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Sleek, Edgy Design, Very Fast – Great Value!Posted
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
Fantastic laptop, for the sale pricePosted
This laptop has honestly blown my expectations away. Build quality is very solid for the price, it feels like a premium item. The screen doesn't have much flex and the chasis feels sturdy during use (you can force a bit of flex, but it's not a problem). The hardware performs as expected and I don't really have many complaints. As far as laptops go, I'm coming off a 2012 MSI GE60, which was not a very good laptop. Let's get into a detailed breakdown: Display The display is arguably the weakest point of this laptop. Yes, it's an IPS panel, but this screen has extremely low coverage of the sRGB color space (professional reviews place it between 60-70% from what I've seen). Colors are noticeably washed out compared to even a budget dedicated monitor. Viewing angles are also very poor for an IPS panel, and are almost more in-line with a poor TN panel. The IPS panel feels more like a marketing bullet point, I would have preferred a quality TN panel if it could have been included for the same price. Ghosting is also pretty noticeable, but I've come to expect that from laptop screens. That said, input lag has been extremely low, so it feels great when gaming. The panel also gets bright enough for most environments. I wish it was a little bit brighter, but it's fine. I'd like to mention that by default there's an adaptive brightness that makes the situation much worse. You need to turn off the display power saving feature in the intel graphics drivers to fix this, which I highly recommend. Keyboard and Touchpad I've seen complaints about the keyboard in other reviews, and I don't really understand them. The keyboard is a highlight of this computer for me! I'm a fairly heavy handed typist and my primary keyboard is a mechanical with cherry mx blues. This keyboard requires less force than cherry mx blues, for reference. It's a fairly smooth keystroke with a noticeable actuation point and a satisfying bounce back. For a non-mechanical laptop keyboard, I'm impressed with how good it feels. It's also VERY quiet, which is a major plus. I've had no issues with the layout either. Now on to the touchpad. It's fine. It works. I personally like dedicated hardware buttons but the industry doesn't. Maybe it's just my skin texture, but my finger sticks a bit to the surface on this touchpad. That said, it seems to use windows precision drivers, which are great. The gestures are accurate and useful. Other than my fingers not gliding like I expect, I don't have much to complain about. Cooling This laptop has a decent cooling system. 2 fans, 2 heat pipes. That said, the heat pipe for the CPU crosses over the GPU as well. This affects CPU cooling performance and over long stretches of gaming or other intensive tasks, your CPU will get pretty hot. I haven't had it throttle yet and it generally stays under 90 C under pretty high load, but this is a concern. Over time as the thermal paste wears out and some dust builds up, heat might become a problem compared to other laptops. As for noise, the fans at full blast it can get pretty loud, but it's not a big deal and should be expected from laptop cooling. The tone of the noise itself isn't overly annoying, which is more important to me. You probably won't want to play an intensive game in a quiet public setting however. The air exhausts out the back of the laptop which is ideal. The operating surface of the laptop stays nice and cool. Battery I haven't tested out battery life personally (my needs don't generally require me to leave a charger behind), but it's a gaming laptop, don't expect any more than 4 hours doing basic web browsing. If battery life is a concern, you'll probably need to be looking at a higher price point. Audio The first thing you should do is uninstall the dolby software on this laptop. It automatically applies an equalizer and it sounds bad on all the presets. It will sound much better if you uninstall it entirely. After doing that, the audio quality is better than I expected, from both the speakers and the headphone jack. The speakers won't blow you away, but they are serviceable and sound pretty good in the highs and mids, and have a touch of bass to them. That said, any serious listening will require you to plug in some headphones, which brings me to the dac/amp. Audio quality is surprisingly