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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Delivers on the Fun Factor Brilliantly

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    First impressions, nice design and comes loaded with well spec’d hardware at a reasonable price. Lots of venting and powerful adjustable cooling fans. Speakers are set towards the front sides and fire outward, nice. Easily accessible bottom panel for accessing system for upgrading, cool. When I first opened the laptop found a 17.3” screen with small bezels and the nicest keyboard I have every used on any laptop, big Kudos. Keyboard has adjustable light level backlit keys which comes defaulted to turn off the backlighting when idle after 30 seconds and turn back on at the touch of any key to save battery life. Benchmarks for the Nitro's 9th gen i5-9300H comparisons show the i5-9300H to be 12% faster than the 7th Gen i7-7700HQ (the de facto 7th gen mobile gaming CPU) and 18% slower than the 8th gen i7-8750H mobile gaming CPU. Great numbers compared to its bigger brother i7 and i8 mobile processors of the previous two gens, offering exceptional performance per-core value. Based on GPU benchmarking the Nitro 5’s GTX 1650 4GB falls right in the middle between a GTX 1050 Ti and a 1060 6GB. This is a solid choice of GPU for the Nitro 5 bringing the latest tech into play in a strong value gaming laptop. Wi-Fi is rock solid on the Nitro, in fact best results I have had in my house ever, running 780Mbps from one side of the house to the other and 866Mbps halfway across the house. Typically, our (very up to date) laptops will vary in the connection Mbps speed but the Acer maintains the connection speeds with no drops in connection speed, highly impressive! If you are gaming on wi-fi you will love the connection. Good Stuff: - Western Digital PC 512Gb SN520 NVMe SSD, supporting PCIe Gen3 x2 Read 1729MBs Write 1455MBs (tested with CrystalDiskMark) - Two M.2 SSD slots and a dedicated HDD slot - Upgradable to 32Gb memory - Lots of ports including USB-C 3.1 - Wired Ethernet - 17.3” IPS screen with appealing colors – gaming is fantastic NitroSense utility is included which monitors system temps, manages cooling, power plan, and a few other advanced options. Handy utility for gamers. Believe from initial testing battery life on basic usage will last 5-6 hours and would not expect more than a couple hours of hard intense gaming. Keeping in mind gaming laptops are not known for long battery life while powering all the fun technology inside. Full charge from 14% was quick. The Nitro 5 is a solid choice with an excellent implementation of spec’d equipment to bring a very strong product together at a very reasonable price. Delivers brilliantly on the fun factor in the gaming department.

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

    Possibly be the best "Budget" gaming laptop ever.

