We liked the first Acer Triton we saw as it was a perfect sleeper laptop that was good at gaming but could also hide in an office. However, the Acer Predator Triton 17X ups the ante by being the highest spec gaming laptop we’ve ever seen from Acer… while still being able to hide in an office. We had very high hopes. Just how good is it?
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|Screen||17-inch, matte, 250Hz, 2,560 x 1,600, IPS, HDR display|
|Processor||3.9-5.4GHz Intel Core i9-13900HX CPU|
|Memory||32GB LPDDR5-5600 RAM|
|Graphics||16GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 GPU|
2 x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
2 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2
3.5mm audio jack
|Extra Security||Fingerprint reader|
Windows Hello (fingerprint)
|Dimensions||380 x 280 x 22mm|
Features, Ergonomics and Design
Whatever we were expecting from the Acer Predator Triton 17X, it wasn’t this. Both the lid and chassis are solid, CNC-milled blocks of aluminium that both look and feel very high quality while simultaneously providing solid protection to the whole. As with the previous Triton we reviewed, there’s only a small, very discreet Predator logo on the lid, so it should fit into most offices too.
Opening it up reveals the bright 17-inch display and the per-key-lit RGB keyboard. What looks like a second power key is actually a programmable smart key for a customisable shortcut. However, what really stands out is the “RGB Micro-Etched Logo” in the bottom right which (somehow) shines through the aluminium chassis in some kind of super-fine matrix. It’s seriously cool, yet reserved.
The screen itself is very impressive. Like the HP Omen Transcend 16 we saw recently, it uses mini-LED backlights which are arranged into 1,000 dimmable zones. We expected great things in terms of contrast.
The display has a UHD, 2,560 x 1,600 resolution which renders the Desktop immaculately. It’s also Windows HDR compatible meaning that HDR video (and gaming) content looks amazing. Colours are very bright and vibrant while contrast is phenomenal. It approaches OLED-levels of true black but without having the (potentially) distracting reflections that are inherent with the technology’s glossy coating, The 17X’s display has a matte finish.
The enhanced contrast afforded by the HDR reveals a new world of detail in both bright and dark areas, simultaneously. Lighting effects (like bright, glowing objects in dark scenes of videos and games) can make you go, ‘Wow!’ Both colour gradients and monochromatic gradients are very smooth and it even displays 100 per cent of the difficult DCI-P3 colour gamut which Creators will like.
On top of all that, it has a very-fast, 250Hz refresh rate and this, married with a fast pixel response time, ensures fast-moving objects are rendered very smoothly indeed. Ultimately, there’s no better laptop display than this.
The keyboard, is a very high quality Scrabble-tile touch-type unit that’s very comfortable and accurate to type and game upon for extended periods. There are some useful media keys and the up-and-down arrow keys are full-sized. However, there’s no number pad which will be an issue for RTS and MOBA gamers. The button in the top left is the programmable hotkey.
The trackpad is smooth and accurate and the buttons are well-weighted. It also has a Windows Hello-compatible fingerprint reader embedded into the top left.
The Full HD webcam captures a clear image and does well at fending-off grain in low light. The dual-microphone array does a good job of capturing clear audio in a noisy background.
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The six (count’em) speakers are fantastic. They get very loud, have great fidelity and deliver some seriously punchy bass. They’re also aided by some cool-looking, stainless steel, mesh speaker grilles at the front and sides which are high quality and add another cool design element to the mix.
All told, the Acer Predator Triton 17X is one of the very best laptops we’ve ever interacted with.
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The Acer Predator Triton 17X wields a top-tier, 3.9 – 5.4GHz Intel Core i9-13900HX processor which has eight Performance cores and 16 Efficiency cores that run across 32 threads. It’s flanked by 32GB of fast, low-power LPDDR5-5600 memory and a speedy, 1TB NVMe hard drive.
In the general-computing, PCMark 10 benchmark it scored an impressive 8,552 which is one of the highest scores we’ve seen. In the Cinebench processor rendering tests the Acer Predator Triton 17X scored 4,815 in the quick R15 test and a massive 30,795 in the longer R23 test. These are top-end scores.
