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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good budget gaming laptop

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    ======= Summary ======= The Acer Nitro 5 is a good budget gaming laptop that will satisfy casual gamers and those targeting a smaller budget. Many older games, and even some recent games such as Far Cry 5, run well on 1080P with Medium or High settings with smooth and consistent framerates. Performing everyday tasks such as web browsing, document editing, photo editing, and video playback is easily handled by the Nitro 5. Build quality is good for an all-plastic laptop. If you don't mind the weight (~6 lbs) and the thickness, I think the Nitro 5 is a great all-arounder laptop for everyday use plus some casual gaming. ** The Good ** -Good matte IPS display with vibrant colors and good viewing angle -Accurate Touchpad with Precision Drivers -Easy to type keyboard -Pretty good stereo audio (with Dolby technology) -1080P gaming is smooth -Good port selection -Upgradeable DDR4 memory -Hard drives can be upgraded/added (one SATA and one M.2 NVME) ** Not So Good ** -Even though the plastic build is decent and okay, the lid scratches very easily. -The slow, traditional 7,500 RPM SATA hard drive is the weakest point and holds back the potential of the laptop. -Limited keyboard lighting options. ======= Design ======= I like the black and red design of the Nitro 5. It is not gaudy nor too flamboyant. It has a "gamer laptop" look without going too overboard. It is not "sexy" like an Ultrabook with ultra-slim bezels, <1" thickness, and <2.5 lb weight. But then the Nitro 5 is not catering to that crowd. It is catered toward casual gamers who want a good 1080P gaming experience with a discrete graphics card, extra cooling hardware and ventilation, and a nicely-sized and comfortable keyboard for gaming, all for less than $750. Toward that end, I believe Acer did a good job designing the Nitro 5. I only wish the lid was made of a more durable material. The faux brushed metal look is nice and smooth to the touch but the coating gets scratched up VERY easily. I already have several scratch marks and they won't buff out. If seeing scratches bothers you very much, I suggest putting on some sort of protective film like I did on mine. ======= Connectivity ======= After being annoyed by my HP Spectre 13 laptop's lack of ports (it only has 3 USB Type-C/Thunderbolt ports), seeing all the available connectivity ports on the Nitro 5 has been so refreshing~! I love that it has an HDMI port, Gigabit Ethernet port, 3 USB-A ports, an SD card reader, and a USB Type-C port. For my needs, those ports are all I need and I'm satisfied that I don't need to use any dongles or adapters. ======= Keyboard and Touchpad ======= Thanks to the thickness of the laptop, the keyboard offers more travel distance compared to keys on an ultrabook. As a result, typing was easier, more comfortable, and more natural for me. Typing on the keyboard has a kind of "soft" feel but it was not mushy and annoying. I quickly adjusted to the keyboard and had no difficulty typing on it. Gaming on the keyboard was also good and did not hinder my gameplay at all. For those times I do some calculator work, I appreciated having the number pad area. There is one thing about the keyboard that annoys me and it is not being able to keep the red backlighting on at all times. After a short time, the lights will go out and you have to press a key to make it light up again. I wish a BIOS update is coming in the future to fix this. As for the Touchpad, I was thrilled to discover that despite using Elan hardware (which I'm not a fan of), the Touchpad uses Microsoft's excellent Precision Driver. I immediately went into Settings and set up all of my usual Gesture Shortcuts which made me very happy. Good job, Acer, for going with the Precision driver~! I had no issues with the Touchpad at all and found it easy to use and customize to my liking. ======= Screen ======= I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the 1080P IPS screen. I expected some light bleeding, grayish blacks, and muted colors based on the price of the Nitro 5. Instead, I experienced a screen that is sharp, crisp, vibrant, and with good viewing angles. The blacks are inky black and there is no light bleeding anywhere. Definitely impressed. I played Rise of the Tomb Raider and Far Cry 5 at 1080P and the games looked great as well. The screen is great for everything - documents, web browsing, multimedia, and games. ======= Performance & Audio ======= Even though the Nitro 5 has an Intel Core i5 CPU, it is an 8th-generation Coffee Lake Core i5 with 4 physical cores with 8 threads mated with 8GB of DDR4 memory. As a result, the performance is great for both single-thread and multi-thread apps and games. Regular everyday tasks such as web browsing, document editing, and multimedia playback are all easily handled by the Nitro 5. Gaming is great too with the discrete GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. I played Rise of the Tomb Raider at 1080P with High settings and the game ran very well and smoothly with no severe framerate drops. To my big pleasant surprise, I was even able to play Far Cry 5 at good framerates at 1080P with Medium settings. Audio was surprisingly good as well with nice loud volume and clear stereo sound separation. The only thing that stood out like a sore thumb was the slow hard drive performance (I'm used to SSD hard drive speeds on my other PCs). Even though the SATA hard drive spins at 7,200 RPM and not 5,400 RPM, it still felt too slow. Longer Windows and application bootup times, longer game loading screens, and longer file transfer times. Fortunately, the default SATA hard drive can be upgraded to a faster SATA SSD hard drive, such as a Samsung 860 Evo. You also have an option to add an even faster NVME M.2 PCI Express drive if you're willing to remove the bottom laptop cover. Besides the slow hard drive performance, which can be remedied by an additional purchase, I'm satisfied and happy with the rest of the Nitro 5's performance characteristics. ======= Software ======= My software experience on the Nitro 5 is a good one. Windows 10 is fast, smooth, and reliable and the Nitro 5 came with an acceptable level of bloatware - 9 Acer apps, Norton Security, Netflix, a handful of games, and some Microsoft apps. They're all easy to remove. ======= Battery life ======= If you're not gaming on the Nitro 5 and you are doing other regular stuff, the laptop has decent stamina. For my usage, the laptop lasted between 5 to 6 hours (Chrome browser, YouTube, and document editing). When playing games such as Far Cry 5, however, the battery will quickly drain out in about 1 & 1/2 hours. For long gaming sessions, have the charger connected so the Nitro 5 doesn't hibernate suddenly. FYI, the battery seems easy to replace in the future. You do have to take off the bottom laptop cover but it's pretty easy to do so. ======= Upgradeability ======= Coming from a soldered down ultrabook, the Nitro 5 offers a refreshing amount of upgrade choices - SATA HDD, NVME M.2 HDD, DDR4 RAM, and battery. I'll definitely be adding an NVME M.2 HDD in the near future. ======= So, is it any good? ======= For its $720 price, the Nitro 5 is a good value gaming laptop for casual gamers. The CPU is powerful, the memory is fast and upgradeable, and the GeForce GTX 1050 can handle 1080P gaming smoothly. The Dolby stereo speakers sound good, the keyboard is spacious and comfortable to use, the Touchpad with the Precision Driver is a pleasure, and the general performance is very good. Just do yourself a favor and upgrade to a SSD hard drive - SATA or NVME. And don't put stuff on top of the lid.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Nitro 5: Affordable Mobile Gaming!!