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    I can't believe what you can get in an unbelievable budget package from Acer. While it's not the best you can buy its certainly the best you can buy in this price range. You get the huge 17-inch display (60hz), the OUTSTANDING performance of today's gaming laptops with this version of the 9th gen Intel i5, 1080p gorgeous smooth gameplay at high FPS with Nvidia's GTX 1650, Sleek and stealth designed laptop with a good amount of I/O and customizability so you can add more RAM and an empty SSD/HDD slot. The Acer Nitro 5 checks every single box you could want in a 17.3 inch though take notice its also at the height of 1.1 inches thin! I have never seen or owned a gaming laptop this thin at all and certainly not at this price point. This is truly amazing hands down. Display: First thing first. This is not a 120hz display. This is not a G-Sync display. The display on this Nitro 5 17.3 inch model from Best Buy is 60hz. Nitro 5’s 60hz panel is a great display for gaming. I appreciate the extra real estate on the screen for this laptop for playing games. As this isn’t my main gaming rig I don’t mind the 60Hz and taking it to a LAN party didn’t distract from my fun. The screen gets extremely bright when cranked to 100%. I keep it around 35% - 75% indoors. As far as I can see very very minimal backlight bleed. The matte screen is perfect for gaming and one of my favorite features of this Nitro funny enough. I’m so used to glossy displays that it’s refreshing to just have a display you can see from all angles without light hitting it. If you live in a well-lit area this screen does justice. The 17-inch viewing is not just perfect for gaming but also perfect for all other forms of content and media like YouTube, Twitch, Netflix, and Hulu. The 60hz is fine for what you get and at this price I have no issues. Like many though I wish Acer could have used 120hz display and hit the under $1,000 mark as that would have been the icing on the cake. Gamers wouldn’t have asked for too much more features after this. The silver-lining here is that you can hook this up to an external G-Sync 144hz monitor for older esport titles if you want to take advantage. What myself and many other PC gamers do appreciate is the super narrow bezels on this laptop. They slimmed them down from previous years models and I’m sure they make a big difference. Your eyes immediately focus on the display itself rather than the huge bezels. Acer really designed this well and I love that we are going in this direction. Design: If you hate the look of gaming laptops this probably won’t change your mind with the design but to me, this is sleek while not drawing too much attention to itself. Nitro 5 looks great with a stealth design element to it but it is plastic. It’s not a cheap feeling laptop whatsoever if that helps the case. It feels well built but if you want a premium design over the Nitro 5 then the Nitro 7 is something you should look for. Overall the design exceeds what I would expect from this price. The keyboard is fine, not the best I’ve felt on other laptops. I don’t enjoy them but gets the job done. 3 levels of brightness which is red. The red backlit keys stand out the most and it looks great for the most part. A part of me wishes they would have just added a full RGB keyboard to let one pick their own colors. That shouldn’t have added too much to the price point. Can be a good setup if you enjoy red and black as I do. FN keys are all over the place but fine once you get used to the placement. The trackpad is mediocre at best...it works but it’s not that good to me. It just doesn’t have a “great” feeling like I tried on other ultrabooks, has red accent around the trackpad that doesn’t light up. I/O: 1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, There will be no eGPU with this generation of USB-C as it’s only for data transfer and changing up your USB-C phone. Not sure why manufacturers still mix USB 2.0 and 3.0 but it’s here. For creators, there is no SD card slot on this Acer Nitro 5, which is a bummer, especially for a 17-inch laptop. I’m not one to use an SD card slot but there was enough room to add one for those who want this for gaming and content creations. Though if it keeps the cost down I’m sure not many would be too upset that it’s lacking. Also, it’s not a total loss as you overall getting enough storage slots internally for gaming purposes. The A/C port on the laptop is in an awkward location. This is a small gripe but it’s near a USB port on the right side of the laptop. The vent for the fan is also on the same side. This could cause an uncomfortable feeling when the vents are on the side blowing air out against you using the mouse. Again with so much space in this model, they could have moved the A/C port up higher to the back of the laptop. This may annoy some who want to use a mouse so close to the laptop. Sound: It's just ok. Maxxwave audio does the job with filling the room with sound but as always having headphones are better. Just make sure you work with the EQ of the program to your liking. It doesn't get loud enough to hear at a LAN party on its own. Sound awesome when the room isn't drowned by other sounds. The sound of the fans on max doesn't drown out the sound of the games too much but I still recommend headphones. Gaming: To the wonderful visuals of the 17.3-inch display, You are getting a gaming laptop that can handle all of the latest games at certainly blazing framerates. Nitro 5 can handle GTA:V 65+ fps ultra @ 1080p. If you want to play eSports titles, this laptop can blaze through framerate of the best of them, especially at lower settings. This laptop runs Rocket Leauge like butter. Want smooth gameplay of single player titles like Resident Evil 2: Remake or Devil May Cry 5 60+ fps. This laptop can handle High/Max settings but I highly recommend turning down some settings on games. Racing games? Forza Horizon 4 was getting 60 fps on Ultra settings. Fighters like Mortal Kombat 11, Dragonball Z FighterZ, and Tekken 7 was beautiful at 1080p on this Nitro 5 screen holding 60 fps. In fact, anything I ran on this such as Wolfenstein II: TNC, Rage II, Hitman II, and Killing Floor 2 all ran fantastic. There is nothing but greatness for gaming when it comes to this version of the Nitro. For the price, I’m extremely pleased. Turning V-Sync off in most games gets you better fps for something like a G-Sync monitor but I highly recommend keeping V-Sync on for this 17.3 inch 60hz screen. The screen tearing occurs and it is noticeable...once you see it, it’s hard to unsee in my case. Performance: FPS of games so far everything I’ve tested was wonderful. Intel i5 9300h handle things great with 4 cores and 8 threads. I think it’s powerful enough to handle all of the tasks you need it for when it comes to gaming and other things. GTX 1650 4GB produce gorgeous crystal clear graphics on the 1080p screen. Mostly everything I tested ran over 60+ FPS for today’s AAA games. Showing this laptop can handle high demanding games. 1650 should be enough for anyone who looking to game on PC comfortably at the native resolution. I don’t create content so I can’t speak on professional programs but gaming it’s perfect. Battery: Gaming performance drop on battery but you can change this in the Nvidia Experience app. Allowing you to push the game to 30 - 60 FPS on battery. I’m going to cut to the chase. 1.9 hours tops with gaming on the battery (Played Resident Evil 2: RE remake.) Doing things like streaming movies, web browsing, YouTube, and iTunes, Chrome I’ve got about 3-4 hours. The good news here is that this laptop does charge really fast. WiFi: Fast. Paired up with an 802.11ax smart router. Blazing speeds. Fast. Fast. Did I say fast? Just making sure. Also, Bluetooth was working fine, Xbox One controller always automatically connected to BT no matter when I turned it on. NitroSense (and Nitro Key): Nitro Sense on keyboard. Gives you cooling information on the fans speeds. Also gives you controls of the fans to turn on cooling when you need it. Auto, Max, and Custom are the settings. Fans kick on with high speeds when the fan is on Max. I do appreciate GeForce experience built into the app. Acer TrueHarmony is also in here and some settings. Upgradability: This model has 2x M.2 SSD slots. One is already populated with a 512GB SSD that comes with the laptop in one slot. There is one 2.5" slot to add SSD / HDD. This also ships with 1x8GB 2666MHz memory and is upgradeable to 32GB using two memory slots. I currently have an extra 1TB SSD 2.5” and 24 GB of DDR4 Ram installed for now. It’s easy to unscrew the bottom, pop it off, and get into the internals for easy upgrades. Comes with a 2.5 HDD upgrade kit which is odd. Something that seems like it would have already been installed inside the laptop itself but it’s not. Overall: I don’t consider this laptop a “$800 budget gaming laptop” because too many $800+ is a lot of money to a lot of people. But what you get for this price as a gaming laptop PC is nothing short of amazing. There are some cut corners here and there but what you going to be really paying attention to is gaming experience. This was important because I was immersed in whatever game I was playing on this large screen. Can be a desktop replacement for many as well. Upgrading is easy to do and I love that Acer allows you to get into the internals but don’t like the upgrade kit. Still, it’s a nice way to learn to upgrade RAM/SSD for yourself as it's easy to do. If you want to jump into PC gaming the Nitro 5 is perfect for that. Next year I’ll like to see Acer put a 120hz screen at the same low cost in this 17.3-inch model. But other than that, it’s great gaming @ 1080p and I’ll highly recommend this to any gamer like myself looking for a solid laptop.

