Acer’s Predator Triton 500 SE is the best of the best.
About Acer Predator Triton 500 SE
Here are the specifications of the laptop we tested:
- Processor: Intel Core i9-12900H
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
- Random Access Memory: 32 GB DDR5 RAM
- Storage: 1 TB NVMe SSD
- Demonstration: 240Hz 2560 x 1600p 100% DCI-P3 LCD Display
- Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 4, 2 x USB-A 3.2, 1 x HDMI 2.1, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x SD Card Reader 7.0, 1 x Headphones
- wireless connection; Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
- Webcam: 720 p
- Battery: 99 hour lithium-ion cells, 230 W power supply
- Weight: 5.29 pounds £
- Amount: 14.1 x 10.3 x 0.78 inches
- Warranty: 1 year limited warranty
The Predator Triton 500 SE comes in several configurations, with CPU options ranging from Intel Core i7-11700H to Intel Core i9-12900H, GPU options from Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 to 3080 Ti, SSD storage options from 512GB to 2TB, and 16GB or 32GB memory. The cheapest model costs $1,749 and the most expensive model costs $3,499. Our model costs $2,999.
What we love
Its processor is as powerful as a tractor.
It’s no surprise that this flagship laptop is a leader in performance. When it comes to processing power in a laptop, the Triton 500 SE’s Intel Core i9-12900H processor is unmatched. It’s the highest-scoring laptop we’ve tested in benchmarks so far, edging out the MSI Raider GE76’s Intel Core i9-11980HK and the Razer Blade 14’s Ryzen 9 6900HX. For example, on Cinebench, the Triton 500 SE scored 15276, which is 29% faster than the Raider GE76 and 26% faster than the Blade 14. It’s the same as Geekbench 5. The Triton 500 SE is significantly faster for both multi-core and single-core tests.
Astrology results also carry over into the real world. When rendering a 3D car scene in Blender, the processor took just two minutes and 28 seconds. Meanwhile, the Razer Blade 14’s processor was a full minute slower. The Triton 500 SE processor beats high-end desktop CPUs like the MSI Aegis ZS’s AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, which is two minutes 44 seconds to 20 seconds slower.
Such a fast processor is good for CPU-intensive games. Total War: Warhammer III and other strategy games, but it’s also important for professional work that relies on this power. Unoptimized scenes in Unity, tricky sculpts in 3DSMax, raw 8K footage in Premie, and fluid physics simulations in Matlab all become smoother when the processor is as powerful as the Triton 500 SE Intel Core i9 processor.
Incredible game performance
The Triton 500 SE has an RTX 3080 Ti, Nvidia’s flagship mobile graphics card, so it’s no surprise to see the frames flash on the screen. It doesn’t take the crown for the highest benchmark results (this is still the Asus ROG Strix 15 AMD Advantage), but it beats the rest of the competition in terms of real-world performance.
At the highest 1080p graphics settings, Shadow of the Tomb Raider It ran at 116 frames per second (fps). Meanwhile, Cyberpunk 2077 75fps on 1080p Ultra preset and 58fps with ray tracing enabled. A pair of laptops can trade off performance on older games like this. Shadow of the Tomb RaiderBut the Triton 500 SE has better beam tracking performance than the competition.
If you’re more interested in sports, first-person shooters, or other games where high refresh rates are critical, you can use the Triton 500 SE 240Hz display. in OvertimeThe game runs at 157 fps in 1080p ultra graphics Final Fantasy XIVThe game ran in 1080p high graphics at 115fps in a crowded city square.
It looks beautiful and beautiful
While some laptops struggle to find a compromise between a thin chassis and ensuring the components have enough room to breathe, Acer manages to find a balance with the Triton 500 SE. The all-metal chassis’ gunmetal gray finish is sleek and fingerprint-resistant. Its slim profile makes it easy to throw into your bag. The Predator logo is hidden in one corner, so it won’t draw as much attention in a crowded room. Even the speaker grille looks good, with a wave pattern that’s fun to look at.
The trackpad is fantastic. It’s as smooth as a MacBook’s trackpad, and it’s huge. The pace and speed on it feel flawless. A fingerprint scanner is hidden in the upper left corner. Meanwhile, the keyboard includes thin, quiet keys that feel crisp when you move them. It’s nothing spectacular, but there’s nothing disgusting about it either.
A good display for the game
This is a display that prioritizes game performance. The OLED display doesn’t have incredible contrast, but its 520 nits of brightness and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut put it among the best screens we’ve seen on a gaming laptop. (Most gaming laptops struggle with dull screens and muddy colors covering 60 percent of the P3 gamut.)
The 1600p display has a 240Hz refresh rate and is easy on the eyes for long gaming sessions. Games also look beautiful with bright colors and bright whites. While the relatively low contrast isn’t ideal for heavy film or photo editing, the screen is good enough for color-sensing work with soft mock-ups or touch-ups.
What we don’t like
Battery life is average.
We test our battery to simulate the usage of an average workday or class. We set the laptop to 200 nits of brightness (comfortable brightness in a well-lit office) and let the fully charged battery cycle through various popular websites. The Triton 500 SE’s battery life of five hours and 38 minutes isn’t outrageous, but it won’t be impressive when we see gaming laptops last for eight or nine hours soon. At least it’s an improvement over the Predator Triton 300’s two-and-a-half-hour battery life.
The audio is invalid.
The audio on this laptop isn’t the worst sound you’ll ever hear in your life, but it’s disappointing for the laptop’s price. The sound is quiet, even at high volumes, and lacks low quality, giving it a hollow feel. On the plus side, the mids and highs are clear, and vocals are emphasized in the vocals. Gamers should stick with headphones or gaming headsets for better spatial awareness and subtle audio cues, but when you’re bored, the audio is fine for casual movie watching.
Should you buy it?
Yes, the menacing power in such a small body is a treat.
The Predator Triton 500 SE tries to do it all, and delivers on all fronts. The main processor has best-in-class performance, the 1600p display is fast and clear, and the body is thin and relatively light. For $2,999, this laptop delivers everything you’d expect from such a premium product.
However, the audio is incredibly quiet, and the five-and-a-half-hour battery life could be better. Although it doesn’t offer as much power as the Triton 500 SE, there are some good options out there. The Razer Blade 14 is more portable, has eight hours of battery life, and is a couple of hundred dollars cheaper than the Triton 500 SE, but it performs slightly worse.
The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro has most of the performance of the Triton 500 SE, and is a couple thousand dollars less than the $2,999 beast we reviewed. If you can live without ray tracing, the Asus ROG Strix 15 AMD Advantage and MSI Delta 15 are also worth a look.
This isn’t a laptop built with the best performance per dollar in mind – it’s the best performance possible in a small body, and it’s worth it if you’re looking to buy a high-end laptop. The Triton 500 SE doesn’t sacrifice aesthetics or a great laptop experience for raw frames, which means you can enjoy amazing gaming on the go without weighing down your pack with a PC.
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