If you’re looking for a slim and light desktop replacement, the Acer Predator Triton 700 will fill the role admirably. I say desktop replacement because despite the Triton 700’s svelte dimensions and light weight, its poor battery life means that it has no business straying far from a power outlet.
Nevertheless, this machine is an absolute performance powerhouse, inching out even the very similarly configured ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501. There’s literally nothing more you could want on the specifications front, with a 120Hz G-Sync IPS display, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 32GB of RAM, and even 1TB RAID 0 SSD array.
Its speakers pump out voluminous sound, and the keyboard really stands out as one of the best I’ve encountered on a laptop. The low-profile mechanical keys provide clicky, satisfying feedback, all without adding much thickness to the dimensions of the laptop.
Unfortunately, the overall experience is somewhat marred by the poor design of the trackpad. It’s located in an unintuitive position above the keyboard, and features barely discernible markings around the tracking area. It also gets rather hot and uncomfortable to touch under load, and doesn't feel like something I could get used to, even after a long period of time.
At S$5,888, I don’t think you should have to put up with compromises like that, especially when the ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 costs a thousand dollars less and features a much better design. The Triton 700 may have more memory and storage, but the performance difference doesn't seem to be large enough to make up for the much higher price and awkward design.
That doesn't necessarily make the Triton 700 a bad laptop. What it means is that you’ll have to take more things into consideration when searching for a portable desktop replacement. If you’re prepared to work near a power outlet and always have a mouse on hand, the Triton 700 will serve you well. However, if you think that any design compromises at this price is unacceptable, you’ll be happier looking elsewhere.
Having said all that, the Triton 700 is still one of the rare few notebooks that offer desktop-grade performance in a truly slim and light form factor. With laptops like this and the ROG Zephyrus on the market, gamers now have more choice than ever before.