Acer Triton 300 SE is a compact, ‘sleeper’ gaming laptop

Acer's latest Predator looks like a business laptop in almost every way but it has undeniable gaming pedigree.

by Justin Choo

The Acer Predator Triton 300 SE is Acer’s latest take on a portable gaming laptop that’s practical for everyday use.

Aside from the 14″ form factor and reasonable thickness of 19.9mm, the laptop only weighs 1.7kg, which is pretty much on par with many regular, non-gaming laptops. Likewise, Acer says the battery is good for up to 11 hours of battery life; also something that you’re more likely to see on a regular everyday laptop.

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Innocuously business-like; a true ‘sleeper’ laptop. | Image: Acer

The Triton has always been content creator-centric, which is reflected in a less flashy design i.e. you actually don’t mind letting people see you carry this around. Its gaming pedigree is revealed only through the aggressive-looking Predator logo and the backlit 3-zone RGB keyboard backlighting.

But under the hood, the Triton 300 SE is undeniably a gaming machine: 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics, and paired with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a gaming laptop if there weren’t the requisite enhancements onboard. In this case, the Triton 300 SE uses liquid metal thermal paste paired with a new generation all-metal Aero Blade Fan. The fan now features tapered wingtips to improve air intake and a wind guide, which reduces turbulence and redirects airflow to critical areas.

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A graphic representation of the ventilation system on the Triton 300 SE. | Image: Acer

Other gaming-centric features include a MUX switch that lets users disable the integrated graphics (which can be a bottleneck) manually, and a convenient physical Turbo key to (literally) push performance to the max. For more granular customisations, the dedicated PredatorSense key brings up a friendly-looking UI where you can make specific adjustments easily and quickly. All of these perks would mean diddly squat if your internet connection is trash, and so to minimise connectivity issues, Acer employs an Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i module to avoid Wi-Fi channels with heavy traffic and improve data transfer speeds.

The Triton 300 SE is quite well-endowed in the multimedia department; the WQXGA 2560 x 1600 panel (165 Hz refresh rate) boasts a brightness of 500 nits as well as 100 per cent coverage of the DCI-P3 wide colour gamut, which makes it suitable for photo and video editing. Along with DTS:X Ultra audio speakers, this laptop looks like a nice device for watching streamed content. If you prefer to use your own monitors, the Triton 300 SE can support up to three displays simultaneously via the HDMI 2.1 (4K@120Hz) and Thunderbolt 4 (two 4K@60Hz displays) ports.

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Modest port lineup, but versatile enough if you need it. | Image: Acer

The Acer Triton 300 SE (PT314-52s) is available at Acer’s official e-store and is priced at $3,298.

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