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Acer Unveils New Gaming Laptops Predator Triton 700, Predator Helios 300: Specs, Price, And Release Date

28 April 2017, 7:51 am EDT By Vincent Lanaria Tech Times
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UPDATE: Acer will use Nvidia's Max-Q design to fit a GTX 1080 in the Predator Triton 700.

Acer took the wraps off the Predator Triton 700 and Predator Helios 300 at its annual Next@Acer Global Press Conference or GPC on April 27 in New York.

Considering the specs and design of these two gaming laptops, they seem to be out to dominate the competition, taking on the likes of the Razer Blade and whatnot.

Predator Triton 700: Specs, Price, And Release Date

If anything, the 0.74-inch thin Triton 700 seems to be Acer's answer to the 0.7-inch Razer Blade — both are some of the thinnest gaming laptops out there that pack a punch.

Under the hood, it has a seventh-gen Kaby Lake CPU and an Nvidia GTX 10-series GPU. Unfortunately, Acer has yet to get into the specifics, but with the info at hand, anyone can tell it's going to be a beast of a laptop.

It also supports up to 32 GB worth of DDR4 RAM and two PCIe SSDs, and it's equipped with a LED-lit mechanical keyboard that's customizable via the company's PredatorSense software.

As for the ports, it has two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, one HDMI, one DisplayPort, and one Ethernet.

While everything appears great so far, it falls behind in terms of display, though, offering only a 15.6-inch 1080p screen. Still, that's far from a deal breaker.

Interestingly enough, it strays from traditional laptops, as its Gorilla Glass-covered trackpad switched positions with the keyboard layout. This is arguably a good move because it's pretty rare to find serious gamers who even use it instead of a mouse.

"Building on the highly acclaimed Predator 21 X curved gaming notebook, Acer is proud to announce the new Predator Triton 700, an incredibly thin yet powerful gaming notebook," Jerry Hou, general manager of consumer notebooks and IT products at Acer, said.

The Triton 700 is expected to hit the shelves in August with a starting price of $2,999.

Predator Helios 300: Specs, Price, And Release Date

Right off the bat, the Helios 300 is available in two flavors: 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch variants with FHD IPS displays.

It's powered by either a seventh-gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ or Core i5-7300HQ that's paired with a GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050Ti and up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM. When it comes to storage, Acer crammed a 1 TB HDD in there along with an unspecified SSD.

With a setup like that, it can run not only graphically demanding games but also VR experiences.

It should also be mentioned that it has a compartment at the bottom to give users easy access when upgrading it.

Regarding ports, it's fitted with one USB 3.1 Type-C, one USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, one HDMI 2.0, and one Ethernet.

As for pricing and availability, the 15.6-inch Helios 300 will have a $1,299 price point, while the 17.3-inch version will start at $1,399. Both are slated to hit the shelves sometime in July.

What do you think of the new Predator gaming laptops unveiled at GPC 2017? Feel free to drop by our comments section below and let us know.

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