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    The Acer Nitro 5, recently updated with the new i5-8300H, is an excellent gaming laptop that is competitively priced, yet does not sacrifice gaming performance. With 8 GB DDR4-2666 memory, a 1 TB hard drive, and an Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 4 GB, it has plenty of horsepower to run all your favorite games. Furthermore, the Nitro 5 is able to pack all of this performance in an impressive sleek and stylish package that will sure to attract gamers. Physically, the Nitro 5 screams quality. At fifteen inches, the Nitro 5 is the perfect size for gaming on the go. Dimension wise, the Nitro 5 is impressively thin at 1.05 inches and only 10.47 inches in depth. On the top of the laptop, there is a glossy brushed aluminum appearance that also encompasses the keyboard. It is enhanced further by the red backlit LED on the keyboard. Overall, the theme of the Nitro 5 looks stunning. Lastly, it shifts to a plastic finish on the sides of the laptop. Weight wise, the Nitro 5 feels considerably lighter than it looks despite Acer listing it at just under six pounds. Nonetheless, the Nitro 5 still has some weight to it but it is not excessive as with some gaming laptops. In addition to weight, you will also note the Nitro 5 has a relative large heat exhaust that is located directly underneath the display. The heat exhaust slit does not go all the way across the front, but instead stops about half way. Lastly, underneath the display, there is an engraved smooth red bar where the display pivots. Overall, it is definitely a stylish package. For connectivity, the Nitro 5 offers plenty of options. On the right hand side, you will note two USB 2.0 ports, perfect for a gaming mouse or an external optical drive. There is also a combo 3.5mm jack that will work with either a microphone or headphones (there are two microphones built in to the top near the webcam). Connectively, on the left, there is one USB 3.0 Type- A port and one USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 1). There is also an Ethernet RJ-45 connection and an SD card slot to fully complement your needs. Additionally, the power button for the laptop is actually a button on the keyboard as opposed to an actual button on the side. Lastly, there is one HDMI connection for an external monitor. Strangely, Acer did not include an LED for hard drive activity. Overall, the Nitro 5 has plenty of connections that should suit your needs. Naturally, I wish Acer would have somewhat remedied the 3.5mm combo jack by splitting it into two separate 3.5mm as some headsets have two analog connections. Although it isn't too much of an issue, as there are two microphones built into the Nitro 5, I cannot use my headset's microphone if I plug in the headphone portion of the 3.5mm and vice versa. Additionally, while some people may complain at the lack of the USB 3.0 Type-A ports, the good news is that with the 2.0 ports you can connect a mouse and/or use a USB gaming headset at the same time if using the integrated microphone proves to be an issue. As configured, the Nitro 5 was one of the least cluttered laptops that I have used. The hard drive came as a single partition with approximately 30 GB used. Surprisingly, once you enter the windows environment the laptop was not starved of resources. The memory was around 20% used and the hard drive wasn't pegged by any particular executable (surprising as Norton Internet Security came bundled). However, the hard drive was fragmented pretty bad initially at 10%. Of the software that was installed, there were only four that were Acer branded installations. Lastly, Acer included Nitrosense, which allows you to control the fans for your CPU and GPU and monitor their temperatures. For my gaming tests, I tried to keep my changes to a minimum to give you an idea on how the Nitro 5 performs directly out of the box. In particular, I defragmented the hard drive, changed the power options to high performance, prevented both the display and hard drive from going to sleep, and prevented OneDrive from starting up with Windows. Additionally, I disabled hibernation and ran all tests while connected to the wall adapter. Lastly, I did not update any drivers. For monitoring, I used HW Monitor 1.35, Core Temp 1.11, and Fraps 3.59. I set the Nitrosense fan setting to max (6000 RPM). On Rise Of The Tomb Raider (2016), the opening sequence is an intensive test for any GPU. For my test, I set the preset to high, turned off V-Sync, and set the anti-aliasing to FXAA. I also turned off shadows, film grain, and motion blur. With these settings, the game was completely playable and looked stunning. Walking across the mountain, the frame rate varied from the low to middle 50s to upper 40s. Once the weather effects kicked in, I dropped to around 42-46 FPS. As the mountain gave way, I dropped to my lowest observed point at 41 FPS. Additionally, the frame rate quickly rebounded once you start climbing the ice. When you get it inside the cave, it increases to the low 50s. Exiting the cave, the weather effects pushed the frame rate down but it quickly rebounded once you emerge. I would like to strongly emphasize that you should tinker with all the settings as you may find certain combinations work better. Turning down some settings to medium may allow you to bump another to high, thus possibly improving your frame rate. Nonetheless, the Nitro 5 performs exceptionally. Furthermore, the GTX 1050 held consistently around 60 Celsius during the test. Switching gears, I fired up the latest Doom (2016) and wanted to test a fast paced multiplayer match. Surprisingly, Doom held a more consistent rate as oppose to Tomb Raider. I ran everything on High preset and enabled FXAA. I disabled film grain, player self shadow, and chromatic aberration. During my multiplayer match, the game play was extremely smooth. The FPS held consistently between 60-75 FPS, with the lowest dip touching 54 FPS. The in-game metric graphs displayed solid green bars and average FPS numbers were highlighted in green for majority of the match. Periodically, you will see periods where the in-game FPS counter would briefly turn yellow and red, however I did not experience any lag at all. Latency between frames remained green and I did not see anything greater than 13 milliseconds. Furthermore, disabling FXAA seemed to slightly increase the minimum FPS and seemed to steady the latency counter during intensive periods of action. Doom looked gorgeous and the Nitro 5 did not break a sweat! Conclusively, I strongly advise to keep your expectations reasonable. Do NOT expect to maximize every graphical setting for every game. You will need to experiment with different settings, but with what I have listed here, I have no doubt that most will be extremely satisfied. In addition to gaming performance, I also wanted to test the multithread and single thread capabilities of the i5-8300H. With a listed base frequency of 2.3 GHz and a max turbo frequency of 4.0 GHz, I was extremely curious to see how it performs. For a multithreaded test, I ran a video encode of a 91 minute 1080p video file. Using Handbrake 1.1.0, I used the Fast 1080p30 preset. I changed the frame rate to match the source and I also removed chapters and subtitles. The audio was set to equal the source's DTS-MA 5.1 audio track. Once again, the fan was set to max. For comparison, I included my custom built computer's CPU. My results are as follows: i5-8300H: 1 Hour 2 Minutes & 1 Second (35.5 FPS) i7- 3770K: 1 Hour 7 Minutes & 43 seconds (32.5 FPS) Impressive! The Nitro 5 not only managed to beat my desktop, but was also within a respectable temperature range. During the encode, I noted the CPU package held fairly constant around 68 Celsius, though each of the cores did vary slightly. The cores would range anywhere from 55-69 Celsius, where Core #0 and #3 registered slightly cooler. For most of the encode, the i5-8300H was held under 70 Celsius, though a few cores did touch it briefly. HW Monitor and Core Temp reported the power consumption around 45 watts. With all four cores on full load, the i5-8300H's 4 core turbo frequency varied between 3.2-3.4 GHz. Simultaneously, my i7-3770K ran its encode at 3.9 GHz, but still lost to the slower the i5-8300H. For a single threaded test, I used MusicBee 2.4 to convert a 24 minute WAV file to MP3 using the Lame 3.99 encoder. I set the encoder to use a constant bit rate of 320 Kbps and the internal algorithm was set to 0 for high quality (-q command). Lastly, MusicBee's maximum number of threads for encoding was set to 1. I ran three instances on each CPU and added the i5-7500 desktop CPU to the mix: i5-8300H: 1 Minute 36 Seconds/1 Minute 36 Seconds/1 Minute 36 Seconds I5-7500: 1 Minute 49 Seconds/1 Minute 47 Seconds/1 Minute 47 Seconds i7-3770K: 2 Minutes 6 Seconds/2 Minutes 6 Seconds/2 Minutes 6 Seconds With the i5-8300H able to reach its maximum turbo frequency of 4.0 GHz, it is clear to see why it was able to edge out even the i5-7500. Additionally, my i7-3770K is starting to show its age, though is still respectable considering it is nearly six years old. The i5-8300H is definitely a workhorse! Concluding my benchmarks, I would like to include my results for 3D Mark Skydive benchmark using the basic version of 3D Mark. The results are as follows: i5-8300H/GTX 1050 - Overall: 17,880/Graphics: 20,391 (93.04 FPS/93.19 FPS)/Physics: 10,502 In conclusion, the Nitro 5 is a stylish combination of stellar performance and mobility. Furthermore, the Nitro 5 takes mobile gaming even further beyond expectations. The Nitro 5 dazzled with consistent temperatures, a clean Windows installation, a solid and sleek design, and a strong and efficient debut for the Coffee Lake i5-8300H. In addition, the GTX 1050 provided enough performance that should allow you to play games with a combination of medium and high settings. With an extremely competitive price, the Nitro 5 comes highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent gaming laptop for those on a tight budget