3D Performance comes via the industry-best, Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 GPU which has 16GB of GDDR6 RAM. In the difficult 3DMark ray-tracing tests, Speed Way and Port Royal, the Acer Predator Triton 17X scored a very impressive 5,845 (average 58.5fps) and 14,272 (average 66.1fps) respectively. These are the best scores we’ve ever seen!
In the AAA-gaming-title-a-like game tests, Time Spy and Fire Strike Extreme, the Acer Predator Triton 17X scored 20,390 (average 135.3fps) and 24,179 (average 116.6fps) respectively. These are a whisker away from the being best scores we’ve seen.
Finally, in the easier, 3DMark Night Raid benchmark, which apes casual and competitive games, the Triton 17X scored 83,254 (average 927fps). This, again, is a smidge off first place.
Ultimately, the Acer Predator Triton 17X sports the best 3D Performance that we’ve ever seen on a laptop.
The cooling system is impressive but has issues. The official blurb sounds impressive, “The Triton 17X includes only the best state-of-the-art cooling, such as a three-fan approach with two, all-metal fans to push performance to its maximum potential.” It continues, describing a vapour chamber, liquid metal thermal grease, a ‘5th Gen Aeroblade 3D fan’ with ‘Vortex flow’ and something called ‘Thermal Foam.’
Under general use, the fans operate quietly in the background but when maxxed-out using the Predator Sense app, they produce a very robust, loud whoosh. Most of the time it’s unobtrusive though.
Inside there’s Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.1. While it’s odd that there are no Thunderbolt 4 ports, few will complain about this complement.
Portability and Battery Life
The Acer Predator Triton 17X’s aluminium chassis feels bomb proof and we feel it will easily survive life on the road. However, at 3.05KG and with the power supply adding an additional 1.23KG, it ain’t light.
The first time we tested the battery life, the max-size 99.9Wh battery only lasted three hours. A bit of detective work found that the Nvidia GPU had been forced ‘on’ in the BIOS. We re-ran the test (PCMark 10 Modern Office) with Nvidia Optimus technology engaging the integrated Intel GPU instead, and it lasted for 5 hours and 1 minute. While this pushes it away from our worst Portability score, it’s not by much. We suspect that the main culprit is the mini-LED screen which, at its lowest setting, remains rather bright.
Price and availability
The Acer Predator Triton 17X has a hefty RRP of $7,999! However, it’s currently on sale for $5,488 which significantly bolsters the value proposition. That said, availability is a bit hit and miss at the moment. We found a more-expensive variant with 4TB hard drive for $8,999 on Acer’s own store. So, shop around. Update: It’s on sale for $5,997!
Alternatives to the Acer Predator Triton 17X
As a premium gaming laptop, the Acer Predator Triton 17X finds itself in a desirable space, but it’s not alone.
Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 – Asus’ 17-inch behemoth keeps getting updated internally so, while it’s getting a bit long in the tooth, it’s still exceptionally powerful. That’s largely due to the AMD processor and Nvidia 4090 RTX GPU. A version with AMD’s 3D V-Cache technology is even more powerful.
Pioneer DreamBook Power X370 RTX 4090 – Pioneer’s 17-inch rival can be highly tailored with its online configurator which means you can save a great deal of money. For a long time it had the fastest 3D performance… before Asus, and now Acer, took the crown.
Conclusion: Should you buy the Acer Predator Triton 17X?
When a gaming laptop comes along and delivers the best, overall 3D gaming performance we’ve yet seen, the answer is going to be, yes. It’s expensive and new and availability is a bit of an issue right now, but the Acer Predator Triton 17X is also one of the very best laptops on the market in terms of Features, Ergonomics and Design and so is worth hunting around for.
A price drop could easily see it rise to Number 1 in our ranks as our resident Lenovo Legion can only fight-off challengers with its huge discounts for so long. Neither the Legion nor the Triton have great battery life, but few premium gaming laptops do.
If price and portability aren’t an issue, this is the gaming laptop to buy. Everyone else should see iof they can find it in a sale.
Best gaming performance
Excellent HDR screen
Poor battery life
Acer Predator Triton 17X Scores
The Acer Predator Triton 17X has the best 3D performance of any gaming laptop we’ve ever tested. It also has some of the best ergonomics. It’s big and expensive, though.