Aspiring notebook owners looking to add something light to their line-up are certainly spoilt for choice of late as Acer has just unveiled their latest refresh of their Swift 5 ultraportable that weighs under 1KG while packing the new 11th generation Intel Core processors.
Details as to its exact specifications are scarce at this point in time but Acer has shared just how slim and light the new Swift 5 will be. Relying on the use of the relatively new magnesium-lithium alloy for weight savings, the Swift 5 is just 14.95mm thin while also weighing under 1kg and packing your choice of two colour schemes that they’ve dubbed as mist green or safari gold..
The notebook itself has a slim 14-inch 1080P touchscreen display with a 90% screen-to-body ratio with an antimicrobial coating, will integrate the next generation Intel Core processors based on Intel’s new Xe architecture and will have the option of integrating NVIDIA GeForce MX350 GPUs along with up to 1TB SSDs and 16GB RAM. The older Swift 5 has am 86.4% screen-to-body ratio while retaining Intel 10th Gen CPUs.
Under the hood, the Acer Swift 5 is powered by a 56Wh battery that allows for 4 hours of use with just a 30 minute charge-time.
Acer Swift 5 Price
According to Acer, the new Swift 5 will be available sometime in October with prices starting from USD1000 which is about RM4,278 though exact final configurations were not revealed at press time. There’s no official word either on official local prices or launch dates in Malaysia but we’ll keep you posted.
If you’re a desk jockey like the rest of us, you’re likely staring for the better part of a working day at a laptop display which can get irksome if you have to do so for several hours which is where Acer’s new AOpen range of value oriented displays come into the picture as they offer big panels for surprisingly reasonable sums of dosh.
All of the AOpen range features Acer’s Bluelight Shield and Flicker-less tech for comfortable viewing. Out of the line-up the AOpen 22CV1Q has a 21.5-inch FHD VA panel with a 60Hz basic refresh rate and 5ms response time for RM289.
The slightly larger AOpen 24CL1Y has a 23.80-inch FHD IPS display for RM379. If you’re looking for something even bigger, the Acer AOpen 27HC5RP 27-inch curved monitor has a 144Hz refresh rate via HDMI and a 165Hz refresh rate via a display port, with both display at Full HD resolution, AMD FreeSync support and a loftier price tag of RM699.
The new range of Acer AOpen displays will be available in Malaysia from 5th June 2020 onwards and will come with free gifts when you purchase them from authorised retailers ranging from a wired mouse, vacuum flasks and more.
Acer will also be hosting a Shocking Sale on Shopee with the AOpen 22CV1Q monitor coming with an RM40 discount and the AOPen 24CL1Y at an RM50 discount for 9 hours with limited units on 7th June 2020 though you don’t get the aforementioned freebies when you participate in the Shocking Sale on Shopee. For more details swing by Acer’s official Shopee page at https://shopee.com.my/m/acer-official-shop
Acer Malaysia has just launched their Acer Swift 3 ultraportable but rather than just the usual 10th Gen Intel Core processors, Acer has also deployed a variant with AMD Ryzen 4000 series CPUs which also have a substantially lower price tag.
In Malaysia, the Acer Swift 3 comes in three configured variants in terms of processor, RAM and graphics. Common across all variants is a 14-inch Full HD IPS TFT LCD with an 83.65% screen-to-body ratio and a 512GB SSD.
The highest end variant and the priciest has an Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM for RM4,299.
Slightly lower down the totem pole is a variant with an Intel Core i6-1035G1 processor with Intel UHD graphics and 8GB GDDR4 RAM for RM3,099. The cheapest but by no means the least powerful variant, pound for pound, has an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor with AMD Radeon graphics and 8GB DDR4 RAM for just RM2,599.
All three variants of the Acer Swift 3 are now available from Acer’s official online store and their online stores on Shopee and Lazada as well as their official retailers. The first 100 buyers of the Acer Swift 3 can get a free RM100 in credit on their Touch ‘N Go e-wallet which can be redeemed with proof of purchase at https://bit.ly/2SXxYHW
We now live in uncertain times. Recent events are up-ending all our traditional perceptions of work, temporarily cancelling the traditional idea of a 9-5 working day and has changed the way we all work, at least for a while. Now, many knowledge workers are embracing a new normal as many work from home to limit exposure to the coronavirus.
While it used to be a privilege doled out due to pressing circumstances, the current pandemic means that it’s a necessity for many organisations. Where the office environment has everything needed to get your job done, including liberal amounts of coffee, fast Internet and an IT team in case anything goes south, you’re on your own with the cat (or dog, we don’t judge) at home. Here’s a few tips on how to best work from home and be a bit more productive.
