The gaming laptops are going to get wild this year? Behold Acer Predator Triton 900, is a massive 17-inch notebook with one of the craziest screens we’ve ever seen.
It can swivel forward and backward to give you something like the flexibility of a standalone monitor. But is a funky screen hinge enough to justify a $3,800 starting price? Probably not.
Acer Predator Triton 900 is a Windows 10 Home laptop with a 17.30-inch display that has a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels.
It is powered by a Core i7 processor and it comes with 16GB of RAM. The Acer Predator Triton 900 packs 1TB of SSD storage.
Graphics are powered by Nvidia GeForce GTX 2080 Max-Q. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, Ethernet and it comes with 4 USB ports (1 x USB 3.0 (Type C), 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type A)), HDMI Port, RJ45 (LAN) ports. Let’s start our Acer Predator Triton 900 review with the specs.
Specifications of Acer Predator Triton 900
- Display: 17.3-inch 4K IPS touchscreen display
- Cpu: Intel Core i7-9750H six-core processor
- Ram: 32GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM
- Storage: 2x 512GB NVMe SSD
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 2080 graphics card
- Webcam: FullHD webcam
- Battery: 72Wh battery
- Weight: 9.04-pound weight
- Dimensions: 16.85 (w) x 11.94 (d) x 0.93 (h) inches
Display on Acer Predator Triton 900
As for what the screen can do on this Acer predator triton 900, you can move back and forth without altering the viewing angle.
And if you need to rotate it, the hinge allows for a 180-degree flip. Is this mostly a gimmick?
Yes. How essential is a moveable screen during gaming? Not very, at least for me, though it comes in handy if you’re dealing with errant glare.
(It’s going to happen with a display this glossy.) The main reason that I don’t find myself adjusting the screen during gameplay is that it’s so darn sharp that even the smallest details pop no matter how far away I have it situated.
A lot of my enjoyment of the moveable display came when I wasn’t gaming.
Its 17.3-inch screen is a huge canvas where having a multi window arrangement running all day long feels pretty comfortable.
I find that a clear picture angled parallel to my eyes helps me concentrate better, and the Acer predator Triton 900 is always at the ready to accommodate in that regard, whether I’m sitting or standing up at work.
That’s not something that a standard clamshell laptop can provide, at least without frequently adjusting my chair, desk, or physically moving myself around.
Surprisingly, the premium on its moveable screen isn’t egregious.
It’ll cost you roughly the same (plus or minus a few hundred dollars, depending on the brand) as any other gaming laptop.
With a six-core 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia GTX 2080 graphics card, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 4K IPS LCD display.
If you were already planning on spending the big bucks on a hulking gaming laptop that’s not very portable
(instead of saving thousands on a DIY desktop build with similar specs), this currently seems to be one of the more interesting choices.
Design, build and looks of Acer Predator Triton 900
The Acer predator Triton 900 takes the typical Predator laptop design and attaches an exoskeleton suit to the back and sides that allows the display to spin and fold, similar to the HP Spectre Folio.
The laptop’s black aluminum hood is home to the steel Predator logo.
Opening it up, I found a forward-facing keyboard with a touchpad on the right-hand side and a pair of top-firing speakers surrounding them.
Just above the keyboard is a glass panel revealing the heating solution and a cutout for the intake fans on the left.
There’s thick-as-hell bezels on the display paired with the aforementioned exoskeleton, which supports the display along the sides.
The display can fold forward, lying against the top end of the keyboard in a presentation mode, which is the optimal way to play games.
You can also fold it flat against the keyboard in tablet mode. It’s quite innovative, especially for creatives who need a bangin’ CPU and GPU.
At 9 pounds and 16.9 x 11.9 x 0.9 inches, the Acer Predator Triton 900 is quite the hefty boy, but it is relatively slim for a monster 17-inch laptop.
inches), Alienware Area-51m (8.5 pounds, 16.1 x 15.9 x 1.1~1.7 inches) and Asus ROG Mothership (10.5 pounds, 16.1 x 12.6 x 1.2 inches) all stack up much thicker than the Triton 900.
Keyboard on Acer Predator Triton 900
Because the cooling fans sit above the keyboard, the trackpad is on the right and doubles as a virtual numeric keypad.
That’s relatively easy to get used to, though I really wish it were backlit.
