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Predator Triton 700 is Acer’s next great gaming laptop

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As mind-blowing as the Predator 21 X is, it’s not something you’d actually buy — heck, only a single unit is being sold in certain countries and it comes with a hard case on wheels. That’s why it’s such a relief to see Acer launch the Predator Triton 700, which is oh-so slim yet terribly fast.

With a clear end goal of making something powerful and portable at the same time, the Triton 700 is built with a 18.9mm-thin aluminum chassis that weighs only 2.6kg and makes use of the same Dual AeroBlade 3D Fan design found in the simultaneously launched Predator Helios 300 series.

What separates this from the midrange Helios 300, however, is the price. Starting at $2,999 in North America and EUR 3,399 in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), this is by no means an easy purchase, but the pricing makes more sense once you know the specifications.

Clearly, it’s going to have the latest and best Intel Core processor, as much as 32GB of memory, and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 10-series graphics card in it; but the real deal-maker is its two NVMe PCIe SSDs working in RAID 0 configuration. If you’re familiar with that setup, you know what you’re in for. If not, rest assured it’s possibly the fastest storage setup you could have.

Further justifying the tough-to-swallow price is a built-in mechanical keyboard with programmable RGB backlighting (no confirmation of switch types, though). There’s mention of NVIDIA’s G-Sync support, but it’s only for external monitors, apparently.

Right above the keyboard, you’ll find a clear Gorilla Glass touchpad showing off the guts, consisting of the cooling system with its five heatpipes. It’s a nice touch to an otherwise mostly minimalist design.

Having used it for a short time, I must say the Triton 700 is quite the stunner in person; the size and weight really make a difference, and the mechanical keyboard, despite its shallow depth, is still an upgrade over any standard keyboard. The awkward placement of the glass touchpad is the only potential negative here.

As expected of a premium gaming notebook, connectivity options are abundant, from Killer DoubleShot Pro networking and Thunderbolt 3, to a DisplayPort connector and Ethernet port for the fastest possible network connection.

Availability will begin in August for all regions. Acer mentions pricing, exact specs, and stocks will depend on where you buy it.

SEE ALSO: Acer Predator 21 X first look

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Sony unveils PlayStation Classic, comes pre-loaded with 20 games

It brings back good memories

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Since gaming consoles today are all about great graphics and superb gameplay, it’s nice to have a break from them and enjoy a classic title. That’s what Nintendo realized with the reborn retro consoles, and now Sony wants to join the fun with the introduction of the PlayStation Classic.

The PlayStation Classic comes almost 25 years after the first PlayStation. It’s a miniaturized version that’s approximately 45 percent smaller than the original release, but it still emulates the look and feel. Here’s a short video showing off the new retro-style console:

Fans of the original PlayStation will be able to relive 20 legendary titles including Final Fantasy VIIJumping FlashRidge Racer Type 4Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. All of the pre-loaded games are playable in their original format.

Unfortunately, you can’t put in your old but still working PlayStation game because it has no CD drive. The open disc and reset buttons have been remapped to serve different functions, but they’re nice to have for the complete nostalgic feel. The PlayStation Classic also comes with a pair of original PlayStation controller replicas.

Sony is already accepting pre-orders in key markets for around US$ 100. The PlayStation Classic will be available in stores starting December 3.

SEE ALSO: The Nintendo Family Computer from your childhood is back

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Razer Phone 2 launch date confirmed

This year’s best gaming phone?

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No more speculation needed: The next Razer Phone will arrive on October 10.

Currently named the Razer Phone 2, it succeeds the Razer Phone that was launched in November last year. This will be Razer’s second gaming smartphone, and it’ll likely be a familiar-looking product.

An earlier leak revealed that the new Razer Phone will have the same physique as its predecessor’s, probably so that it’ll still fit into the Project Linda game plan.

This means Razer will have a new gimmick to present in order for it to separate itself from the original — plus more powerful hardware, of course.

We’ll definitely see the return of the 120Hz display, which enables smoother gameplay for certain mobile titles. The inside should get significant upgrades as well, such as a Snadrapdargon 845 processor, up to 8GB of memory, 512GB of integrated storage, and at least 4000mAh of battery capacity.

The event will happen transpire in Hollywood based on this invitation sent to select media:

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4 big announcements headline the latest Nintendo Direct

Not even an earthquake could stop them from dropping something big

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Nintendo did not let an earthquake deter their chances of bringing something explosive to its audience. After being rescheduled to a week after its original air date, Nintendo Direct finally took place and brought with it a whirlwind of game releases. So, if you don’t have a Nintendo Switch yet, now would be a good time to get one.

More classic games for Nintendo Switch

The company’s cloud-based hub Nintendo Switch Online adds more classic titles to the mix before its official release on Tuesday. Apart from the original ten titles announced back in May, games such as YoshiExcitebike, Ice Hockey, and Ghosts ‘n Goblins are among the additional titles added. Nintendo also expects to add in a few more titles within the coming months. The company also mentioned that these titles will now feature online multiplayer — both cooperative and competitive gameplay.

Apart from these titles, there will also be new Final Fantasy games for the Switch in 2019. Square Enix will bring Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, and Final Fantasy X to the Switch through the Nintendo eShop. It was also announced that there will be a remastered version of Final Fantasy X-2 available around the same time as these games.

More Super Mario for the Switch

The popular Wii U platforming game New Super Mario Bros. U will be arriving on the Switch, now in a deluxe package. It will feature the same level of platforming from the Wii U classic, along with your lovable plumber brothers Mario and Luigi. What’s new about New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is the introduction of two new characters in Nabbit and Toadette. Nabbit is a magician-like rabbit that will not take any damage from opponents, while Toadette has the ability to turn into Peachette when grabbing a super crown.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe will also come with another game in New Super Luigi U, with Luigi finally getting a starring role in their adventures. Both games are scheduled for release in January 2019, with New Super Luigi U bundled for free. And speaking of Luigi and his adventures:

Luigi’s Mansion 3 announced for the Switch

While Nintendo still claims this to be a working title, it was also announced that Luigi’s Mansion 3 will also come to the Switch. While a Nintendo 3DS title is already on its way in October this year, Nintendo said that the Switch game would be a new title altogether. This is the first time that the Luigi’s Mansion franchise will return to a console since its initial Nintendo GameCube release in 2001. The company also included new features for the 3DS title, including multiplayer and amiibo compatibility.

Animal Crossing finally gets a Switch title

Arguably, the biggest announcement during Nintendo Direct is the arrival of Animal Crossing to the Nintendo Switch. Part of a two-part announcement at the end of the live stream, Nintendo revealed little details as to the release date of the new Animal Crossing title, but it is expected to come out in 2019. Company executives also revealed that this will be a mainline game, meaning it will feature the same gameplay from before.

The announcement came in two parts, with the first part revealing that Isabelle will be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. After showing gameplay footage from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it quickly transitions into Tom Nook looking at his computer in a possible setup as a playable character. Instead, he decides to prepare the town when they stop “camping and smashing,” leading up to the reveal of Animal Crossing‘s release.

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