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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Gaming Laptop

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    After playing around with this Acer laptop, there are many positives along with a few negatives. Upon turning on the computer for the first time, you are guided through a couple questions that you can simply answer via voice using Cortana. I don’t know if this is now the norm with Windows 10 system setups, but it was welcoming and quick. This laptop has hard drive versus the comparable Acer model sporting solid state drive (SSD). A computer with a solid state drive usually boots up and opens applications quicker than those with a hard drive. For reference, I clocked the boot-up at about 40 seconds, which isn’t too bad but may slow down over time as more applications that initialize at start-up are installed. However, this Acer has 1T of storage compared to just 256GB on the Acer with the SSD. When it comes to gaming, I tested the currently popular Fortnite. When loading up, the laptop asked if I wanted to let it set the graphics optimization for the game in order to have it run smoothly. When selected, it put the graphics at ‘medium’ which didn’t look too good on the 1080p screen. I decided to manually change it in-game to ‘epic’ graphics settings and the game ran great with no issues. Perhaps manually changing a few settings with the graphics card would fix this. I do like that the laptop that lets you tweak the graphics card settings or set the internal cooling fan speed, depending on what power intensive apps you are currently running. Perhaps manually changing a few of these settings based on which game I am playing will help to better optimize its use. I should mention, after I turned on and loaded up Fortnite on following days, the laptop didn’t ask if I wanted to optimize any gaming settings as it was already set at ‘epic’ graphics. By the way, I used an Xbox One controller and linking it via Bluetooth was very easy. If you prefer keyboard, the WASD keys are easy to spot thanks to the extra lighting provided to them specifically. There are few things that I don’t find appealing. Even though the screen is 15.6 inches, the bezel surrounding the screen is about an inch wide and feels like wasted space. Also, when on battery power, the keyboard backlight turns off after 30 seconds when its idle. In a dim room, its hard to see what key you are pressing when you are ready to use the keyboard again. Running your finger across the mouse or even clicking the mouse buttons don’t kick in the backlight either. I chose to just click the spacebar. I looked around but didn’t see a setting to have an ‘always on’ lit keyboard or to at least extend it beyond 30 seconds when on battery power. Also, there is no color changing option, as it is only red. With everything considered, there are more positives then negatives. Most of the negatives are just personal preferences which may not bother most users. Overall, I would recommend this Acer Nitro 5.

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

    Nice Old-School Laptop!

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    I needed to replace my 8 year old Toshiba laptop and I didn't want some ultra-light SSD, no storage, cloud dependent, touch-screen notebook computer. I wanted a big screen, a real hard-drive with tons of storage, a full keyboard, and the ability to upgrade. This laptop will allow me to upgrade the RAM myself and I can still add a SSD to make things even faster while keeping the HDD . The Intel i5 is plenty fast for me, the graphics are good thanks to Invidia, and the built in speakers are better than most. I love the lighted keyboard, too! Bluetooth is a plus. I was a little disappointed that there is no optical drive, but that was easily (and cheaply) remedied with an external for the few times I might need one for putting in an old school CD or ripping a DVD or Blu-Ray. Since this laptop was designed for gaming, it runs really cool, too! At this price point, I have no complaints.

