Acer - Nitro 5 15.6" Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti - 256GB Solid State Drive - Shale Black

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Acer Nitro 5 Laptop: Defeat the competition with this Acer Aspire Nitro 5 laptop. Its Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM keep multiple programs running smoothly, and the NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti graphics card renders 3D images and video on the 15.6-inch Full HD display. This Acer Aspire Nitro 5 laptop has a 256GB solid-state drive for fast boot times.

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  • Acer Nitro 5 515-53-55G9
  • 4-cell battery
  • Power adapter

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95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (56 out of 59)

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Features


  • Intel 8th Generation Core i5

Windows 10 operating system

Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen. Learn more ›

15.6" Full HD display

The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. IPS technology for wide viewing angles. Energy-efficient LED backlight.

8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8300H mobile processor

Smart quad-core, eight-way processing performance. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it, while increasing energy efficiency when you don't.

8GB system memory for advanced multitasking

Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.

256GB solid state drive (SSD)

While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics

Backed by 4GB GDDR5 dedicated video memory for a fast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.

Weighs 5.95 lbs. and measures 1.1" thin

Thin and light design with DVD/CD drive omitted for improved portability. 4-cell lithium-ion battery.

HDMI output expands your viewing options

Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.

Built-in media reader for simple photo transfer

Supports SD memory card formats.

Next-generation wireless connectivity

Connects to your network or hotspots on all current Wi-Fi standards. Connect to a Wireless-AC router for speed nearly 3x faster than Wireless-N. The Gigabit Ethernet LAN port also plugs into wired networks.

Built-in HD webcam with two microphones

Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.

Additional port

Headphone/microphone combo jack.

Note: This laptop does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.

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Overall customer rating

4.5
95%
would recommend to a friend

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  • But the keyboard is very annoying - Acer decided on black keys with red letters and numbers - and unless you change the settings to generate backlighting for the keys, the markings all but disappear in any reduced lighting.VADarkstar
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sleek, Edgy Design, Very Fast – Great Value!

