You can’t have your cake and eat it too. For the most part, life is a barter trade where luxury demands hard work, perfection necessitates dedication, and power requires sacrifice. It’s a humbling principle that basically reminds you that you can’t have it both ways.
This is primarily the reason why purebred high-end gaming laptops never really interested me. Sure, they had all the power in the world but because of these high-powered components, the laptops needed to be enormous so those components could breathe.
There was no such thing as a no-compromise gaming laptop that was also super portable. Well, at least I didn’t think there was until I saw the Acer Predator Triton 700.
On paper, it looked like the ultimate purebred no-compromise gaming laptop that you could also carry around with you without the risk of breaking your back. And all of this was possible thanks to NVIDIA’s Max-Q design GPUs.
If you’re unfamiliar with it, Max-Q basically allows some of the most powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics cards to fit and function in a laptop chassis that is thinner than 2cm.
Of course, before Max-Q there were proper gaming laptops that were portable like the Razer Blade, but those only topped out at a GTX 1060 graphics card. Max-Q allows cards even up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080! Granted, these Max-Q GPUs aren’t full-fledged desktop cards, but they’re still powerful enough to slay triple A titles.
Acer’s Predator Triton 700 is one of the first devices to feature this Max-Q design and when I saw it I was pretty stoked. It looked like there was finally a laptop for someone like me who likes to play video games but also needed to bring my laptop with me for work.
However, after spending a little over two weeks with it, what I discovered was that the Triton 700 wasn’t this stars-aligned-perfect-gaming-laptop-plus-mobile-workstation. It was still a purebred gaming laptop through and through.
But the thing is, it’s just so good at being a proper gaming laptop while also being much more portable than the other laptops of its calibre that maybe it doesn’t matter that it isn’t the best of both worlds. Instead, it’s the best of one world while also being kinda good enough at the other.