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

    Great laptop for the price, some assembly required

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    I have an old Acer V5-571 i7 laptop I bought new a while back but wanted something for games so I looked to Acer again. I got this laptop for $150 off the current price on sale and I really can't find a better deal anywhere for the hardware. I checked some benchmarks on the GTX1650 graphics chip and ran the same tests on the Nitro 5 (Upgraded to 32gb and added a 2TB M.2 drive) and was surprised to see that this laptop actually beat the posted benchmarks in almost all the games I tested on Ultra/Extreme settings. (Battlefield V, FarCry 5, Forza Horizon 4, GTA V, Metro Last Light Redux, Red Dead Redemption 2, Star Wars Fallen Order, The Witcher III) I didn't always hit 60fps but every game I tested played great and in some cases, turning down just 1 or 2 options to high from ultra got you to that sweet spot of 60fps and I certainly won't complain about that. Visually there was almost no difference I could see. Now bad parts... when I took the laptop out of the box it did not turn on. Plugged it in, let it sit for an hour or so an still nothing despite the charge light coming on. I happen to be an HP and Dell certified tech so I took the back off and pulled the battery cable, then held the power button for 10-15 seconds, then reconnected the battery and voila! It powered on and booted to the windows setup! Unfortunately that wasn't the end of it. I watched the automated process until it asked me to select a wifi connection, which I tried to do but was unable because most of the keys on the keyboard were not working. Fantastic. Fortunately, during my little adventure with the battery, I had noticed some of the ribbon cables looked a bit crooked. I didn't mess with them though because I was worried I'd have to take it back and didn't want to void my warranty. I couldn't help looking though so I opened it up again and straightened two of the small ribbon cables. At first, the wide ribbon cable for the keyboard looked fine. It was in the connector and taped into place. However when I pushed it with my finger, i saw it was in the socket but was very loose and not really making a connection. I removed the tape and saw that the plastic tabs that hold the ribbon cable in place on each side were not pushed down at all. Someone at the factory inserted the cable and taped it but never locked the tabs that hold it in place. Locked the tabs and powered it back on and double voila! I was able to type now! No real issues since then. Had to try a couple brands of RAM before I found a pair that worked in this thing to get it up to 32gb. Ended up going with some Crucial DDR4 2666 16GB x2. Tried Corsair Vengeance, and GSkill Ripjaws but the unit wouldn't even post with those. Also installed a Sabrent Rocket Q 2TB NVMe hard drive into the 2nd m.2 slot and it was picked up by the BIOS without issue. Speaking of BIOS... Mine came with bios version 1.01. There are currently 9 bios upgrades available on the Acer web site starting with v1.23. Anything above bios v1.25 will cause the backlight on the keyboard to turn off after 30 seconds of non use and it doesn't come back on if you touch the touchpad. You have to press a key. There is a setting in the bios to enable/disable this feature but the backlight will still turn off and Acer says it's a power saving feature. The ONLY way to disable this so the backlight stays on is to use the NitroSense app. Go into settings and turn off the option to turn off the backlight. It was really a pain in the butt figuring this out once I flashed the latest bios and I really need that backlight on. Out of the box this is a really decent laptop. If you got it on sale like I did, you really can't beat the price for the mid level gamer who likes to game on the go. And with a few upgrades, it becomes quite capable. FYI, just those games listed above take up over 600gb of disk space so if you're looking to upgrade, I'd probably start there, then add at least another 8gb of ram to keep things running nice and smooth. Just make note of the above issues if yours doesn't power on or you have keyboard issues. You may be able to save yourself the hassle of returning it. 3 stars for now due to the 'repairs' I had to make myself right out of the box, but I will update my review once I've run it through the ringer a bit more to make sure it's up to par.

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

    Fantastic gaming laptop, I love this machine!

