Digital SN720 512GB chip. While the motherboard supported a 2.5-inch hard drive, our test device lacked a caddy. This meant that if we needed more capacity, we’d have to purchase another M.2 solid-state drive. To the right of the M.2 slots was a Killer 1650X Wi-Fi 6 card.

The review unit scored brilliantly in our simulated benchmark testing. The Triton 300 scored 4001 points in PCMark 8’s Conventional Creative test, much outperforming Asus’ 2019 AMD Ryzen-powered TUF Gaming lineup’s FX505DY and FX705DT.

In 3DMark’s Fire Strike and Sky Diver tests, the Triton 300 received 8163 and 24350 points, respectively. These results are, once again, much greater than those achieved by the FX505DY and FX705DT. Our reviews of the 15-inch FX505DY and 17-inch FX705DT can be found here and here, respectively.

The Triton 300’s daily performance was more than enough. I was able to run several instances of common applications such as Word, Excel, Chrome, File Explorer, and WhatsApp for PC across many virtual desktops with relative ease.

Even with games downloading in the background on Steam or Origin, I didn’t notice any noticeable slowdown. I was able to export 100 image files in about 5 minutes using Adobe Lightroom Classic CC on one occasion. In summary, the Triton 300 performs admirably for common chores such as surfing, file transfers, and online picture editing.

Gaming

It was a pleasure to play on the Triton 300. In terms of frame rates, the review unit outscored the FX505DY and FX705DT. To test frame rates, I played a few games on the laptop’s native Full HD screen resolution, first on Medium and subsequently on High graphics settings (i.e., one notch above Medium).

V-Sync was turned off in all titles. On Medium, Doom ran nicely, with an average frame rate of 103 frames per second, but slowed to 95 on High. Battlefield V managed 68 frames per second on Medium before dipping to 57 on High. Apex Legends averaged 93 frames per second on Medium and 85 frames per second on High.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s internal testing feature revealed an average frame rate of 55 frames per second on Medium settings and a substantially lower 51 frames per second on High settings. The most graphically demanding game on our list, Hellblade:

Senua’s Sacrifice, managed 69 frames per second on Medium but plummeted to 54 on High. Finally, Crysis 3 averaged 96 frames per second on Medium before decreasing to 73 on High. On the Triton 300, all of these games worked well. Because V-Sync was off, some games, most notably Battlefield V, displayed substantial screen tearing.

The Triton 300 operated wonderfully at 14 degrees Celsius ambient temperature. The WASD keys averaged 36.2 degrees Celsius with high CPU and GPU activity in the inside, while the heat vents on the sides averaged 42 degrees Celsius.

The Triton 300 was certainly audible in the office, with both fans spinning at full speed, but not as loud as the thinner Asus Zephyrus G GA502.

Overall, gaming on the Triton 300 is a fun experience. On one occasion, I played Metro Exodus at Ultra (the highest graphics level possible, except Extreme) and experienced passable frame rates (between 40 and 60 frames per second).

Having said that, I don’t understand why Acer hasn’t increased their Triton 300 selection to offer GPU options other than the entry-level GTX 1650. The Lenovo Legion Y540 would have benefited with a Triton 300 driven by an RTX 2060. Click here to read our review of the laptop.

Battery

The Triton 300 is powered by a non-removable quad-cell 58.75Wh lithium-ion battery, which is not particularly reliable if you travel regularly. On our standard battery benchmark test, the review gadget scored a poor 2 hours and 22 minutes.

The FX505DY and FX705DT completed the same test with identical settings in 3 hours, 30 minutes and 4 hours, 45 minutes, respectively.

Unfortunately, the review gadget performed poorly in our regular testing sessions. With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, the laptop’s battery charge decreased from 100% to 19% after 2 hours, 32 minutes.

The laptop was doing a lot of browsing and listening to music in the background throughout this time. Things improved dramatically once I adjusted the screen brightness from 75% to 55%. To summarise, the Triton 300 will not last more than four hours on a single charge.

Input/output, audio, and display (IO)

The Triton 300 has a 15.6-inch ‘ComfyView’ LED-backlit IPS LCD display with Full HD resolution and 144Hz refresh rate.

Colors on the panel appear washed out (especially when the screen brightness is set to maximum), but not to the extent that it interferes with video playback. On the positive side (forgive the pun), the screen brightness is sufficient for most indoor and outdoor environments.

Furthermore, the matte coating on top of the display ensures that overhead illumination (for example, in conference rooms) does not interfere with work. It’s a fantastic panel for both work and play.

Two down-firing speakers are located on the Triton 300’s bottom panel. They provide a somewhat tinny sound while listening to music for extended periods of time, but they should sufficient for watching a short video clip on YouTube.

They have considerable stereo separation but lack loudness. So, if you want to show a new game trailer to your friends in, say, an empty classroom, you may need to utilise an extra Bluetooth speaker. If you intend to do a lot of gaming, you should definitely invest in a good pair of headphones.

The Triton 300’s audio system is powered by Waves MaxxAudio, which means there is included software of the same name to control the equaliser and surround sound settings. Among the in-app sound choices are ‘Revive’ and ‘Reduce Noise,’ both of which function admirably.

Furthermore, there is sound technology that only works when headphones are plugged in. Waves Nx is a technology that uses the laptop’s camera to detect your head movements so that the music may “follow” you digitally, giving the impression that the laptop has fixed speakers.