decent, sounding good even through some Sennheiser HD 650s. Audio is fairly well balanced and my headphones are suitably powered even at about 20% volume in windows. There's no crackling or other anomalies, which is the experience I've had in the past with budget gaming laptops. It's audio quality I'd expect from a decent desktop motherboard, and that's a great thing! Doesn't match a dedicated dac/amp, but you should never expect that. Hardware and Performance There are other models of this laptop for less money, but GET THIS ONE. The i5 8300h is a substantial upgrade over the i5 7300hq. The i5 8300h outperforms even the last generation i7 7700hq! Compared to the last gen i5, it's about a 60% performance increase in multi-threaded work loads, and about a 20% improvement in single threaded workloads. This model also includes a 256 GB SSD, and an SSD should be considered a requirement for a computer in 2018. The 1050 TI 4 GB card, while fairly humble compared to the higher end offerings, will play any game you throw at it. I get a locked 60 fps at ultra 1080p in DOOM 2016 on this machine, which is fairly impressive. At the sale price of $730 (at the time of writing), this laptop is an absolute steal compared to the competition! All of that said, you should plan on picking up a 2.5" HDD in the near future to install in the spare bay on this laptop (super easy to do!). Moving on to more secondary specs, the SSD in this laptop is mediocre. It's still way better than a hard drive, but this was a pretty safe corner to cut. The WIFI in the laptop has been great. In a speed test, I can get the internet speeds I pay for pretty reliably (500 mbps down, 50 up). I haven't had any dropouts at all, it's been a great experience so far. Bloatware There isn't much! Just uninstall Norton and the Dolby software and you're good to go. There's also some Acer utility software, but it's lightweight and useful so I personally left it. There's also the expected Microsoft Office, and some other apps you were probably gonna download anyway like Netflix. Nothing terribly intrusive and wasn't a big headache. Conclusion If you're in the market for the most affordable quality gaming laptop you can find or are just looking for a basic productivity machine (that doesn't require color work!) and want to do some gaming on the side, this is an absolute must buy at $730. At the full price, it might be worth considering some other options. I took off a star because the display is quite poor compared to the competition at this price range and the cooling system isn't adequate and falls short of the competition, while still being fairly acceptable, and I'd like to see these areas improved in the future.
I would recommend this to a friend
BEST Entry level gaming laptop!!Posted
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
A Great “Budget-Minded” Gaming LaptopPosted
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
Fast, great screen, but some keyboard flawsPosted
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
Affordable, Sleek Gaming Laptop that GamesPosted
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
Budget Gaming Laptop with some issuesPosted
The Acer Nitro 5 AN515-53-55G9 gaming laptop packs some good features inside it at a very good price, but also has some issues that hold it back. I fall on the side of recommending this laptop, barely. I will start with the features I liked. The Intel 8th generation CPU is very powerful and handled everything I threw at it very well. I expected nothing less. The GPU is also quality, and it is nice to see a nVIDIA 10 series dedicated graphics card at this price in a gaming laptop. Games, including VR games, worked very well with this unit. I also liked the look and feel of this laptop. Usually, gaming laptops have bright colors and shiny logos that mark them out as gaming rigs. This laptop has a matte black lid with a metallic black logo, and has a deep burgandy accent color. The lid felt very sturdy. The rest of the body felt like typical laptop plastic, but seemed durable enough. It booted up very quickly with a minimum of bloatware. I was impressed that it came with fan control software from Acer right out of the box. The keyboard was very typical, if maybe a little tight for larger hands, and the letters are backlit in red. The plate does come off of this unit very easily, which would allow for easy access to upgrade the laptop if desired. Now for some features that I did not like about this unit. It became very hot