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    JimC
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    This brand-new Acer Nitro 5 is a huge step forward from prior gaming laptops offered by Acer. It is a superb combination of technology and functionality which will outperform almost all existing laptops thanks to its incorporation of a new generation of Intel CPU and Nvidia graphic processing units. Visually, the Nitro 5 is a stunning design with a beautiful slate black body containing subtle angles, beveled corners and elegant metallic red accents. The cover is not just slate in color, it also has a very fine texture which closely mimics a polished piece of slate. The keyboard has red backlighting and red type faces. It also comes with a very nice soft-sided black slipcase (with a red zipper) to protect it during transit. Overall, the impression is very sophisticated, high tech and definitely not a teen-ager’s gaming toy. This design would be just as much at home in a Goldman Sachs boardroom as in a college dorm. Consider this fine combination of features: • Acer Nitro 5 Laptop Model AN515-53-55G9 • Intel Core i5 (8th generation) CPU 8300H (Coffee Lake) 4 core/8 thread • Processor runs at speeds from 2.3 to 4.0 GHz • 64 bit Windows 10 Home operating system • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU with 4 GB GDDR5 dedicated video memory • 8 GB DDR4-2666 high efficiency RAM primary memory (expandable up to 32 GB) • 256 GB Intel PCie SSD fast hard drive • 15.6” IPS LED-backlit display with 1920 x 1080 (full HD) resolution @ 60Hz and wide viewing angle • 720p Webcam with dual microphones • SD card reader • HDMI 2.0 video output • 1 USB 3.1 Type C (up to 5 GBps) • 1 USB 3.0 with power-off charging output • 2 USB 2.0 • Wireless LAN 802.11AC (Intel 9560 NIC) • Gigabit Ethernet • Dolby Audio Premium • Two stereo speakers • Headphone out/Microphone in 3.5 mm port • Bluetooth • 4 cell Lithium Ion battery • Very slim and compact: 15.35” wide x 10.47” deep x 1.05” thick • Weight: 5.95 pounds • Custom soft sleeve zippered case So how does this laptop perform? In a word – fast! Make that two words – blazing fast! I ran two well-regarded benchmark programs (Novabench and PC Mark 10) on three computers to determine their relative performance. These tests measure both the CPU (general processing) and the GPU (graphics processing) so they give a good overall result on the speed of a computer. The first was a base model desktop with an AMD A6 (A6-7310) CPU (comparable in speed to an Intel i3 CPU), no separate GPU and 8 GB RAM. The next was a nicely-equipped all-in-one computer with a 6th generation Intel i5 (6400T), Intel 530 GPU and 12 GB RAM. The last is the new Acer Nitro 5 with an 8th generation Intel i5 (8300H), Nvidia 1050Ti GPU and 8 GB RAM. All were well-maintained, running identical versions of Windows 10 with no other programs active. Here are the results (higher is faster): Novabench Results: Desktop A6: 636 All-in-One i5: 877 (38% faster than base) Acer Nitro: 1997 (214% faster than base) PC Mark 10 Results: Desktop A6: 1451 All-in-One i5: 2372 (63% faster than base) Acer Nitro: 4724 (226% faster than base) In you go to the websites run by these two benchmarking services you will see that the results achieved by the new Acer Nitro 5 are faster than almost all prior generation Intel computers, including the i7 devices. How was this achieved? Primarily because the new Acer Nitro 5 incorporates the just-released 8th generation Intel i5 in a high-performance version (the “H” in 8300H), fast DDR4 RAM and the very fast Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU with 4 GB of dedicated graphics memory. OK, that’s a lot of numbers and technical jargon but the bottom line is that you will find this laptop capable of out-performing anything you currently own (unless you have a really geeked-out special system) and very smooth in running any games or software you may ever buy. Put this nice laptop to work on most business software and it will never even break a sweat. Use it for photo or video editing and it will calmly do whatever you want, no drama. Fire up a graphics-intensive game and it will come alive, roaring with power and giving you the satisfaction that you made a great choice. The Acer Nitro 5 includes some nice software but is not loaded with bloatware. Besides the full set of Windows 10 software and accessories it has Dolby Audio, X-Split Gamecaster, Cyberlink Photo Director and Power Director. A nice utility is NitroSense which brings up a graphic image of the cooling fans and gives you excellent control over them (see photo). As you use the laptop a program called Acer Collection builds up a set of recommendations for apps you may find interesting from the Windows Store. Some may complain about the speakers but I found them adequate for most purposes. They are mounted at the bottom, have decent volume and good stereo separation – certainly good enough for watching Netflix or YouTube videos. It is fairly light – less than 6 pounds, nicely balanced with a great lighted keyboard and big touchpad, so those who like to literally use their laptop on their lap will be pleased. What are the weak points of this laptop? Well, the battery life is marginal. I tested it by running Netflix on battery power with a bright screen and high speaker volume. From a full charge the laptop ran only 2.5 hours before exhausting the charge. So plan on taking the charging transformer with you! Speaking of the latter, it is pretty bulky, one of the biggest and heaviest laptop chargers that I have seen. I wish that Acer had added a second USB C port to use as a charging input (and other purposes.) It has an adequate 15.6” IPS LED-backlit display with 1920 x 1080 (full HD) resolution. Some might wish that it had a touch screen (I do!) as good as Acer’s beautiful Chromebook (which also has higher resolution modes). However, a touchscreen would probably add 15% to 20% to the very modest price of this laptop. And you always have the option of using the HDMI output to connect a big display. I hooked it up to my 65” 4K TV and it did a great job as a video source. But these are fairly minor quibbles. When you consider all of its power and functionality you will agree that the price is a bargain. I can enthusiastically recommend the new Acer Nitro 5 for both serious gamers and power users of all other software!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Affordable, Sleek Gaming Laptop that Games

