Acer Predator Triton 900 first-look – a 4K gaming 2-in-1 with an interesting party trick

Key Features

  • Poseable 4K Ultra HD display
  • Nvidia G-Sync support
  • 4th gen Aeroblade 3D fans
  • CNC-milled metal hinge
  • Ethernet, USB-A, USB-C, Kensington lock

Acer Predator Triton 900 – A flexible, twin-fanned gaming laptop

Acer’s Predator Triton 900 is an interesting animal. It’s a 2-in-1 gaming laptop which features a 4K Nvidia G-Sync compatible display that sits inside an adjustable metal frame, and a pair of Acer’s latest Aeroblade fans – which are apparently inspired by owl’s feathers. Ya, rly.

Whether Acer’s avian inspiration is genuine or this is just some savvy marketing, the main claim is that the 4th generation Aeroblade 3D fans kick out around 29% more airflow than a generic plastic blade.

A slide shown during Acer’s presentation says that the the 4th gen Aeroblades hit 3.8 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute), which versus the 3, 3.3. and 3.5 CFM counts of previous versions.

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A slide from Acer's presentation, displaying the improvements in CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) speeds afforded by the new 4th gen Aeroblade 3D fans.

What effect that has on actual gameplay remains to be seen, but if it can keep gaming laptops even a tiny bit cooler, that’s a plus and it’s just as well that Acer’s put two 4th gen Aeroblades in the Predator Triton 900.

The main benefit of that machine-milled metal frame is that you can pull the screen forwards so that it’s closer to your face, or tilt it so that there’s less glare, whatever works best for you. For the times when you’re not gaming, you should be able to flip it over into a ‘tent’ shape, or turn it into a tablet for when you’re streaming movies.

If two feathery fans and the hinged 4K screen weren’t outre enough, there’s also a touchpad that sits to the right hand side of the mechanical keyboard, instead of down at the front. This might be useful for people who prefer a trackpads to a mouse, but if that is the thinking behind this, then that’s also a little unfair to left-handed gamers.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t get up close and try out all the positions with the Predator Triton 900 at the keynote event, as the only sample Acer had on display was shut up in a perspex box.

A closer look at the Acer Predator Triton 900, with its poseable screen pushed forwards so that the twin Aeroblade fans are obscured.

Acer Predator Triton 900 – Specifications

Sadly these are the only formal specs we have. This is likely because the company is still finalising which hardware will go into it. Nvidia only just unveiled its new series of 20-series, Turing GPUs. Intel is also expected to unveil its new 9th Gen CPUs in the near-ish future.

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The right hand side of the Acer Predator Triton 900, showing off the trackpad, USB ports and Ethernet port.

Acer Predator Triton 900 – Price

It’s named after a sea god, and so you can expect to have to make Acer a serious offering for the Predator Triton 900. There is no way in Hades that this is going to be cheap.

Consider that the insanely powerful 17-inch Predator Helios laptops range from £1800-£2300, and then consider putting a bit more cash aside, just in case.

Keep in mind that we’ve heard no word on price yet, so we could be pleasantly surprised here (but we doubt we will).

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The Acer Predator Triton 900 viewed from behind, with the 4th gen Aeroblade fans visible.

Acer Predator Triton 900 – Release date

We currently to not know when the Acer Predator Triton 900 is coming to the UK, but we’ll keep you posted.

The Acer Predator Triton 900 viewed from the rear and to the right, showing off the acute angles of the milled metal hinge.

First Impressions

My initial reaction was, ‘I want one’, which was swiftly followed by ‘I won’t be able to afford one.’ The Acer Predator Triton 900 looks incredible, but I wonder how much of your money would go towards paying for that odd form factor. I don’t know enough about the specs to make a call right now, but I feel that if it ends up costing too much, people will take their cash elsewhere.