Acer Nitro 5: An Honest Review
- 1.1 PROS
- 1.2 CONS
- 1.3 Design and LooK
- 1.4 Price and Performace
- 1.5 Keyboard
- 1.6 Screen, camera, and sound
- 1.7 Verdict
The basic Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop from Acer costs just $699, which is the same price as the model we reviewed last year. This time, though, the company sent us a $1,699 model that was definitely not an entry-level model. It had an eight-core AMD Ryzen 7 processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics, and a sharp 15.6-inch WQHD screen to show off the best technology of 2021. Even though our test model was expensive, don’t write off the Nitro 5 as a whole. It is still one of our top-budget gaming laptops because it offers great value in its less expensive configurations.
Acer Nitro 5 Specifications
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 5800H|
|Boot Drive Type||SSD|
|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Screen Refresh Rate||165 Hz|
|Graphics Processor||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU|
|Wireless Networking||802.11ax, Bluetooth|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
- Strong AMD CPU
- High-resolution WQHD screen
- Takes up to three hard drives
- Battery life is okay
- In high-end configurations, plastic doesn’t look as good
- Max-Q GPU limits performance in RTX 3070 model
Design and LooK
With the Acer Nitro 5, Acer hasn’t tried to change the way gaming laptops work. It has a simple design with a bit of gaming flair thanks to an RGB backlit keyboard with four different zones, red Nitro text, and a pinstripe-like effect on the lid. The Nitro 5 is quite thick and big. It’s 14.19 inches long, 10.67 inches wide, and 1.06 inches thick, and it weighs 5.51 pounds, so you’ll definitely know when it’s in your backpack. On the right side, there are two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports. One of them can charge a device like a smartphone even when the Nitro 5 is turned off. On the back of the Nitro, there is a charging port, a Thunderbolt 4/USB-C port, and an HDMI 2.1 port.
On the left side, there is a 3.5mm audio jack, a standard USB 3.2 Gen 1 port, and an RJ45 Ethernet jack. It’s an expected answer since the hub can only put out a maximum of 90W, and the Nitro 5 can only charge at 65W through the Thunderbolt 4 port. The 15.6-inch screen has a refresh rate of 144Hz and a resolution of 1920×1080. The bezels around the screen fit with the rest of the Nitro 5’s design. In other words, they aren’t skinny. A 720p webcam is on top of the screen.
Price and Performace
One of the most affordable gaming laptops on the market today is the Acer Nitro 5. With a starting price of $749, you get the model we tested and its most basic setup. In the UK, you can get this exact configuration, but it will cost you about £335 more. But this model is not sold in Australia. For the US market, there are several other configurations, with $1099 being the most expensive. For that price, the laptop has an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD, but the GPU and hard drive are the same.
Going back a bit, the keyboard on the Acer Nitro 5 is a big plus. There’s nothing that makes it stand out. Yes, the symbols are red, the backlight is red (but it only works when it’s plugged in, so it’s hard to see the keys in the dark when it’s not), and the WASD keys are painted red. Overall, this is just a normal keyboard in the middle of the road. So, we find it to be both comfortable and reliable. We haven’t had any lags, missed presses, or accidental presses. It’s fast and responsive. It doesn’t matter if you’re typing or playing a game.
Screen, camera, and sound
At its highest setting, the camera can record video at 720p 30fps, but the video is grainy. It works fine for web chats, but don’t expect to make many high-quality images here. The sound on the laptop is a little too loud on the high end and has a lot of echoes, but you can change it with the equalizer in the Dolby Audio software to make it your own. In short, it’s just another laptop with bad sound, which is pretty standard (unless your name is Origin). Lastly, the 1080p display is still sharp and clear, but it is a little darker (even at its brightest setting) and is almost the opposite of bezel-free. At this price, we’ve seen other gaming laptops put a little more emphasis on the screen, which is what we’d like to see here.
If you’re on a tight budget and don’t need a very thin laptop, the Acer Nitro 5 is a good option to think about. I liked trying it out, even though it didn’t blow me away. It costs a reasonable amount for a design that is average and works about as well as average. Can’t be upset about that.
Trackpad of Acer Nitro 5?
Here’s a huge complaint. In PC gaming, especially FPS, RPG, and action games, gaming laptop trackpads are often disliked. This laptop’s trackpad is so bad you won’t want to use it for typical computing tasks. The trackpad has a lot of travel and is rigid, requiring strong pushing to register, which causes finger strain. Buttons 1 and 2, placed on the trackpad’s front left and right sides, miss more presses. After a day, we gave up and got a mouse.
Price of Acer Nitro 5?
One of the cheapest gaming laptops is the Acer Nitro 5. The $749 model we examined comes with its most basic setup. The UK sells this combination for £335 extra.