Acer’s Predator Triton 500 is a gaming laptop we’d actually want to carry around. Sure, we may look hungrily at a monster gaming laptop that’s nearly as fast as a desktop gaming PC. But if you have to take it with you, the era of thin, light and powerful gaming laptops is a godsend.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best gaming laptops. Go there for information on competing laptops and how we tested them, and up-to-date buying advice. 

Acer Predator Triton 500 Core i7-8750H GeForce RTX 2060 Adam Patrick Murray

The Acer Predator Triton 500 features an 8th gen Core i7-8750H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, along with 16GB of dual-channel RAM and a 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD.

Acer Predator Triton 500 Specs

The Predator Triton 500 is one of the first gaming laptops we’ve tested with Nvidia’s RTX mobile chip. Even though its CPU is “merely” 8th-gen when 9th-gen CPUs have recently become available, that GPU matters a lot more when it comes to gaming. Here are the details: 

  • CPU: Intel 8th-gen Core i7-8750H
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4/2666 in dual-channel mode
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060
  • Display: 15.6-inch, 144Hz, 1920×1080 screen
  • Storage: 512GB NVMe SSD
  • Dimensions: 14 x 10 x 0.75 inches (without the feet)
  • Weight: 4.75 pounds, 5.9 pounds with AC adapter 

The Predator Triton 500’s size and weight put it in the thin-and-light gaming category. Granted, it’s almost 12 ounces ounces heavier than, say, the original MSI GS65 Stealth we reviewed. However, MSI has since beefed up the original with newer components, and the latest version (which we’re still reviewing) weighs about 4.4 pounds.

Ports

The Predator Triton 500’s port selection is good. The right side features two USB-A ports, a miniDisplayPort, and a Thunderbolt 3 port. The miniDisplayPort is plumbed directly to the GeForce RTX 2060, so even though the Predator Triton 500’s panel doesn’t support G-sync, you can run an external G-sync panel.

Acer Predator Triton 500 Core i7-8750H GeForce RTX 2060 Adam Patrick Murray

You get two USB-A ports, a miniDisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 on the right side of the Predator Triton 500.

The right side of the Predator gives you a full-size HDMI port, analog mic and headset jack, a third USB-A port, a dedicated charging port, plus ethernet with support for 2.5 Gigabit using a Killer E3000 controller.

Acer Predator Triton 500 Core i7-8750H GeForce RTX 2060 Adam Patrick Murray

The back of the Predator Triton 500 is heavily vented and features beautiful anodized-blue cooling fins.

Keyboard and trackpad

The Triton 500’s keyboard makes no major gaffes, and we like that Acer went with full-size cursor keys rather than the compressed keys you find on some laptops. The trackpad is fairly smooth, although with a slight drag to its surface. To its credit, however, it’s correctly sized and properly centered on the Y key. We’ve sometimes seen trackpads shifted an inch to the right, which caries the risk of placing more of your palm on the trackpad.

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The only real stickler for some is that the keyboard has three-zone lighting rather than per-key lighting. For the price Acer wants for this laptop, the competition gives you per-key lighting.





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