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    The Acer Nitro 5 is an amazing value. If you are budget minded but want a gaming laptop, this laptop is an excellent option. I've read a couple of reviews jabbing the Nvidia GTX 1650 gpu saying it is a very small increase in performance when compared to the previous generation. What many fail to recognize is the decrease in power consumption , making for better mobile performance. The GTX 1650 paired with the intel i5 processor is a very good combination for mobile gaming. I'm averaging 3 to 4 hours of battery life while gaming. I would recommend always plugging the laptop in while gaming so that the computer can run in high performance mode and you'll get noticeably better frame rates and graphics quality while gaming. Acer has some pretty smart battery / power optimizing software installed in this laptop and it has performed well in my testing. It runs quiet and stays fairly cool, even when playing the latest Resident Evil 2 in full 1080P at 60 fps. This laptop can handle most recent titles at full 1080P 60fps. I tested Resident Evil 2, Battlefield V, Star Wars battlefront 2, Super Mega Baseball 2 and they all run flawlessly at 1080p. I let the nvidia geforce experience app auto optimize the games and then I go in and tweak it to my liking to maintain a steady and stable 60 frames per second. the 17.3 inch BEZELESS IPS panel is pretty awesome. Colors are vivid, contrast is great and viewing angles are excellent. Games look great on the screen, and its large enough to sit back comfortably on your couch or desk with an xbox controller connected. The included SSD is lightning fast and windows boots up almost instantly. The machine is up and I'm loaded up in Resident Evil 2 within a minute. Literally! AWESOME! Acer makes it super easy to upgrade your storage and include the screws you need to add a second m.2 ssd and they also provide the cable necessary to mount an additional 2.5 inch HDD or SDD for even more game storage. The laptop has a single 8gb stick of Ram, allowing you to upgrade to 12 or 16gb of ram if you would like. I find that the 8gb of ram is sufficient for most titles I own on Steam. The laptop has a very good cooling system and design. It runs fairly quiet considering and has not gotten extremely hot on me yet. The on board speakers sound surprisingly good and get loud enough for me. Although I usually prefer to game with a headset on for the immersive experience. But I can honestly say that the speakers are good enough for use on the fly / go. They keyboard is also very well built, the red back light is very cool touch. They keys are well spaced and have great travel. I have large hands and it is comfortable and very nice to game / type on. The touch pad isn't very great for mobile gaming, obviously you should always bring a mouse with you for easier and more accurate mouse cursor control! I prefer to plug in a wired Xbox One controller for the games that support it. For those of you that are curious, the laptop does have 3 USB ports, 2 which are USB 3.0 and also a USB C port. it also has a fullsize hdmi port and headphone jack. I give the Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop a well deserved 5 out of 5 stars! Pros; Big, vibrant, and bright IPS panel with almost no Bezels. Powerful enough to run many titles at 1080p 60fps Easy to upgrade storage and ram Comfortable / Tactile backlit keyboard Runs quiet and cool Cons; The huge screen is a little heavy. Take care when adjusting it. I almost had it fall backward on me once.

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

    Big screen gaming laptop, fairly small profile

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    I’ve had several laptops over the years, from business to top of the line gaming and usually what I find is the higher the capability, the thicker and heavier they become. Tha Acer Nitro 5 is surprisingly light and thin for its capabilities. This has a 9th gen i5 quad core processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB WD PC SN520 NVMe SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB GDDR5 memory and a 17.3 inch IPS display. The available space on the M2 drive can get filled up quickly with modern games coming in at 60GB or more. However, this does have space for an additional M2 drive as well as a 2.5” drive and it comes with the screws and ribbon cable needed to install one. The only issue I had is that you have to take the entire plastic bottom off to access them and if you aren’t careful, it is easy to break the huge plastic piece. I’ve played several newer games on this laptop and most of them defaulted with high or near high custom graphics settings and smoothly played around 60 frames per second at 1080. Out of curiosity I used the HDMI out to test 4K gaming capabilities and this is clearly not meant for that at about 20fps or less. Running some benchmark tests, 3D Mark Time Spy and PC Mark 10, this laptop comes in just below their typical results of a gaming laptop but slightly above a VR minimum spec gaming PC, screenshots attached. So, with that, I had to give VR a try and hooked up my Samsung Odyssey+ Windows Mixed Reality headset and played VR for several hours. Besides some loading lag between games and the mixed reality home screen, everything played just as it would with my desktop PC. However, since this laptop is not listed as VR Ready and only has an HDMI port connected to the video card, that means the new VR systems that require Display Port won’t work and the USB-C appears to be connected to the motherboard’s Intel UHD 630. There are also only two USB 3.0 Type A ports. There are some minor issues I have with the design. For example, the speakers, though fairly capable for a laptop, point downwards. On a desk this works nice and gives a full sound, but on your lap or any other non-hard surface the sound gets dampened. Another thing, the power plugs in the middle right side, making it awkward for all sorts of reasons. Since it is so far in, it makes the already short power cord feel shorter. The other thing to get used to is how they shifted the keyboard around to incorporate the power and NitroSense buttons into the layout. Also the keyboard back light by default times out every 30 seconds and if you don’t tap a key, you get this constant on/off of the back light. So check that setting under the gear icon in NitroSense. As with any computer, be sure to get all of the latest drivers and updates before you start judging it. The Nvidia GeForce drivers were old but the Acer Care Center says it was all up to date. There is also a new BIOS version that everyone should check into as there is a vulnerability in the Intel Management Engine that the firmware addresses. After two weeks of use, my keyboard started acting up, part of the reason I discovered the firmware update. However, a quick turn around with Acer support and everything is back to normal. The report was that the keyboard needed reseating. Hopefully just a random occurrence.