#1 Act like you’re going to the office
People are creatures of habit and rapidly forming a new routine helps get your brain in gear and cement the fact that you’re working and on the clock. Wake up early like you’re going to work and if necessary, dress up for the part. Some need the full get-up – office suit and all – but over time I managed to pare the whole thing down to donning a black baseball cap associated solely with work just to get the ritual started. Once you have a work routine settled, telecommuting should be much easier with a darned lot shorter commute.
#2 Pick a dedicated work space in your home
Part of forming a new routine to effectively work from home is also establishing a work space that’s solely dedicated to your trade. Carpenters need a work table and a workshop. Potters need a pottery wheel. Fortunately, as knowledge workers we mostly need a solid notebook and a stable Internet connection which means we have the luxury of setting up shop almost anywhere in the house.
Pick a spot like a guest room with a door that you can preferably close during work hours and which is as quiet as possible. Failing that, or if you’re living alone, pick a spot away from the TV, PlayStation or other forms of entertainment and also away from your bedroom. You’re here to work after all. A kitchen countertop works in a pinch but may result in more snacking than usual. Work from home pro tip – pick somewhere with a window when you work from home so that you your body clock can also adjust to the routine.
#3 Stick to a Schedule and Form a Routine
When you’re working from home, there’s a lack of the social impetus of a group as a whole to stay motivated and to be held accountable for productivity. Time tends to blur and you’re left without a focus with impromptu lunch hours, with distractions taking up your time and you end up losing focus. Set up a personal work schedule using something like Google Calendar and stick to it with a break for lunch or dinner in between. Once you’re off the clock, unless it’s a major crisis, leave it for the next work day.
#4 Separate work from your personal life on your devices
If you work from home, it becomes all the more important to separate your work life from your personal life. That also extends to your devices as well. It’s well worth the effort to create separate work and personal profiles in your web browser to minimise distractions and to avoid having your Modern Warfare teammates ping you during the workday for a scrum.
Another way to separate your work from your personal affairs is to use separate browsers and apps. If your office is relying on Edge and Outlook to get work done, you can try using Chrome or Gmail. If that isn’t an option, you can try using an app or extension that ensures you don’t waste time browsing erronous tripe like WasteNoTime for Chrome as an extension and Safari.
This also extends to synching your devices. Take extra special care that you don’t back-up and sync your personal emails and photo galleries with your work accounts and vice versa. If needed, use a separate phone or set apart a Work profile that creates a separate, selectable partition on your phone that’s different from your personal account. That or get a separate work phone.
If you’re given the option to pick your own phone or you’re privately employed, Galaxy S-series phones like the Galaxy S10, the Note series like the Note9, Note10 and the new Galaxy S20 all have Samsung’s own defence-grade Knox protection that ensure enhanced protection of company data. You’re also able to get home delivery along with bundled in-store Irresistable Deals from Samsung when you order their new Galaxy S20 series that include a free wireless charger and 128GB microSD card so it’s well worth a gander.
#5 Stay off social media during work hours
Social media is a timesink. Whether you’re wandering around on TikTok, scrolling through feeds on Facebook or just paging through Instagram, you’ll notice a bizarre temporal anomaly which results in what was originally a few minutes of wasted time turn into a few hours burned into the ether. That’s a serious productivity killer when you work from home.
The word – logout of social media when you’re at work on your work PC and temporarily turn off notifications for your social media apps. Unless your day job is actually managing social media in which case that’s an entirely different kettle of fish. When you clock off for the day, you can turn it all back on or like the previous tip, switch back to your personal profile on your PC and your phone.
#6 Take a Break When You Can
It’s good to take a break now and then in between your designated work hours. Take a breather, make a cup of coffee and see the scenery for a few minutes. Some also advocate a 20-minute power nap, a practice many Mediterranean countries observe. The trick here is doing it in moderation. To measure out your breaks, try and keep some tokens – glass beads or even Lego minifigs will do – each of them for a quick non-work related 15-minute break and then cash them out through the course of the day. Not including your lunch break, portion out 2-3 break tokens. And no, they don’t rollover to the next day.
#7 Collaborate with the Power of Tech
Collaborating with fellow colleagues that are geographically split apart all across the map or rather the globe would have been a challenge in the last decade or so but improved internet connectivity and a host of collaborative apps have made it a darned lot easier to work from home.
All services stated below are free, which is a godsend for freelancers and SMEs though larger enterprises will likely already have their own solutions in place to tackle all these needs.
To manage projects with a team, you can try Trello. For group discussions with colleagues, you can try Zoom which can handle large teleconferences or multiple-presence group chats or Skype for small group conference calls and one-one on discussions.
