Acer Predator Helios 300 Sound Card

Tom’s Hardware Verdict

The Acer Predator Triton 300 SE delivers impressive gaming performance, a bright OLED and excellent portability, but the memory is soldered down and the keyboard could utilise more travel.

Pros

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    Impressive performance

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    Vivid OLED display

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    Strong build quality

Cons

  • GeForce RTX 3060 tin struggle at native resolution

  • Shallow keyboard

  • Memory isn’t upgradeable

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Most of the
best gaming laptops
take 15 to 17-inch screens, but Acer’due south xiv-inch Predator Triton 300 SE ($1,949 as tested, starts at $ane,599) is a convincing argument that they can be made smaller. The Core i9-12900H processor and 6GB Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics bill of fare in our review unit of measurement let it punch well higher up its weight — no low-wattage CPU or RTX 3050 here. It’s all wrapped in an bonny aluminum build, and our model goes to a higher place and beyond with a gorgeous OLED screen. It’s not cheap, merely few gaming laptops blend portability and performance so well.

Pattern of the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE

Acer sells both 14- and 16-inch versions of the Predator Triton 300 SE. The fourteen-inch version under review here is distinguishable past its dark greyness hue equally opposed to vivid silverish color on the larger version. The aluminum chassis – plastic would be out of place on a laptop this expensive – resists flex nicely even though the metal isn’t thick.

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At 12.34 ten 8.ix x 0.79 inches (313.iv x 226.one x 19.9 mm, WDH), the Predator Triton 300 SE isn’t every bit trim equally a non-gaming 14-inch ultraportable, such as the
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, merely generally sticks to the size of its 14-inch, 16:10 aspect ratio screen. To nitpick, I’d like to run into slightly thinner display bezels. The laptop weighs 3.75 pounds (1.7kg).

Past comparison, the Asus TUF Gaming F15, which has a xv.6-inch screen, is 13.94 x 9.88 x 0.78 inches (354 10 250 x 19.81 mm) and 4.41 pounds (2 kg). The 16-inch Lenovo Legion 5i Pro is nonetheless larger and heavier at 14.17 x 10.4 ten 1.05 inches (359.9 10 264.4 x 26.6 mm) and 5.49 pounds (2.49 kg). That’s also true of the Acer Predator Helios 300, which is 14.xv x 10.88 x 0.9 inches (359.4 x 276.4 by 22.9 mm) and 5.73 pounds (2.six kg).

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The Predator sticks to traditional straight lines instead of trying anything exotic. Minus the excessive stickers on the palm residue, it almost looks professional. Acer toned down the Predator branding to tiny badges on the lid and palm rest. In that location is no external lighting besides the keyboard backlighting.

The amount of physical connectivity satisfies; The left border has a USB-A three.2 Gen two port and Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C). There’s also a Kensington-style lock slot, which is always of import on a laptop likely to encounter public travel or college utilise.

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Meanwhile, the right edge is where you tin notice a universal sound jack (headphone/microphone), some other Blazon-A port and an HDMI 2.1 video output. At that place’s no media card reader here like in that location is on the xvi-inch Predator Triton 300 SE.

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Zip is on the front edge and only cooling vents adorn the rear.

Acer Predator Triton 300 SE

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The Predator Triton 300 SE has Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.two courtesy of a Killer AX1675i networking bill of fare. Information technology lacks Ethernet, just Thunderbolt 4 opens tons of possibilities, including docking stations.  Only this laptop requires more ability than Thunderbolt 4 tin provide; its 180-watt power connector connects along the left edge.

Acer Predator Triton 300 SE Specs

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CPU Intel Cadre i9-12900H (vi Performance-cores, 8-Efficient cores, up to 5GHz turbo, 45-watt base power)
Graphics Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6 (95-watt maximum graphics power, 1,282 MHz boost clock)
Memory 32GB LPDDR5-5200 (soldered)
Storage 1TB PCIe Gen4 SSD
Display 14-inch OLED2880 x 1800 pixels 90Hz
Networking Killer Wi-Fi 6E 1675i,  Bluetooth 5.2
Ports Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C), 2x USB-A 3.ii Gen two (1 with power-off charging), iii.5mm audio jack, HDMI 2.1 video output
Camera 1080p
Bombardment 76 WHr
Power Adapter 180-watt (butt connector)
Operating Organization Windows 11 Dwelling house
Dimensions (WxDxH) 12.34 ten 8.ix x 0.79 inches (313.four 10 226.1 10 nineteen.9 millimeters)
Weight 3.75 lbs (ane.70 kg)
Price (as configured) $1,949

Gaming and Graphics on the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE

Our Acer Predator Triton 300 SE review unit is model TP314-52S-95GB, sporting an Intel Core i9-12900H processor, 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060. The latter is rated for a middling 95 watts;
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signal laptop makers tin can set it for as few as lx watts. Its 1,282MHz boost clock is the minimum, though.