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    Pros Screen has good viewing angles for the price point Screen brightness is good for indoor use Color reproduction is good for the price point Keyboard response rate is accurate and fast Backlit keyboard Trackpad is excellent Build feels sturdy Fans are inaudible during normal use Fans only make air rushing sound during max. No bearing whine Bloatware installed in minimal Dual video cards mean battery saving Intel card used when not gaming Upgradable RAM and Hard drive M.2 slot also available Plenty of ports including USB 3 and USB C Decent battery life of about 5 to 5 ½ hours during moderate use Configurable fan controller Speakers have a good sound quality and are reasonably loud on hard surfaces Can play older games with all settings maxed out Cons Screen Max brightness too low for brighter rooms Chicklet style keyboard feels mushy Red letters on keys make keys hard to see without backlight Keyboard layout cramped on the right side Fans are unable to keep processor cool enough to prevent thermal throttling M.2 slot located under main case meaning installing could void warranty M.2 slot doesn’t appear to support NVME according to HWInfo64 Speakers fire downward meaning they get muffled and low when not on a hard surface Only includes a 5400rpm hard drive which bottlenecks the system. HDD usage often 100% 3D Mark reports system below minimum spec for Vive or Oculus 3D Mark benchmark could only muster 11FPS The Acer Nitro 5 is the budget-oriented series of gaming laptops from Acer. Depending on your budget, you can purchase one with an included SSD, Upgraded Memory, and a Core i7. The AN515-53-52 is the most affordable in the range. Included is a 15.6-inch IPS screen, Core i5 Coffee Lake processor, 1TB 5400rpm hard drive, 8GB of RAM, and a GeForce 1050. All include plenty of ports from USB 2, USB 3, USB C, HDMI, and a stereo jack. If this is your first look into a gaming laptop be prepared. After seeing all these ultra-thin and light laptops you will find the focus on gaming laptops is on performance before size. You can only squeeze so much power into the ultra-thin chassis. That said, the Nitro 5 isn’t overly heavy or large. At first glance, it is roughly the size and weight of traditional laptops of just a few years ago meaning it is still plenty portable. The top case is a dark grey/light black faux brushed metal panel which looks surprisingly understated compared to other gaming laptops. The logo is a standard Acer logo and the only hint this might be a different laptop is the strip of red on the hinge. Even once open the palm rest is a satin black finish, which attracts fingerprints, with black keys with red letters. The WASD keys and trackpad have a bolder outline of red. The backlight covers all the red accents except strangely the trackpad. The only options are on and off. Without the backlight on you could bring this to work and it would be unlikely anyone would realize it’s a gaming laptop. Overall it is a nice touch for those who want a system that can pull double duty. This double duty continues onto the design of the keys of the keyboard. They are chicklet style keyboard that makes very little sound. This is helpful when you are in a quiet meeting but it does lend to a soft feel compared to Cherry MX or other mechanical switches. It might take some adjustment but if you can get over the feeling, the responsiveness and accuracy is quite good. Spacing is also very good allowing you to quickly find the precise key you want with good separation between keys. This does not carry over to the number pad on the right. The function keys at the top and the number pad keys are both very cramped. If you are playing games that make heavy use of the function keys or arrow keys, you might find a challenge to quickly choose the one you want. If you are one of those rare people who can game with a trackpad you will find yourself both happy and a little frustrated. The trackpad has the precision and responsiveness of a precision touchpad but unfortunately if you try to use that in combination with the WASD keys you will find they are nearly stack one on top of the other. Since most people use a separate mouse for gaming and typically for other uses the touchpad is best in the center this shouldn’t affect most and for other cases it works very well. Palm rejection could use a little refinement but is still very good. Since this is a budget gaming laptop the big question is where is the big sacrifice? If you are looking at this system you already know the performance of the Geforce 1050. Older games are playable with all settings maxed out, but newer titles will likely take some tweaking to make them playable. The other slowdown comes in the form of the 5400 traditional hard drive and only 8GB memory. The good news is that both are upgradable via access panels on the bottom of the chassis. If you really want to risk voiding your warranty, there is also an M.2 slot underneath the bottom panel but unfortunately according to HWInfo64 there are no spare PCIExpress lanes available means an NVME SSD shouldn’t be compatible, but you can still use a SATA based SSD without a problem if you are up to the surgery. The system is compatible with Intel Optane RST but unfortunately since the wrong parts were used you can’t take advantage to speed up the slow hard drive on the cheap. With this slow hard drive you will find that system startup and of course games loads are slow. You will also find that with the 8GB of ram the hard drive gets easily get maxed out causing some frustrating lags. Yes, this can be fixed with upgrades later but be prepared for the occasional lag. Once things are loaded in memory usage is quick in most cases. During testing with 3D bench the surprise was that the gaming bottleneck wasn’t the slow hard drive or limited RAM but it was actually the GeForce 1050. Processor based tests faired decent but during stress testing of the GPU the system was only to pull off 11FPS. This doesn’t mean the processor can’t potentially slow you down. During stress testing, even with fans configure to Max speed and even with CoolBoost enabled the Core i5 was able to get up as high as 197 degrees. According to the specs on the processor, the max temp is 200 degrees, so it came extremely close to thermal throttling even with all cooling settings used. The GPU ran cooler, but oddly the GPU the temps kept dropping off the monitor. The good thing is you want to run the fans at max speed to allow max cooling the sound should not bother you. The fans are most certainly audible but only as an air rushing sound. No bearing whine or other unpleasant sounds could be heard. This is quite impressive since some other high-end systems introduce a high-pitched bearing whine at full speed. Continuing with the fan noise, the speakers are respectably loud on hard surfaces. Since they are downward firing any use on other surfaces will muffle the sound and make them far less useful. Combine that with the fan noise and a good set of gaming headphones are in order. Regardless, gaming headphones are the better way because of the distinct advantage of immersion and sound placement. The build in speakers seem more designed for casual use rather than gaming which is understandable for any portable gaming rig and more so in a budget one. Battery life is always a sore point for gaming systems and the Nitro 5 is somewhere in the middle of the pack on this. Integrated Intel graphics mean that during light usage the GeForce goes to sleep and the system sips power but considering all that is crammed into the system you can get at best 5 to 5 ½ hours of light to moderate use. Gaming on battery power is expectedly much shorter and variable depending on the game. The big question is if the AN515-53-52 is right for you. Gaming laptops push the edge of what can be done, and budget gaming laptops have a harder time since they must decide what to compromise to keep the price down. Although the Nitro 5 most certainly has compromises, it seems Acer did a good job of choose what to compromise to keep the price in check and made an overall good system with some upgrade options. If the Core i5 and GeForce 1050 do not meet your initial requirements, you are best off looking towards the higher end Nitro 5 from the start as those two components are not upgradeable. If you don’t need the most powerful gaming laptop available and just would like some modest upgrades while saving money this one could be for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Gaming laptop that will run with the best!