To collaborate on a document, you can try Google Docs which has robust live collaboration functionality – you can actually see edits happen and track every change – but it doesn’t quite format Word .docx files perfectly and you’ll need to be fairly careful with configuring sharing permissions lest private data leaks out into the wild.
#8 How to Work From Home Effectively – Get the Right Technologies for the Job
You need the right tools and technologies to get the job done if you’re looking to effectively work from home. While battery life is less of a concern seeing as you’re mostly stuck in one place, you’ll need a notebook that has the right form factor, size and specifications to fit your job scope.
If you’re a content creator like a video editor or a graphic artist, you’re going to need a notebook or desktop PC with a graphics card paired with a large, colour-calibrated display. Viable alternatives include powerful, portable rigs like the Alienware M17 R2 or the Illegear Onyx Pro, both of which have massive colour-accurate displays, beefy graphics cards and powerful processors too. The fact that they’re also extremely capable gaming machines is an added bonus.
If you’re a writer, programmer or other mobile knowledge worker dealing mostly with text or code, you’ll need a decent processor and a keyboard with good key travel. While not mandatory, lightness and portability go a long way as they’ll be able to accompany you on work meetings outside of home once the ongoing eventually MCO lifts. If you’re one of those who can’t stand staying in one place to work for extended periods of time, the lightness is a definite plus when you move locations around the house to work in from the couch, the desk, the dining room to the laundry room (guilty as judged).
It goes without saying that regardless of the job scope, the more RAM and the more storage you have the better. Of course, it also falls down to either your personal budget or that of the company’s IT department but the above selections represent a good range to shop around for.
#9 Seamless Device Interactivity is key
Smartphones are an intrinsic part of our lives. They’re also, at least in the context of being productive, major distractions with a constant series of pings, beeps and other notifications streaming in from emails, whatever social media you’re hooked up to, games and texts from friends, family and colleagues. Compound that by two when you’re juggling a work and private account unless you silence your phone which can also be counterproductive when you miss an important call or text.
Transferring content whether it’s photos, documents or more between a notebook and a laptop can also be a chore too which is where smart integration applications like Dell Mobile Connect come into play. Dell Mobile Connect is installed by default on many Dell notebooks after 2018 and lets you transfer content from images to documents while allowing you to mirror your smartphone home screen straight on your notebook’s desktop.
You’re able to read and triage texts at a glance onscreen and take files straight off your phone too, which reduces the time spent picking up and looking at your phone and makes working from home a bit more effective. The latest update for Dell Mobile Connet now lets it work with both Android and Apple iPhones too.
Huawei’s latest Mate series and P series phones also have their Huawei Multi-screen collaboration modes that offer the same thing on their own MateBook notebooks in a wireless fashion while Samsung also offers their DeX mode as well which works via a USB type-A to type-C cable plugged into any Windows PC.
Nothing’s perfect and to get the most out of your work from home experience, you may want to consider augmenting your home office with some accessories that make working easier or more efficient. This is outside the scope of this article but you may want to consider getting a more comfortable or ergonomically sound office chair, a USB hub so that you can dock, charge and connect with more devices and possibly get a wireless mouse or a notebook stand.
If you have to work in an environment with a lot of background noise (screaming progeny, loud traffic, neighbour playing ludicrously loud heavy metal music) , consider investing in a pair of active noise cancelling headphones to work from home effectively. Failing that, you can opt for headphones or earbuds with good sound insulation such as the Huawei Freebuds 3 which as active noise cancelling, the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ which has two drivers in each earpiece or if your budget is a bit more pedestrian, the Edifier TWS1and the Realme Buds Air are good options.
While working at home means less need for wireless connectivity, picking a wireless pair of earbuds or headphones also means freeing up the inevitable cable tangle on your desk though you have another item to charge up at the end of the work day. Ultimately, you get what you pay for and a higher quality accessory will pay dividends in productivity over time.
Do you have any productivity tips to work from home? Shoot us a message and let the Hitech Century team know and we’ll add it to the list!
Portability is always a concern for road warriors but it usually comes a tradeoff in performance but the revamped Acer Swift 5 series notebooks may be the closest and lightest yet to that elusive grail as they weigh just 990g while packing the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors.
The Acer Swift 5 comes in a variety of configurations but all of them have in common a 14-inch Full HD display that has a three-sided ultra-slim 3.97mm thin bezel that offers an 86.4% screen-to-body ratio.
An ultralight magnesium alloy chassis keeps the weight just under a kilogram; seeing in-flight carry limits these days, every gram matters. The notebook itself is also exceptionally slim with a thickness barely larger than a magazine at 14.95mm thin.
