When it involves bonkers gaming laptops, you may all the time depend on Acer to go that further mile and create one thing that’s totally bananas. For so long as I’ve been writing about tech (and gaming laptops particularly), this Taiwanese large has been liable for nearly each shock and baffling little bit of innovation I’ve encountered over time, and their newest Predator Triton 900 laptop computer isn’t any exception.
Originating from the identical household tree as Acer’s ill-fated Aspire R7 from late 2013, the Predator Triton 900 serves no logical objective. On paper, it feels like your typical high-end gaming laptop computer: an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics chip in its newly-announced power environment friendly Max-Q design, a 17.3in IPS show with a 4K decision and Nvidia G-Sync help, an eighth Gen Intel Coffee Lake Core i7 CPU and as much as 32GB of RAM. That’s all fairly normal.
In the flesh, nonetheless, the Triton 900 is something however. It’s an enormous great point, weighing a palpable 3.4kg that makes Acer’s ‘Summon Your Strength’ slogan (see under) really feel comically straight-faced whenever you try to choose it up, and it’s made even bulkier by the 2 supporting arms that hug both facet of its rotating display. That’s proper. Give the display somewhat shove, and it’ll flip nearly a full 180 levels on its so-called ‘Ezel Aero Hinge’ (Ezel being the identical identify given to Acer’s aforementioned R7 laptop computer that I actually fairly favored again within the day regardless of its splendidly silly design).
It’s a ridiculous piece of know-how and but, similar to the R7, I really form of dig it. Never in 1,000,000 years will I flip its display spherical to indicate different individuals what I’m taking a look at or tuck the keyboard away so I can use it as a tiny, makeshift TV together with its flip-out Xbox wi-fi receiver (a glorified USB port in apply). Nope, nuh uh, nadda. But it’s good to have the choice.
I’ll additionally by no means fold its 4K touchscreen down flat and use it like a ginormous pill or cowl up its windowed warmth pipe by bringing the display ahead barely when utilizing it like a standard laptop computer. But scorching rattling if I don’t admire the heck out of Acer for together with it anyway. Sure, it’s no Predator 21 X, which had a mad curved ultrawide display show and twin GTX 1080s inside it, but it surely’s fairly darn shut.
It’s “daringly designed”, as one Acer consultant advised me after I noticed it in particular person earlier at present, however I form of find it irresistible for that. After numerous skinny and light-weight gaming laptops and even larger numbers of large chunkers at this 12 months’s CES, the Triton 900 is splendidly refreshing. After all, it’s nonetheless bought all of the high-end gaming credentials you’d count on, together with a mechanical keyboard, per-key RGB lighting, and varied overclocking choices along with all of the elements listed above, and it even comes with a fairly first rate bunch of ports.
Its clean touchpad additionally doubles as a quantity pad, which was surprisingly responsive in apply after I tried it out for myself. Similarly, its Predator Sense software program offers you umpteen totally different choices to get one of the best efficiency out of your Triton 900 with out having to faff round with its varied BIOS settings, which is all the time a plus in my books.
Its 4K IPS show definitely appeared the a part of a high-end laptop computer, too, its shiny end serving to to intensify colors regardless of catching each reflection within the room. I’ll have to attend and see the way it holds up beneath my calibrator after I get one in for testing (and you’ll wager I’ll do my absolute darndest to get one in, too), however first impressions are definitely fairly promising.
Admittedly, the one factor that actually put me off the Triton 900 was the keyboard. Despite Acer’s claims that it’s a correct mechanical affair with all of the clicks and clacks you would probably need, it may have finished with a bit extra journey in my view, in addition to a bit extra tactile suggestions.
Ultimately, it may have been any previous laptop computer keyboard so far as I used to be involved, and I infinitely most well-liked the keys on Acer’s different new laptop computer for CES 2019, the Triton 500 (a full arms on overview of which shall be up within the subsequent day or so). Still, it could be churlish to dismiss the Triton 900 on these grounds alone with out additional testing, and I sit up for placing it via its correct paces very quickly.
Such heady brilliance doesn’t come low-cost, nonetheless, as Acer have mentioned the Triton 900 will value round €4199 when it launches someday this February / March time, placing it nicely out of attain of all however probably the most foolhardy of laptop computer patrons. In all honesty, I’m probably not positive why the Predator Triton 900 exists, however I’m glad it does however. It’s a foolish factor that possibly three individuals will purchase and sure immediately remorse, however at the least it’s a bit totally different from all the opposite gaming laptops you should purchase in the meanwhile, and that, my pals, is one thing price celebrating.
For extra information and arms on previews from this 12 months’s CES, try our CES 2019 tag.