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    First impressions of this Laptop.. The case is visually nice with brushed plastic lid that seems a little thin, I would have liked it to be more sturdy. They might have done this to cut down on weight, or cost, as it weighs in at 6 pounds. The power adapter plugs in on the right side that is next to two USB ports and a headphone port. The left side has a Kensington lock slot, Ethernet port, USB C, Hdmi, USB 3.0 with power off charging and an SD card reader. Ventilation is plentiful as it exits through the back. (However, When I was running this machine hard the bottom right side was very warm to the touch) The bottom has sufficient rubber no slip pads, a battery rest pin hole, storage access panel, memory compartment, speakers. (I find it odd that the speakers are on the bottom) Opening the lid reveals a very nice black keyboard that is highlighted with red accents and also is backlit (WASD keys are red) the monitor is a full 1080P from edge to edge which is attached to an aluminum housing that is very sturdy. On a side note a lightweight cover/bag with a zipper is included for a little protection when not in use. But I would purchase a nice padded Laptop bag for this unit as the included bag is not meant for overall protection. The internals include a 1 tb 7200K drive, a 2gb GT1050 video card, an 8th gen I5 intel 8300H processor and 8 gb of DDR4 SDram. Battery life is said to be 5.5 hours but may be less if using graphic intense games or programs. Powering up this unit, I found that it is very quiet, and there was no noticeable Drive noise. (Note: After playing COD WW2 for 3-4 minutes than fan noise was considerably loud.) A few clicks for the standard windows set up and you are finished setting it up. I was happy to discover very little bloatware was installed on this laptop. I have seen other laptops chock full of “free software” that took me a while to clean off the system. This one had very few items I did not need or want the offers for. Most were just links anyway. Boot speed from being powered of to log in was on average 1:30. Laptops with ssd drive boot quite a bit faster but this unit you will remember has a 7200K Hard drive. This is a little slow but acceptable. Now on to the nitty Gritty I ran a free program called UserBenchmark and the scores that came back are just at or above average. Listed here are the categories and results: PC status: came back at the 72 percentile of other laptops like this that have run the program (not bad) Processor: 86.6% great for pc use and 3 d games (Awesome) Boot drive: average (that’s due to it being a mechanical drive and not an SSD (I’m ok with this) Graphics: The discreet setup, an integrated 1gb graphic card does most of the average items on the display. Ranked at 7.3% (terrible) but when the graphics card is pushed the GTX 1050 kicks in and does its job well!! (I like this setup) (side note, stats say the gtx 1050 has 2 gb of ram but all the tests I ran came back as showing 4 so I don’t know if this was a misprint or if the tests are adding up both cards.) Drive: After multiple tests it performed very good to performed way above expectations. Memory: The Micron 8 gb of memory performed average (in the middle at 47%). I’m sure a better brand and some additional down the road will really boost this unit. GAMING FPS: The following are FPS for the following games (estimated) set on high and 1080P. Counter Strike: 170 Overwatch: 96.6 GTA 5 :59.1 League of legends: 129 Battlefield 1: 66.9 The Witcher: 51.5 Fallout 4: 51.4 As you can see from my picture I played COD WW2 for quite a bit with low to Medium settings, This unit kept up with the pace and performed flawlessly, I didn’t notice and lag what so ever. The monitor also performed well too, Edge to edge 1080P For the money I would recommend this to friends and family. For me it gets a solid 4 stars. If the case would have been aluminum or more sturdy I would have given it a 5.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly Good Gaming Laptop

