The Acer Nitro 5 is a gaming laptop that’s designed mainly for casual gamers. Gaming laptops come in a broad range of specs and prices. The high-end ones can cost over $2,000, so this is much more affordable. But as far as performance is concerned, it has a lot to prove. With mid-range specs such as a Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA’s GeForce 1050 Ti, it will please those who like to play games, but don’t consider themselves addicts. There is also 8GB of RAM inside, quite ample for handling plenty of apps.
The premium design easily blurs the fact that it is an affordable machine. There is nothing cheap about the exterior. The lid is constructed from metal, while the hinge also looks magnificent. It comes in dark red shade, which extends to other areas, including the trackpad and keyboard. In terms of looks, it is up there with the Asus ROG Strix GL553. They are both in the same price range, so you’ll spot many similarities. The biggest difference is probably the size since the Acer is noticeably bulkier than the Asus laptop. It’s not the most quirky-looking gaming laptop, but we don’t see it as a weakness. Besides, it offers many ports like a USB 3.1 Type-C port, something that other pricier series don’t have. There are also 3 additional USB ports and a card reader.
The display of the Acer Nitro 5 is decent for the price. It is a 15.6-inch IPS panel with a 1080p resolution. These are pretty good, and considering the tight budget, don’t get your hopes up for top-of-the line features. There is no Nvidia G-Sync or a high refresh rate, which is understandable. The quality isn’t the best, either. Color reproduction is moderate unlike that of another expensive model. The sRGB coverage is far from impressive. It covers only 59.1%, this figure is considered poor given the fact that it’s an IPS display. Colors are on the chilly side and lack warmth. The good news is viewing angles are good, so the poor colors won’t be distorted further.
Keyboard and trackpad
The keyboard serves its purpose with the keys having a soft finish. The key travel isn’t the most generous, but still provides comfort. Keep in mind that the laptop is made with casual gamers in mind. For this reason, it doesn’t come close to the experience of using a PC mechanical board. On a bright side, the keys are smooth. There is no annoying clicking noise while typing, which to us is very impressive. The keys are also backlit in red. When the lights give extra illumination around the edges, they look so beautiful. The trackpad is super responsive and provides a great experience in all facets. The buttons are also smooth. Many gamers prefer to use a mouse, anyway, so it probably won’t make a difference if you rarely use trackpads.
The Acer Nitro 5 packs an Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 2.8GHz. Combined with 8GB of RAM, it proves itself to be capable for gaming, although it is not really a powerhouse in this area. The Nvidia GTX 1050 will make sure you can play various Triple-A games without a problem. It doesn’t suffer from severe lags even when the graphics settings are set to high.
Acer Nitro 5 specs:
- 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS screen
- 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor (i7 available)
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4GB graphics
- 8GB DDR4 memory
- 128GB Kingston SSD