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Acer's Predator-y laptops for summer 2017

The thin but not terribly light Predator Triton 700 and midrange Predator Helios 300 make their debut.

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Lori Grunin
I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.
Lori Grunin
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Acer Predator Triton 700

One of the new system's novelties is the transparent Gorilla Glass SR+ touchpad located above the keyboard, showing off the dual fans.

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Triton 700's mechanical backlit keyboard

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Triton 700 charging

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Waiting to touch it

Someone trying out the Triton 700.

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Connectors

Two USB 3 Type -A plus headphone and (I think) mic.

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Mind the gap

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Thin

Yup, it's thin.

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Fingerprints

I was hoping we'd be able to convey how fingerprint-covered the touchpad gets, but you can't really see it in this picture.

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Connectors redux

Also, still thin.

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The other connectors

There's a USB-C/Thunderbolt connector for an external monitor, an always-on USB Type-A connector and Ethernet.

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Screen

No fancy thin-bezel displays for the Predators!

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Predator Helios 300

This midrange model strikes me as slightly less flashy than the traditional Predator 15 and 17. But it still proclaims, "I game!"

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Light it up

It includes all the essentials, like a colored backlit keyboard.

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Back

Still red and black, but a slightly different look than the older models.

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Connectors

USB-C Thunderbolt, HDMI, an always-on USB 3 Type-A, and -- wait for it -- an SD card slot!

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Thin-ish

This is plenty thin as far as I'm concerned -- weight is far more important.

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More connectors

On its left, the Helios 300 has two USB 3 Type-A connectors and a headphone jack.

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Profile

Yup, it's a Predator.

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Touchpad

Redrim.

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WASD

As you'd expect.

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Predator Helios 300

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