I had no trouble playing through
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
at two,880 x1,800 at the highest detail preset and Nvidia RTX DLSS ready to counterbalanced, with a frame rate between 67 and ninety frames per second. Every scene looked brilliant on the OLED screen, peculiarly the dark missions.

Acer Predator Triton 300 SE OLED

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On
G Theft Auto Five
(very high settings), the Predator Triton 300 SE trailed the field, averaging just 74 fps at 1080p. The
Asus TUF Gaming F15
managed ninety fps, suggesting how much more performance the GeForce RTX 3060 can muster when tuned to 140 watts. The
Acer Predator Helios 300
and the
Lenovo Legion 5i Pro
are even more powerful, with their 150-watt GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics cards. The Predator Triton 300 SE’southward 34 fps boilerplate at native screen resolution is also low, albeit still technically playable.

The
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
(highest settings) criterion tells a similar story; the Predator Triton 300 SE averaged 68 fps at 1080p only half that (34 fps) at native screen resolution. The 1440p/1600p numbers from the Predator Helios 300 and the Legion 5i Pro are much better, just over the magic threescore fps marker. Enabling RTX DLSS (which nosotros don’t practice for testing) would aid frame rates a lot as my casual playthrough suggested.

The Predator Triton 300 SE looked slightly better in
Far Cry 6
(ultra settings), where it averaged a smooth 63 fps at 1080p and a depression simply playable 39 fps at native. Naturally, the others continued performing amend, but remember that the Predator Triton 300 SE is a modest 14-inch laptop in a field of 15- to sixteen-inchers.

The
Borderlands iii
(badass settings) benchmark also shows the Predator Triton 300 SE simply keeping its caput above water at native screen resolution, averaging 34fps. Its 60fps average at 1080p is better, but the other laptops accomplished at to the lowest degree that at 1440p/1600p.

Lastly, the Predator Triton 300 SE fabricated its worst showing in
Blood-red Expressionless Redemption 2
(medium settings), producing l fps at 1080p and diving to an unplayable 27 fps at native screen resolution. This game is notoriously difficult to run, however, and it’s important to remember the Predator Triton 300 SE is a small laptop for portable gaming.

The benchmarks take but a few minutes to run, and in real-world gaming, you’d be playing for far longer than that. That’s why we stress-examination gaming laptops by looping the
Metro Exodus
benchmark on RTX settings 15 times, simulating about half an hour of gameplay.

During the test, the Predator’s Core i9-12900H averaged a healthy 4.fourteen GHz on the operation cores and 3.52 GHz on the efficiency cores. The CPU package temperature averaged 77.43 degrees Celsius. The GeForce RTX 3060’s core clock averaged ane,167MHz, non too far beneath its 1,282MHz rated maximum boost clock, and had an boilerplate temperature of 65.12 degrees Celsius.

Productivity Operation on the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE

Acer Predator Triton 300 SE OLED

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Our Predator Triton 300 SE has an Intel Core i9-12900H processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, 32GB of DDR5 RAM, a 1TB PCIe iv.0 SSD and Windows 11 Home.

In Geekbench 5, an overall performance exam focused on the CPU, the Predator Triton 300 SE earned a top score of 1,879 in the single-core test, ahead of the TUF Gaming F15’due south ane,781 and the Legion 5i Pro’southward last-place showing of 1,595. Both those laptops use a Core i7-12700H processor which has the same cadre count and configuration every bit the Core i9-12900H, but slightly lower clocks. The Predator Triton 300 SE also did well in multi-cadre, scoring 14,064 and outpacing the next-fastest Legion 5i Pro (13,008) and the underperforming Predator Helios 300 (10,164), which too uses a Core i7-12700H.

In a reversal, the Predator Triton 300 SE’south time of 5 minutes and three seconds landed information technology last identify in our Handbrake video transcoding test. The TUF Gaming F15 was the second slowest, at four minutes and 49 seconds, and the Legion 5i Pro the fastest at iv minutes and 29 seconds.

The Predator Triton 300 SE redeemed itself in our concluding test, a 25GB file re-create, where it averaged 1,536 MBps against the next-best Legion 5i Pro’s 925.46 MBps. The TUF Gaming F15 came in last, at 607.64 MBps.

Display on the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE

The OLED screen on the Predator Triton 300 SE under review is a real stunner. If you’ve marvelled at high-end OLED TVs in an electronics shop, this will give you the same feeling on a smaller scale. Our tools revealed it covers an excellent 193% of the
sRGB
gamut and 136.4% of DCI-P3.