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    Short Version: This Acer Nitro AN515-53 is a good gaming laptop. If you are looking for a laptop to play games, this laptop is more than capable for the games of today. Long Version: I have had gaming computers for the last twenty years, but I’ve never owned a “gaming laptop” before. And there was a good reason for that; gaming laptops were too expensive and clunky to be worth the investment. So, it has been a pleasant surprise that this computer has worked as well as it has. In my time with it, I have played Overwatch, Doom (2016), Tomb Raider (2013), Total War: Warhammer 2, Fortnite, and Endless Legend. All have worked well. The game that struggled the most was Warhammer 2, but even my desktop computer struggles with that one. I also really like the look of this laptop. The keys are lit red, but in my experience, they were never too bright. The screen is great. It’s a bright, crisp 1080p. The machine boots up much quicker than I expected. The keyboard is responsive, and the sound system sounds great when everything is working as designed. However, I did notice some bugs. Nothing to make me take a star off, but the audio drivers need some work. Occasionally I would get weird audio feedback with button presses. I checked on Acer’s site and with Windows Update, but the machine was running the best drivers out of the box. It seems to be related to the Dolby Sound System application, but I’m not entirely sure. Either way, it usually cleared up quickly and seemed more noticeable after the machine had first been turned on. Thankfully there aren’t too many unnecessary programs on this laptop but I didn’t need the annoying Acer App giving me other app recommendations. Nor did I want a Norton Security Suite that was just going to be expiring in 30 days. Both of those were quickly removed, but the other Acer Programs were very useful. Through the Acer Software Suite, you can check on the integrity of the hard drive and battery as well as optimize the hard drive and check for necessary driver updates. Upgrades: The laptop provides easy access to the hard drive storage bay and the RAM storage bay. Currently, there is one 8GB DDR4-2400 PC4-19200 260-Pin SODIMM installed. There is a free bank where you can easily install another. In fact, with 8GB DDR4 sticks running around $89 to $100, that may be my first upgrade. The hard drive can be switched out for a slightly larger model or an SSD, but keep in mind that the hard drive will need to fit inside the included mounting hardware. If the drive is too thick (think a 3 or 4gb 2.5 hard drive), it probably won’t fit. Conclusion: I really enjoyed this laptop. If you are looking for a new gaming laptop, I don’t think you will regret picking one of these up.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great entry level affordable gaming laptop

