Gaming PC: Acer Predator Triton 500 vs Acer ConceptD 7

Acer Predator Triton 500 vs Acer ConceptD 7

A strong market trend for several months, thin and light 15-inch gaming laptops have become essential. If Gigabyte with its Aero 15 and MSI with its GS range have paved the way, now each brand offers its vision of the compact player laptop. At Acer, this role falls to the Predator Triton 500.

At Acer, the task falls to the Concept range of which ConceptD 7 is today the flagship. In addition to its powerful configuration, the CN715-71 stands out with its screen. If its UHD definition is quite common, its extended gamut with full coverage of the RGB space is less. Acer also puts forward a DeltaE lower than 2 as well as a pre-calibration in the factory.

Pros and Cons

Predator Triton 500ConceptD 7
Quite sober designQuality screen (for a laptop PC)
Thunderbolt 3Noise well controlled
Comfortable and efficient keyboardGood battery life despite the UHD panel
Average performanceSSD / RAM upgrade too complicated
No Windows HelloNo Windows Hello

General Info

Predator Triton 500ConceptD 7
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BrandAcerAcer
ModelPredator Triton 500ConceptD 7
Weight2.1 kg2.1 Kg
OSWindows 10 Home (64-Bit)Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
DisplayFull HD IPSUltra HD 4K LED
Dimensions15.6 Inches15.6 Inches
TypeLaptopLaptop
Colors

Predator Triton 500

The Triton 500 initially displays a rather sober look thanks to its elegant satin black color but quite sensitive to fingerprints. The Predator logo remains discreet (size 55×55 mm) even if its rim and the blue ventilation grilles will undoubtedly not be unanimous.

Triton 500 rear

Triton 500

The aluminum frame gives a good impression when you first use it. A feeling of robustness is confirmed by opening the computer, at least for the lower part of the chassis. The screen is more disappointing due to its mat plastic surround, which contrasts with the premium positioning of this Triton 500 range at first, but also and above all because of a strong sensitivity to pressure in its lower part (at the level of the Predator inscription in bottom of the screen). To a lesser extent, the hinges are somewhat lacking in support. Nothing prohibitive in practice but a feeling accentuated by the contrast between the “bottom and the top” of the chassis.

ConceptD 7

In a world where dark colors and “raw” aluminum predominate, Acer relies on white for its ConceptD 7 range laptops. The advantage is that it is undoubtedly the color where fingerprints are least visible, even after several days of use. Nomads will appreciate it.

ConceptD 7 Rear

ConceptD 7

On the other hand, white is much more dependent on its environment. Consequently, depending on the light, one can perceive the color as drawing more towards yellow than white. An observation also presents with darker colors but whose perception is not so “clear-cut.”

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Beyond this small detail, the aluminum frame is sober and benefits from a neat finish. The rigidity is good overall. Despite its muscular configuration – it embeds the most powerful mobile graphics card of the moment – its weight is contained, just over 2 kg, which makes it compatible with frequent trips.

Connoisseurs will undoubtedly have an impression of déjà vu with the chassis of this ConceptD 7. Indeed, it is a sober variation of that of the Predator Triton 500 PT515-51 tested a few months ago.

Display

Predator Triton 500ConceptD 7
Display TypeFull HD IPSUltra HD 4K LED
Display Size15.6 Inches15.6 Inches
Display Resolution1920 x 10803840×2160
Display Touchscreen
Display FeaturesFull HD LED IPS
144Hz 3ms borderless
Ultra HD 4K LED ComfyView
IPS 400nits
Dimension 358.14 x 254 x 17.78 mm304 x 217 x 14.6 mm

Predator Triton 500

Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515 51 Screen

With 7mm side borders and a slightly thicker top post (11mm), the screen sticks to the borderless trend. However, the effect is less “impacting” because of the lower edge of more than 30 mm. On the other hand, we welcome the possibility of opening the screen to 180 °: an increasingly rare feature but practical to slide the computer under an external screen, for example.

The sRGB space is 90% covered; the contrast ratio is 1179: 1, the average DeltaE after characterization at 0.26 (max value at 1.46), the white point at 6850K for a maximum brightness of 332 cd / m2. Values ​​consistent with the category average.