But because of the trackpad placement, the keyboard is squashed into 80% of the space of a normal keyboard, with concomitantly smaller keys and the weirdest layout I’ve seen in awhile.
It’s not just horrible for touch typing, it’s bad if you have any muscle memory whatsoever or if you use special characters in passwords.
There’s a tiny, misplaced shift key on the right. That may not seem a big deal for gaming, but if you frequently need to type the “@” for email addresses, it is.
Mute is up top, but the volume controls are down below on the arrow keys.
The forward slash sits between the control and alt keys, so if you type a lot of dates or use Linux, that will make you nuts.
The question mark is in the row below the shift key rather than next to it. No matter what finger positions you use for gaming, it’s cramped.
It could be worse thankfully, the backspace, enter and left shift keys are all big and the command center and macro keys are well separated.
But if you’re a programmer, gamer or touch typist, BYOK to retain your sanity. It’s too bad, because the keys themselves generally feel really nice.
It’s got mechanical switches, and you can feel the actuation point despite the small, laptop-level amount of key travel.
And of course, they have per-key RGB. However, I still can’t recommend it for any game that requires speed or precision.
Performance of Acer Predator Triton 900
With an Intel Core i7-9750H processor and 32GB of RAM, the Acer Predator Triton 900 barreled through 40 Google Chrome tabs and five 1080p YouTube videos without breaking a sweat while Shadow of the Tomb Raider was running in the background.
On the Geekbench 4.1 overall performance benchmark, the Acer Predator Triton 900 scored 24,749, which is spitting distance from the premium gaming laptop average (24,793).
The GT75 Titan’s Core i9-8950HK CPU did slightly worse, at 24,569, while the Area-51m’s Core i9-9900K and the ROG Mothership’s Core i9-9980HK did incredibly well, with 32,591 and 34,879, respectively.
The Acer Predator Triton 900 transcoded a 4K video to 1080p in 9 minutes and 55 seconds on our HandBrake benchmark, which is just a little slower than the category average (9:55).
Acer’s dual 512GB SSDs copied 4.97GB of data in just 6 seconds, translating to 848 megabytes per second, which just slides past the 789-MBps premium gaming laptop average and matches the GT75 Titan’s 512GB SSD.
Meanwhile, the Area-51m’s dual 1TB SSDs and the ROG Mothership’s dual 512GB SSDs nailed 1,272 MBps.The GT75 Titan (8:00), Area-51m (6:00) and ROG Mothership (5:50) all completed it much faster.
Speakers on Acer Predator Triton 900
Its speakers are powerful enough to make my glass table vibrate, but they don’t sound great.
They’re fine in a pinch, like for video conference calls, but they lack the punch that would make me want to use them instead of a set of headphones.
Battery life of Acer Predator Triton 900
Even for a 4K gaming laptop boasting this much power, the Triton’s battery life was way below average.
The Acer Predator Triton continuously surfed the web over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness and lasted only 1 hour and 48 minutes, far away from the 3:23 premium gaming laptop average.
The GT75 Titan (2:20) and the Area-51m (2:36) didn’t match the average, but at least they didn’t go below 2 hours.
Meanwhile, the ROG Mothership hit 4:41 (keyboard attached) and 5:09 (keyboard detached).
Ports on Acer Predator Triton 900
Like any good gaming machine, the Acer Predator Triton 900 has ports for days.
On the left side, there’s one USB 3.1 port, a microphone jack, a headphone jack and a USB 2.0 port that folds inward toward the chassis, so it doesn’t stick out.
Meanwhile, the right side has room for an RJ45 Ethernet port, one USB 3.1 port, one USB Type-C DisplayPort, one Thunderbolt 3 port, the power button and a security lock slot.
The back side includes the power jack, an HDMI 2.0 port and a DisplayPort.
If you need more ports than that, take a look at our best USB Type-C hubs page and best laptop docking stations page.
Pros of Acer Predator Triton 900
- Swiveling screen is an impressive feat of engineering
- Powerful hardware
- 4K G-SYNC screen makes gameplay look sharp and smooth
Cons of Acer Predator Triton 900
- High price
- Swiveling screen isn’t that useful
- Cumbersome to move around
If you’ll be adding an external keyboard and parking it on a desktop, the 17-inch Acer Predator Triton 900 makes a great compact gaming or programming PC.
But as a laptop, the keyboard and battery life may be big detractors for some.