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

    Portable Gaming at its Finest

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    ---SETUP--- This ACER Nitro 5 17.3” gaming laptop is easy to set up, but as with any new gaming laptop, the process between opening it and actually playing it will be time consuming. I got this laptop just days after Xbox Game Pass for PC was announced and to use that, it required a sizeable update that took about 2 hours on a 30 Mbps. ---FEATURES--- The key features of this laptop are the screen size, the GTX 1650, and a 512 SSD drive. Additionally, it has a dual M.2 port and an HDD slot for added expansion. Acer Nitrosense is an app that allows you to focus all the computers power to gaming while keeping it a working temperatures. It is a great feature for gamers who aren’t familiar with tinkering with settings manually. Additionally, if you have a better monitor, you can connect this to an HDMI and customize your gaming even further. ---PERFORMANCE--- I downloaded all three major gaming front stores: Steam, Epic Games Store, and Xbox Game Pass. Then, I proceeded to download a few games from each. All performed phenomenally. Dead by Daylight and Hunt: Showdown (Steam), both online games, held at 50-60 FPS at medium to high settings. From Epic, I downloaded Hades (on game preview) and the colors really jump out in this over-the-top action RPG. With Xbox Game Pass, I played Gear of War 4, Crackdown 3, and Recore. Very fun games and all look gorgeous without dragging down the PC. ---EXPECTATIONS--- The product meets my expectations. Though the screen is huge, I don’t feel like it is a burden carrying around in my PC backpack. It came with a protective pouch that makes me more confident to just put it in my backpack along with an Xbox Elite Controller and some Turtle Beach Headsets. ---VALUE--- The price for the Acer in terms of value is adequate for an entry level gaming laptop. ---APPROVAL--- I highly recommend this product for people who want to take their gaming while traveling and don’t want to sacrifice a games looks nor the size of the screen they game on.

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

    17.3 inch+i5+Gtx1650+512gb ssd=

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    Awesome, That’s what this laptop equals. So maybe I’m overdoing it. But I’m a rookie PC gamer. But I do know tech. And this Acer Nitro 5 17 inch laptop is stacked. The screen might me too big for some. But I love big screens period. It’s actually brighter than I need. It’s only 1080p but it’s sharp and crisp. The bezels being smaller or more narrow helps this laptop not seem as big too. Watching Netflix or playing games on this machine is great. As far as games go. I only play when I have free time as I am very busy. But I usually play Starcraft 2. Sim city deluxe and I just got into world of Warcraft. I’m not expert but I put the setting all the way up to very high-ultra and I didn’t see any hiccups or picture lag. With the new 1650 and the Intel core i5. I see why people go for this setup. It’s fairly inexpensive and powerful enough. I’m digging it so far. If you are going to get any laptop. Which I recommend any of the acer nitro 5s on Bestbuy. Try and make sure you get one with an SSD. I promise you it’s night and day. From a 2-3 second startup to game loading being very fast. You won’t ever go back to the old hard drives. Plus this has 512gb ssd. So that should work for most people. Also the Speakers sound good but not great. But most laptops in this cheaper price range don’t sound great any. And I assume most gamers will have gamer headsets either way. So no worries there. This laptop has all the typical ports. Plus the newer type C port. Tho I won’t use it much. Plus this has an hdmi. This does not have an SD card slot. But I don’t mind at all. Backlit keyboard is beautiful. I LOVE red. But I would have been even happier if Acer included an RGB keyboard color option but I get that it’s not in their theme. Maybe next go round. I do use the nitro sense. But I run it on auto since I don’t game super hard and heavy. Seems quieter than I expected. Good job there. Honestly. You can’t go wrong with this setup and at this price. Many other manufacturers charge way more for the same specs. This machine is very well built. With plenty power and just enough style and options. I definitely recommend it. Give it a shot. You won’t be disappointed. Note that Acer throws in a nice laptop sleeve cover fitted to the laptop. It’s not fancy but it’s a nice thought. And it will prevent scratches and such!

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

    Great Gaming Laptop, Incredible Value!

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    This is a little different from my other reviews because I have had several weeks to both use the Acer Nitro 15 17.3" laptop and also open it up to add an additional NVMe and traditional 2.5" hard drive. The short review - buy this laptop. The 17.3" screen on the Acr Nitro is worth the price. The gameplay is better on a bigger screen. You may sacrifice a bit of battery life, but no real gamer would play competitively on battery power anyway. The 17.3" Acer Nitro also comes with a 512MB SSD which is worth the money because that's more than enough for a few games. The keyboard is good, the touch pad is not to my liking but I am more of an external mouse user anyway and don't like touchpads. Now to the most important part - gaming. Wow. Wow. Wow. The i5 9th Generation and the nVidia GeForce GTX 1650 is a HUGE improvement on the previous generation 1050TI. Games I could not play on my previous laptop I can play on the Acer Nitro 5 GTX 1650 - thrilled to be playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey. All of my other games (Overwatch, CoD, etc) play at higher frame rates. I haven't found a game that doesn't run (I recommend the excellent https://www.systemrequirementslab.com if you want to see what you can/can't run). Design wise, Acer made some odd choices which are not deal breakers but I do wish Acer would fix. The power cable is oddly placed on the right side and covers part of the air vents. It also means that the heat vents blow hot air onto your right hand if you're using a mouse. If Acer switched positions, it would be perfect. The best thing about Acer's is you can upgrade the components. I don't know about the other Nitro's, but 17.3" has space for an additional SSD AND standard 2.5" laptop hard drive. Unlike previous Acer Nitro series laptops, there's no ready access panel you need to remove all of the screws on the underside, then pry open the case (I used a guitar pick). Acer ship a ribbon cable for the 2.5" hard drive as well as screws for securing the drive. Don't be fooled into thinking the included ribbon cable is damaged/bent on arrival, it's bent in a way that makes it easy to feed into over the battery and into your 2.5" drive (see photos, red rectangle shows you where it fits). What this all means is I am now running this laptop with 2.5TB of storage, a 1TB SSD as the main, I moved the 512MB SSD to the second slot and added a 2TB standard drive. Awesome. You will NOT find a laptop at this price that has such flexible expansion options. In short, the Acer Nitro 5 17.3" is a BRILLIANT gaming laptop. Acer made a weird decision on the power cable, but everything else is brilliant and I strongly recommend this. Yes, you compromise portability by moving up to a 17.3" screen but it's totally worth it for the benefits. Great job by Acer! I've included 3 photos of the internals of the Acer Nitro to help with anyone wanting to understand the upgrade options. Including a close up of the cable mounting for a 2.5" drive.