The 0.9 MP webcam is typical of a laptop computer. It lacks details and quickly presents a pronounced noise as soon as the light declines of average quality. We can only recommend a USB webcam if you have regular use of the camera.

ConceptD 7

ConceptD 7 Scree

Acer to guarantee stricter specifications in terms of colorimetry on its ConceptD laptops. It must recognize that screens remain the weak link on most models. And apart from the generalization of IPS, no effort has been made in recent years.

The ranges intended for designers, however, seem to be raising awareness. Thus, on our ConceptD 7, we see that the promises are well kept with a native white point around 6300 / 6540K depending on the chosen brightness. Ditto for the average DeltaE at 1.21 before characterization, which drops to 0.9 afterward. The sRGB and Adobe RGB spaces are fully covered (compared to around 87% for the DCI P3). Maximum brightness is 375 cd / m² for a contrast ratio of 1365: 1.

Apart from these characteristics, the ConceptD 7 panel (AU Optronics AUO31EB / AUO B156ZAN03.1) stands out for its UHD definition and matt surface. Thus, you will benefit from an increased fineness of display or even why not a useful surface greater than Full HD for those who manage to read with a scaling less than 200%.

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The webcam is typical of a laptop, quite average. If the light conditions are good, the quality is correct despite a fairly marked noise—a phenomenon which is accentuated as the darkness increases.

Unfortunately, the webcam is not compatible with Windows Hello. A dead-end is all the more regrettable as no fingerprint reader has been integrated. You must therefore enter your password to unlock your Windows session.

Specification

Predator Triton 500ConceptD 7
ProcessorIntel Core i7-9750H
Coffee Lake Refresh (2.6 GHz, 6 cores)
Intel Core i7-9750H Coffee Lake Refresh
(2.6 GHz, 6 cores)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB
GDDR6 Dedicated Max-Q +
Intel UHD Graphics 620
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB Dedicated
GDDR6, Intel UHD 630, and Optimus
RAM16 GB (2 x 8 GB)
DDR4 2666 MHz (32 GB),
2 slots (occupied)
32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4 2666 MHz
(32 GB), 2 slots (occupied)
Storage512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD1 TB SSD (WDC PC SN720)
(NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4)

Performance

Predator Triton 500ConceptD 7
Clockspeed2.2 GHz2.6 GHz
Graphic ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
Discrete Graphics ProcessorYesYes

Predator Triton 500

The Triton 500 comes in various configurations, typical of a gaming laptop PC. There are, therefore, no surprises on the model tested, the Core i7-9750H, a hexacore processor. Some more affordable versions are content with the Core i5-9300H (Quad-Core).

Acer Predator Triton 500 Geekbench Multiple Acer Predator Triton 500 Geekbench

The Triton 500 does not offer any settings to adjust the TDP of the processor and thus gain a few seconds. Likewise, the Windows “Best Performance” profile has no impact on performance nor pushes the fans hard. Admittedly, the followers of the best time and the highest scores in the benches will remain hungry, but this simplicity may appeal to other user profiles.

RAM is also classic for this segment, with 16 GB of DDR4 2666 MHz in dual channel (remember that the RAM is inaccessible).

Acer Predator Triton 500 performance

ConceptD 7

Unsurprisingly, the ConceptD 7 is therefore equipped with an Intel Core i7 Hexacore processor. This is a ninth-generation model, as Comet Lake processors were not yet available at marketing. For reasons of cost (and low availability), Acer skipped an Octo-Core processor. Too bad, because even if the programs remain very dependent on the frequency, two additional cores would have brought a little more welcome, as shown by the performances of the last Ryzen 7 4800H and Ryzen 9 4900H.

Acer ConceptD 7 Geekbench Multiple Acer ConceptD 7 Geekbench

Good point, the highest version of the range has 32 GB of RAM. A quantity of RAM is largely sufficient at present.

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Acer ConceptD 7 Performance

We also find the best mobile graphics card of the moment, namely the RTX 2080, here in its Max-Q version due to the compact chassis of the ConceptD 7. Apart from games, where the interest is obvious, the question is more complex for creative profiles. At present, photographers will not be able to exploit the full potential of such a card. A GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (or even an RTX 2060) is already oversized. Admittedly, more and more programs like Lightroom rely on GPU acceleration to make display and/or process more fluid, but not (yet) to the point of requiring such GPU power.