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    TravisJ
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    The Acer Nitro 5 has exceeded my expectations. Having a laptop this light and thin that can still crank out the FPS for 1080p gaming. This laptop doesn’t seem to have a problem playing games as long as you’re not looking for the highest graphic settings and fps beyond 60, which most people can be happy with. Playing Fortnite and letting G-Force Experience optimize my game settings, I was getting 60fps at high graphical settings. I didn’t experience any stuttering or lag while playing. Playing Paragon, the optimal settings were set to medium which kept the game at 60fps and again, gameplay was smooth even as minions flooded the screen and a lot was happening. The laptop itself looks good to the eye. Hinge seems sturdy and opens easily enough that it doesn’t lift the laptop. Everything does kind of flex a bit if you try to make it with little effort, although you don’t get that sense from looking at it. The keyboard types really well, keys are spaced nicely and backlit red (sorry, no RGB). There doesn’t seem to be any weird layouts as far as where the keys are placed but Acer does use the Fn key for a lot of the hot keys you’d normally see specialized buttons for. The trackpad is a trackpad. The physical click is kind of stiff and requires a bit of effort. I pride myself on never using physical clicks on the trackpad anyways and typically stow away a mouse in my travel bag anyways. Specs in this thing are pretty solid. There’s enough ram (8GB) to tackle everyday tasks with an open slot for future expansion. The SSD seems to be NVME which makes file transfers a breeze with 1554 MB/s reads and 586 MB/s writes with synthetic benchmarks. There’s also a slot for a SATA drive if you wanted to add storage for games (I’d take care if doing it yourself as the SATA connector is on a ribbon cable and they’re very fragile.) The CPU is pretty beastly for a laptop, coming in with a quad core i5-8300U it can turbo boost up to 4.00 GHz. Finally, the GeForce 1050 Ti. I wasn’t 100% sold on the capability of the 1050 Ti at first, but after playing a few games I was pleasantly surprised how well it performs. Now for a few of the cons. The fans do get a bit loud when cooling the laptop. The fan noise doesn’t personally bother me, but if you game in a public environment, this could bother others. The webcam is so-so, it checks a box but that’s about it. During setup my laptop came default with the trackpad off. Not knowing the Fn key off the bat, it took me a few to figure out how to get it back on. The chassis isn’t aluminum which is common in notebooks these days but for the price, I can understand the tradeoff. I/O has 1 usb c, 1 usb 3, and 2 usb 2.0. Not sure how much using usb 2.0 saved on this build but I would be surprised if it was a lot. I was extremely happy with the power and speed of this laptop. It’s ability to sit in the lap and work as a productivity machine without fatiguing my lap, then sit at the desk and crank out a few hours of gaming is fantastic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great “Budget-Minded” Gaming Laptop