Productivity workers will also appreciate the fact that all Acer Swift 5 notebooks come with a free perpetual copy of Microsoft Home & Student 2019 that’s worth RM529 that packs in Excel, Word and PowerPoint. That’s quite a bonus rather than having to fork out a yearly fee.
On paper, the Acer Swift 5 is rated for 11 hours of battery life with a full charge and it also has fast-charging tech that allows for 4.5 hours of battery life with a 30-minute charge.
Acer Swift 5 Prices and Variants in Malaysia
In Malaysia, the Acer Swift 5 comes in 3 different subconfigurations that vary in terms of what processor they pack though all come with 10th Gen Intel Core Ice Lake processors, different amounts of RAM and either Intel UHD graphics, an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 or Iris Plus graphics. Externally, the various configurations look similar save for slightly different colour schemes with some coming in a dark shade of Charcoal Blue and others in a shade of Moonstone White. The most powerful of the bunch, designated the Acer Swift 5 SF514-54T-70AA notably packs an Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor, 16GBDDR4 RAM, a 512GB PCIe SSD, Intel Iris Plus graphics and a chassis done up in Charcoal Blue for RM4,699. Slightly cheaper down the line is the Acer Swift 5 SF514-54GT-512N which has an Intel Core i5-1035G1 CPU, 8GB DDR4 RAM, an 512GB PCIe SSD, an NVIDIA MX250 GPU and a Moonstone White paint job for RM3,999. The entry level models come in your choice of either Moonstone White or Charcoal Blue with both packing an Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, a 512GB PCIe SSD and Intel UHD graphics.
The Acer Swift 5 and all its various configurations are now available nationwide at all Acer Concept stores and Acer official online stores as well as Acer official resellers nationwide.
Acer is also hosting a unique promotion where the first 5 units of any model purchased at selected stores will receive a Mi True Wireless Earbud Basic worth RM99 on the house. Better yet, anyone who purchases selected Acer models worth between RM3,000 to RM5,399 will be able to redeem a free Predator waterproof bag, a Predator Cestus 310 gaming mouse or Acer E300 true harmony earphones. For more details visit www.acer.com.my
Acer Malaysia is aiming to take the gaming industry by storm as they’ve debuted a slew of their latest Predator gaming notebooks and desktops though their largest and most powerful rig, the Predator Triton 900 took centre stage as it comes with a radical design that arguably makes it a full-fledged gaming convertible that can change into any of four different modes on demand.
Also launched alongside the Predator Triton 900 are refreshed variants of their popular Predator Helios 300 gaming notebook, the Nitro 5 and Nitro 7 gaming notebooks as well as a last minute surprise in the form of the Swift 7 ultraportable. All of the notebooks are available for immediate purchase though some subvariants will arrive in early August 2019.
Acer Predator Triton 900
The Acer Predator Triton 900 comes with what Acer calls an Ezel Aero Hinge that suspends the 17.3-inch 4K UHD IPS touchscreen display that allows it to prop itself up like a virtual easel for creatives, the usual notebook mode, a display mode and a stand mode if you’re aiming to share the display with your friends during a gaming session. The form factor is certainly novel indeed and pulling off requires precise tolerances, especially seeing the Triton 900’s unique Ezel Aero Hinges as the display was able to stay in position without it wobbling.
The rest of the hardware powering the Predator Triton 900 consists of the latest 9th gen Intel Core i7 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM, 16GB GDDR4 RAM upgradeable to 32GB via 2 SODIMM slots, a 1TB (2 x 512GB) PCie NVME SSD in RAID o configuration. Keeping all this hardware cool are a pair of 4th generation Aeroblade 3D cooling fans which offer enhanced cooling over its predecessors. Rounding things off are an individually RGB backlit mechanical keyboard. The price for this magnificence? A cool RM15,999 backed by a 2-year local on-site and Accidental Damage/Theft warranty policy.
Acer Predator Helios Triton 300 (2019)
Acer’s reliable gaming workhorse range are the mainstay of many pro gamers and the 2019 refresh comes with their familiar matte black and electric blue RGB livery albeit with a slightly slimmer 22.9 chassis that’s 3.8mm thinner than its 2018 predecessors.
For 2019, the Predator Helios Triton 300 consists of 3 variants in a variety of configurations. The hardware consists of either a 17.3-inch 144Hz Full HD or 15.6-inch 144Hz Full HD IPS display with slimmer side bezels, a full sized 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard, up to the latest 9th generation Intel Core i7 processors, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPUS, up to 16GB DDR4 RAM, up to a 256GB PCIe NVME SSD and their Waves Maxx Audio tuned speakers.