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The display tin can seem brighter than our 280-nit measurement suggests considering of OLED’s infinite dissimilarity ratio. During a night scene in
Shadow of the Tomb Raider, I actually squinted when a sudden explosion had me running for cover.

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The screen’s 2880 x 1800 screen resolution is chosen WQXGA+ or, sometimes, 3K. Its 90 Hz refresh charge per unit isn’t high for a gaming laptop (we routinely see 165 Hz or better) merely is however higher than the standard 60 Hz. A higher refresh rate isn’t needed, in any example; our gaming benchmarks showed the GeForce RTX 3060 is at the limit of its capabilities at this resolution.

The but real problem with this screen is the excess glare from its mirror-sheen surface. I institute myself constantly adjusting the display angle in well-lit rooms and especially outdoors to avoid reflections. The surface besides tends to attract backlog dust.

Keyboard and Touchpad on the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE

Typing on the Predator Triton 300 SE is a forgettable experience. The keyboard is perfectly functional, with mostly full-size keys (including the arrow cluster, though information technology isn’t separated out), just minimal key travel ways minimal feedback. That said, I sailed through the MonkeyType typing exam at 102 words per minute with 99% accuracy and got a similar 102 wpm in 10FastFingers.

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The keyboard has a shortcut column downward its right side. The acme key is the power push button, followed by keys to launch the PredatorSense app, mute the microphone, and toggle book up and down. Home, End, Page Upwardly, and Folio Down are simply bachelor as Fn-key combos.

The keyboard backlight is split into three vertical zones, non per-key every bit on higher-end gaming laptops. Each zone tin be whatsoever colour (RGB) and can be individually turned off. There are three brightness levels. Lighting patterns like animate can also exist set, though they employ to the unabridged keyboard and not by zone. The Acer PredatorSense app (more on it subsequently) allows all this configuration only you tin still toggle the effulgence or turn the lighting off using Fn + F4.

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The Predator’s touchpad is slightly small for its xiv-inch screen just it’s usable; my fingers easily glided across its surface. It has no dedicated mouse buttons; but press or tap the surface to click. The little foursquare at top left is the fingerprint reader, which looks like it could become in the fashion merely didn’t in my feel, as they are in an area my fingers rarely went. The fingerprint reader is a notable inclusion; gaming laptops often leave it out.

Audio on the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE

Laptops typically accept unremarkable speakers, and the Predator Triton 300 SE follows that dominion. Its twin speakers face up downward from behind the vertical grilles along the bottom corners.

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The audio is only loud enough to entertain ane person in a placidity room. Drum hits in Phil Collins’
Don’t Lose My Number
sounded abrupt but had no bass to dorsum them upwardly. Tuning sound settings in the DTS:X app helps; there are presets for gaming, music, movies and an automatic mode, and it also has a graphic equalizer.

The speakers are meliorate suited to games.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
was surprisingly immersive with DTS:X prepare to gaming, though none of the explosions I set up off registered on the bass scale. (Gamers looking for the best sound experience should employ one of the
all-time gaming headsets.)

Upgradeability of the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE

The only hands serviceable components in the Predator Triton 300 SE are its storage drive, wireless carte du jour and battery. You’ll need a tiny Torx screwdriver to remove the 9 screws securing its bottom access panel. (Philips-head screwdrivers will not work.) At to the lowest degree all the screws are the same, and then you don’t accept to remember their original locations.

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Removing the screws is the unproblematic function; prying the panel free is a pain. I started on the left border with a plastic trim tool and slowly fabricated my way around to the front and right edges. The forcefulness I had to use made me wonder if I had forgotten to remove a screw or two. Popping the rear edge free was the hardest part, and it felt like I had snapped something. (Fortunately, nothing broke.) Be sure to utilize a tool (a credit card isn’t strong enough) and go dull.

The storage drive is an Grand.2 Type-2280 format using the PCI Express four.0 bus. The 1TB drive in our unit wasn’t covered by a heatsink. Adjacent to it is the G.2 Blazon-2230 wireless menu, with 2 antenna leads.

What nigh the RAM? It’due south unfortunately soldered and incommunicable to upgrade, so buy a laptop with the corporeality of RAM you’ll want in the long run.

Battery Life on the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE

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Our bombardment test involves web surfing, video streaming and OpenGL testing at 150 nits of brightness. The Predator Triton 300 SE lasted an adequate if non impressive v hours and 43 minutes; traditional fourteen-inch laptops usually last a lot longer, only they don’t have the Predator’s gaming-grade hardware. Merely the Predator Helios 300 had a shorter runtime (5:02). The TUF Gaming F15 took the top spot (seven:35).

