Acer Predator had a blast announcing multiple units of gaming laptops alongside a new gaming prebuilt desktop and they are expected to arrive soon.
Let’s talk about the king in the room first which is the Predator Triton 17 X. A new lord to take over the best machine in town, it can be packed with up to an Intel Core i9-13900HX plus NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 on top of 64GB of DDR5-6400 RAM plus 4TB of PCIe SSD in RAID 0. Everything is fully taken advantage of by the 17-inch WQXGA Mini-LED display with 250Hz refresh rate, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, 1M:1 contrast ratio, and NVIDIA Advanced Optimus + G-SYNC.
Under the hood is Acer’s Vortex Flow technology that deploys a tri-fan cooling setup including a pair of custom-made 5th Gen AeroBlade 3D fans with wind-guiding structure in addition to dedicated heat pipes conducting the CPU and GPU directly. Strategically placed intake and exhaust vents also enhance airflow while the liquid metal thermal grease aids in heat sipping as well.
You can also find the per-key RGB keyboard, glass touchpad, fingerprint reader, and DTS:X surround sound system powered by 6 speakers to round up the package together with things like Thunderbolt 4, SD 7.0 card reader, Intel Killer Ethernet and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity.
The Triton family of products also has a new boi in the form of the Triton 14 for a much smaller form factor that packs slightly less powerful yet still adequate computing parts such as the up to Intel Core i7-13700H and either the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 or 4050 Laptop GPU. RAM options top out at 32GB LPDDR5 by the way.
The screen is also a wonderful one at 14-inch with 250Hz refresh rate lighted by Mini-LED with DisplayHDR 600 certification and 100% DCI-P3 coverage.
The Acer Vortex Flow cooling system is also given to it albeit at a much smaller scale because there isn’t as much heat in the Triton 14. Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i ensures a good wireless connection while the MicroSD card slot makes the creator’s lives a bit easier in the long run.
Acer Predator is also adding a new “sub-class” model in the Helios lineup which is the Helios Neo 16 that comes with a 13th Gen Intel Core HX CPU (presumably Core i7) to go with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU at most with the power budget given at 140W. Users can configure it up to 32GB of DDR5-4800 RAM and 2TB of PCIe SSD in RAID 0.
Screen-wise, one can choose between a WQXGA (2560×1600) IPS 165Hz 3ms variant or WUXGA (1920×1200) 165Hz with 100% sRGB color gamut but both of them support NVIDIA Advanced Optimus and G-SYNC regardless.
For cooling, a simple metal AeroBlade fan liquid metal thermal grease gives more thermal headroom for the CPU without being too complex.
Lastly, the “edgy” next-level Helios 3D 15 SpatialLabs Edition that makes every game pop via 3D effects now has an Intel Core i9-13900HX + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU + 32GB DDR5-5600 RAM combo to render all the different frames required to make a supported title more immersive than ever.
You can find a range of ports including 2x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 2X Thunderbolt 4, and a MicroSD card reader for hooking up external devices while the Intel Killer E2500 Ethernet and Killer Wi-Fi AX1675i keeps the Internet connectivity smooth and fast.
Desktop gamers can look forward to the Orion X coming in a small ITX form factor that keeps the space clean and compact but the specifications aren’t joking because the best set comes with an Intel Core i9-13900KS and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 GPU – in this size.
The internals has also been segregated cleanly with labels on the back side indicating which panel or place to start in the case of a user wanting to perform maintenance or swap some parts out of the rig. Overall, it is definitely an interesting design but it is still unknown on the cooling performance and whether will it run into thermal throttling or not.
Pricing and Availability
All Acer Predator products announced in this post have their pricing and launching period listed below:
- Triton 17 X – From USD4,799, Launching in May
- Triton 14 – From USD1,499, Launching in May
- Helios Neo 16 – From USD1,199, Launching in May
- Helios 3D 15 SpatialLabs Edition – From USD3,499, Launching in June
- Orion X – From USD2,999.99 – Launching in September