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

    Affordable gaming laptop

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    I’ve always loved gaming, but wouldn’t consider myself a “serious” gamer. Nonetheless, it’s always annoying when a laptop’s fan can’t keep up with the heat generated by a lengthy gaming session. With a limited budget, the best I could usually do was to get one of those cooling pads with built-in fans to put underneath the laptop, but even that was hit or miss. Enter the Nitro 5. At $799, this is not a high-end gaming rig, but it’s a reasonable price for one that sports dedicated video memory for its GPU and other touches to enhance gaming performance. In other words, it allows people who are willing to spend some but not a lot to get better performance for their gaming time. Set up was pretty typical for a Windows machine. It’s got the usual amount of bloatware on it, but I wish that more manufacturers would forgo doing that. Whenever I get a new machine, I always take the time to create recovery media before I install anything. When you need to start from scratch and your hard drive is toast, this is a life-saver. The recovery media creator doesn’t seem to limit the number of times you can run it (unlike some others), but it was probably the slowest recovery media creation process I’ve ever encountered. It doesn’t allow media creation on DVDs (not that I could find), but instead requires a USB flash drive. Once that was done, I was ready to get to some gaming. I decided to start with an F1 racing game to see how it would do. The Nitro5 handled it with ease. There were no glitches, and it was just as good full-screen as it was in a window. I turned on Nitro Sense and was pleasantly surprised. It monitored CPU and GPU utilization, and showed the ambient temperature for each. With Cool Boost on, the fan would run at a higher level, and didn’t allow the temperature to get above 80 degrees. I was impressed with how well it handled the temperature, and the extra fan power really did a good job cooling things down. From an aesthetic perspective, the Nitro 5 looks pretty great. It’s black and red, with a red light backlit keyboard that looks great. It also includes a double row of number and function keys, which is a nice touch. The keys have good travel and feel good when typing, but they don’t offer a lot of tactile feedback when gaming. Nonetheless, I didn’t find that to be a problem. The speakers are plenty loud, with average sound quality. It sports a good-looking screen that is more than adequate for gaming and productivity work. The Nitro5 sports the usual complement of ports, including one USB-C port, and still has an Ethernet port. Those have become increasingly rare, but you would expect one on a gaming rig. Overall, I’m pleased with this machine and I’m looking forward to many hours of gaming fun. For a gaming laptop that won’t break the bank, you should give this one a look.

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

    Good for gaming

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    Its been about a month since my purchase and im satisfied with my laptop. Does just what it needs to do for the right price. I constantly hit 80-120fps on high settings for fortnite. Games like the witcher and skyrim(80+mods) run decent on ultra settings but i prefer to play on high or medium for a much smoother performance. All in all good laptop for gaming. When im editing videos or even just surfing the web the computer is pretty slow. Im not sure if this is because of certain programs i have on it but its been like that from the start. But otherwise ive already reconmended my friend this laptop and hes already purchased it.

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

    Great beginner laptop for gaming

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    Owned for 7 months when reviewed.

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    I’ve only had one thing that frustrates me about the computer. Sometimes it will get all funky and lag out hard. Like it can’t keep up with the sound and graphics and the screen freezes. Annoying as ever since I do pvp a lot in world of Warcraft. Other then that it runs smooth, graphics are good. Doesn’t overheat, great working fans. It over all is a great buy if you’re a beginner. If you’re super hardcore and more advanced with tech then you should probably look else where for perfection. No other issues have happened to me. I can stream and play.. I can record and play with not screw ups. Mostly reliable. I’d make the same buy if I had the choice!

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

    Acer - Nitro 5 Great Gaming Laptop for the price

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    The Acer - Nitro 5 is a great entry level gaming laptop based on the specifications and the price. This laptop was on sale for $599 during Best Buy's Door Buster's sale leading up to the holiday. I was very impressed with the performance of this laptop right from unboxing it. The performance was great and the games that I played on it actually ran excellent with the graphic options set on high. I was also intrigued but also glad to see that this laptop was Intel Optane ready. I know in some of the questions that asked about this the response was no it is not compatible but that is incorrect. It says on the box that it is Optane ready and I have installed a 16 GB Intel Optane memory module in my laptop. I have also upgraded the hard drive to a WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB SATA SSD and the memory to 16GB Corsair Vengeance memory. I immediately noticed an increase in the boot time , application load time as well as the overall performance of the laptop. The display and viewing angles are excellent. I was concerned that there would be light bleed around the edges of the screen like the prior Dell gaming laptop that I had prior to getting this Acer but there was no bleed and the colors are vibrant and clear. The sound on this laptop was great as well I have not experienced any distorted or muffled sound at all. I am also impressed with the clarity and how loud the laptop speakers are I actually had to lower the volume on the laptop because of how strong the sound is. The Dolby software works excellent and the laptop sounds excellent through headphones as well. I notice that the fans kick in while gaming or during extensive activities but it is not loud and/or annoying. I also expect the fans to speed up to prevent the laptop from overheating. The included Nitro Sense software also allows you to enable cool boost which increases the maximum speed of the fans and it also allows you to change the fan speed controls to your liking. I am using the original 1TB hard drive as portable storage to hold back up files. Overall I am very impressed with this laptop and the upgrades that I made to the laptop makes it not only a great gaming powerhouse but it is great for everyday use and tasks as well. This was an exceptional value for the price and I would definitely recommend this laptop. I would also recommend using caution when reading through the reviews and answers to questions regarding this laptop as some people who respond have not used the laptop and are basing their answers off of speculation and not facts. I took a chance and purchased one of these to use it myself and to actually see how this laptop performs through actual use. I could not have been happier. This laptop was to replace a 17" Dell Gaming laptop that I had for about a year and a half. So far this Acer is a much better laptop and performs very well.

