Acer was the latest PC maker at CES 2021 to announce hardware refreshes for its gaming notebooks. The most eye-catching of the Acer laptops revealed is arguably the Predator Triton 300 SE, a portable gaming notebook with Intel's latest 11th gen H-Series processor and Nvidia's new GeForce RTX 3060 graphics chip. Like many PC makers this year, Acer will use AMD's just-announced Ryzen 5000 Series mobile chips in several of its latest notebooks.
In a nutshell
- 14-inch Acer Predator Triton 300 SE with 144Hz screen
- Predator Helios 300 refreshed with Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
- New 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch Nitro 5 notebooks get AMD Ryzen 5000 chips and Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 graphics
- New Aspire 5 and Aspire 7 models with AMD Ryzen 5000 chips
- No local pricing and availability yet
At around 1.7kg, the thin-and-light 14-inch Acer Predator Triton 300 SE is ideal for gamers on the go. Its GeForce RTX 3060 graphics offers more than adequate horsepower, especially given the laptop's full-HD, 144Hz screen. When not used for gaming, Acer says the Triton's battery can last up to 10 hours.
Acer's mainstream Nitro 5 series gets new AMD-powered models using the latest Ryzen 5000 mobile chips. Available in 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch sizes, these notebooks can be configured with up to an Ryzen 9 5900 HX and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 for a “no-compromises gaming experience”. Users can also choose between 360Hz full-HD and 165Hz QHD screens. Meanwhile, the Intel-based Nitro 5 laptops have been refreshed with the new 11th gen Intel H35-Series processors. The more affordable notebooks in the lineup use Nvidia's lower-end GTX 1650 graphics, while the top models will come with the RTX 3080.
AMD's new Ryzen 5000 Series mobile chips will power Acer's new 15.6-inch Aspire 5 and Aspire 7 models. The Aspire 7 lineup is targeted at power users, thanks to its GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, while the more affordable Aspire 5 models rely on integrated AMD graphics.
Besides notebooks, Acer also launched three gaming monitors, including a 27-inch model with a 275Hz refresh rate (Predator XB273U NX) and a 31.5-inch Nvidia G-Sync compatible 4K display (Predator XB323QK NV). Finally, there was a new AMD-powered 14-inch Chromebook 2-in-1 convertible, the Acer Chromebook Spin 514. It is Acer's first Chromebook to use an AMD processor.
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