Acer Predator Triton 500 SE: A gaming laptop that's safe for work
PCWorld|November 2021
The 16:10, 1440p, 165 Hz display is great for more than just gaming.
JARED NEWMAN

The Acer Predator Triton 500 SE is a gaming laptop that doesn’t just want to be a gaming laptop. Instead, it falls into a burgeoning category of more work-friendly gaming rigs, joining the likes of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 (fave.co/30JaT2m), Gigabyte Aero 17 (fave.co/3b1dczr), and Dell XPS 17 9710 (fave.co/3vxLp3o) in toning down its wild side. There are no racing stripes or flashy LED patterns here, and the 2560x1600 resolution screen has a taller 16:10 aspect ratio to help with regular old office work.

Yet the Acer Predator Triton 500 SE is ready to party when needed, with an Intel Core i7-11800H CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q GPU, and a 165Hz refresh rate display for super-smooth gaming (and, to be honest, web browsing). While some games don’t play nice with a 16:10 aspect ratio, and the display could be more vibrant, overall this is a solid value for a laptop that’s equally comfortable at work or play.

TECH SPECS

Our Acer Predator Triton 500 SE review unit costs $1,750 and includes the following tech specs:

Processor: Intel Core i7-11800H

Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q with 6 GB GDDR6 VRAM

Display: 16-inch, 2560x1600 resolution IPS display, 165 Hz refresh rate, 500 nits brightness

Memory: 16GB DDR4 RAM (3200 MHz)

Storage: 512GB PCIe Gen4x4 SSD

Wireless: Wi-Fi 6

Camera: 720p webcam

Ports: Left side: Gigabit ethernet, USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, USB-C (with Thunderbolt 4), headphone jack; right side: SD card reader, USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, USB-C (with Thunderbolt 4), HDMI 2.1

Weight: 5.29 pounds (power brick weighs 1.9 pounds)

Dimensions: 14.11x10.33x0.78 inches In the United States, Best Buy is the exclusive retailer for the Predator Triton 500 SE. A $2,000 variant (fave.co/3aSZn6n) includes Geforce RTX 3070 graphics and 1TB of storage, while a $2,700 model (fave.co/3aX0baq) offers GeForce RTX 3080 graphics, 1TB of storage, and 32GB of RAM.

The other specs and ports hold firm regardless of configuration, but keep in mind that the storage is expandable via an empty M.2 SSD slot. The only catch is that it sits underneath the mainboard after you’ve opened the laptop with hex screws, so it’s not an easy upgrade.

DESIGN AND DISPLAY

At least from afar, the Predator Triton 500 SE’s silver aluminum finish and boxy enclosure does not scream “gaming laptop,” but it can’t resist its share of flourishes. Acer’s Predator logo graces the lid and the bezel beneath the display, while a Turbo button sits in the middle of the laptop’s trapezoidal speaker grille, revving up its three internal cooling fans when pressed. Meanwhile, exhaust vents line the laptop’s entire back edge, helping those fans exchange air.

It’s also just a hefty laptop overall, weighing 5.29 pounds and measuring 0.78 inches thick. Still, the narrow display bezels and 16:10 aspect ratio make the Predator Triton 500 SE seem more compact than its 16-inch screen size suggests. The width of the display is almost roughly the same as a standard 15.6-inch widescreen laptop; the extra screen real estate is nearly all vertical.

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