Acer has swiftly emerged as a laptop maker that understands the gaming landscape like the back of its hand. With the latest 15.6” Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-73EG/7848 laptop, Acer has brought to passionate gamers around the globe yet another fantastic device. This computer employs an eighth-gen Intel i7 processor and RTX 2080 graphics to deliver compelling gameplay. Not only is this laptop positioned at gamers who want nothing but the smoothest performance, but it also caters to creative professionals/users who crave rich multimedia experiences.
Presently, this laptop is available in multiple models that let you customize the CPU and GPU specs as per your needs: PT515-51-73EG and PT515-51-7848. The starting price is $1999.99 for the former, while the 7848 model will set you back by about $2899.99.
In this detailed review, we examine the latest Acer Predator Triton and figure out how well it lives up to the steep expectations it has set.
Inside the Processing Chamber
Fuelling this laptop is an eighth-gen Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, supported by up to 32GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. That is considerable processing muscle to power most contemporary games satisfactorily.
But perhaps an even greater triumph is the sustainability of operation, achieved by the efficient heat dissipation mechanism (Aeroblade 3D). This is a customized cooling technology that uses thin blades (59 blades of 0.1mm thickness) and serrated fans to enhance the airflow and make cooling more effective while reducing the noise generated during the process.
The result is a resilient machine that can game on for long, uninterrupted hours without groaning half the time.
Delving into the Display
First up: With this Acer gaming laptop, you can enjoy the brilliance of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics (with Max-Q and 8GB of dedicated memory). The latest series of RTX GPUs is based on the Turing architecture and supports real-time ray tracing and graphics enhanced by artificial intelligence.
This translates into tremendous wins for dedicated gamers. You can experience a distinct upswing in the shadows, special effects and shading that are rendered in your game. (Note: The 73EG model offers RTX 2060 graphics with 6GB of dedicated memory.)
Complementing the GPU is a monitor with a refresh rate of 144Hz. An optimal configuration for most modern and popular gaming titles, this ensures you can game on with limited stutter and lags. Plus, since the response time is also swift at only 3ms, you are guaranteed an effortless experience and a distinct edge on the arena.
Another brilliant display feature is the high screen-to-body ratio: 81%. That is quite a lot of real estate to enjoy your content to the fullest, especially when you are playing games that require a high degree of immersion for victory.
The 15.6” screen is also equipped with an IPS panel to let you view the screen from a viewing position of your choice without suffering from image distortion. Note that the screen resolution is 1920 x 1080, which proves to be adequate for content of various formats.
Of course, if you need to plug in an external display for presentations or gaming marathons with your comrades, you can utilize the HDMI port and the mini display port. There is also a USB Type-C port (Thunderbolt) that supports a display plug-in. So, in essence, you can connect to up to four external displays—quite an all-encompassing experience!
It is still rare for powerful gaming machines to be high on portability; the kind of hardware that enormous strength demands is hard to contain in a compact chassis. However, Acer seems to have mastered this difficult task.
This laptop employs an “abyssal” black metal design that lends it a high degree of mobility. It weighs only 2.1kg (or 4.41lbs) and is 0.7” thick which is incredible for this form factor. The cover is beautifully emblazoned (in the quintessential Predator style), and this sets it apart from the crowd.
You can comfortably play in whatever setting you choose, even if it’s outdoor, and rest assured that several eyes are on you!
Bringing On More Pro-Gaming Features
The RGB customized keyboard on this device totally has our heart. It features concave-shaped keycaps (which are see-through) for easy access during gaming.
It also has two special keys for Turbo (overclocking) and PredatorSense (for the utilities application). That is a world of convenience quite literally at your fingertips. The keyboard supports 3-zone backlighting to up the aura of your game.
Let us talk about the internet connectivity—a prerequisite for anyone who enjoys online gaming. Here, the Killer E3000 Ethernet Controller delivers optimized online experiences, so you have an edge on the battlefield. This computer is compatible with IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0.
How about the sound? Acer has infused this device with WAVES NX 3D audio that realizes a 360-degree surround sound system. Using a combination of three different technologies—WAVES MAXXAUDIO, MAXXBASS and MAXXDIALOG—this device brings you improved bass and volume not only during action sequences but also dialog. It is quite absorbing and thoroughly enjoyable whether you are gaming or simply enjoying a favorite film.
Power-packed with efficient performance, a glorious display, and an admirably mobile build, it makes a great choice for gamers who demand muscle on the go.
It neatly incorporates the most innovative gaming technologies like RTX graphics and Killer Ethernet, both of which turn out to be blessings for anyone who appreciates the finer nuances of the game.
Also, the multiple pro-gaming features such as surround sound, a specially designed keyboard with convenient bonus keys, and the ample assortment of USB ports (a total of four) only add to the strength of its overall offering. Definite thumbs up!