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

    Better than average

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    When looking at gaming laptops at this price point, you realize that sacrifices need to be made and corners need to be cut. Overall, this is a good machine that is capable of running games in all it's 1080p glory. The display itself isn't as high end as some others but again, it does the trick. It seems that colors are a bit washed out and dull. The overall build quality is decent: brushed aluminum with plastic everywhere else. The I/O is good enough, has enough to connect external peripherals, usb c, SD card, and HDMI. All of these which are pretty important for gaming and being on the go. The front speakers are ok, loud enough but they are located on the front of the laptop which makes me think that gamers will stick with their gaming headsets. Battery life seems a bit on the low side when running tasks and doing some light gaming. Acer likes to load in a lot if its bloatware but that's easy to remove. Overall, this laptop is on the beefier side but for all the multi tasking and mid range gaming that you can do, it is definitely worth considering.

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

    Great bang for your buck

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    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

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    Great computer can run gta V well but I would first get an sandisk 1Tb ssd with upgrades ram either 16gb or 32gb of ram would work well for games that use lots of ram. Sometimes optimizing you’re games using GeForce experience can make the game run worse that how it usually would when you first download a game. Either way it’s a great budget gaming laptop.

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

    Great sale price

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    This is definitely a gamers computer. Looks cool and runs great. It does everything I need it to do. It was worth the price.

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

    Great value for a gaming laptop.

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    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

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    The design is nice without screaming IM A GAMING LAPTOP which is very appreciated, the performance is good, and the fact that more ram can be added and the hard drive can be replaced make this laptop an excellent value.

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

    Love it

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    Owned for 1.5 years when reviewed.

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    I'm a gamer and when I'm away from home on vacation, I still like to play. This performs almost as well as my home system so Im pretty happy with it. Hasn't given me any issues.

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

    Excellent gaming computer.

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    I've wanted a gaming computer for a few years now, but was hesitant about paying the price or finding someone to build one since I only really play the Sims. I came across this one when I was replacing my old laptop. The price was in the range I was planning to spend anyway, so I decided to purchase this one. I am so glad I decided on this one. This is an excellent gaming computer for an unbelievable price. The graphics are incredible, the speed is amazing and I have absolutely no trouble with it overheating. I've never owned an Acer, but I'm won over with this one.

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

    Very Impressed!