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    Panther68
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    On the surface (no pun intended), the 2018 version of Acer’s Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop feels different. That would be, of course, due to the brushed aluminum lid, whereas most other manufacturers are still using 100% plastic cases. Mind you, the remainder of the case is plastic, but is quite sturdy…again, moreso than most other “budget” laptops. With the latest trend in LED backlit keyboards, Acer doesn’t disappoint. The entire keyboard has a pleasant red backlighting, while the W, A, S, & D keys have a heavy red outlining, thus making them stand out more than the remainder of the keyboard (a plus for gamers). Additionally, while somewhat smaller than a traditional “full size” keyboard, this is a full keyboard, complete with numeric keypad. Another nice feature…something more laptop manufacturers are starting to do…is the offset trackpad, which is slightly to the left, completely aligned with the spacebar. Unfortunately, the key’s travel distance leaves me wondering, as the keypress depth is on the shallow side. Another negative for the keyboard is the arraignment of certain keys, such as the placement of the “up” key to the immediate right of the right “shift” key, as well as the power button being placed in the upper right-hand corner (immediately to the right of the “End” key, and above the “-“ key). Turning the laptop over reveals easily-accessed covers for upgrading the RAM & storage (either HDD, or SSD). Overall, despite certain “design flaws”, the design is very nice, and doesn’t scream “this is a gaming laptop”. The IPS display is an improvement over the original 2017 model (from what I understand, later 2017 models have the same LCD display as the 2018 model, but they will lack other upgrades, such as the 8th-Gen CPUs). The display does appear to be slightly brighter in the center area, when compared against the brightness of the edges, but, on the bright side (ok, pun intended, this time), not only can the display be calibrated, but one source I came across, Trusted Reviews, even offers a download of the calibrated color profile (https://ultrabookreview.com/color-profiles/Acer%20Nitro%205%20AN515-52%20FHD.icm). While not the brightest, or most accurate, display on the block, it will be more than adequate…and, for the price, you can’t go wrong. Finally, getting to what this laptop is designed for…gaming…let me quickly cover the primary specs: CPU, RAM, GPU, and storage. The 2018 Nitro 5 comes with Intel’s 8th-Gen CPUs, in the case of this particular model, the Core i5-8300H, which is a Quad-Core 2.3GHz (up to 4.0GHz w/ Turbo) CPU with HyperThreading. In real-world performance, it can outperform Intel’s 7th-gen Core i7-7700HQ (2.3GHz, max 3.8GHz), and for a lower cost. While this configuration only comes with 8GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, it can be upgraded to 32GB (only 1 of the 2 slots is populated…replace the single 8GB SODIMM with two 16GB SODIMMs). While I haven’t actually opened the case (yet), I’d assume, based on the fact that this configuration contains an M.2 SSD, the base configuration contains a physical HDD, and the “high-end” configuration contains M.2 SSD & HDD, that one can add an HDD or SSD, increasing storage capacity. Again, this is only an assumption, but a highly probable one. Switching over to the GPU, while the GTX 1050 is the “base” GPU in Nvidia’s ‘10’ series, remember that this is the “Ti” version, thus it performs considerably better. Upon checking some in-game framerates against a desktop running a 7th-Gen i7-7700HQ w/ GTX 1050 Ti, the 2018 Nitro 5 with “only” a Core i5 & 1050 Ti outperformed the i7 by a few FPS. I can’t say much for sound quality, or battery life, but mostly because I connect to external speakers, and because I rarely use the battery (it’s used as more of a “desktop replacement”, and is rarely “mobile”). FINAL VERDICT: Sure, you can go spend well over $1K on a mid-range gaming laptop, or a few (or several) thousand on a high-end model, but most of us can’t afford that. Additionally, the great majority of “real gamers” prefer powerful desktops over laptops. For the rest of us…the “casual” gamers, who occasionally play more CPU/GPU demanding games, the Acer Nitro 5 will be an excellent choice. This laptop would be a finalist…and, quite possibly the winner…in a “Best Bang for the Buck” gaming laptop competition. In short, you can’t go wrong. Disclaimer: This product was provided free, or at reduced cost, for the purpose of reviewing the product. Nevertheless, the above review, be it positive, negative, or anywhere in-between, is a 100% honest review, and the price paid played absolutely no part in my review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Value for a Solid gaming laptop

