Back in June 2022, the Acer Predator Triton 500 SE (PT516-52s-70KX) visited our labs for an in-depth analysis. Now, the PT516-52s-99EL is below the US$2,500 threshold on Amazon, thanks to a 17% discount that pushed the US$2,999.99 to the lowest value in 30 days. While it shares the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti mobile GPU with the reviewed model mentioned above, this unit comes with a slightly faster processor and twice the amount of installed memory. However, most of our review’s findings obviously apply to this model as well.
In addition to the graphics adapter with 16 GB dedicated memory mentioned above, the Acer Predator Triton 500 SE (PT516-52s-99EL) features the Intel Core i9-12900H processor, a 16-inch WQXGA IPS 240 Hz G-Sync compatible display with 500 nits brightness, 32 GB of LPDDR5 memory, a 1 TB PCIe Gen 4×4 SSD, Intel Killer DoubleShot Pro with Ethernet E3100 and Wi-Fi 6E AX1675, and runs Windows 11 Home out of the box. The list of connectivity options includes HDMI 2.1 with HDCP support, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 and USB charging, and two additional USB 3.2 ports (one Gen 1, and one Gen 2).
In our aforementioned review, the Acer Predator Triton 500 SE didn’t fail to impress, proving capable of offering premium performance. Also priced at a premium level, this laptop has shown some drawbacks in the upgradeability sector, since it comes with soldered-in memory and the SSD is inaccessible without removing the motherboard first. When subjected to heavy loads, the Acer Predator Triton 500 SE becomes pretty hot and very loud. However, for less than US$2,500, the PT516-52s-99EL model provides good value to those looking for a potent mobile gaming machine with a rather simple and slim design.
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