The ACER Triton 500 SE is a productivity machine with the guts of a gaming powerhouse

ACER's new Triton looks nothing like a gaming laptop, until you fire up a game.

by Justin Choo

This sleek and cleaning-looking laptop doesn’t quite look like a gaming laptop, you say. That’s because the ACER Triton 500 SE (special edition) notebook was designed for users who want a machine that can handle heavy work tasks and gaming.

The Triton 500 SE (PT516-51s) is powered by up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i9 Processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU and up to 64 GB of 3200 MHz DDR4 memory, and supports up to 4 TB of high-speed PCIe Gen4 storage. Despite all that, it is surprisingly thin (19.9 mm). It is also rated for up to 12 hours of battery life, thanks to NVIDIA Advanced Optimus technology.

Meanwhile, the Intel Killer E3100 Ethernet Controller, Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650, and Killer Intelligence Center are responsible for enabling low latency and a reliable connection. Users can monitor, overclock the GPU or tweak fan speeds via the PredatorSense application.

You get three options for the 16- inch 16:10 display (87% screen-to-body ratio): choose between a 165 Hz WQXGA LCD, a 165 Hz WQXGA Mini LED panel with 1250 peak nits and 100% coverage of the sRGB colour gamut, or a 240 Hz WQXGA IPS PolarBlack panel with a 3 ms response time and 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 colour gamut.

As a productivity device, there’s no want for ports. The Triton 500 SE has a full range of USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, including dual Thunderbolt 4 Type- C ports that support DisplayPort and an SD 7.0 card reader.

It also gets new cooling internals – the triple-fan Vortex Flow system includes a 5th Generation custom-engineered AeroBlade 3D Fan with five dedicated heat pipes for the CPU and GPU.

No news with regards to availability for now, but stay tuned.