Have you ever pined for a big, bulky gaming laptop that lets you turn the screen away from you? At its press conference in Berlin ahead of the IFA trade show, Acer launched one such machine and called it the Predator Triton 900. The Triton 900's screen is a 4K, Nvidia G-Sync enabled touchscreen fixed on a hinge and can be brought a bit closer to you for a more immersive experience. You can also fully flip it away from you, which Acer calls the "display mode." SEE ALSO: Acer's Predator Thronos gaming chair is insane and I want it so badly It's unclear how the Triton 900 would perform as a tablet -- it looks possible, but it would probably be a bit too bulky and heavy for some use cases.
You might call the Acer Predator Triton 500 the younger sibling of the mammoth Predator Triton 900. At $1,799, however, it's far cheaper--and you still get one of Nvidia's first mobile GeForce RTX 2080 ray-tracing GPUs inside of it. Unlike the swiveling hinge that graces the Triton 900, the Triton 500 is a conventional gaming notebook, available this February in North America. The Triton 500 boasts a 15.6-inch 1080p display, with bezels that measure 6.3 mm on a side. Acer showed off its new notebook at CES 2019, here in Las Vegas.
In late August last year, at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Acer showed me a pretty insane gaming laptop, with a hinge that enables you to angle its screen or even turn it away from you. Back then, the Triton 900 was behind a glass and not all of its specs were known, but now, at the CES show in Las Vegas, Acer has revealed all the details, including the (hefty) price. The general idea hasn't changed. The Triton 900 has a CNC-machined hinge that lets you move the device's 17.3-inch touchscreen more freely than you'd be able on a conventional laptop. Acer mentions four basic modes of operation: traditional notebook mode, Stand mode which turns the Triton 900 into a tablet of sorts, Display mode which shares the screen with others, and Ezel mode for playing games on the touch screen.
Traces of a hacking group behind the destructive Triton malware have been found at a new infrastructure facility following an infamous attack in the Middle East. Triton, also known as Trisis, has been specifically engineered to target a specific type of industrial control system (ICS), namely Triconex safety instrumented systems (SIS) controllers developed by Schneider Electric. The malware is unusual in the fact that the code hones in on these systems to cause process shutdowns and to tamper with emergency systems. There are only a handful of examples of other industrial system-specific malware, such as Stuxnet and Industroyer, malware variants which have targeted nuclear and power systems in the past. Triton was first spotted in 2017 but it is believed that the operators of the system may have been active since 2014.
Back at IFA, Acer first showed us the Predator Triton 900, a computer that doesn't look like your average gaming laptop thanks to the company's impressively-engineered but unusual "Ezel Aero Hinge" display design. Acer didn't have much to say about it in August, but at CES today we're getting more details. Let's start with that hinge: Acer says the CNC-machined Ezel Aero Hinge lets the Triton 900 work in four different display modes, including a stand mode that utilizes the touchscreen for creation tools. If you're someone who doesn't mind drawing on a screen with a stylus, this might actually be a computer worth checking out, particularly if you're a gamer. While the Triton 900 looks quite chunky by modern laptop standards, Acer says it's under one inch thick.