PROS

+ Sleek, compact, highly portable design

+ Very fair price for the component mix

+ Greater-than-60fps gaming performance at 1080p with GeForce RTX 3060 GPU

+ 144Hz display

+ Long battery life

CONS

– The 14-inch screen may be tight for some gamers

– 512GB SSD potentially cramped for large game libraries

ACER PREDATOR TRITON 300 SE SPECS

Laptop ClassGaming
ProcessorIntel Core i7-11375H
Processor Speed3.3 GHz
RAM (as Tested)16 GB
Boot Drive TypeSSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested)512 GB
Screen Size14 inches
Native Display Resolution1920 by 1080
Touch ScreenNo
Panel TechnologyIPS
Variable Refresh SupportNone
Screen Refresh Rate144 Hz
Graphics ProcessorNvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
Graphics Memory6 GB
Wireless Networking802.11ax, Bluetooth
Dimensions (HWD)0.7 by 12.7 by 8.97 inches
Weight3.75 lbs
Operating SystemWindows 10
Battery Life (Hours)11 Hours 45 Minutes
Acer Predator Triton 300 SE Image

The 15-inch Triton 500 from Acer’s Predator Triton line has impressed us recently, and the newest, smaller variant is no different. A 14 inch gaming laptop with a great balance of portability and performance is the Predator Triton 300 SE ($1,399.99).

It creates a reliable midrange gaming machine at a very affordable price by combining a modern Intel Core i7 “Tiger Lake-H” processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU with a sleek design and good battery life. If you’re searching for an alternative to just another 15.6 inch gaming laptop, you can’t beat its real mobility and high performance, high refresh rate 1080p play. However, its smaller screen may be uncomfortable for some. The Triton 300 SE raises the bar at this size, much like the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 did the year before and has been named our Editors’ Choice for midrange gaming laptops.

Acer Predator Triton 300 SE Display

Design

This laptop is a cute small product that is simple to like for its size. With a stylish all silver appearance and a glossy brushed finish on the lid, it also adds some elegance. The logo, which is confined to a tidy emblem in the top right corner, is not a front-and-center nuisance either. Some could describe it as basic, but I believe a more minimalist strategy is a good fit for the small size. It is obvious at a glance that it is compact, lightweight, and portable.

Image of Acer Predator Triton 300 SE

Resolution

More particular, the Triton 300 SE is remarkably portable for a gaming notebook at 3.75 pounds and measures 0.7 by 12.7 by 9 inches (HWD). The amazing, previously mentioned Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, which measures 0.7 by 12.8 by 8.7 inches and weighs 3.52 pounds, is its main competition. The Asus ROG Flow X13 (made to function with a standalone eGPU) and the Razer Blade Stealth 13 are the only rivals that are even smaller. The Flow and the Stealth are 0.62 by 11.8 by 8.8 inches and 0.63 by 12 by 8.3 inches, respectively, and weigh 2.9 and 3.1 pounds.

These are all far more compact than typical 15.6 inch laptops, which despite being slimmer than they ever were and weighing closer to 5 pounds, take up more room in your backpack. The compromise is, of course, the screen itself. Though it depends on personal opinion, 13.3- and 14-inch panels may be a little too small for gaming. Stick with the Predator Triton 500 or the Alienware m15 R4 if a 15.6 inch display is more comfortable for you.

Cool Image of Acer Predator Triton 300 SE

The Triton 300 SE appears relatively small to me because I’m used to playing on a curved 27-inch display, but once I got going, it didn’t interfere with the experience. Games are completely playable, and the portability of the Acer is a big benefit. Some UI elements and lettering are a little small, though. For a midrange gaming laptop, the display’s full HD resolution and 144Hz refresh rate are more than adequate. The components of the little Predator are undoubtedly capable of playing games at 1080p and, in some titles, making use of the higher refresh-rate maximum. We’ll get to the performance details in a moment.

Keyboard and Ports

Ports And Keyboard

Although they are not particularly unique, the keyboard and touchpad are of great quality. The backlighting can be customized (in three zones, not per key), and the keys have a decent amount of travel but feel incredibly responsive. The touchpad has a very smooth glide and a premium feel, and it feels above average in terms of quality and responsiveness. For speedy and secure login, it also has a fingerprint scanner in the top left corner.

The physical construction is completed by a limited port selection. A USB 3.1 Type-A port, a USB-C port that supports Thunderbolt 4, and the power connector are all located on the left side.

Front Side

Another USB-A 3.1 port and an HDMI port for an external monitor are located on the right. Although there are not many ports available, it should be sufficient for the majority of use cases without feeling overly limiting. Wi-Fi 6 (with Killer networking to boost your connection while gaming), Bluetooth, and a 720p webcam on the top bezel are also included in the system.

Conclusion

The Predator Triton 300 SE has many positive aspects and few drawbacks. The design is slim, fashionable, and small without offering important features like ports or battery life. Even then, it sometimes competes with the larger, more expensive gaming laptops, which is essentially all that it falls short of. The RTX 3060 graphics on the Acer set the bar for 14-inch computers and make gaming on the go more feasible.

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Given the size of certain modern games, our only major complaint is that the SSD only has 512GB of storage instead of 1TB, but you can get by installing only your favorite games and avoiding some of the larger “live” titles. If the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 last year set a new standard for 14-inch laptops, the Triton 300 SE has surpassed it—and for $50 less on the list. Despite our admiration for the G14’s sophisticated appearance and superior AMD processor, the Acer has the upper hand in the contest for our Editor’s Choice award because of its upgraded GPU and longer battery life.

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