Acer Predator Triton 300 Gaming Notebook Review
"A beastly little gaming notebook with a lot of personality."

The Acer Predator Triton 300 is a nifty little gaming notebook. It did not blow me away with its power nor does it deliver any outstanding design features. However, its size and simple design means the notebook can game while being a great work companion too. It is also a great GTX 1650 device even though there’s a lot more on the market which you can consider these days. Who is the Acer Predator Triton 300 for? Well, for someone looking to game, work and use their notebook for everything else. While the gaming performance may often lack the power of a 20-series GPU, the device delivers snappy performance when doing everything else.

Acer Predator Triton 300 Tech Specs

  • CPU: Intel Core-i7 9750H 2.60GHz
  • GPU: Nvidia RTX 1650 4GB
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 (two empty upgrade slots)
  • Storage: WD 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD (1x extra M.2 slot)
  • Display: 15.6-inch 120Hz IPS LCD
  • Battery: Quad-cell 58.75W
  • Ports: LAN, 1x USB C, 3x USB Type-A, MiniDisplay Port, 3.5mm audio jack, HDMI
  • Dimensions: 2.3Kgs /19.99mm thick / 353mm wide x 259mm long

Acer Predator Triton 300 Design

Following in the footsteps of other Predator devices, the Triton 300 has a fantastic design. Its dark colour palette, chamfered trackpad and white-edged keyboard combine to make a pretty attractive gaming notebook. It features an all-metal casing which makes up the top shell and bottom of the device. On the top there’s a Predator logo that lights up, the keyboard is per-zone backlit and divided into 4 separate areas. In addition, the trackpad feels great and unlike other Predator notebooks, it does not have individual keys.

When it comes to ports, on the left-hand side you will find one LAN port, a Mini DisplayPort, an HDMI and two USB Type-A ports. On the right-hand side, there’s the charging port (which could have totally been put at the back), a USB port and 3.5mm audio jack. There’s no SD card slot which could be a problem for some users who rely on it for content creation. The keyboard includes some useful keys which users may enjoy. While there are no function keys, the device does have a turbo button which automatically overclocks the CPU and GPU. There’s also a Predator key that launches the Predator Sense software. Acer has also designed the WASD keys and a few others a little differently. They feature a transparent shell on the edges allowing them to emit more light. It is a cool design choice.

Keys feel okay. They are large and easy to get used to, The trackpad is big and great to work around. The bigger space also means gestures are easier to pull off too. The RGB is a little limited due to it being per-zone lit. It is 2020 and surely per-key would not have cost an arm and a leg. Back to the Turbo button, it is great once you get the hang of how it works. You see, pressing it once turns on the fans to max (I actually got a fright) while pressing it again does nothing. This means you can max out the fans but you cannot turn them off without going into the app to disable it. Makes no sense to me. I don’t know if Acer will fix this issue in an update but the turbo button was scary on this model.

Acer Predator Triton 300 Performance

The Acer Predator Triton 300 packs a GTX 1650 GPU in it which is not going to send you to the moon. However, it is enough power to get some decent gaming in. Benchmarks showed some good results across the board with 50-60FPS being the target for some modern games running on normal to high settings.

GameNormalMediumMax Setting
Far Cry 565FPS60FPS56FPS
Rise of the Tomb Raider80FPS60FPS40FPS
Shadow of the Tomb Raider70FPS59FPS55FPS
GTA V65FPS50FPS43FPS

As you can see from above, the notebook holds up pretty well for general gaming. While it is no RTX series GPU, its price point delivers great performance regardless. This means you can run most modern games at 40FPS on maxed-out settings.

The Acer Predator Triton 300 handles it heat quite well too. This is thanks to the AERO Blade which is one of the best cooling systems on the market. During heavy use, the GPU frequency hit 1553MHz at 79°C. The CPU was a little warmer at 3.30GHz at 85°C. Thankfully, the Acer Predator Triton 300 has some great cooling and masters its turbo mode accordingly. With the cooler boost setting enabled and the fans on max, the temperatures dropped 10-12°C while boosting the CPU and GPU clock speeds. However, this does come at the cost of noise. The max fan speed is very loud. You will have to put on some headphones.

Acer Predator Triton 300

The Acer Predator Triton 300 includes a Killer E2500 Ethernet Controller and Killer AX1650 Wi-Fi 6 module. This means the network is fast and if you have the hardware for it even faster. Wi-Fi 6 is a real treat to have on most notebooks because it promises a stable network experience with faster speeds and more channel support.

Verdict

The Acer Predator Triton 300 is a fantastic entry-level gaming notebook. It is built with portability in mind while at the same time it is able to accommodate some heavy gaming sessions. Sure, you’re getting 1080p and 40-60FPS on specific games but at the end of the day, the notebook is stylish, snappy and got a lot of personality.

Acer Predator Triton 300 Gaming Notebook Review

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