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Acer Predator Triton 500 SE Review – Flagship laptop gaming performance in a subtle style

Acer Predator Triton 500 SE Review – Flagship laptop gaming performance in a subtle style

Acer Predator Triton 500 SE Review – Flagship laptop gaming performance in a subtle style

Acer Predator Triton 500 SE Review Rating

Summary

The Acer Predator Triton 500 SE is a subtly designed high spec laptop that will work well for gamers or creators. Performance is superb, and pricing is competitive against competing brands.

Pros

  • Premium spec with high-end performance for a reasonable price
  • Unique display spec with 16:10 aspect ratio
  • 2x1TB NVMe in RAID 0 for ultra-fast storage 

Cons

  • Runs hot and loud while gaming (like most high end laptops)
  • No 2.5GbE or Wi-Fi 6E
  • So bloatware

This year Acer has launched two special edition laptops with slightly different form factors than the generic 15.6″ and 17″ they typically use.

The Acer Predator Triton 300 SE was their first foray into the smaller format 14-inch gaming laptop niche, a category that doesn’t have much competition, and I loved it.

The Triton 500 SE goes the other direction, upping the display to 16-inches which I think is the only laptop on the market to use this size.

The model I have been sent is the maxed-out i9-11900H with RTX 3080, so it sits at the top of the range for Acer this year.

These two new special editions clean up the design offering something a little less in-your-face than some gaming laptops with a more subdued professional design.

Specification

  • Display:
    • 2560 x 1600 resolution (WQXGA)
    • 1600 nits brightness maximum
  • CPU: Intel Core i9 11900H
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q
  • Storage: 2TB Internal SSD (2X1 TB NVME SSDs)
  • Ports: 2x USB-A 3.2 gen2, 2x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1, SD card reader
  • Connectivity: WiFi 6 (Killer AX1650i) with Bluetooth 5.2, Killer E3100G Gigabit Ethernet LAN
  • Dimensions: 359 mm (w) x 262(d) x 19.9 mm (h)
  • Battery: 99 Wh, 230 W power adapter
  • Weigh: 2.5kg
  • Price: Around £3k

Design & Display

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While the Triton 300 SE adopted a smaller than normal size for Acer, the 500 SE uses an unusual 16-inch mini-LED display which has a 16:10 aspect ratio running at 2560 X 1600 with a 240Hz refresh rate.

Most laptops opt for a higher refresh rate 1920×1080 or a lower refresh rate but higher resolution 3840×2160. It is only the £3.5k MSI GS66 Stealth 15″ that has a similar display with 2560×1440 and 240Hz. As someone that reads/writes a lot on a laptop, I find the increased 1600px vertical resolution a little more preferable than 1440px, though, admittedly, not much difference.

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