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

    Great set up out of box

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    There are a few notes that make this laptop a unique set up. At first glance, the laptop’s frame is pretty unique. The edges are framed, and there is a metallic red accent color along the hinge. There are also ports for USB (3), HDMI, and headphones. With the laptop comes a slim power brick with a detachable cord from the plug-in to the brick. Overall this is very light weight and easy to haul, especially for a gaming laptop, which extremely impressed me! I was also impressed and surprised by the relatively thin form factor. The power jack itself is also flush with the keyboard instead of sticking out away from the laptop when plugged in. Upon opening the screen, there are red outlines around each key with different shades of red around the arrows and WASD keys to highlight the use of this laptop (gaming). The keyboard also lights up with a red LED color which is underlit, this lights up when any keys are pressed, another neat feature that impressed me. I have not figured out yet if you can change the color. One thing that was a touch new to me was that the mouse pad only had one "button", this took a little getting use to. The keyboard is very comfortable to type and has a very responsive feel without being overly crowded. After hitting the power button, there is a very seamless start up process that easy to navigate and set my initial preferences. The SSD makes for almost instant boot times, which is awesome too. I was slightly disappointed to find no disk drive, but I realize that is becoming less prevalent nowadays. I occasionally like to watch movies on planes, and I have a big DVD collection. This will probably not be a problem for others. The screen looks fantastic and the laptop is butter smooth and lightning fast. It also comes stocked with a leading antivirus installed. They even threw in a slim soft case to travel with and protect the laptop. Everything seems to run smoothly, and it holds a charge well. Overall this is a slick looking laptop and I am really happy with it so far and highly recommend it!

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

    Excellent higher entry gaming laptop

    Posted .

    Pros: This laptop is LEGIT for the price! The entire system is well balanced without being overpowered in one part while being underpowered in another. The CPU runs at approximately 4GHz on all cores during 3DMark benchmarking. It scored a very respectable 4871 Single-Thread /15136 Multi-Thread on Geekbench 4, and a 11,938 on the physics part of Fire Strike. The NVME SSD is a very decent performer, AND is 512GB, in a class of laptop that usually still uses smaller or SATA based SSDs or tries to sneak in a slow spinning HDD (UGH). The Western Digital SN520 is a M.2 PCI-E 2X part (will not win any NVME awards using only half the 4x available on M.2 PCI-E 3.0 spec) but still slightly beat the manufacturers’ rated read/write speeds! Crystal Disk Mark reported a peak read speed of 1727MB/s reads and 1453.2MB/s writes! ATTO reported peak speeds of 1.6GB/s reads and 1.36GB/s writes. The screen is decent, at 17” and 1080p, I can comfortably run 100% scaling in Windows. Everything looks small, but a good small. The panel gets quite bright (enough that I use it at 50-80% most of the time, the last Acer I owned I kept it 100% almost all the time) and has decent viewing angles. The battery life is actually unusually good for a 17” gaming laptop. They squeezed in a decent battery, and you can easily use the laptop for 3-5 hours browsing or streaming. Even gaming on battery is possible for a little over an hour, albeit at a slower pace. (I tested 3Dmark on AC power and on battery, and you lose about 1600 points in Fire Strike, dropping from 8059 to 6474.) The star of this laptop is the GPU. I’m honestly usually more of a “Red Team” fan myself, but this GTX1650 is a legit 1080p gaming GPU. The amount of gaming performance you get out of a 50W laptop card is impressive! I played 2016 Doom at 1080p Ultra using Vulkan, got easily 90+FPS average, never saw dips under 70FPS! I played Overwatch for almost 2 hours straight, the GPU only hit the low 70s C max, and kept the FPS around 75-85 average, at 1080p Highest/Ultra. Destiny 2 at the “high” preset (the ultra preset kills your FPS for not a whole lot of visual change) runs 70-100fps without any dips under 60! Also, with 4GB of GDDR5, you have little future proofing over the previous generations (GTX1050) 2GB. GREAT GPU! Cons: I only have a couple of issues with this laptop. The keyboard is a bit squished (the evil right shift key) for being a 17” laptop. I’ve encountered cheaper 15” laptops with a better layout AND still cramping in a 10 key. The touchpad is nothing to write home about either, but I only use it when browsing, and a dedicated gaming mouse every other time. The power plug location is quite odd, but having even more ventilation obviously helps keep stuff cool, but that brings me to my last complaint. The fan gets EXTREMELY loud when gaming. Obviously having a 50watt GPU and a 45watt CPU in a small chassis is going to create heat, but it’s way past what I would consider loud. Any gaming sessions without a headset will cause some sadness or at least distraction from the constant whirring. (Only having 8GB of Ram could be a gripe for some, but it games without issues, and its easily upgraded!) TL:DR – If you need a decent gaming laptop that just works out of the box without needing upgrades to actually feel “fast”, look no further!