The cheapest variant retails for RM5,399 and comes with a 15.6-inch 144Hz 1080P display, a 9th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB GDDR4 RAM, a 256GB PCIe NVME SSD and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX2060 with 6GB GDDR5.
The midrange Predator Helios 300 costs RM6,199 and has similar hardware as the cheaper model save for an upgraded 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor. The top of the line variant costs RM6,799 and comes with a large 17.3-inch 144Hz 1080p display, a 9th gen Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB DDR4 RAM with a similar GeFOrce RTX 2060 GPU with 6GB GDDR5 and a 256GB PCIe NVME SSD.
Acer Nitro 5 and Nitro 7 (2019)
Acer’s Nitro series are intended for casual gamers and sport very agreeable prices and sufficiently powerful hardware for mainstream gaming. The refreshed Acer Nitro 5 and Nitro 7 all come with 144Hz displays, up to 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX1660Ti GPU, up to two M.2 PCIe SSD slots and up to two DDR4 RAM SODIMM slots for up to 32GB total RAM and Acer’s CoolBoost tech to keep temperatures manageable.
The Acer Nitro 7 comes with a 15.6-inch 144Hz 1080P display with prices starting from RM4,899. The Acer Nitro 5 comes with either a 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch 144Hz display with prices for the latter starting from RM3,499 and the former at RM4,899.
Acer Swift 7
First seen at CES, the Acer Swift 7 is breathtakingly slim and svelte. The whole affair weighs just 890g, making it one of, if not the lightest 14-inch notebook of its kind in the market. The notebook itself is slimmer than a magazine and features enough hardware and endurance to get the job done for road warriors.
The 14-inch 1080P touchscreen display has super slim 4.27mm side bezels, a 100% SRGB and 72% NTSC colour gamut compliance, either an 8th generation Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM and a 256GB or 512GB PCIE NVME SSD. The Swift 7 with an Intel Core i5 variant in Starfield Black and a 256GB SSD retails for RM5,999 while the Intel Core i7 variant in Moonstone White with a 512GB SSD retails for RM 7,599.
For a limited time only until 30 June 2019, you can experience all these slick offerings from Acer at the Orange Concourse at LG2 in Sunway Pyramid mall and get special offers such as free gaming monitors when you buy the new Helios 300 gaming notebooks, RM150 cashback when you buy any Intel Core i7 variant of the Nitro 5 and Nitro 7 and more. For more details swing by www.acer.com.my
If the boffins in Acer are on the money, there’s a good chunk of notebook users who want the power that high-end gaming notebooks have to offer but prefer something lighter and with a lot less ostentatious RGB-laden bling in their hardware. Acer has heard the call and they’ve announced the new ConceptD 7 laptop that not only comes with the latest NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 series GPUs but the sort of classy, understated look that will get you instant cred in either the boardroom or at Starbucks.
Flip the lid open and you’re immediately drawn to the 15.6-inch UHD (3,840 x 2,160) pixel resolution display that has been PANTONE validated and which has 100% of the RGB colour space with a colour accuracy of Delta E<2 for superb colour accuracy.
In terms of hardware, the ConceptD 7 integrates an Intel Core i7-9750H 2.6GHz processor, 32GB RAM, the latest Quadro RTX 5000 graphics with 16GB GDDR6 VRAM and 1TB NVME storage.
The biggest draw to the Acer Concepts 7 though is its potent new NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 graphics which allow the Concepts 7 to tackle intensive tasks like rendering large models, graphics and movie editing without perceptible lag. Pair it up with the 4K colour-accurate display and you have one heck of a work rig indeed.
All this tech-laden goodness is done up in a chassis that is 17.9mm thin and weighing 2.1kg with an exceptionally classy matte white finish chased in silver with matching coloured keys No prices or availability dates were announced at launch but we’ll keep you posted.
At Acer’s latest global conference in New York, they unveiled their latest array of hardware for both productivity and gaming with the new Predator Helios 700 taking the limelight with a price to match its impressive specifications. If you’re looking for something a bit more affordable and portable though, Acer has got it covered with revamped incarnations of their Acer Nitro 7 and Nitro 6 which have updated 9th Gen Intel Core processors and 144Hz panels along with their customary slim chassis.
The Acer Nitro 7 has a 15.6-inch 1080P display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time for fast-paced shooters like PUBG and the like, up to 9th Generation Intel Core processors, up to 32GB RAM, up to a 2TB hard disk and, quaintly enough, NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics rather than the latest RTX cards to presumably keep costs within reasonable levels. Externally, the Nitro 7 is exceptionally slim at 19.9mm thin.