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    Over the years Acer has increasingly become more competitive in the gaming laptop market and I believe they hit the nail on the head when piecing together this little beauty. I was a little skeptical at first reading the specs at this price point but after a fair amount of multitasking and a fair amount of gaming my doubts were relieved. Pairing the latest 8th generation Intel i5 processor with 8GB of DDR4 SDRAM and a 2 GB DDR5 NVIDIA GeForce 1050 video card, this laptop was able to easily manage several active windows as well as current video games at an acceptable frame rate with very little lag. I will definitely consider upgrading to a solid state drive (SSD) at some point to alleviate the slow boot and load times associated with your typical hard drive and possibly upgrading the RAM to 16 or 32 gigs, however I don’t feel it’s necessary for the casual gamer like myself. In my opinion, the games looked great on the 1080p HD screen and having the HDMI port to expand to a better or second monitor is always an option. As for the outer case of the laptop, it definitely looks like a gaming laptop with its sleek brushed black steel look and open rear end for heat dispersion, however it felt a bit flimsy, perhaps because of it being so light weight, so I would be careful if shoving it in an unpadded backpack while traveling with it. At this price point, I believe it should be intriguing to those considering entering the gaming market and I would even suggest this to anyone in the laptop market that doesn’t play games because of the speed Acer provided with the options that are standard on this rig. If you’re in the market for a gaming beast that can run everything smoothly at 60 fps and one that might not be outdated 2-3 years from now, this isn’t the laptop for you; spend the extra coin for an i7 processor with at least a 4GB video card and more RAM.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great entry level gaming laptop that's upgradeable