Heat on the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE

During our Metro Exodus stress test, the Predator Triton 300 SE had a maximum keyboard temperature of 114.98 degrees Fahrenheit (46.i degrees Celsius) betwixt the G and H keys, which is bearable. The other surfaces were cooler, the touchpad registering only 85.eight F (29.nine  C).

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The hotspot on the bottom of the laptop was 127.22  F (52.9 C).

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Webcam on the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE (TP314-52S-95GB)

Though Acer equipped the Predator Triton 300 SE with a 1080p webcam instead of the usual 720p fare, the picture is still on the blurry side and doesn’t handle highlights or low calorie-free well. The cam also lacks a privacy shutter. Y’all’ll need an external webcam to wait your best.

Software and Warranty on the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE (TP314-52S-95GB)

There’due south a fair amount of preloaded software on the Predator Triton 300 SE.

The about important app is PredatorSense. It handles keyboard settings as I noted earlier, merely more chiefly lets you access functioning-related settings and monitoring tools.

Enabling Turbo mode is the most exciting; it allows the graphics carte to boost college and gives the CPU extra cooling by forcing the fans to maximum speed. It’s effective; in the
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
benchmark (highest settings, 2,880×1,800, RTX DLSS set to balanced), I saw 73  fps at default merely 81 fps with Turbo enabled, an impressive leap for pressing a push button. The fan noise is prohibitive, though, so I can’t come across using this feature unless a game really needs a 10-twenty% operation boost and you had airtight or dissonance-cancelling headphones.

PredatorSense too integrates with games, and can automatically set keyboard backlighting, functioning boost, and sound settings depending on the game you’re playing. The only challenging role is navigating to the game’s executable file.

The Acer Care Eye app has basic system information and utilities, such equally a drive cleaner. It likewise automatically checks for organisation driver and firmware updates. It notifies you of critical updates, but you can plow that off.

Every bit for warranty, Acer backs the Predator Triton 300 SE with just ane year of coverage; Predator laptops used to have 2-twelvemonth warranties. I prefer i year of coverage for every $i,000 spent, but one twelvemonth is the industry standard.

Acer Predator Triton 300 SE Configurations

The $1,949 Predator Triton 300 SE nosotros reviewed is model TP314-52S-95GB. It has a xiv-inch OLED screen with a 2880 x 1800 resolution, an Intel Core i9-12900H processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics, a 1TB PCIe Gen iv SSD, and 32GB of LPDDR5 retention.

The only other model I found for sale in the United states was the $1,599 All-time Buy model

PT314-52S-747P


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, which steps down to a slightly lower-clocked Cadre i7-12700H processor, half the storage (512GB) and memory (16GB), and switches out the OLED screen for a 165Hz 1920 x 1200 IPS screen. Its lower screen resolution makes a better pick for most gamers, but you’re stuck with 16GB of not-upgradeable RAM.

The 16-inch model, starting at $1,699, can be found from B&H and Acer directly.

Bottom Line

The 14-inch Acer Predator Triton 300 SE expertly blends portability and performance. Information technology can play any of today’s games, and its productivity is on par with that of larger machines, thanks to its full-wattage Intel Core H-class processor. Information technology even offers built-in overclocking in the PredatorSense app.

The OLED screen on our review model is gorgeous simply not the all-time option for gaming. Its 2880 x 1800 resolution proved likewise high for the GeForce RTX 3060, at least at the visual-quality settings we use for benchmarks. Most gamers will be better off with the Best Buy model PT314-52S-747P, which has a more manageable 1920 x 1200 resolution and a higher, 165 Hz refresh charge per unit. Nonetheless, the OLED screen is unbeatable for cinematic gaming provided you’re willing to accept less than pinnacle visual-quality settings playing at native resolution (In some games, non all) or are using the Triton as a artistic tool.

For more than performance, Lenovo’south Legion 5i Pro offers a GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and a xvi-inch 2560 10 1600 screen in the $i,999 model we reviewed, though it’s a larger machine, nearly two pounds heavier than the Predator Triton 300 SE. The fifteen.6-inch Asus TUF Gaming F15 is another larger but better performer, utilizing a higher-wattage GeForce RTX 3060 than the Predator, and it’s less expensive ($1,499 every bit we reviewed it, albeit with 16GB of RAM.)

Other highlights for the Predator Triton 300 SE are its snazzy aluminum build, iii-zone RGB keyboard backlighting, ample connectivity (including Thunderbolt 4), and practiced cooling. On the downside, its keyboard doesn’t feel engaging, its 1080p webcam isn’t special, and its retentiveness tin’t be upgraded, but those are nitpicks in the larger picture. All told, the 14-inch Predator Triton 300 SE does a commendable job delivering usable gaming performance in a minor form factor.

Charles Jefferies is a freelance reviewer for Tom’southward Hardware U.s.a.. He covers laptop PCs, especially gaming models.

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