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    Idoc
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    The Hardware The Acer Nitro 5 AN515-53 notebook is based on Intel’s new 300-series notebook platform featuring Intel’s Coffee Lake Core i5 processors with four cores, an integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller, and built-in 2×2 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi support with the Intel Wireless-AC 9560 CRF module. The wireless module also supports Bluetooth 4.1. The system is equipped with 8 GB of DDR4 -2666 memory (Micron) and can be upgraded to 32GB. The hard drive is a 256GB Intel SSDPEKKW256G7 PCIe SSDs. There is an extra hard drive bay with the HD tray and extra screws needed to install one. I did have one quirk installing the extra drive I had to go into the bios and switch the boot drive to drive 1 (the internal) as the additional drive is designated drive 0 I already had windows on there from a previous computer and it booted to that drive instead. The AN515-53 upps the gaming performance in this version from both components with an Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB GDDR5 and an Intel SSDPEKKW256G7 256GB SSD compared to the base model that has the Nvidia GTX 1050 and a 1 TB sata hard drive. Routine video is controlled by the Intel 630 while gaming uses the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti. Screen This laptop has a 15.6 inch matte 1920 x 1080, IPS LG Philips LGD0590 (LP156WF6-SPK6) screen. I found it bright and after I applied a calibration (icc) file https://ultrabookreview.com/color-profiles/Acer Nitro 5 AN515-52 FHD.icm the colors were accurate. This icc file works for the -52 and -53 variants with the Lg panel. Ports and Sound This laptop has one USB Type-C port, three USB Type-A connectors, a GbE port, an HDMI output and a SD card reader. The sound system of the Acer Nitro 5 is comprised of a headphone jack connector, stereo speakers as well as Acer TrueHarmony and Dolby Audio Premium software enhancements. Webcam The webcam is good quality, it also has 2 microphones. If you want HD video you will need to add an external webcam. Conclusion I found the gaming performance was really good, I played Fortnite, Final Fantasy XV and Star Wars Battlefront. There was no noticeable lag and excellent response. The Fans on the laptop will get slightly loud as they rev up to keep the Nvidia 1050 Ti cool during game play. The new LG Philips LGD0590 (LP156WF6-SPK6) ips matte panel was bright and reproduced colors well after application of the icc file. The overall performance of this laptop is great due to the SSD, the Coffee Lake i5, 8 GB memory and the Nvida graphics. It is a great Mid tier gaming laptop and will satisfy most gamers without draining their wallet

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BEST Entry level gaming laptop!!

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    dlowen
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    I will start out this review by saying this laptop blew my expectations. Since this is on the cheaper end of gaming laptops I was expecting to notice that in performance or design.   The design of this laptop is much different than other gaming laptops that exists. It is much thinner and lighter than others. It has some lines and the red black color scheme but other than that it is a lot closer to a regular laptop. It is also not as bulky and heavy. It still comes in at just under 6 pounds so it is hefty compared to some modern day ultra-books. Part of the reason that it is so cheap is because it is made out of a lot of plastic. The plastic can make it feel a little less premium but I still love its design. The keyboard has red backlighting which I am personally a fan of. In addition the WASD keys are outline with read so that they can easily be found during gaming. The keys are extremely quiet when typing and there is little feedback. After some time you get used to typing on it but a little more feedback and travel would be nice. One complaint is how close together the keys are. However, my biggest complaint about the keyboard is how all of the functions such as changing the volume or brightness require you to hold down the function key and then press each function. They do not have their