Acer Predator Triton 300 SE Review (i7-11375H+RTX 3060)

Constructed across the rising ultra-mobile gaming idea, the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE contains a 14-inch show, a weight of three.5 Lbs for a thickness of 0.7”. It is without doubt one of the most fun gaming laptops from a pure mobility perspective, as measured by “efficiency per Lbs.”

Earlier than diving deeper into the review, let’s check out the configuration that we’re testing, together with the order choices you might need to select from.

Specs Highlights

Our review unit is the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE (mannequin PT314-51s-71UU) geared up with an Intel Core i7-11375H 3.3GHz, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD (475GB after formatting) mannequin MZVLB512HBJQ-00007 from Samsung. The GPU is an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060.

There aren’t lots of choices, so it ought to be simple for potential consumers to decide on a mannequin, and it principally comes all the way down to which GPU you need.

Upgradability

This laptop comes with 16GB by default, and 8GB are soldered, whereas the opposite 8GB comes within the type of one SODIMM DDR4-3200 module. In case you substitute the 8GB SODIMM with a 16GB one later, you possibly can push the accessible RAM to 24GB.

After eradicating the again cowl, the RAM, SSD, WiFi modules, and battery pack are accessible instantly, so I’d say that it’s simple to improve the prevailing elements. There are just one RAM, and one SSD slot, so bigger laptops might need a bonus right here, however for a skinny and lightweight, it’s fairly simple.

Industrial Design

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The Acer Predator Triton 300 SE design is on the slim aspect, particularly for a gaming laptop. Though the chassis is fabricated from aluminum however feels very skinny. It has a brush-metal silver end and would look (comparatively) low-key in a company room.

There’s one thing barely aggressive within the design that reminds us why the sequence is named “Predator.” By the way in which, the grill simply above the keyboard can be a cooling vent and never a speaker.

The chassis doesn’t really feel as nice as a unibody chassis, however I’m guessing that it’s a tradeoff persons are keen to make within the identify of superior portability.

Keyboard and Trackpad

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The Predator Triton 300 SE keyboard has an additional key column on the appropriate that features a Energy button, Media Playback keys, and a “Predator” key that launches Predator Sense, Acer’s efficiency, and LED controls.

I discovered the keyboard to be comparatively simple to get accustomed to. The important thing journey could be a bit shallower than bigger laptops, however that’s hardly stunning because the pc is skinny and there’s little area on the Y-axis.

The glass trackpad may be very clean and agreeable to make use of. Its 10.7 square-inch dimension is consistent with different laptops of that dimension, and whereas you could find bigger trackpads, I discover this one to be massive sufficient except you carry out advanced multi-finger round gestures.

A fingerprint reader is built-in into the trackpad, however you possibly can slide your finger proper on prime of it throughout swiping motions. The trackpad has a agency click on, so the tactile suggestions is evident and correct.

Ports

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The Predator Triton 300 SE comes with the most recent Intel platform, and Thunderbolt 4 is a part of the technology package deal, which is implausible from an I/O perspective, particularly if you wish to get a Thunderbolt 4 USB-C dock sooner or later to construct a neat desktop setup.

2x USB Kind A, 3.2 Gen2
1x USB Kind C, Thunderbolt 4
1x Normal HDMI 2.1
1x Anti-theft slot, Kensington
1x 3.5mm audio

Sound

acer predator triton 300 se review 14The speaker grill dealing with downwards

The 2-speakers audio stereo system is respectable, however they’re bottom-firing, which isn’t an optimum location. Because of this, the audio is distortion-free however may have higher quantity and loudness with a distinct configuration.The DTS:X Extremely audio makes encompass sound a bit higher, however there’s solely a lot that software program can do.

For video calls, the built-in microphones have sound-improvement applied sciences, which all the time assist. That mentioned, your gaming headphones microphones are sometimes higher as a result of they’re nearer to the mouth.

