Acer manages a few feats of actual engineering genius within the new Predator Triton 700 ($2,999.99 at Amazon.com). It is a slim gaming laptop computer, and whereas equally sized fashions normally high out at a mainstream Nvidia GeForce 1060 graphics card, the Triton has a gamer-friendly, top-of-the-line GeForce 1080. On the planet of PC gaming, that is a fairly vital distinction. The second little bit of design magic is the low-profile mechanical keyboard, which appears to be like and seems like one thing midway between on a regular basis island-style laptop computer keys and the deep, towering keys of standalone mechanical keyboards.
The Triton 700 prices $2,999, which incorporates that Nvidia 1080, an Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, 32GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, together with a 1,920×1,080 non-touch 120Hz IPS show. In Australia, the same mannequin is AU$four,999, whereas within the UK, the one out there mannequin trades all the way down to a Nvidia GeForce 1060 GPU for £1,999. It is a premium laptop computer at a premium value, however one that’s extra transportable and far cooler-looking than most.
There’s all the time an asterisk, nonetheless, and regardless of its many glorious qualities, I might hard-pressed to unreservedly suggest a laptop computer that performs such mystifying video games with certainly one of its most essential parts, the touchpad.
Acer Predator Triton 700
Value as reviewed
15-inch 1,920 x 1,080 show
2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ
32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz
8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 with Max-Q Design
(2) 256GB SSD RAID zero
802.11ac wi-fi, Bluetooth four.zero
Microsoft Home windows 10 Dwelling (64-bit)
Contact and go
Everybody thinks they’ll crack the laptop computer touchpad code, however to date, nobody’s efficiently performed it. Because the Apple PowerBook 500 in 1994, a laptop computer’s touchpad has (virtually) all the time been entrance and heart, beneath the keyboard and near the consumer. Through the years a couple of PC makers have dared experiment with tucking it away above the keyboard or off to the facet. We have already seen two variations of this earlier in 2017, within the Acer Predator 21 X and the MSI GT83VR. Let me be clear: This. By no means. Works.
Laptop computer touchpads are the place they’re as a result of that is typically the most effective place for them. To mess with that basic design is to ask confusion and run counter to years or many years of muscle reminiscence. It is like a Dvorak keyboard. There could also be some motive for utilizing one (over a QWERTY format) that is smart on paper, however in the actual world, the disadvantages outweigh any positive aspects.
The glass touchpad right here definitely appears to be like cool, sitting above the keyboard and built-in right into a clear piece of Gorilla Glass that reveals off among the inner parts (like an ultra-thin Aeroblade fan, which we additionally noticed within the current Acer Helios 300). However it’s onerous to succeed in comfortably, the glass floor has an excessive amount of drag for snug use, and the precise borders of the pad itself do not match up with the glass panel it sits on. You just about should eyeball it to precisely management the cursor. There are some very faint corners etched into the glass, however they’re virtually unattainable to see, and there is nothing to let you know by really feel the place the touchpad truly ends.