own dedicated keys like on most laptops and they are spread out throughout the keyboard. I found it to be time consuming and a hassle to change any of these settings. I can normally type without looking at the keyboard but on this laptop every time I would hit the backspace key I kept hitting the number lock key on the 10 key. The track pad works decent but I would recommend getting a mouse to use while gaming or working on it. The screen is full HD and offers great colors. It is one of the better screens I have seen on a laptop. Another great thing about the screen is that it is anti-reflective which in my opinion makes a huge difference. As far as ports I wish that the two 2.0 USB ports were 3.0 but it does have one 3.0 and a Type C port. It is nice that it includes all of these ports because it is compatible with both old and new technology without needing a bunch of dongles.  The next thing I would like to cover is upgradability. Every year newer, better, and faster technology comes out. A lot of laptops are getting to a point where everything is soldered onto the mother board. With as fast as technology becomes outdated it is important that you can update your laptop with new technology. It was an extreme surprise to me that there was room in the Hard drive bay to add an extra 2.5 in HDD or SDD for more storage. This was nice because it only has 256gbs of storage so it would be easy to throw in an extra drive for more storage. You can also easy access the memory where you can fit two sticks of DDR 4 laptop RAM. I also decided to dig deeper and pull off the entire bottom of the laptop. It comes off easily if you remove all the screws. This was extremely helpful especially if you wanted to clean out the dust on the inside of the laptop. From here I found the internal SSD. To my surprise it was an m.2 PCIe SSD. This means that it can be replaced with something like a Samsung EVO 960 SSD. This can be a fairly cheap upgrade to much faster and larger storage. So this laptop not only allows you to add a SATA drive but you can also replace the internal SSD because it is not soldered to the motherboard.   Last and possibly most importantly is performance. This PC was built for gaming and in order to handle games the hardware must be very good. Although the internal components can be upgraded to better and faster ones, the components that it comes with performed amazingly. The new 8th generation Intel I5-8300H performed extremely well. I was a little weary about gaming on an i5 instead of i7 but it had no problem at all. In fact it is most likely faster than some i7s. The ram at 8gbs seemed to be enough although I will eventually upgrade to 16 and it can support up to 32! The SSD is one of the fastest that exists and the only downside of it is that its only 256 gbs but still plenty. The graphics card is also one of the better ones and came handy while gaming. It was able to handle Fortnite on Epic settings without any issues. One thing to think about while gaming is keeping your computer cool. This laptop has an awesome cooling system and great ventilation. Even after gaming for an hour or more on it I never really even heard the fans kick up to high. NitroSense is an awesome program that it comes pre-installed with that allows you to adjust the fan settings. There is no doubt that this laptop can handle any of today’s popular games with the hardware that it comes with. Last part of performance is battery life. It is not expected to have all day battery life as it is a gaming laptop but if you are on the go and not gaming you can get 4-5+ hours depending on your settings. For the power it has to offer I would not complain about the battery life.   Overall I think this is a great laptop. I highly recommend it for anyone who is looking to get into gaming but is on a budget. Right out of the box it can handle games and down the road it would be very easy to upgrade the internals making it that much better. There are a couple flaws in the design but they are nothing major that should stop anyone from buying this laptop. I do not think there is any other laptop on the market in this price range that is performing this well. In addition to gaming it would be a great laptop for anyone needing a lot of processing power for business such as video or photo editing.  