Finally, for other uses related to 3D, like video, opting for a version equipped with an RTX 2080 will only be justified if your favorite software and the calculations/renderings can really use it. Otherwise, opting for a ConceptD 7 with a GeForce RTX 2060 will probably be more reasonable.

Multimedia

Predator Triton 500ConceptD 7
Web-camYesYes
Speakers2 3D Waves NX
MaxxAudio speakers
2 Waves MaxxAudio,
MaxxBass,
Acer TrueHarmony speakers
Microphone Jack3.5 mm
NetworkWiFi ax + Gigabit Ethernet
(Killer E3000)
Wi-Fi ax (Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650),
Gigabit Ethernet (Killer E3000)
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
Backlit KeyboardYesYes

Predator Triton 500

Despite a contained thickness (21 mm), Acer retains a rich and varied connection. On the left the power port, then Ethernet ports (RJ-45, Killer E3000 2.5 Gbps), USB 3.1 (gen 1), HDMI, then a microphone input, and a headphone output.

On the right, there are two additional USB 3.1 ports, a mini-DisplayPort output and a USB-C 3.1 Gen2 compatible Thunderbolt 3 (which can therefore act as a video output as well as a data port, including for an external SSD high performance).

Acer Predator Triton 500 Speaker

The perforated frame above the keyboard could suggest that the speakers are located there. Well, no, they are, in fact, placed below the frame, at the level of the wrist rests. They, therefore, take advantage of the reverberation effect on a hard surface, with the advantages and disadvantages that this implies. The power is satisfactory, the rendering a little less. Even when activating the Waves MaxxAudio, the sound lacks warmth. We can always argue that in this type of configuration, many use a helmet. With this in mind, the utility offers a compelling virtualization function.

ConceptD 7

On the right side, a Thunderbolt 3 port, a mini-DisplayPort output, and 2 USB-A 3.1 gen 1 ports. On the left side, in addition to the connector for power, the ConceptD 7 has an Ethernet port, a third USB-A port (compatible with charging when the computer is off), an HDMI output as headphone, and microphone sockets (separate).

Therefore, the essential is present, but about the target audience, an SD card reader would undoubtedly have been appreciated by photographers and videographers (even if more and more new devices are abandoning SD cards in favor of XQD / CFexpress cards).

Acer ConceptD 7 Speaker

The openwork part above the keyboard could suggest that it is a design element intended to hide speakers, but no. These are, in fact, located under the frame, at the edge of the palm rest. The sound, therefore, reaches the user indirectly. Advantage of this implementation, the rendering benefits from a welcome “sound box” effect when the computer is placed on a hard flat surface.

In use, the ConceptD 7 audio system does quite well for a laptop computer, aided by the software optimizations of the Waves MaxxAudio utility. If the rendering often lacks warmth, it makes up for good spatialization and power that is large sufficient daily.

Battery

Predator Triton 500ConceptD 7
Battery TypeLiPo 4 cells Li-Ion 4 cells
Battery Life11 hours 7 hours
Power84Whr 5550 mAh84Whr 5550mAh

Predator Triton 500

With an average battery life of 5:45 (active WiFi, brightness at 140 cd / m2), the Acer ultrabook gamer trails its main competitors. The Triton 500 can last a little more than 11 hours on battery by activating airplane mode and lowering the brightness to its lowest point. Conversely, continuously requested, he surrenders after 1h25.

The power supply unit delivers 180W, weighs 600g for dimensions of 155x73x23 mm, and a cable length of approximately 2.8 m.

ConceptD 7

Equipped with a UHD screen, the ConceptD 7 tested is not the best equipped to beat autonomy records. However, he is not doing so badly. Expect an average of 6.15 hours in light use, for example, in office automation or Web browsing (WiFi active, brightness set to 140 cd / m²).

By activating the airplane mode and brightness at the lowest, it is possible to hold about 10 hours on battery. Conversely, continuously requested, the autonomy oscillates between 1h15 and 1h30.

The power supply is rather compact (156x75x23mm – 550g) for a laptop of this caliber.