The Acer Nitro 5 comes with either a 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch display, both with 144Hz and 3ms response times as well as super slim bezels, up to a 9th Generation Intel Core processor, a similar NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics solution and up to M.2 Gen 3 x 4 PCIe SSDs with NVMe in Raid 0 configuration.
Both the Acer Nitro 7 and Nitro 5 also have their Acer CoolBoost tech that ups the fan speed by 10% to enhance cooling of the CPU and GPU by 9% along with their NitroSense app that enables you to see important notebook diagnostics like temperature, fan speed and power usage at a glance.
The Acer Nitro 7 is slated to arrive in China in May with prices starting from RMB 6,499 which is about RM3,992 while the Acer Nitro 5 will arrive in China starting May with prices from RMB 5,999 which is about RM3,685. There is no official word on local pricing or availability as yet but we’ll keep you in the loop. For more details swing by www.acer.com/nextacer
The annual Next Acer conference introduces the latest hardware that the brand has to offer to the world and this year in New York, they’ve gone all-out on the gaming front with a spanking new Predator Helios 700 that has upgunned specifications and the novel addition of a slide-out keyboard.
When plonked on a table, the Predator Helios 700 allows you to slide the keyboard and trackpad forward towards you to reveal a set of powered 4th generation Aeroblade 3D cooling cooling fans that offer enhanced airflow to keep all the hardware cool.
Just for additional bling factor, there’s a transparent panel where you can admire the five heat pipes that act to vent heat from the notebook’s critical components. Dubbed the ‘Hyperdrift keyboard’, this new slide-out keyboard mechanism also uses a new series of keys with linear switches for enhanced precision dubbed ‘MagForce keys’.
In terms of hardware, the Predator Helios 700 sports a very impressive array though it will vary according to region of deployment. It can pack up to a 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 or 2080 graphics card and up to 64GB DDR4 RAM. The 17-inch Full HD panel has a 144Hz refresh rate, NVIDIA G-Sync support and a 3-ms response time.
Of course, all this high-end hardware means that it’s somewhat on the heavy side with the whole affair weighing 4.4kg and fairly chunky at 41.7mm thick so it’ll likely give your arms a workout hauling this around. Unfortunately, there’s no pricing or launch dates as yet for the Helios 700 for Malaysia but it will arrive in China in June at prices starting from RMB19,999 which is about RM 12,268.
Acer Predator Helios 300
Also showcased was a refresh of their popular Predator Helios 300 that sports a raft of updated hardware and a redesigned look. Rather than the bold crimson and black done up in polycarbonate and metal, the revamped version now has teal blue accents more in line with the rest of the Predator line. On the hardware front, it has either a 15.6-inch or 17.4-inch Full HD IPS display, a 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time, up to a 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU with Max-Q design, up to 32GB DDR4 RAM and up to two PCIE NVMe SSDs in Raid 0 configuration.
There’s no prices or launch dates as well for the Predator Helios 300 but it will launch in China in May with prices starting from RMB11,999 which is about RM7368. For more details swing by www.acer.com/nextacer
Gaming notebooks worth their salt are typically massive behemoths that fling mortal concerns such as portability and lightness straight out the window but Acer’s latest gaming notebook is not only powerful enough to tackle the latest titles but is absurdly slim to boot. Enter the Acer Predator Triton 500.
Externally, the Triton 500 has dimensions that are just slightly larger and chunkier than an ultraportable at 18mm thin and at just 2 kg on the weighing scales but it packs some serious gaming hardware including the latest eighth generation Intel Core i5-78300H processor, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU and a hefty enough cooling setup to keep you gaming well until the cows come home.
The finish on the Triton 500 consists of a matte black paint job embellished with an RGB backlit Predator logo inlaid with blue trim on the top lid along with the brand’s characteristic triangular vent grilles covered by blue wire mesh all around. Build quality is exceptionally sturdy with a combination of light plastic and aluminium across the chassis for weight savings.
The left side sports an Ethernet port, a HDMI out, a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port and a headphone as well as a microphone jack. The right side comes with a Thunderbolt 3 port, a mini-DisplayPort, a pair of USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports as well as a Kensington lock slot. This array of ports means that you can hook up to three other additional displays via the HDMI port, the mini DisplayPort and the Thunderbolt 3 port if you deign to do so for a multi-screen gaming setup.The underside comes with a quartet of rubber feet to keep it from sliding off a table to oblivion along with a pair of downward firing stereo speakers emplaced near the lower front edge of the bottom panel enhanced with Acer’s TrueHarmony and Waves MaxxAudio software for better aural oomph.The hinge mechanism is well balanced such that you can open the Triton 500 one-handed without undue effort all the way to a 180-degree face-up position if needed with the lid staying where you want it to with minimal wobbling. The top lid is also sturdily built with no give or play.