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    This is my very first go at a pure gaming laptop. I always had gaming desktop but never tried a laptop version before... First things first... being a gaming laptop, it is noticeably thicker than the new standards of laptop. At 1.1", it's still portable, but you can definitely see/feel the difference. Performance is very good, as I have used it to play Fortnite, PUBG and DOTA 2. The Matte finish is a plus since I am a fan of it (Less glare). With 8GB DDR4 installed (Max 32GB) and a 1TB 7200RPM HD, I would recommend upgrading to a SSD and minimum of 16GB DDR4 for optimum performance for GPU hungry gaming. The upgrades where easy to install since there are dedicated slot openings on the bottom of the laptop. Overall, for my first gaming laptop... having the ability to take gaming mobility is a plus for my travels. The added HDMI port makings gaming over a 4K/HDTV a breeze. For the price, this is a great buy at an entry level gaming laptop. Also, just be aware that since this is a gaming laptop, you will hear fan noise, but like most pc gamers, I play with a headset so it doesn't bother me. Thanks.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great budget gaming laptop

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    I've dealt with a really bad PC for gaming for a long time but was able to invest in an affordable gaming laptop. The financing on this was great, only about $51 a month for a year to pay off. So far, I've been able to play some great games at high or ultra-high graphics, like Skyrim, Mortal Kombat X and 11, Outlast, and so on. It's not too heavy, and it's design is really nice. I also like the backlit keys, although they only seem to be in red. The fans are also very quiet, which is great, and it doesn't seem to get too hot. One gripe is that the touchpad isn't the greatest, but it's not bad, either; it doesn't have a distinctive left- and right-click buttons, which can sometimes make clicking a little difficult for certain gaming and just standard browsing. So far, I'm very happy with this purchase, and I hope it lasts for a long time.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice entry level gaming laptop

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    I was looking for a reasonably priced gaming laptop and the Acer Nitro 5 was my choice. I don;t play a lot of shooter games, I am more in simulation/building games like Cities Skylines. So I needed a decent GPU for the graphics, not so much frame rate. The Nitro 5 comes with 8 gb ram, a decent CPU at 2.3 gHz that can be overclocked. And the GPU with its 4 gb DDR4 ram is plenty for my needs, and will play most games out now on high or medium settings. The GPU can also be overclocked. So far I have had no problems playing any of the games I play, and I am really enjoying my first gaming laptop. I would recommend the Nitro 5 to anyone that needs a good cheap entry level gaming laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool-Running Gaming Laptop

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    Out-of-the-box – very easy, audibly-guided setup only took a few minutes. Design – Very sleek, subtle angular design with red accents and red LED keyboard – 5 stars! Display/Graphics – So far, I’m able to play every game at 1080p without any tweaking of the graphics and no noticeable sluggishness. Color is very good and brightness is strong. Trackpad – Responsive and average, but a mouse or controller is a necessity for gaming anyway Speakers – Very tinny, but typical for a laptop. Absolutely no base, but fine for gaming Heat – This is always one of my greatest concerns with laptops. I’ve always found it difficult to enjoy gaming on a laptop due to the quick over-heating problem. During gaming, there is only a slight fan noise, but it never gets hot. This is very impressive and has never happened with all the laptops I’ve owned. Battery Life – Good. Acer lists 5½ hours, and, so far, I’ve gotten just over 5 hours, but I’m sure this will vary depending on usage. PROS - Beautiful design - Full-sized backlit keyboard - Consistently cool temperature - Runs quiet - Fast graphics - Ports – headphone jack, HDMI, Ethernet, 3 USB 3.0, 1 USB Type-C, SD card reader - Full HD 1080p display CONS - Weight – a bit heavy at 5.95 lbs. - Unimpressive speakers - Shows fingerprints easily - No touch-screen