Show

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This laptop’s show has a 1080p 144Hz show, which we discover to strike the appropriate steadiness on this state of affairs. The colour gamut may be very passable with a 99% sRGB colour rendering ( 75% Adobe RGB, 77% P3).

Nevertheless, the 310 NITs brightness could be weaker than you’d need. In case you recreation in a darkish setting, it’s greater than sufficient, however should you occur to be in a brightly lit room or outdoors, the brightness may use a lift.

144 Hz is an effective quantity, in my view. Some shows can hit 240Hz or extra, however what number of video games do you run at 240 FPS?

The show can recline to 180-degrees, and this can be helpful when utilizing laptop stands that go close to vertical to elevate the display screen as excessive as attainable.

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The webcam high quality is common, and (sadly) that’s quite common within the PC business. In case you are into recreation streaming, it’s most likely higher to get a standalone camera, just like the Logitech Streamcam, which I like to recommend.

Efficiency

The Acer Predator Triton 300 SE with Intel i7-11375H and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 laptop may be very aggressive with different skinny & lights working on an identical platform, just like the MSI Stealth 15M i7-11375H + RTX 3060.

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In gaming graphics benchmarks like 3DMark TimeSpy and PortRoyal, this Predator Triton 300 SE did properly, and that’s most likely probably the most thrilling half for players. Evidently Acer has tuned its thermal administration to go as near the {hardware} restrict as attainable.

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Acer says that it has spent lots of effort on the cooling technology, and often, it’s fairly troublesome to gauge the fact of such claims. Nevertheless, this sort of graphics efficiency could be the perfect proof of Acer’s success as this laptop pushes the boundary of “gaming efficiency for the load”

acer predator triton 300se 08 3dm timespy lbsFor a small-size gaming laptop, the efficiency may be very excessive

The multi-threaded CPU efficiency is okay for this SKU, however should you’re actually into heavy CPU purposes (like Cinebench), you may wish to get one thing with a better core depend, such because the AMD 58xx or 59xx sequence.

The SSD efficiency is great and on par with a number of the quickest we’ve examined, such because the Lenovo Yoga i9 15. That would assist load video games quicker, and should you work with very massive recordsdata, the sequential learn and writes velocity is a should.

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Acer has a pre-installed software program known as PredatorSense that controls all efficiency features, together with thermal controls. In case you head into the Mode tab, there are 4 presets Quiet, Default, Excessive, and Turbo (very noisy!).These management the fan velocity for cooling and possibly some voltage and thermal settings.

Battery Life

Clearly, taking part in 3G video games at excessive framerates will kill any battery shortly, particularly because the 60Wh battery capability isn’t awe-inspiring.That’s true for each gaming laptop.

That mentioned, if you’ll want to carry out extra primary duties beneath “greatest battery” mode, you possibly can anticipate about 6 hours and 45mn, which isn’t dangerous in any respect for a gaming laptop with a high-powered CPU.

acer predator triton 300se 04 pcm10 battery officeBattery endurance, in minutes

If you’ll want to have an prolonged battery life, gaming PCs aren’t an excellent alternative, however for this degree of system efficiency, the subsequent step is to seek out fashions with bigger battery capacities.

Battery Cost Velocity

Luckily, the comparatively small dimension of the battery pack is considerably compensated by the above-average charging velocity of this laptop. You may anticipate to get a 50% cost in half-hour, and that’s one of many quickest charging speeds we’ve seen shortly.

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Conclusion

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In case you strategy the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE (i7-11375H+RTX 3060) from an ultra-mobility gaming pc, the target gaming metrics like “efficiency per Lbs” are wonderful.

Acer is utilizing an aggressive however secure thermal administration along with a classy cooling system. That’s the doubtless purpose for the upper efficiency than related laptops we’ve checked out prior to now.

In case you want heavy CPU efficiency for video-editing or offline 3D rendering, maybe one thing with extra cores just like the Acer Idea 3D might be fascinating.

In the case of ultra-mobility gaming, we give excessive marks to the Acer’s Predator Triton 300 SE because it carried out even higher than we hoped.

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