Acer Predator Triton 500 SE (PT516-52s) – Top 5 Pros and Cons

What to do if you like the Predator Triton 300 SE as a concept and design, but you think that the performance that it offers is lackluster? You go ahead and buy its bigger sibling, the Triton 500 SE, which comes with Alder Lake H-series processors, along with the new GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3080 Ti from NVIDIA, which are the most powerful laptop GPUs that Team Green offers as of now.

So far, we see great potential for gaming performance. Performance isn’t everything, however, as you need a great display to experience the games properly. This is why the laptop is equipped with a 16-inch QHD+ IPS panel with a 240Hz refresh rate.

Today we are presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Acer Predator Triton 500 SE (PT516-52s).

Acer Predator Triton 500 SE (PT516-52s): Full Specs / In-depth Review

4 reasons to BUY the Acer Predator Triton 500 SE (PT516-52s)

1. Design and build quality

The laptop is very well crafted, with a durable aluminum chassis. Similar to the Triton 300 SE, the design is as minimal as possible, with a boxy shape, rounded corners, and sharp edges. There are some more aggressive characteristics, with the heat vents on the back appearing with sharp and industrial slits between them. There is next to no branding, with the only logo that you’ll see is a very small Predator logo on the lid. This isn’t the lightest device, however, but for a 16-inch device with this hardware, a weight of 2.50 kg and a 20.5 mm profile are expected.

2. Battery life

Equipped with a 100W battery pack, the laptop endures through 11 hours and 29 minutes of Web browsing, or 8 hours and 30 minutes of video playback, which is really good considering what performance lies beneath and the power that it draws. As always, we perform our tests with the Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.

3. Display quality

The 16-inch QHD+ display is very good, coming with excellent viewing angles, a max brightness of 500 nits in the middle of the screen, and 482 nits as an average for the whole area, with a maximum deviation of 11%. The contrast ratio is pretty good, at 1290:1. The device will do an amazing job as a creator laptop, fully covering the sRGB color gamut and 99% of the DCI-P3 gamut.

The panel is also decently accurate, especially with our Design and Gaming profile, which brings down the dE value to 1.7. Here are the results with the stock settings (left) and with our profile applied (right).

In the P3-D65 color space, the dE value is even lower, down to 0.7.

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Since our profiles are tailored for each individual display model, this article and its respective profile package are meant for Acer Predator Triton 500 SE (PT516-52s) configurations with 16″ WQXGA WQXGA IPS panel – BOE NE160QDM-NZ2 (BOE0AB5).

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Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.


Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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4. Performance

The unit that we tested arrives with the Core i7-12700H and the RTX 3070 Ti. The device shows amazing CPU performance, quickly taking the number one spot in our Top Laptop CPU Ranking.

CPU performance

GPU performance

Gaming tests

Metro ExodusFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)
Average FPS151 fps75 fps38 fps

Borderlands 3Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Badass (Check settings)
Average fps132 fps98 fps77 fps

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon WildlandsFull HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, Very High (Check settings)Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
Average99 fps87 fps58 fps

1 reason NOT to buy the Acer Predator Triton 500 SE (PT516-52s)

1. Upgradeability

Despite the large footprint of the laptop, the upgradeability suffers, with there being zero SODIMM slots for future RAM upgrades. There are up to 32GB of DDR5 RAM, which runs at 4800MHz. Storage-wise, we find two M.2 PCIe slots, both of which support Gen 4 drives and have a RAID mode.

Here is our detailed teardown video, which shows how to access the SSD slots.

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