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

    Mid-level gaming laptop with good power behind it

    Posted .

    I’ve been a gaming fan for years. I’ve never really been a huge fan of the Windows operating system, but I do appreciate its prowess in the PC gaming world. I’ve largely been a console gamer, but when gaming systems started expanding their offerings to PC-based gaming, too, I took notice and decided to give PC gaming a try again. Of course, in order to try it out I had to acquire a PC gaming computer and I fell into being able to test out the Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop. Even though this laptop is designed for gaming and that’s why I got it, I did want to make some comments about basic computing tasks since many people use their computer for multiple uses. This particular laptop is enormous. It’s got a 17.3-inch screen which is great for gaming, but it’s a little bulky to carry around as a daily commuter. I do like it for things like entertainment (watching videos, etc.) and for video or photo editing. The extra screen real estate is perfect for that sort of work. I do like the feel of the keyboard, but found that when I was typing a lot, there were some missed keystrokes. Moving from a mechanical keyboard (I typically use an external mechanical keyboard connected to my MacBook Pro) to the membrane-like keyboard on this laptop was quite a change. I do really enjoy the red backlighting of the keys. It makes it very easy to do work at night and the red light is a lot easier on my eyes than white light or even some RGB keyboard light. It’s a nice, vibrant, but muted tone of red so it does a nice job of helping the keys show up, but not be distracting. Because I felt that the typing difference was considerable between the Acer laptop and the mechanical keyboard I was currently using, I decided to complete a typing test to see how quickly I was able to type on the laptop versus the mechanical keyboard. As suspected, I average 64WPM on the Acer keyboard and 75WPM on the mechanical one. Another issue I had with general use was that the longer I worked on the laptop, the more my wrists would start to hurt. The laptop has a very thick base where your wrists rest and it made it difficult for me to work for extended periods of time -- especially when I was doing things like typing. It just wasn't very comfortable to work on. As far as performance goes, I thought the Acer did well. I didn’t have any issues with how it ran or have problems with it completing tasks I asked of it while I was working. To measure the performance of the CPU and GPU, I used two different benchmarking tests -- Geekbench 4 and NovaBench. I do want to point out here that the Acer Nitro 5 17-inch only has an Intel i5 processor installed. Many high-performance gaming laptops feature the 9th Generation Intel Core i7 instead. There are other models of the Nitro 5 that do feature the i7 processor, but not this particular one. Normally, I would provide the Geekbench results and compare them to similar machines that have been measured using the same benchmarking test. Unfortunately, when I searched through the results, I could not find any machines that had been tested that used the exact same processor. The Acer Nitro 5 (17-inch) ended up with a single-core score of 4536 and multi-core score of 12854. It also returned an OpenCL score of 121849. Next, I ran the NovaBench test on the Acer laptop. This test does provide users with a comparison score (a percentile ranking) of where your system falls in comparison to other computers in the NovaBench database. The overall score of the Acer with Novabench was 2069 and ranks in the 70th percentile for CPU score and 87th percentile in GPU score. I also analyzed the Baseline Comparison score to rank the Acer against “budget laptops,” which was identified as a computer with an Intel Core i5-7300U and Intel HD Graphics 620. The Acer was ranked 169% higher overall than the budget laptop specs. Another test I ran was a speed test of the hard drive. This model of the Acer Nitro 5 has a 512GB PCIe SSD as it’s main hard drive. Depending on the brand of the hard drive and the current state of your storage, you can expect to get up to sequential read/write speeds up to 2100MB/s and 1500MB/s on average. I used CrystalDiskMark to test out the hard drive speed of this particular laptop and the test results were 1705MB/s read and 1186MB/s write. While this wasn’t exactly up to par with the average specs I researched, I am still happy with the overall results. One thing I do want to point out here is that while this laptop is specifically designed for gaming, it is a mid-range gaming laptop and shouldn’t be expected to live up to high-performance gamers and those who are semi-pro when it comes to gaming. It is a really nice performance bump from a Windows machine that is built primarily for productivity. That said, I did play a first-person shooter game through Steam in two different environments to test out the actual gaming experience. The game I chose was Team Fortress 2. While it’s not ‘cutting edge’ as far as game play, it is still a fast-paced action-adventure game with lots of movement and color. So I thought it would be a good testing option. The first time I sat down to play it, I was on a couch with the laptop in my lap. I did not have an external mouse and was forced to use the trackpad to play. While I didn’t have any issues with the laptop handling the game, it was very difficult to react quickly while using the trackpad. I recommend attaching a mouse for navigation purposes, which is what I did for the second test. I placed the laptop on my desk and connected a compact Bluetooth mouse and started the game up again. It was much easier to play through a few rounds with a mouse than without one. Aside from that, the gaming experience was great. The volume on the speakers was loud and I never had any lagging problems. The Acer Nitro 5 is a really nice laptop for beginner gamers. I think that more experienced gamers would find that it’s a little subpar from more elite gaming laptops. That said, I think this computer does a really nice job with regular tasks and the power behind it is enough to enjoy some entertainment in your downtime.

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

    Great laptop for the price!

    Posted .

