Acer Triton 900 Price, Specs, Battery Life – The Acer Triton 900 gaming laptop has a unique design that allows you to move the screen into different positions. All while being on the thinner side considering the powerful hardware that’s inside. So let’s review it out in this full review and find out if it’s a laptop worth considering.
Acer Triton 900 Specs
My configuration of the Triton 900 has an Intel i7-9750H CPU. 180 watt Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics, 32gb of memory in dual channel, a 17.3” 4K 60Hz screen with G-Sync, and a 1TB RAID 0 array made up of two NVMe M.2 SSDs. For network connectivity, there’s 2.5-gigabit ethernet, WiFi 5, and Bluetooth 5. The Triton 900 is also available with some different specs. Such as with i9 CPU, you can find examples and updated prices.
Acer Triton 900 Design
The cover is a clean matte black aluminum, and the interior and bottom are the same. The whole laptop felt very well built and sturdy, and I didn’t find any of the edges sharp. The weight is listed at 4.5kg, although mine was around 400g under this. The single 330-watt power brick and cables are another 1.5kg. So we’re looking at about 5.6kg total, not that portable.
The Acer Triton 900 is on the larger side for a 17-inch laptop in terms of width and depth. However, it is on the thinner side, considering the RTX 2080 graphics inside. The extra width seems to be due to the custom screen hinges. And to maintain structural integrity, it appears that the screen needs a gigantic 2.4cm bezel. The screen is really what makes the Triton 900 unique. So let’s check out how it works.
The 17.3” 4K 60Hz IPS touchscreen has a glossy finish. Viewing angles looked fine, and it has G-Sync. There’s no option of enabling Optimus. So it’s stuck using the RTX 2080 graphics. I’ve examined the screen with the Spyder 5. and got 99% of sRGB, 92% of NTSC, and 96% of AdobeRGB. At 100% light, I marked the panel at 315 nits in the center with an 810:1 contrast ratio. So fairly average brightness and contrast but above-average color gamut.
Backlight bleed wasn’t ideal, but I never noticed any problems when actually seeing darker content. Although this will change between laptop and panel. There was almost no screen flex at all. The metal lid was extremely sturdy, due to the massive hinges on the sides. Acer calls these Ezel Aero hinges, and they’re made out of metal and felt very sturdy. There are four different ways you can use the screen. There’s the normal default laptop position. Otherwise, you can pull the screen out of the hinge and rotate it around pretty much how you like. You can have it on the same angle as a standard laptop screen but pull it forward closer to you. You can also pull it out all the way and basically use it as a tablet. Which would be better for drawing on with the touchscreen, although no pen was included.
You can even turn the screen around and use it from the back if you want to do that for some reason. To me personally, it mostly felt like a bit of a gimmick. The most practical scenario was using it as a drawing tablet, so it depends if that’s useful for you. This is marketed as a gaming laptop, after all. And I doubt most gamers would care about the different screen positions at the expense of a larger and heavier machine. If you do also want to use it for other tasks, though, like drawing.
Then it’s definitely a unique product that will give you the best of both worlds. I found it a little awkward to pick up due to the hinges. If you pick it up by the sides, you’re grabbing the hinge, which is stuck to the screen, so it starts to open the lid. It was possible to open it up with one finger most of the way. But due to the heavy screen hinges, once it’s almost open, it starts tipping back as a result of the balance shift.
Acer Triton 900 Keyboard
As it’s got the option of moving the screen forward, the keyboard has been moved towards the front so that the screen doesn’t cover it. I didn’t know personally mid the position as long as you’ve got space on your desk to push it back a bit, but I wasn’t really a fan of the touchpad is on the right. The precision touchpad doesn’t click down as it’s instead got physical left and right-click buttons below, and you can double-tap the top-right icon to enable Numpad mode. Unfortunately, in Numpad mode, you can’t use it as a normal touchpad. Which has been the case with other laptops I’ve tested that use this feature.
Back to the keyboard, it’s got low profile mechanical switches with per-key RGB backlighting. Unfortunately, the secondary key functions are not backlit. The lighting can be adjusted between 4 brightness levels or turned off by holding the function key and pressing F7 or F8. The predator sense software can be used to control the lighting. There are 17 built-in effects included, and you can also control effect speed and direction. I had some problems with the keyboard. The right shift is tiny, and it’s in a spot where the forward-slash key normally is, which has been moved down. So that was annoying when I needed it.
I didn’t expect compromises like that from an already large 17” laptop. It took a little getting used to. But I liked typing on the keys after a while due to the clicky feel. There are some other switches above the keyboard on the left. 3 numbered keys can be used as macro keys. And the P key on the left lets you swap between different groups, which are color-coded. Meaning the 3 macro keys can be used for 9 different functions. There’s a turbo button on the right, which boosts performance and fan speed, more on that soon. The back half of the laptop has a glass panel, so you can sort of seeing the heat pipes inside for cooling. There’s an air intake for the fan on the left, while the fan on the right is covered by glass. However, that one has RGB lighting.
The fanlight is very subtle, though, and you can set it to any color through the Predator Sense software. There are two front-facing speakers right down the front on either side of the keyboard, and two underneath at the front, so four in total. They sounded above average, and there was a little bass, although it was harder to notice at higher volumes. As they get pretty loud at maximum volume, and the latency on results looked good. Speaking of sounds, it also makes this sound by default when you turn it on.