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fast, great screen, but some keyboard flaws

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    daytonadan
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    Acer's new Nitro 5 gaming laptop is quite the speed demon, more than capable of doing almost anything you want to do with it, from gaming (naturally) to streaming music and video to routine stuff like web surfing and email. It is driven by Intel's new 8th generation Core i5 chip, a true quad core chip with Turboboost, which can automatically increase performance when its needed. Even better, this chip is hyperthreaded, which means it can mimic an 8 core chip. That considerable horespower, combined with a speedy 256 gig Intel SSD, 8 gigs of RAM and a built in nVidia GeForce video chip with 4 gigs of dedicated memory combine to make this a potent powerhouse, I ran it through a series of tests and it never broke a sweat. Games were nice and smooth and some streaming applications that can be demanding, like Playstation Vue, loaded fast and ran perfectly. No lags or judders, common on laptops with less power. Nice! The features dont end there. Another essential element is the speedy, dual-band MIMO AC wi-fi networking setup. There's also a pretty decent TrueHarmony sound system, which features stereo front firing speakers that sound better than most laptops I have used -- but can't provide the boom of larger external speakers. For connectivity, there's a decent mix of USB-A 2 and 3 ports along with one USB-C 3.1 port and HDMI out if you want to output to a bigger monitor or run a dual monitor setup. The built in monitor , however, is pretty darn good. Full HD resolution means it's nice and sharp and color rendering is excellent. A matte finish on the screen cuts down on reflections. Another handy plus is Acer's Nitrosense app, which allows you to easily monitor whats going on with the CPU and video chip, bump up the cooling power if they are getting too hot and set power and cooling schemes that best met your needs. Setup was dead simple, with Cortana talking you through the Windows 10 setup (first time I have seen that). You can respond by voice most of the time so hardly any keyboard input is required. The usual Windows and device driver updates -- required with any new PC -- were pretty quick. They took less than an hour and I had no issues. Boot up is a fast 15 seconds or so once fully configured, thanks mainly to the SSD. One other nice extra you don't get with most laptops: A padded custom neoprene, zip up case, good to have when traveling (just big enough for the laptop though, not the power brick). Overall, its a great laptop, but not without few flaws. For one thing, it seems like it is a lot bigger than it needs to be, with a very wide 1-inch bezel around the 15.6-inch screen. And while it's relatively thin, it weighs in at more than 5 pounds, not super light. Add in the rather large power brick and you might find it's not as easy to move around as you would like. But the biggest problem is the keyboard design. The dark red on black color scheme -- which seems to be required on all gaming laptops these days -- makes it difficult to see in normal room light. And it is all but invisible in low light if the backlight is off (it remains on all the time when on AC power but cuts off after a few seconds on battery power). Worse yet is the key control layout, which leaves a lot to be desired. Too many key functions, like sound volume, must be control with multipurpose keys, using the function key and another key to accomplish the task. That two-handed approach is crazy on a gaming laptop. Worse, the mute control (also a two handed operation) is on the other side of the keyboard from the volume controls. Dumb. There should be dedicated sound volume and mute controls and they should be grouped together. The full-size chiclet keyboard fit my hands well but is bit mushy. The the multi-gesture touchpad works well but mouse navigation is still easier. Another personal gripe is a preloaded trial version (only 30 days) of Norton Anti-Virus. In my experience, these programs just bog everything down and generally are not needed -- never mind expensive. Windows 10 has pretty decent built in protection and if you want more, there are a variety of less cumbersome , free anti-virus programs out there. One of your first chores should be to uninstall Norton.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pure Gaming Goodness

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    Janine
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    Acer’s line of home computing electronics continues to consistently show itself to be a contender amongst other well-known, popular brands. And this Acer - Nitro 5 15.6" Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti - 256GB Solid State Drive PC is no exception. Unboxing the machine was a joy. Everything was packaged well. The exterior surface of its chassis, along with the sleek shape of this laptop, mirrors the appearance of many higher-end devices of this type. It looked like what it is - a gaming laptop. And then you open up the lid. Awesomeness! This Acer Nitro Gaming Laptop looks amazing! It looks to be much more expensive than it is. The black and red color scheme - so cool! The keyboard is backlit red; even the touchpad is outlined in red. And for gamers, the WASD keys are highlighted. Fun times! Although I routinely use a peripheral keyboard and mouse with my laptops, I did find the backlit keypads on this Acer to be positioned well for comfortable typing or game play. I really was excited to just start using this machine, and see what the in-game graphics were gonna look like. And so, I immediately set about installing World of Warcraft. Downloading the game did seem to go pretty fast, considering the size of the file, yet I was still able to surf the net and update Windows while the game was installing, with no problem. Once I was in game, the beauty of this Acer Nitro 5’s Full HD 1080 graphics was there to behold. Watching the intro cinematic, which I’ve seen many times before, was a true pleasure. Details I’d not noticed before, shone through in bright, crisp, clear color. I didn’t notice any lag or sluggishness while playing the game, either. Always a good thing when it comes to gaming computers. One feature I particularly wanted to mention was Acer NitroSense. This console allows you to monitor the laptop’s CPU/GPU temperatures, customize its power plan, and adjust the fan controls. But it is the CoolBlast Technology which really caught my attention. When engaged in extended, heavy gaming, you can turn CoolBlast On which will increase the maximum fan speed and thereby cool down the machine, decreasing its heat output. A downside, or lacking, found in most of the computers I’ve owned, has always been the sound quality. But this Acer surprised me. I didn’t have to crank the volume up to its highest level 100, in order to simply hear the game. No exterior speakers were needed, at least for my purposes. The sounds of gaming effects, character’s voices, the music - was full, deep, and rich; even ambient sounds seemed more real and true. Be aware, as with some other laptops produced these days, there is no DVD drive. However, the included zippered sleeve made to fit this size laptop, was an unexpected and much-appreciated bonus. The instruction booklets were straightforward enough and simply following them as stated, was enough to get you up and running in a fairly short length of time. Even those who may not have much experience setting up a new computer, should have no trouble at all. Just let the machine do its thing, and make sure to take the time to get all those Windows updates done, and you’ll be good to go. Overall, I was really quite impressed with not only the look of, but also more importantly, the performance of this Acer Nitro 5 laptop. And for the affordable cost of this machine, you’re assuredly getting your money’s worth. This brand is definitely one to consider when purchasing a home computer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Entry level at its best!