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    The Acer Nitro 5 AN515-53-52FA is an entry level gaming laptop that is a great value. So far I am very impressed with the laptop and so is my gaming addict son. In general, everything "just works" in this laptop and it is impressive. I like the aesthetics of the laptop. It has the look of a gaming laptop without going overboard in gaudy trims and lights that just distract. The case/chassis is very solidly built and has the look of brushed aluminum, despite being plastic. It doesn't feel like plastic at all. The keyboard is red backlit which is nice, although I wish it was customizable. You can't dim the backlight or change the color. You can turn off the backlight, but it's quite hard to read the keys without the backlight on. The cooling fans work well and are quieter than other laptops I have owned. Even while intense gaming, the fans didn't get overly loud. Acer includes a utility to allow the user to control the speed of the fans. I am quite impressed with the screen. The viewing angles are great and it is clear and bright. The sound quality of the speaker is good for a laptop, but don't expect much from the built in speakers. The battery life is just OK. It lasted about 3.5hrs while doing basic tasks and with the screen on full brightness. This isn't a mobile notebook and is meant to be plugged in most of the time. Where this laptop really shines is the processor and graphics GPU. Game play, video recording and rendering are awesome! My son was playing Minecraft at like 140 fps and the video was smooth and stable. Rendering videos took far less time than on our previous laptop. I also appreciate that Acer did not pack the laptop with unnecessary programs and ads. It comes with a few useful utilities. The weak spots in this laptop are: 1. Not enough memory. 8GB is fine, but it can be expanded to 32GB. 2. 7200rpm HDD. Actually I was pleased with the performance of the HDD, but it's still a HDD. Replacing with a SSD will make this laptop scream. I highly recommend this laptop.

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

    Solid Laptop

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    The specs on the computer suggest that it's a decent gaming laptop. And actually it is. The initial set up does take a while but even with the traditional HDD it doesn't take too long to start up once the setup is completed. My biggest gripe is the touchpad. It doesn't feel solid. They opted for an all in one (like macbook) where you can scroll and click without dedicated buttons. I'm not a fan of that. Makes the pad feel mushy and unreliable. It's able to handle ableton 10 with recording and playback without lag (once adjusted) and the processor benches above the AMD FX-8350 processor in the PC I built a couple of years ago for half of the price. The laptop stays cool. I did test Destiny 2 for a few minutes to see if there was any framerate drop or lag and I didn't notice any. Would I get this as a hardcore gamer? Probably not. But those are very nitpicky people and will pay for exactly what they want. Is this a good computer for casual gaming on the go and some simple audio recording? Yeah I would say so. A good place to record ideas for music if you get that inspiration and a good laptop to jump in a game with your friends in the comfort of wherever you are.

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

    I would give this 6 stars if I could!

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    This is my first gaming computer. It has a lot of great qualities. Setup is very easy. Just turn it on and follow on-screen instructions while listening to Cortana guiding you through. The video card is absolutely amazing. So clear and crisp and colors are awesome making things look real. The sound is excellent. The colorful lights of the keyboard make for good aesthetics in the evening and are an aid if you are in a dim room. Games seem so much faster than on my regular PC. It is very quiet when it is on and even when the fan is going you can hardly hear it. A really nice feature that you don’t always find on a laptop is the rubber grips on the bottom. They secure the laptop from slipping off of just about any surface. The one downfall for me is that it doesn’t have a DVD player/writer, but for under $50 I was able to find an external one at Best Buy that is compatible with it and works great. I am not taking off a star because I just absolutely love this computer and highly recommend it.

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

    A Great Hybrid Laptop and Tablet.

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    The Acer-Nitro 5 15.6 Laptop – Intel Core i5 – 8GBMemory – NVIDIA GeForceGTX 1050 – 1 TB Hard Drive is impressive right out of the box. The heaviness of the laptop and the craftsmanship is top of the line. Once I powered it on, it walked me through all the necessary steps to get it up and running. It has Cortana to use as my personal assistant or I can do all actions on my own.The android side of the Acer-Nitro 5 15.6 Laptop – Intel Core i5 – 8GBMemory – NVIDIA GeForceGTX 1050 – 1 TB Hard Drive operates as a high performance tablet. Playing games with the android function is synonymous with playing games on a video gaming console. The performance, graphics and processing time of commands looks the same as playing on an Xbox. I cannot jail break the security to allow installation of third party apps, but it does allow for side loading which I do not know how to perform. For me, I can only install apps from the Microsoft Store that does not offer enough free dynamic apps as third party sources offer. The Acer-Nitro 5 15.6 Laptop – Intel Core i5 – 8GBMemory – NVIDIA GeForceGTX 1050 – 1 TB Hard Drive is a powerful hybrid laptop and tablet device.