Despite the fact that it requires the webcam to be turned on at all times, I must agree that this function works rather effectively.

The Triton 300 comes with a slew of connections for connecting to accessories. On the left side of its body, there is a LAN port (with a spring-loaded flap), a Mini DisplayPort, a full-size HDMI connector, USB-C 3.1, and a few USB-A 3.1 connectors (one of which can juice up smartphones even during sleep). There is also a Kensington Lock Slot for further security.

On the right side, there is a proprietary round-pin power port, a USB-A 2.0 port, and a single 3.5mm audio jack for headsets. The addition of an SD Card slot would have made life easier for folks who edit photos and videos on a regular basis.

The Triton 300 is equipped with a Killer E2500 Ethernet Controller and a Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi 6 module, both of which use Killer’s DoubleShot Pro technology, which allows the user to switch between Ethernet and Wi-Fi for specific online operations.

For example, the user may keep the faster Ethernet line for video streaming while using the slower Wi-Fi connection for game downloads. The laptop includes a camera on top of the display but no fingerprint scanner for speedier log-ins.

Touchpad and Keyboard

The keyboard of the Triton 300 is a mixed bag, with some outstanding and some irritating characteristics. The large, clearly indicated keys with many brightness options are enticing.

On the right side, there’s a numpad with dedicated Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys. There’s also a dedicated shortcut button for activating the integrated PredatorSense app.

This application now allows the user to set a custom speed for each fans individually, manage GPU overclocking, and alter the lighting profiles on the keyboard’s four-zone RGB illumination. WASD and arrow keys, for example, enable more light to get through for quicker recognition when gaming.

The roughness of the keys and the poorly designed dedicated Turbo button let the keyboard down. Let me explain: the keys have ample of travel but are a touch stiff when pushed. In my view, Acer might have made the setup a bit friendlier.

The Turbo button, on the other hand, poses a new set of issues. Pressing it once allows the two internal fans to spool up to full speed, but pressing it twice has no impact. In other words, it can only enable but not disable the Turbo fan profile. Despite these shortcomings, it’s a superb keyboard for both business and leisure. It also looks amazing when the ambient light is dimmed.

The Triton 300 includes a wide precision touchpad that is excellent for pointing, tapping, scrolling, and dragging with several fingers. Because Windows 10 identifies it as a precision unit, no third-party driver or programme is necessary to take use of the touchpad’s gesture control.

Unlike the unit in Asus’ TUF Gaming models, this one displays no sign of extraneous play when a finger is placed on the surface. The two click buttons beneath the touchpad surface are similarly simple to operate. Overall, it’s a good input device for times you don’t want to use your typical gaming mouse.

Construct and Design

The Triton 300 features an all-metal design with a sleek blue-black finish that defines the laptop in its own calm, serene way. The basic design of the laptop is modest, although not as subtle as that of the Lenovo Legion Y540.

The brilliantly lit Predator insignia on the top cover, as well as the sharp cuts on the rear heat vents, are dead giveaways that this is a gaming computer. The laptop’s distinctiveness is further highlighted by the clipped corners of the top cover and base panel.

While the laptop has a fair degree of grip, it is not nice to the user’s arm muscles. The Triton 300 is a huge block to carry around, weighing 2.5 kilogrammes.

Opening the Triton 300’s lid needs only one hand, yet it reveals how bendy the little panel is. When the keys are pushed strongly, the keyboard displays a commensurate degree of flex. The 15.6-inch matte-finish screen is flanked by very significant bezels all around.

The camera and a dual-array microphone are situated in the top bezel. Despite the lack of a fingerprint sensor, the keyboard island manages to seem magnificent thanks to the four-zone RGB lighting on the keyboard and the sleek chrome finish encircling the touchpad.

Despite some noticeable flex in some of its panels, the Triton 300 is one of the better-built mid-range gaming laptops

Verdict

The Acer Predator Triton 300 is without a doubt one of the strongest GTX 1650-powered gaming laptops we’ve seen since last year, particularly in terms of CPU and GPU performance, but it’s not without issues. Its screen might need some more colour, its speakers could need a lot more volume, and its 2.5-kilogram frame could use some slimming down.

Fortunately, if you simply worry about stable performance from its well-stacked internals, you can overlook all of its flaws. The GTX 1650 graphics card inside combines perfectly with the Intel 9th Gen Core i7 CPU to deliver a pleasant gaming experience on most popular AAA titles, as long as you’re not insistent on pushing the video settings slider to Ultra, let alone VR.

The Acer Predator Triton 300 trumps the two Asus TUF Gaming models we saw last year—the FX505DY and FX705DT—in terms of raw data. So, why do I have misgivings about recommending the Acer above the two Asus models?

It has anything to do with the fact that the configuration of this review unit differs from the market versions. The Triton 300 sold on Flipkart and the local Acer Mall (at the time of writing this article) has half the RAM and dual-disk storage as the review device, so I’m not sure how effectively it will compete with the TUF Gaming series, or even a GTX 1650-powered Legion Lenovo Y540.

If you want the Acer Predator Triton 300 with the same characteristics as our review model, you’ll have to wait till it hits the market. It is anticipated to be on sale soon. Unfortunately, Acer has not published the precise pricing of this item.

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