The Acer Predator Triton 300 review. With waves of GPU upgrades and Intel processor refreshes keeping things interesting, gaming laptop competition has never been fiercer.
In a bid to pick up gamers not quite willing to spend thousands of dollars on their rig, the Acer Predator Triton 300 keeps the thin-and-light credentials of the series (this one is just 2.3kg).
And ties together a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1650 GPU.
There’s 16GB of DDR4 memory which is upgradeable, and a 15.6-inch HD IPS display with a 144Hz refresh rate. Yes, there are more powerful machines out there, but the spec sheet sounds suitably gamer-friendly just don’t expect ray-tracing.
It’ll support up to two 1TB SSDs in RAID 0, and there’s WiFi 6 alongside a mandatory ethernet port if you’re playing online.
Acer Predator Triton 300 Specs:
- CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H
- RAM: 8GB DDR4
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 6GB GDDR5
- Storage: 512GB NVMe SSD
- Display: 15.6″ FHD (1920 X 1080) 144Hz IPS display
- Keyboard: Desktop-style 4-Zone RGB
- Dimensions: 363.4 x 259.1 x 22.9 mm (W x D x H)
- Weight: 2.5 kg
Build, looks and Feel of Acer Predator Triton 300
The Acer Predator Triton 300 looks virtually identical to the Triton 500. It’s a thin, portable gaming laptop in the same blue colour scheme.
Once again, you won’t find the over-the-top gamer aesthetic here as it opts for a more subtle design. On the lid, you have a dark aluminum body with the Predator logo, which can glow blue, right at the center.
It’s a bit of a fingerprint magnet but it’s not too bad.
Lift the hood up and you’ll be greeted with a 15.6-inch Full HD 144Hz IPS display, a 4-Zone RGB chiclet keyboard, and your usual trackpad below the keyboard.
Above the F3 is a Turbo button, so you can instantly increase your fan speeds whenever you need it.
On the left side, you have a Kensington Lock, an RJ45 LAN port, a mini DisplayPort, an HDMI port, a USB-C port, and two USB-A ports (one supporting USB charging even when powered off).
On the right side, you have a combo audio jack, a USB-A port, a couple of LED indicators, the proprietary charging port, and an air vent
There’s nothing much on the bottom here aside from some rubber stands, stickers, extra air vents, and speaker holes.
On the back of the laptop, you’ll see a long grill here. This is for the purpose of air ventilation. Just put your hand on the back here and you can feel the wind being pushed out of the machine.
Overall, I do like the design of the Acer Predator Triton 300 gaming laptop. It has a solid build quality, not overly susceptible to fingerprints, is rather thin, and doesn’t get too in-your-face with the gamer aesthetics.
While I do feel like the keyboard spacing could be further optimized, it might come at the expense of comfort so I’m okay with this.
Performance of Acer Predator Triton 300
Though not available on the Acer online store, the acer predator Triton 300 is listed on Flipkart for Rs 79,990.
For that money, you get the laptop with an Intel 9th Gen Core i7 CPU with 8GB of RAM.
Storage is handled by a 256GB solid-state drive working alongside a 1TB hard drive. Complementing the CPU is an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card with 4GB of dedicated video RAM.
Now the GTX 1650 is, as we all know, the base model in Nvidia’s 2019 line-up of laptop GPUs. Our review unit, on the other hand, came equipped with the same Intel 9th Gen Core i7 and GTX 1650 chips but a more generous 16GB of RAM.
Storage was taken care of by a WD 512GB PCIe NVMe solid-state drive with no hard drive to accompany it. This variant of the Acer predator Triton 300 is expected to make it to online stores like Flipkart soon.
Opening up the base panel revealed a fairly tidy arrangement of components with enough room for expansion.
The CFL Auris motherboard on the review unit had a total of two DDR4 SDRAM slots, one of which was eaten up by the Kingston 16GB chip.
The motherboard also had two M.2 slots for storage, one of which was occupied by the Western Digital SN720 512GB chip.
While the motherboard had space for a 2.5-inch hard drive, there was no caddy fitted on our review unit.
This meant that if we wanted to expand storage, we’d have been forced to get another M.2 solid-state drive. To the right of the M.2 slots was a Killer 1650X Wi-Fi 6 card.
Our review unit with a 512GB M.2 SSD lacked a hard drive caddy.
The empty RAM slot is a good idea You can throw in up to two M.2 SSDs and a 2.5-inch hard drive
The review unit performed quite well on our synthetic benchmark tests.