in a quick amount of time under normal conditions, and I am not certain why. It has 2 cooling fans, which were operating quite loudly, but they didn't seem to make an impact. This can be mitigated with a cooling pad to some degree, but it is something for which to be aware. I used a cooling pad after a little bit of usage, but the unit still became hot enough that I had to set it aside after about an hour. Another issue with the loud fans was that the speaker location toward the bottom of the unit became drowned out by the loud fan usage. Again, this could be mitigated with noise-cancelling headphones but is quite irritating if you don't use headphones often. The display looked very nice but was a bit dim even on high brightness settings. This would be OK in a dim environment but it was hard to see the screen when used outside. Finally, the battery lasted an unusually short time. Gaming laptops rarely have great battery usage due to the power-hungry components, so I took that into consideration. But even doing mundane tasks and internet surfing drained the batter in about 5 hours. Obviously, when gaming the battery drains even faster, about 90 minutes. In summary, this laptop has some great components inside and has an excellent price but as an experienced laptop gamer there were some serious issues to contend with, too. If you often game while using a cooling pad, headphones, and while plugged in, these issues might not be a big deal. Unit Specifications: Display: Diagonal 15.6" IPS Resolution: 1920×1080 CPU: Intel Core i5-8300H Graphics: Integrated- Intel UHD Graphics 630 Discrete- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti RAM: 8 GB DD4, with the capacity for 32 GB Storage: 256 GB Intel PCIe SSD Wi-Fi: Intel Wireless-AC 9560 CRF 2x2 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi module Bluetooth: 4.x USB: 1 USB 3.0 Type-A 2 USB 2.0 Type-A 1 USB 3.0 Type-C Other features: HDMI 2.0a, webcam, TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphone, SD card reader
I would recommend this to a friend
Great Value for a Solid gaming laptopPosted
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
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A Solid LaptopPosted
I have worked in IT since the mid 90's and today I'm a Govt IT professional in VA. I have owned several laptops over the years and have a lot of experience evaluating systems, here goes my take... The Good - The laptop itself looks sharp enough with a heavy duty plastic, black brushed exterior, but even so its very solid and this keeps the weight down. Its durable and the screen hinges and structure are solid, no wobble or lose parts, it opens and closes smoothly, I like the design. -The keyboard is a soft touch and registers keystrokes without having to apply much pressure and I find myself typing extremely fast with few errors. The location of the Delete key (directly above the Backspace key) threw me off and it took me a week or so before I could hit it without guessing or hitting it. I find its position odd but something I adjusted to. The Red backlight and stenciling on the keys is not adjustable and took a little getting used to but its easy to see in daylight and easy to see in low light, another plus. The keyboard is very silent even when your drumming out a lot of text. -The mouse pad is sensitive to light touch and easy to use. -The Monitor is something some folks take issue with, its certainly not a super high end monitor but frankly, it does the job and with the graphics card, image quality is crisp, clear and videos run cleanly and clearly, no complaints here. -The operating system and "other" software is thin, meaning only a few extras were loaded and I removed it all in a few minutes freeing up a load of space. The boot time for me is mere seconds. (for comparison on speed) I also own a heavily customized MSI gaming desktop, i7 processor, Geforce GTX 1080 Founder, 32 Gig Ram, liquid cooling system with 3 variable speed fans and a 480 gig SSD, and this laptop is only slightly slower, I am very impressed with Acer. The So So -Memory, you get 8GB which is OK, it worked well enough but when multitasking/heavy gaming were in play things did slow down a bit. After a week of using it (and yes I push mine hard) I decided to upgrade to upgrade to 16GB, so I spent 80 bucks & boy did this run faster, major performance pickup and something I suggest. Wifi - Not sure what card is in this machine but it does the job. I get about 100 Mbps up and down