Acer last week demonstrated its upcoming ultra-high-end convertible gaming laptop. The Predator Triton 900 notebook is the first high-end mobile PC that uses a convertible form-factor; previously Acer only experimented with entry-level and mid-range convertible gaming laptops.

The Acer Predator Triton 900 comes with a 17-inch display featuring an Ultra-HD (3840×2160) resolution that supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync dynamic refresh rate, but the manufacturer does not disclose ranges of the latter. The LCD is attached to a CNC-machined hinge that can flip it into various modes, including laptop and tablet.

Just like its predecessor, the Predator Triton 700, the new notebook places its programmable mechanical keyboard in a rather unorthodox location in order to enable better cooling for high-TDP components while retaining a relatively low z-height. Meanwhile, the laptop’s trackpad can be flipped and transformed into a numpad. Speaking of cooling, it's worth noting that the new Predator Triton 900 is outfitted with Acer’s fourth-generation cooling system featuring Aeroblade 3D fans made of metal, which can generate up to 3.8 CFM of air flow, and which the manufacturer says can offer better cooling performance than traditional coolers.

Acer does not disclose which processor and graphics chips it will be using inside the Predator Triton 900, but considering all the efforts with the form-factor and cooling, it is safe to say that the notebook will pack something like Intel’s Core i7/i9 with overclocking capability along with an NVIDIA’s GeForce GPU.

As for connectivity, the Predator Triton 900 looks pretty standard. Besides usual Wi-Fi + Bluetooth on the wireless side of things, the laptop has one Thunderbolt 3 port, one USB Type-C header, two USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, two display outputs (HDMI and a DisplayPort), Gigabit Ethernet, and two 3.5-mm audio jacks. There is also a mysterious bay on the left side of the laptop that could be a compartment for a 2.5-inch storage device or an add-on card, but we cannot confirm the nature of this bay just now.

Acer did not disclose price or availability timeframe for its Predator Triton 900 notebook. Typically, companies tend to release products they demonstrate at IFA towards holiday season in the U.S. Meanwhile, considering the fact that the 17-inch convertible gaming laptop is a very special product that may require additional work and Acer’s history of showing early prototypes at IFA, the Predator Triton 900 may not hit retail until sometime in 2019.

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  • Dragonstongue - Friday, September 7, 2018 - link

    Acer’s fourth-generation cooling system featuring Aeroblade 3D fans made of metal, which can generate up to 3.8 CFM of air flow

    OMG that is crazy airflow, that dust better watch itself, it might move a whisker LOL.

    pretty sure you meant (or they did) 38 CFM not 3.8 even then that is not all that amazing

    Nv GPU hard pass from me, the more sales they make the more putz they become, look at all the G stuff such as G-sync etc that all pretty much just make proprietary BS just to say that they did when there are other alternatives out there, but Nv wants to be a "new" Apple, lock everything down to benefit themselves and themselves only
  • Michal Dvorak - Friday, September 7, 2018 - link

    No, they didn't mean 38 CFM.
    For future reference: when you don't know something, Google is your friend ;-)
  • desolation0 - Saturday, September 8, 2018 - link

    The aeroblade balde is much thinner than genetic plastic baldes.
  • Chaitanya - Sunday, September 9, 2018 - link

    I thought you made an error by typing genetic but rather its acer who has made an error in marketing material by using genetic rather than generic.
  • kulareddy - Friday, September 7, 2018 - link

    looks more like a convertible desktop
  • rpjkw11 - Friday, September 7, 2018 - link

    I'm going to keep a close eye on this laptop! I'm semi-in-the-market for another 17" lappy and Acer's new "offering" looks intriguing as heck. Plus I've had good experiences with Acer lappys so I wouldn't be afraid to buy this IF the price is acceptable (I have no price range/target in mind).
  • MrSpadge - Friday, September 7, 2018 - link

    Yeah, nothing says "I'm ugly" as convincing as this machine ;)
  • edzieba - Friday, September 7, 2018 - link

    When used as a 'tablet', is the traditional 'stylus' replaced with a chisel?
  • s.yu - Saturday, September 8, 2018 - link

    lol good one!
  • Hxx - Friday, September 7, 2018 - link

    gaming laptop? more like a portable tower desktop

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