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    Justin
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    The Acer Nitro 5 recently received a much needed upgrade for its current rendition. After adding one of the latest 8th generation Intel Core I5’s and pairing it up with arguably the best bang for your buck NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti it makes a decently powerful unit for a low cost. Oh and it has a solid state drive! The design of the Nitro 5 is very eye pleasing. The lid is finished in a very dark brushed aluminum like material with slight angles that reflect the light in different ways when looking at the right angle. When the lid is closed the hinge is visible with a nice deep red accent featuring the “Nitro” line. After opening the lid that same red accent is show right below the “Acer” logo at the bottom of the screen marrying the “Acer Nitro” names together. Red and black are definitely the main theme with a red backlit keyboard and red print on keys. This laptop features some of the important specs with little stickers like most others do to let you know what’s inside. One thing I love about this laptop is the little but usable carrying case it comes with. Protection of the laptop is key when traveling so for that to be provided was appreciated however the fact the power brick cannot be fit inside with ease is a problem (Considering the battery life mentioned later). Overall a very easy pleasing gaming laptop that has hints of budget which should be expected at this price point. Now here is where the Nitro 5 really shines, especially with its new features! Setting up the laptop was a breeze if you have a little knowledge about PC’s in general. As it sits the Nitro 5 now comes with the Intel I5-8300H which features equal specs of many 7th gen Intel I7’s. My Nitro 5 also came with a 256 GB Solid State Drive which was great to see. SSD’s really quicken up any computer, even those with lesser specs but having it paired up with something so powerful really shows how quick they are. Something to note is that after the system uses its space on the SSD its basically comes out as 200 GB of usable storage. Gaming or video editing this is not a ton so adding another drive is probably recommended and VERY easy! Two covers on the back features slots for adding another hard drive and adding RAM. I threw in a 1TB SSHD I had around and it accepted it without issues. The memory or RAM comes with a single 8GB stick but can be changed out for up to 32GB total. Graphics are powered by the onboard Intel 630 for everyday use or the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of GDDR5 dedicated video memory for more demanding tasks. This graphics card runs just about anything fairly well. It’s not top of the line but packs a punch for sure! The 1080p screen is very nice and something I really enjoyed about this computer. No glare and crisp enough to really take advantage of most programs and games. Other features include typically USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, a USB Type C 3.1 port, a traditional Ethernet port, and SD card slot (Missing on many laptops these days!), and HDMI as well as headphone jack. Battery life was a little lackluster on this machine with normal usage coming in around 5 hours of screen on time and under a little load (Video Editing) around 3.5-4 hours. Heavy gaming, I would assume would be much less so using it plugged in would be a good idea. I am very happy with the performance of the Nitro 5! Pros: - 8th Gen Intel I5-8300H - 1080p LG IPS Screen - 256 GB SSD - 8 GB of DDR4 Memory - Easy Expandability! (Hard Drive and RAM) - Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB GDDR5 - 2×2 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi - Carrying Case Cons: - Fingerprint magnet (Outside lid) - Fans at higher speeds (To be expected) - Battery Life Overall I would really recommend this laptop for anyone interested in something with very good specs to get into gaming or something that needs a powerful machine to run.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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