consistently, When plugged into CAT5 its extremely fast. The Bad - Having owned many laptops I am used to 5 plus hours on a battery, generally even under heavy use I could expect 4, but not with this one. Under a heavy load the battery lasted about 2.5 hours, I repeated this just to ensure I wasnt being overly critical, same result. If you run it on power saving you might get about 4.5 or 5. But for me, I typically plug my laptops in whenever I can, which is about 90 percent of the time, so this isnt too big a deal for me. Overall I like this laptop a lot, I spent 80 bucks to upgrade memory and that was about the only tweak I could think of that mattered to me, add 8 and you wont regret it. The design and functionality and overall performance for the price are hard to beat. Most comparable laptops are much more expensive and the I5 processor & dedicated graphics are solid, meets the need even for intensive gaming. Money matters and I got mine on sale for 750 and it was a great buy, I would do it again. I was on the fence reading the reviews about the monitor and battery, but after seeing it in store and using it at home for a few weeks I know I made a good choice.. My only suggestion to Acer would be to make the delete key bigger or move it :-)
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Good bang for you buck - If you are a casual gamerPosted
I have had this laptop for a few weeks now, and I have to tell you, this computer is a great bang for the buck. Great overall, on all aspects, if you are a casual gamer. The battery life is really long. The weight is lighter than most gaming laptops (5.95 lbs), and the graphics card is quite impressive. When I opened up the laptop, and started windows for the 1st time, Cortana said it was starting up, and would take a few minutes, I thought someone was standing next to me. I was not expecting it to have me set up windows by speaking. I had to turn on the keyboard by hitting Fn F7, which seemed odd. Since the screen is not a touch screen, apparently Microsoft is really trying to force feed you to use Cortana, to see the benefits of it, right from the start. I got a 256 Solid State Hard Drive, so it helps on the battery, retrieving data and also decreased failure rate. I noticed it is quieter than my other laptops that I have owned. For a few extra bucks, you can get a 1 TB of conventional drive in addition to the SS HD. The keyboard is quiet, and trackpad is responsive. The trackpad has soft-like button pressing, to click, but for gaming, it is not so good. However, for gaming you would most likely be using an actual mouse, so it shouldn’t be an issue. The keyboard is backlit red, which is pretty cool looking. I found that in a dark room, my eyes were not used to seeing the red, and almost made me look even harder at the actual key. The picture quality is pretty nice too. It is not the top of the line, but honestly unless I am playing a 4K video game, there is nothing to get caught up about. The contrast ratio is 1,114:1, and a Delta E of 5.18, which is middle of the line. The temperature of the color is at 7,028k, which is a little on the cooler side of coloring. But of course, all the settings can be modified to fit your taste. If you're looking for a 4K display and a GPU that can power it, you'll have to spend significantly more. The keyboard DOES have the number pad, which is great, considering most 15” laptops can’t fit it in there. When I was not looking at the keyboard, I would mishit the arrow keys, and inadvertently press a 0 or shift when I wanted the arrows up/right. The up key is extremely close to the shift key, which there is practically no separation at all. Not sure why though. There are WASD keys that are red, so when playing a game, you can easily spot them, while playing. The touchpad does not have visible clickable left/right buttons. There are some pre-installed programs that are probably how they can keep the laptop at this lower price. If you are a gamer, you know how to uninstall things, so no reason to scoff at it. It just saved you money. I’d say that if you are looking for a portable laptop that is not going to break the bank, able to play the games you want, great screen, fast and good graphics card, then you should take a close look at this laptop. I would have preferred it to have the Intel Core i7, but it would have cost more too.
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Pure Gaming GoodnessPosted
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.