Flip the lid up and you’re greeted by an RGB backlit keyboard and a generously sized touchpad. Of note is that the W,S, A and D keys have been specially singled out of the whole line-up with teal-hued keys along with the direction pad and a dedicated key that fires up the Notebook’s Predator Sense menu that lets you manipulate the built-in RGB lighting, cooling fan speed for the CPU and GPU and the option to overclock the Triton 500 or alternatively via a hardwired button in the upper left quadrant of the keyboard. The Triton 500 is well equipped on the display front with a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS panel that has a 144Hz refresh rate, a 3ms response time and NVIDIA G-Sync support which allows it to keep pace with more intensive fast action shooters like Overwatch.
The display has exceptionally slim side bezels to offer an impressive 81% screen-to-body ratio though the bottom edge remains rather chunky with the top edge sporting slight beveling for aesthetic reasons as well as a webcam.
One oft neglected aspect of design is a notebook’s power brick with more powerful setups hosting not one but two actual brick-sized chunks that you have to tote around but the Triton 500’s power brick is a surprisingly compact affair that’s slightly smaller than a paperback novel though it is a wee bit denser.
As far as build quality goes, the Triton 500 does not disappoint with top notch quality and a superb fit in every aspect of its build with novel additions to its design like its teal-hued mesh covers that make it distinctive out of the plethora of gaming notebooks out there. What’s most important though is that it’s slim enough that you can feasibly load it along with its power brick in your backpack for a day out without having to put your physiotherapist on speed dial afterwards.
Predator Triton 500 Specifications
Under the hood, the entry level variant of the Acer Predator Triton 500 intended for the Malaysia market comes with a respectable array of hardware that makes it both portable and powerful. Powering the whole affair is an eighth generation Intel Core i5-8300H processor paired up with 16GB DDR4 RAM, a 512GB PCIe NVME SSD that consists of a pair of 256GB SSDs in Raid 0 configuration and a spanking new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 incorporates the new Turing architecture that features a number of enhancements like Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and Real Time Ray Tracing (RTRT) for more realistic lighting effects in supported games of recent vintage such as Battlefield V and Anthem as well as 60% better performance than the last-gen GTX 1060.
In keeping with many gaming notebook brands these days, the Triton 500 has its own customised Predator Sense app that helps you to customise your notebook’s lighting profile, manipulate fan speed, overclocking and also see internal temperatures at a glance. To keep it cool, the Predator Triton 500 has a grand total of three fans and five heat pipes which go a long ways to keep heat under control.Taken as a whole, the Triton 500 has a pretty solid spec sheet though you’ll likely have to rotate your library of installed games fairly often as most high-end titles easily have install sizes averaging 30-50GB or more. Still, what you have in its stock configuration is more than adequate to have a dozen high-end titles installed with space to spare.
Predator Triton 500 Performance and Benchmarks
When taken for a whirl around the block, the Triton 500 proved to be delightfully fast and responsive. In terms of synthetic benchmarks, we took it for a spin with its Turbo mode off and on to see what it can tackle in its full glory.
Without Turbo mode, the Triton 500 was still pretty beastly and handled most non RTRT titles without undue trouble at 1080P with decent frame rates. Turn Turbo mode on though and the Triton 500’s built in cooling fans ramp up in speed from a whisper to a terrifyingly impressive wail even as it overclocks the hardware akin to an Airwolf attack chopper (look that up kiddos).
With Turbo mode off, the Triton 500 got a single-core score of 4,447, a multi-core score of 13,295 and an OpenCL score of 59,120 points in GeekBench 4. In Cinebench R15, it got an OpenGL score of 29.38fps and a CPU score of 542cb. In PCMark 10, which tests for real-world productivity usage, the notebook got a respectable score of 4,945 while in 3DMark’s TimeSpy test it got 5,470 points. The Triton 500 is VR ready too for current hardware and score 6,962 points in the VRMark Orange Room test meaning that it ought to be able to tackle a HTC Vive or Oculus Rift rig without too much trouble. In Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey’s internal benchmark test with very high graphic quality at 1080P resolution with Turbo off, it scored an average of 55fps with a maximum of 90fps and a minimum of 19fps.
With Turbo mode on, the Triton 500 managed 5,835 points in 3D Mark’s TimeSpy test and 4,874 points in the PCMark 10 test. It also managed to achieve a stunning 204,715 points in the OpenCL test, a single-core score of 4,873 points and a multi-core score of 16,966 points in Geekbench 4. In Cinebench R15, the Triton 500 got 103.58 fps in the OpenGL score and a 799cb CPU score. In VRMark’s Orange Room, it managed a score of 6,791 points. In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey at similar 1080P resolution with very high graphics quality, it got an average of 56fps with a maximum of 116fps and a minimum of 20fps.