Thankfully you’ve got the option of turning this off through the predator sense software or BIOS. As for the BIOS, there’s not too much option or customization available there. There was only a little keyboard flex when pushing down hard, overall, the metallic body felt quite solid. Fingerprints and dirt show up on the matte finish. And although it’s smooth, it was a little harder to clean with a microfiber cloth. On the left from the back, there’s an air exhaust vent, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A port, 3.5mm mic, and headphone jacks, and a USB 2 Type-A port that swivels out and has a protective cover on it.
I’m not exactly sure why it works this way, the board on the left for the other I/O could probably have just been extended. Acer’s Concept D9 Pro, which is basically the same chassis, doesn’t seem to require it. On the right from the face, there’s a Kensington lock, kind of awkwardly placed if you use a mouse with your right hand, the power button, Type-C Thunderbolt 3 port, USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port with DisplayPort support, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A port, 2.5-gigabit ethernet port, and another air exhaust vent.
There are a couple more air exhaust vents on the back towards the corners, then from left to right, there are full-size DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 outputs. Both of which are connected directly to 2080 rather than Intel graphics, along with the power input. The front is just all smooth metal. The predator logo on the lid gets lit up blue when powered on. It seems to be lit from the screen’s backlight, so it cannot be controlled. There are some air vents underneath towards the back.
Acer Triton 900 Battery
The Acer Triton 900 is powered by a 4 cell 72wh battery. I’ve examined it with the screen shine at 50%, background apps disabled, and keyboard lighting off. While just watching YouTube videos, it only lasted for 2 hours and 5 minutes. The poor battery life is a result of there being no Optimus. It’s always using the RTX 2080 graphics. So this boosts performance at the expense of battery life. Considering the larger battery size, the battery life was pretty pathetic. But I guess that’s to be expected with the high-end graphics.
While playing the Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidia’s battery boost set to 30 FPS, the battery lasted for 63 minutes. And it ran at a solid 30 FPS the entire time without dipping. Despite the RTX 2080 graphics, the Triton 900 just has a single 330-watt power brick. However, during my testing after an hour of gaming, the battery did dip down to 91%, though that seems to be pretty normal with many laptops.
Acer Triton 900 Price
The prices will change over time, but at the time of writing, in the US, we’re looking at around USD 4200 for the specs I’ve tested here. Or an extra USD 500 for the i9 version. You’re definitely paying a premium for the unique screen design of the Triton 900. as we can get similar specs in, say the Aorus 17 for USD 1000 less. However, the Aorus is also 1.5cm thicker too, and thinner comes at a cost with laptops. Here in Australia, we’re looking at around AUD 6000.
By all of that in memory, let’s conclude by summarising the good and bad aspects of the Triton 900 laptop. In terms of raw gaming performance, the Triton 900 does well due to the 180 watt RTX 2080 graphics. Even the i7 CPU is performing better than most other gaming laptops I’ve tested. As it’s undervolted by default and can run with an above-average power limit. While realistically not getting too hot, especially if you’re willing to boost fan speed. It still performs very well even with lower fan speed, though. So decent levels of performance at better operating volumes are certainly possible.
Externally where you actually touch is was quite cool despite the high powered hardware. This is all while being in the machine just 2.3cm thick. The thinnest I’ve ever tested with a full-blown 2080. The overclocks from extreme mode seem to be a bit optimistic, though. As I had some games crash until I dialed the settings back through MSI Afterburner. Despite this level of power, it still only needs one power brick, rather than the two most other 2080 laptops have.
The mechanical keyboard was nice to type with. But despite being a larger 17” laptop, it still makes compromises such as smaller keys in strange spots, and there’s no secondary key backlighting. As the keyboard has been moved to the front to accommodate the swiveling screen. The touchpad is crammed over to the right. Although the camera was 1080p, it was one of the worst I’ve ever tested on a laptop.
Despite the 72wh battery, the battery life was low as there’s no MUX switch, so you’re stuck with using the 2080 graphics. I think this is a fair decision considering the weight of this thing. It’s unlikely you’ll be moving it and running on battery that much. If you’re getting something this pricey at this size and weight, you probably want performance. Getting inside was a little more involved than usual due to the three ribbon cables attaching the keyboard panel to the motherboard. And accessing one of the M.2 drives appears to require removing the cooling solution.
Then there’s the 4K 60Hz touchscreen. Although the specs are definitely capable of playing many games at 4K. even if you want to use 1440p or 1080p resolutions, you’re limited by the 60Hz refresh rate. The brightness and contrast were about average, but the color gamut was good. Having G-Sync also offers improved performance and smoother gameplay. Personally, I found the swiveling screen to be a bit of a gimmick. I can only really see the tablet position being useful for people that want to draw with it. But given it’s marketed as a gaming laptop, I’m not sure how big of a cross over there is there.
I could understand it from a content creator perspective. But Acer also has the Concept D9 Pro which uses a similar chassis but has a better screen with options of Quadro graphics. I could see that being better for that use case. So from the perspective of a laptop designed for gaming, I can’t say I found much use from the screen myself. Especially considering how much extra size and weight it adds on to a device that’s meant to be portable. All things considered, the Triton 900 performs quite well considering its thickness, although it is quite wide and heavy. The main feature is clearly the swiveling screen design, so if that’s something you may benefit from, then it’s worth considering. Otherwise, in terms of performance for the price, there are better options available if you’re willing to go a bit thicker.