On PCMark 8’s Conventional Creative test the acer predator Triton 300 scored 4001 points, which is well ahead of what was scored by the FX505DY and FX705DT from Asus’ 2019 AMD Ryzen-powered TUF Gaming line-up.
On 3DMark’s Fire Strike and SkyDiver the Acer predator Triton 300 picked up 8163 and 24350 points, respectively. Again, both scores are well above those picked up by the FX505DY and FX705DT. For reference, you can find reviews of the 15-inch FX505DY and the 17-inch FX705DT review.
Everyday performance of the Acer Predator Triton 300 was more than up to the mark.
I was able to run multiple instances of common applications such as Word, Excel, Chrome, File Explorer, and WhatsApp for PC across multiple virtual desktops with noticeable ease.
Even with background game downloads happening on Steam or Origin, I didn’t notice any distinguishable drop in performance.
On one occasion, I was able to export 100 image files on Adobe Lightroom Classic CC in about 5 minutes.
In summary, the Acer predator Triton 300 offers great performance for everyday tasks, including heavy browsing, heavy file transfers, and online photo editing.
BATTERY life on Acer predator Triton 300
The Triton 300 comes with a quad-cell 58.75Wh non-removable lithium-ion battery, which is frankly not too dependable if you travel a lot. On our standard battery benchmark test, the review unit managed a middling 2 hours, 22 minutes.
The FX505DY and FX705DT, by contrast, managed 3 hours, 30 minutes and 4 hours, 45 minutes, on the same test with the exact same parameters, respectively. Sadly, the review unit performed no better on our everyday test runs.
With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, the laptop lost battery charge from 100 to 19 per cent in 2 hours, 32 minutes. During this time, the laptop was tasked with intense browsing and background music playback.
When I brought the screen brightness down from 75 per cent to 55, things improved quite a bit. In summary, don’t expect over four hours of continuous battery life from the Triton 300.
Audio on Acer Predator 300
The Acer predator Triton 300’s audio setup is powered by Waves MaxxAudio, which means there’s a bundled app of the same name to control the equaliser and surround sound settings.
The in-app sound settings include ‘Revive’ and ‘Reduce Noise’, which work pretty well. In addition, there’s a sound technology that works only when the headphones are plugged in.
Called Waves Nx, the technology uses the laptop’s webcam to track the movements of your head so it can make the sound “follow” you virtually, thus giving you the feeling there are fixed speakers on the laptop.
I must say that this feature works quite well even if it requires the webcam to be running at all times.
The ports on Acer Predator Triton 300
The Triton 300 comes with plenty of ports to get you hooked up to accessories easily.
On the left side of its body, we see a LAN port (with a spring-loaded flap), a Mini DisplayPort, a full-size HDMI port, USB-C 3.1, and a couple of USB-A 3.1 ports (one of which can juice up smartphones even during sleep). Oh, and there’s a Kensington Lock Slot for added security.
On the right side, we see a proprietary round-pin power port, a USB-A 2.0 port, and a single 3.5mm audio jack for headsets. The inclusion of an SD Card slot would’ve made life easier for users who frequently edit photos and videos.
The RGB keyboard on triton 300
Letting the keyboard down are the hardness of the keys and the badly programmed dedicated Turbo button. Let me explain the keys have ample travel but are a little resistant to keypresses.
Acer could have made the setup a tad softer, in my opinion. The Turbo button, on the other hand, is a different sort of problem.
Pressing it once makes the two internal fans spool up to max speed but pressing it a second time does absolutely nothing.
In other words, it can only enable the Turbo fan profile but not disable it. Despite these flaws, it’s a pretty good keyboard for work and play alike. What’s more, it looks fantastic when the ambient light is dimmed.
Acer Predator Triton 300 Pros:
- Good build quality
- Slim and light
- Excellent display especially for gaming (144Hz, 3ms. etc.)
- Decent battery life
- Has both HDMI and mDP ports
- Speedy 512GB NVMe SSD
- Good software suite
- Doubles as an emergency power bank
Acer Predator Triton 300 Cons:
- GTX 1650 for the price is hard to justify
- High CPU running temp / thermal throttling when gaming
- Battery life could’ve been better
- Combo audio jack
- Wrist can feel a little awkward when using keyboard for long hours
At first we thought the idea of an ‘entry-level gaming laptop‘ sounded like a contradiction, but with a sensible price and strong spec, plus those gaming extras like Ethernet and 144Hz screen refresh.
The Asus predator Triton 300 should hold lots of appeal for those passionate about gaming but without endless supplies of cash.
This laptop will be a great buy for those looking for a gaming laptop on a budget.