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

    Son loves it for games!

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    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

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    Bought a few years ago and still working great! Great price on sale at the time. Seems to be quality.

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

    Decent Laptop for the price

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    The initial setup was very easy. This is my first Acer product. I really like the illuminated keyboard. The startup of the laptop is fast and with some other laptops that initial opening of the screen there sometimes is some lag but I didn't notice with this unit. I really like the performance while searching online with it. Some of the apps ran smoothly. For an i5 with 8GB of memory I was pleasently surpised how this unit operated. The battery life without turning the brightness down lasted around 5 hours but this is a gaming laptop. The website claims 8.5 hours but I believe that is when the brightness is turned down or battery saver feature is being used. The dolby audio is nice for a laptop in my opinion. Has a USB Type C port - USB 3.1 and 1 USB 3.0 port as well as 2 - USB 2.0 and 1 - HDMI 2.0. The only con I can say is this computer comes with Norton preloaded which if you are loading new programs on the laptop it slows the installation as it has to scan the installation which can be annoying if you want to load a program quickly. For the price I would look at having it in your top three to compare and review.

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

    An OK starter budget gaming laptop

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    Let's just say I'm not the master race type. I've had Playstation and Xbox consoles through the years, and my gaming "roots" take me back to the days of Atari and Nintendo (the latter, a majority of the time), and while my love for gaming has persisted through the years it's never been a top-5 hobby of mine. Just as much as the next guy, I'll wait for certain titles to hit and will buy them immediately on whichever console is my "current" at the time--Halo, Assassin's Creed, etc., but beyond that, I wouldn't call myself an avid gamer. And maybe because of that primarily, the notion of a budget gaming laptop was appealing to me. But I'm not completely new to the PC gaming space; I recognize that the hardcore master race guys and gals out there are building their own machines with the best specs and saving serious dollars by rolling their own (versus buying something off the shelf called a "gaming" PC), and even more recently with more mini-PC cases being made in a way that makes home-building easy for novice DIY-ers, I've been watching (and waiting) for the right time to build my own. Unfortunately, cryptocurrencies have pushed up PC internal prices in the last several months which has dropped this down a few spots on my "to-do" list. And while building your own gaming PC has been the cheapest way into the game for some time now, there's still a temptation for the more mobile, more social among us to have access to a more compact way of taking gaming with us (man oh man do I miss LAN parties). Enter gaming laptops, which we've seen more and more of as time has gone on. This particular review is on the Acer Nitro 5, which hit the market somewhat officially several months ago but has been upgraded to Intel's 8th Generation Coffee Lake processors. A quick rundown of the specs here: • 1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive • Intel Core i5-8300 Processor • GTX 1050 Dedicated Graphics • 8GB DDR4 RAM • 15.6" FHD IPS display • I/O: 3x USB Type A, 1x USB Type C, Full-size HDMI Out, Ethernet, SD Card Slot, Headphone Jack Being that I'm not an avid gamer, I'm going to leave the benchmarking to the more in-depth reviews you will find all over the internet…what I'm most concerned about, as with any gadget, is the experience…especially in light of the specs above. First and foremost--I had a few concerns about the spinning hard drive, but like it over the 256GB NVMe SSD option because of the storage required for a library of games. I recognize that external hard drives (and especially USB-C ones) exist and can alleviate this quite easily, but there's nothing more convenient than having access to more games without worrying about more attachments. From a performance perspective, aside from slower boot times and possibly slower game load times, the spinning hard drive did the job fine…but, if you wanted to buy an additional SSD and add it to this machine, you could do that pretty easily and with limited impact to your wallet. (Not that you want to buy a machine just to upgrade it, but that still puts you under $850 after upgrade). And while the hard drive is a decision that you don't have to stick with long-term, choosing your graphics card is something that you have to decide up front. The Nitro 5 comes with either the 1050 or the 1050Ti, the latter being the better performer, but I found the 1050 to do an adequate job at processing video without stutter or lag. And, not that Rocket League is the most