    Really good laptop, I liked the big 17' display with good viewing angles (ips) and thin bezels. The keyboard is illuminated (red) and can be turned off if you would like that. The CPU is more than enough for games and the video card is a dedicated Nvidia GTX 1650 with 4gigs of ram. More than enough for games at 1080p and at medium/low settings and way better than any integrated graphics. The laptop has video out and several usb 3.0 ports and C. I searched Acer's website, and there was a bios update, if you would like to keep yours up to date (highly recommended). Also, to update Nvidia's drivers, you must choose their "DCH" version, if you try the regular ones, they won't install. It also has a nice piece of proprietary software to monitor your temps and speed of your fans. Sometimes it may not load, I found I had to launch the nvidia control panel first and then it would work normally. Other than that, the only minus I found about this laptop is the poor accessibility when wanting to upgrade ram and/or hard drive. You must remove tons of screws, and then you must pry hard to open the bottom cover (I wanted to install a extra stick of ram). There is even a piece of paper that recommends not to add your own hard drive and better take it to an Acer center to do that or you may lose warranty???

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

    Good quality and fast

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    Good quality build and very fast. Computer starts up in less then 5 seconds. I ran fortnite in epic at 60 FPS and Ultra in 50-60 FPS range. Old school RuneScape is constant 50 FPS. Will be upgrading the ram from 8 to 16 GB soon not that it’s even needed but only because it costs $45 and is do it yourself easy. Also has great color and sound.

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

    Amazing

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    I’ve chosen this computer because I love to play sims 4 and I’m also a teacher and it helps with my school work. It’s sooo fast and powerful!

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

    Performance & quiet; oops on the keyboard

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    This is not my first laptop with an Intel Core i5 CPU, but its performance is noticeably superior. I think it even exceeds that of a Core i7 model I had once. Weird. Could also be faster memory, or the that there is 8GB of it. Having two GPUs is nice too, and for me, unexpected in a laptop. Perhaps that's standard equipment these days. As with other gaming systems, the cooling system is adjustable from a program (called "Nitrosense" on this model), which is accessible with a single key. It is also remarkably quiet compared to other gaming laptops I have used. Acer really dropped the ball on the keyboard, though. I'll admit that it has a very nice feel, and the adjustable red blacklighting is nice, as is having a numeric keypad. But nothing will make me forgive the horrible layout: First, the "|N|" ("Nitro") key is right where the NumLk key is usually located. I don't make it a habit of turning off the Num Lock feature, so NumLk is generally pretty useless. That being said, it's still nice to have this useless key where it is expected to be (on a would-be STANDARD keyboard)...or more importantly, to have the displaced (USEFUL) End key where IT belongs. Then there is the kidnapped Home key. It was removed from its other family members (PgUp, PgDn, and End) with the numeric keypad to the main keyboard area. This is not near as big a problem as the reason: the POWER button (which feels exactly like every other key!) resides where the End key should have been. OOPS. Overall, in spite of the keyboard goof (which is going to infuriate me the next time I hit that End key...oops, I mean POWER key), I kind of like this laptop, and wouldn't stop someone from buying it. That person would probably be angry with me if I didn't mention the ridiculous keyboard. I'd argue, "You bought a computer without looking at the keyboard?" And then there's the keyboard...

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

    Absolutely love this laptop!

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    Runs games and streams smoothly. I’m absolutely in love with this, it’s so beautiful. Love the wine red colour. It’s such a great budget computer with great specs. The only complaint I have is that there’s a little humming but other than that it’s perfect!

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

    Great for gaming

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    This has worked great for me for gaming. I checked on the can you run it site and can 97 of the top 100 games. I like the 17.3 inch screen and the light up keyboard. I would recommend if you are looking to play games at a lower price.

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

    Overall great gaming laptop for the price

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    When I got it some keys did not work but i just searched up some youtube videos to fix it other than that the laptop is great and works fine for me for many games

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    What a hunk of junk!

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    I purchased this laptop from Best Buy. The local Best Buy did not have one, so I had to drive about 40 minutes to another Best Buy. I picked it up using the curbside pickup, and when I got home and went to set it up I noticed the cover for the ethernet cable was loose. I returned to BestBuy and exchanged it for another of the same model. When I got home and open this one up it has the same issue. So now I get to drive back to Best Buy and return it for a second time. I will not be exchanging for another of the same model. I would give zero Stars if I could.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from TeamAcer
      Posted .

      Dear Michael,
      We are sorry to hear that you decided to return your newly purchased Acer Nitro 5 laptop. Our support team is always available to assist with getting your new product set up and configured, or assist with any other troubles you may experience with your purchase. If you should change your mind and decide to keep your product and need assistance, please contact our support team via phone, chat or social media, and we will be glad to help.
      We appreciate you taking the time to write this review.
      Regards,
      Acer America acer

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    Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Defective out of the box

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    I just bought this laptop and I was so excited about having my first own laptop. However, I opened the box and I plugged it in and here is the surprise “it wouldn’t power on!!!.” Very disappointing..! I have called the 1(800) number from Acer and they said I can send it back to Acer to fix it. I was like wwwwow nope!! Let’s have another trip Back to the BestBuy store. :-(

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from TeamAcer
      Posted .

      Dear AE,
      We are sorry to hear this. If the laptop failed out of the box, we would recommend you check with the reseller for your return/exchange options. They will be happy to help you get a working laptop out of the box, rather than repair. We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate you taking the time to write this review.
      Regards,
      Acer America acer

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