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Good Gaming Laptop for the budget mindedPosted
For those consumers who are looking for a budget minded, mid range gaming laptop, Acer is definitely in the race. This unit is marketed with a 256 GB SSD (Solid State Drive), but if you have a large collection of video games you may wish to swap out your SSD and install something a bit larger if you wish to download them onto your drive. For the average gamer, the Nitro 5 specifications should be more than enough to satisfy your gaming pleasures. If you are a hardcore gamer, this model laptop may not be powerful enough to enable a 4K resolution during game play, but please consider that you would have to spend significantly more money to achieve this. The Acer Nitro, has a keyboard that is backlit which is controlled (either on or off), by simultaneously pressing the F9 key and the Fn Key. You are unable to customize the brightness of your keyboard. When I tested this unit, I was sitting in my living room (which has lots of natural light pouring in through the windows) I found it a little difficult to read and distinguish the lettering on the keys (especially on the top row) when the backlight was in the off position. I would imagine this is because the color of the keyboard is black and the backlighting for the keys are red. The overall fee of the keyboard was nice, not to spongy and not to hard. I have uploaded several photographs so that you can see exactly how the "lit" keyboard lettering appears. There are two photographs of the lit keyboard, and one that shows the appearance of the keyboard in natural lighting. The unit comes with a Webcam. so that you can Skype friends and family. The screen on the unit is matt (which tends to hide fingerprints as well as cuts down on glare), and the color definition is quite good and produces superior colors which are vivid. The built in speakers face downward, which for me was a little surprising. Sound production is usually hampered when not directly "top" mounted on a laptop. That being said, the overall sound was adequate and not collosal. If you enjoy concert level decibels, you would probably have to invest in a pair of external speakers. The Acer Nitro is a good gaming computer for the money. It comes with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 TI. Definitely not the "ultimate" with regards to specifications, but laptops fitted with a GTX 1070 or 1080 would perhaps would make the ultimate gamers a bit more happy with enhanced capabilities. Boot up time is amazingly fast, as this is my first experience with a solid state drive. The launching and opening of programs literally happens in a blink of an eye. You will immediately notice how fast this computer is. In my opinion, the Acer Nitro is generally a good gaming machine for its price. If you don't mind sacrificing some graphics and some additional frames per second during game play, this unit is for you. If you are in the category of an average gamer (which I think fits most consumers), this laptop is for you. This unit makes my recommendation list and is sure to please the average gamers out there. Hope you enjoy you new device, as much as I am. Game on!
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Let’s get past the numbers...Posted
There’s a lot of reviews here throwing around benchmark numbers, and talking about the components. This ultimately helped me make my decision to buy. It did occur to me though that many may not understand the significance of the number crunching. So I’m writing this for the basic end user, who just wants to know, will it play games? First, yes you can easily expand memory (2666mhz SODIMM chip needed). Yes, you can expand the storage (2.5” ssd, sshd, or hdd needed). Now to gaming. My games of choice are World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy 14 Online, Fortnite, Legends of Aria, Overwatch, and League of Legends. World of Warcraft runs on Ultra settings comfortably at 45-65 FPS. You may need to drop to high or very high for raids or highly populated battlegrounds. FFXIV Runs at high (1080p) or very high/maximum at 720p. Over 60 FPS. Fortnite easily runs on Epic, at exactly 60FPS (Sustained). Legends of Aria, Overwatch, and League of Legends all run over 75fps set at Ultra/Max. Those 3 play well on a toaster though. Twitch Streaming: This laptop is very capable of playing many titles, and streaming in 1080p 30FPS OR 720p 60FPS. The trick here is to make sure the game isn’t running on all cores (many games don’t anyways). It’s a quad core 8 thread processor. What I do is go into task manager and turn off atleast 1 physical core, and 2 virtual cores for the game. Those are then dedicated to twitch. Twitch is almost all CPU, and Internet. The GPU really doesn’t do much for twitch. So you CAN put out a good quality stream while simultaneously running games on this laptop. Of course, it’s always recommended to run twitch on a second PC with a capture device. I’ll be running a $200-$300 cheaper laptop that only focuses on twitch. As of the time of this review the Acer Nitro 5 (1050ti) is on sale at Best Buy for $679.99. A great deal! If you want to run the very latest titles at Ultra/Max doing 120+ FPS this isn’t for you. Honestly, anything over 60FPS is just bragging rights anyways. If you want a solid gamer for things like MMORPGs, First person Shooters, and engaging RPG/RTS/MOBA gaming, this is your laptop. For the casual to moderately competitive gamer, it’s a steal when on sale, and a decent deal at full price when on a budget!
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Entry level at its best!Posted
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.
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