video-intensive game, it pushed 60FPS consistently without fail every time I played. Just upgrading to the model with the 1050 Ti and keeping the spinning hard drive adds only $30, so if you're looking to squeeze every bit of juice out of this it's almost certainly worth the investment. RAM was another big concern of mine; fortunately, this is easily upgradable to a max of 32GB, but as with the lower-spec graphics card I didn't see any performance lags during gameplay running with only 8GB. And the display was good, not great. On a "budget" gaming machine, I wasn't expecting much here--decent viewing angles and got the job done; a 4K display would have too drastic an impact on price tag and performance, so there's not much here that is a surprise. Stepping away from the specs, the design is one that I found to be pretty attractive and not too overstated. Gaming peripherals and PC cases and monitors and the various other gaming-related gadgets are usually far too gaudy for my liking, but the Nitro 5 does a good job balancing the traditional "red" gaming components with an almost stealthy look for the rest of the device. The keyboard was good, although I don't like the backlighting at all, as the backlights are more visible from the front of the device (with light bleeding out from beneath the keys) than it is on the keycaps themselves. I feel like this is a design flaw--making the keycaps just a bit taller can cover up these lines of light and add to the stealthy profile. The touchpad is fine (although a bit "loose" feeling to me) and uses Windows Precision drivers, although I would imagine most folks would be connecting an external mouse to this during long-term use. Accessibility to the internals is no issue; the SATA drive and RAM are both accessible through their own ports and the back cover comes off pretty easily for those who want to upgrade (or in my case, ADD) an SSD. The device comes in at over 5 pounds, which is not unreasonable for a gaming machine, and is primarily plastic. There are a couple final points to make in this review. First, the master race PC builder isn't going to waste their time reading a review like this, or even considering this purchase. But for someone like me, a not-so-serious gamer that wants to occasionally play some PC games, I think this machine is a really good choice. I think the intense gamers will probably be dissatisfied with something like this unless they're looking specifically for a mobile-friendly rig to complement their already awesome home-built PC. Second, there is a fair amount of competition at this price point. I would fully expect a little bit of a discount for the entry-level, budget-conscious gaming laptop, so keep your eyes out for that. Specs will all be about the same, so it may come down to price or design that makes you pull the trigger. Third, if you're not a gamer but plan to get serious about it, I wouldn't spend the money here. There's a lot of draw to having a gaming laptop, but in most cases, you're going to be playing in one place--and at $700, you can build a pretty great starter machine that will be far more customizable and upgradeable for you in the years to come. But all that considered--I had a lot of fun with this machine. If a budget gaming laptop is on your shopping list, given that the Nitro 5 is available in a few different configurations (swapping out the spinning drive for an SSD or the GTX 1050 for a slightly-more-capable GTX 1050Ti), figure out where you think you'll get the best bang for your buck and go for it. I think the sweet spot is probably the better graphics card with the larger hard drive, but that's entirely subjective. Overall it's a decent machine that will provide some good entertainment for my family. I'm not a huge fan of the materials, but the design is solid and performance at the price point is good enough to get you started in the master race.

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

    Good bang for the $

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    This review is a bit different as I let my wife set it up on her own. It went smooth as silk. Setup was a breeze and in about 15 minutes it was up and running with her MS accounts etc.. She had "Cortana" take her through the setup and it was fun watching my wife go through it. She mainly does office work and streaming YT, Netflix etc.. and so far it's been very seamless. The system so far in 2 days has run great and no speed issues or glitches. The 1TB HDD is more than enough for what she does and the 1080P for her is a nice upgrade from what she had. The red back-lit keyboard is nice but obviously just cosmetic. As far as gaming (I'd consider this an entry level machine BUT a very nice one) you wont have many issues running but not on the highest settings on most newer games these days. It holds it's own though and games look very good in the 1080P. If you're a big gamer buying the newest games etc.. you'd want to look elsewhere or you'll be upgrading sooner than you want. I would not have any issues buying another for my daughters to use for school when they need another one.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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