Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

The Acer Predator Triton 900 morphs gaming laptops into something new

The Acer Predator Triton 900 morphs gaming laptops into something new

It offers four different ways to use the laptop.

The first day of CES 2019 seems very much focused on gaming notebooks and components, with Nvidia showcasing new graphics cards and the likes of Samsung and Asus revealing fresh hardware.

"8th Gen Intel Core H-series processors are designed as a complete platform that combines industry leading notebook computing performance and technologies that are increasingly critical for premium gaming and content creation", said Chris Walker, Vice President of Client Computing at Intel.

Acer's new Predator Triton gaming laptops come in two configurations each, with the 900 to be released in March with price tags starting at $3,999 (€4,199) and the 500 in February priced at $1,799 (€1,999).

The Predator Triton 900 is a gaming notebook in an inventive form factor with innovative new design features.

You can bring it forward, fold it back or flip it, bringing ultimate flexibility to gamers that want to, say, sit back and use an Xbox controller or who want to bring the display upward to ease neck strain while gaming on the move. It easily converts the laptop into a tablet or a 17-inch computer and display mode. The trackpad is placed to the side of the keyboard, instead of beneath it, for more natural hand placement, and it appears it can also be used as a number pad. This will power the laptop's 17-inch 4K IPS display which also boasts Nvidia's G-Sync tech. It is also powered by up to Intel's 8th generation Core i7 processor paired with up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU. There is audio by Waves with Waves Maxx audio system. Although it's barely one inch thick, the Predator Triton 900 looks a chunky piece of notebook hardware but its construction looks impressive. We were able to snag some hands-on time with the more traditional-looking laptop of the two, the Triton 500. And with up to 8-hours of battery life, users can play their favorite titles on the road or with friends away from home. Additionally, it comes with support for VR-ready games. Instead of a 4K panel, the 15.6-inch screen is 1080p with a 144Hz refresh rate.

Last, but not the least, both the Predator Nitron 900 and the Triton 500 come with support for the PredatorSense app to control the laptops via smartphones.

And here's an interesting value-add: Later this year, Acer will publish a PredatorSense Mobile app that allows remote control of some of the laptop's functions: overclocking, fan speed, lighting profiles and audio.

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