All these benchmarks test its capabilities to tackle conventional gaming but 3DMark’s Port Royale benchmark which tests real time ray tracing capabilities delivered rather interesting results. Without turbo on, the Triton 500 measure a very middling 821 points and chugged its way through the test. Fire up Turbo though and it yielded a very respectable 3,172 points which shows its ray tracing chops.
Benchmarks aside, we put it through several hours of gaming with titles across a variety of genres. In Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock and Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, both space strategy titles that can be somewhat taxing when you involve large fleets of capital ships and fighters duking it out with particle effects, the Triton 500 managed to keep things ticking along nicely without noticeable lag or frame rate drops. In Far Cry New Dawn, CS:GO and Apex Legends on full HD on high settings, the Triton 500 ran them all smoothly even with a large number of targets and explosions onscreen.
There’s a dearth of games that support ray tracing and DLSS at the time of this review was published though the Triton 500 comes with a free game with your choice of either Bioware’s Anthem or EA’s Battlefield V both of which take advantage of NVIDIA’s potent ray tracing technologies and the power of the GTX 2060 GPU. Our test unit had Anthem installed and playing it was a real treat indeed with smooth frame rates and luscious visuals with RTX and DLSS enabled though we weren’t able to discover a discernible different in lighting with or without RTX on and the dearth of games that use these features means there isn’t much of a sample size to compare with at this point in time.
The provided display was excellent with good viewing angles while delivering pin-sharp detail and colour rendition with the 144MHz refresh rate ensuring that it kept pace with fast-paced gaming like Apex Legends. The provided speakers are pretty decent and while they don’t have a particularly wide soundstage, they are fortunately loud and have a sufficient amount of bass to make more action-laden games a treat to play.
As with many other gaming notebooks, keyboard quality is paramount for an optimum typing and gaming experience and the Triton 500 does not disappoint in that regard. The keys proved responsive and well spaced enough that touch typing was very viable indeed though you’ll still need to get a decent mouse for serious gaming. Alas, you can’t individually control the RGB lighting on a per key basis with the whole keyboard acting as a single colour zone albeit one that you can customise to some degree.
If your pockets are suitable deep enough, you can also opt for the higher specced variants of the Triton 500 with the mid-tier variant which retains all the hardware of the entry-level variant we tested but which upgrades the CPU to an Intel Core i7-8750H processor for RM7,599. If you have RM8,699 in change lying around, you can get the top of the line variant that keeps the Intel Core i7-8750H of the midtier version but upgrades the GPU to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM.
Acer Predator Triton 500 Price, Battery Life and Conclusion
While the Triton 500 is an exceptionally portable and powerful gaming rig, it still doesn’t quite resolve the classic problem befalling gaming notebooks – battery life. Without turbo on, the Triton 500 lasts slightly north of four hours of battery life with basic productivity work. In any case, turbo mode won’t work until you’re hooked up to the mains though the Triton 500 is still way ahead of the curve and outguns most ultraportables even without turbo mode on.
As it stands, the Predator Triton 500 is a premium notebook that is both good looking and powerful though it still pales to its better specced and pricier sibling with an eighth gen i7 processor and an RTX 2070 GPU. There’s a dearth of games that take full advantage of ray tracing and DLSS but it does help to future proof the Triton 500 to conceivably tackle games for the next few years down the line in a capable fashion. If you’re looking for one of the slimmest and lightest gaming notebooks with an NVIDIA RTX card, the Predator Triton 500 is well ahead of the pack.
What we likedSuperb specifications and performance, responsive and generously sized keyboard, good 144Hz display, svelte and light for a gaming notebook What we didn’tFans get a bit noisy under heavy loads We sayThe Acer Triton 500 manages to cram impressive gaming hardware into a light and slim chassis. If you need a slim gaming rig that you can tote around for your next gaming match this comes highly recommended.
Specifications Price RM6,799 Display 15.6-inch IPS LCD panel, 1920 x 1080 pixels 144Hz refresh/3ms response time OS Windows 10 Home Processor Intel Core i5-8300H 2.3GHz Memory 8GB DDR4 RAM/512GB NVME PCIe SSD ( 2 x 256GB in Raid 0) Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with 6GB GDDR6 dedicated memory Battery 5,400mAh Size/Weight 17.9 x 358.5 x 255mm /2kg * Review unit courtesy of Acer Malaysia