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Ok

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    The laptop is hefty, for sure, but whatever performance it might give you is bogged down by the crapware you're used to from Acer by now (see photo for what Start Menu looks like immediately after unboxing). NitroSense software comes pre-installed, but after a wipe of the machine (to alleviate the crapware problem) I found there's no place to re-download it. Awesome. Outside the software experience, the hardware is good. It's only got an i5 but the extra graphics card helps out nicely. The screen is awesome and delivers black blacks and vibrant colors. In addition, USB-C, full HDMI, and built-in ethernet are all welcome additions to your typical laptop form factor. Battery life on a full charge with no gaming usage is routinely around the 2-hour mark.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice laptop for the money!

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    This is a great little computer for the money. I have seen poor comments about the screen, the speakers, and the heat management of this machine. What I would like to say is I have no issue with any of those factors. It has a 1080p full HD display and it is beautiful. Some people have complained about its color reproductions........try adjusting the color output if you dont like it. I have played TitanFall2 for hours at max settings and have had no issue with heat. The machine hasnt slowed down once. Yes, the speakers are small and with that they dont put out big sound. But duh, it's a laptop! The sound that they do reproduce is fantastic with the Dolby audio just not loud volume. What you do get for this price is a very capable gaming laptop and Best Buys great service! Highly recommend this to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    100% Worth The Money

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    When I read a lot of the reviews on this item the major complaints were things like, heat and noise. Those who buy a super thin gaming laptop and expect the fans not to work hard are crazy. As a gaming laptop this item will run all my games (black dessert online, Ni No Kuni II, FFXIV, and more) on high graphics. Yes after a few minutes the fans will kick on high and you can definitely hear it but it isn't anything crazy loud. And as for heat I've personally not dealt with anything other than it getting a little warm. I had my reservations about buying this laptop at first because I had never owned an Acer. I can however say this laptop is 100% percent worth the money if you are trying to stay out of the $1000 or above range.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Power and nice price in a good looking package

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    There is so much to like about the Acer Nitro. Nice style. Aggressive for gamers, or just a bit of elegant attitude for graphic designers/film editors Good speed Gorgeous graphics Light for its size The Nitro has the right connections,, loads quickly, performs well and costs less than a thousand bucks. Only complaint - the red text on the keys is difficult to read, even with backlighting. I use a wide range of computers and I now have to question ever spending more than $1000 for my needs. Well done Acer.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Buggy

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    The first week I got my laptop I did notice that my laptop was starting to be a bit buggy when I watch YouTube videos it would freeze from time to time, turning blue and glitching out to where I have to restart my laptop then my H key unlatched from one end and it's been loose ever since that personally I could have gotten fixed but I'm just stating the things that went wrong my first few weeks it's been almost a year since I've had my laptop and I've still been having these issues. Another thing I'd like to add was my space bar too, id use my space bar in games or to pause/play a video and it would get stuck. Again, the keys are kind of a simple fix but I'm just trying to point everything out

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Basic/mid range gaming PC

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    If you're in the market for an entry level gaming PC, this is an OK choice. As far as specs, the only thing that separates this gaming PC from a regular PC is the video card. The 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive are fairly standard for all PCs these days. This has the usual features/specs as any other PC such as HDMI port, i5 processor, AC WiFi, etc. The video card is what sets this PC a part from other "normal" PCs. As far as gaming goes, this will run most games out there at medium graphics and some on full/high graphics. You can set the speed of the fans to keep the PC cool and the red keyboard backlight is pretty nice as well. Overall, I think this is an OK beginner/intermediate gaming laptop. To make it a nicer gaming PC, I think upping the RAM to 16GB (it holds 32GB max) and possibly replacing the HD to a SSD would make this a much nicer gaming PC.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Affordable Gaming Laptop

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    I got this gaming laptop about a month ago and it's a great laptop, I'm in love with it. Great cooling system so you dont have to worry about overheating when streaming on Twitch ect. Plus the screen resolution is in full HD(1080p) but can handle 4K as well which is great. Built in webcam and built in mic is way better then previous laptops I've owned. Highly recommend it :)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great computer for the price

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    Your getting a lot for the price. Your getting for 600 dollars a it 8300H along with a desktop grade GeForce GTX 1050

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for general gaming

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    I bought this laptop for my son for basic computing and gaming, based on the specs and we were not disappointed. He loves it and it easily handles all the games he plays.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth every penny

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    I expected a very good product. But what I received was better than advertised the graphics are incredible for gaming.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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