The Acer Nitro 5 is coming as the company’s answer for entry level gaming series. At 1000 dollars price range, there are always of Lenovo and ASUS, but they now they seems want to really compete with these two manufactures by releasing the new version of it. With pretty much similar price range like last year, we get of an impressive upgrade by having Intel Core I5 based on Coffee Lake generation. The GPU itself is pretty much similar here as the GTX 1050 is once again featured. But, the performance improvement is still here and we are going to take look into it further.
I have spent my time for couple weeks on testing the device and overall the upgrade is only located on the inside or the hardware itself and not having much different in design. If there is nothing wrong with the old one, then why bothering of changing it. I guess that is the right answer of what we see right now. Well, let’s just take a look further here and see how it works on satisfying our needs. That is what we are going to talk about here. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Features
By seeing its plastic built chassis, then you can guess that the design would be fairly simple and plain. In comparison with similar competitors, I think this is not bad at all moreover Acer still adding of few details like red elements that successfully making it stand out among the crowd. The entire chassis itself is created mostly from plastic and adding of carbon fibre pattern for its interior and exterior area that I am fan of it. I am getting bored with simpler shell and having this detail is just adding of something different. Overall, I am not having any complaint for its design especially considering the price range itself.
Furthermore, the new Nitro 5 is basically pretty identical in term of port selection and construction here. As for the connectivity, there are three USB type-A ports and a single USB type-C port without any Thunderbolt 3 port which means no VR support here. Then, as the companion we also have of HDMI, audio jack, LAN, and the power jack for charging the battery. Most of ports placed at the left side and easy to reach by our hands. Unfortunately, they put the charging port at the right side and becoming quite annoying here.back to menu ↑
Keyboard and Display
I pretty much love of the keyboard featured here, but there is still something that should be improved here. The layout itself is pretty standard and typical of Acer, but sadly few keys are too crowded as the result of availability of numpad keys. The power button is then integrated to the top right side that sometimes pressed accidentally when I am trying to press the delete button. The backlit support is however looks great although there is only single illumination level. The users can just activate or deactivate it by pressing the key. The overall experience on keyboard is good although few things could be better here.
As for the screen, the similar 15.6 inch IPS panel is featured here, but they come from different manufactures and producing better images quality on my impression. Last year, the company puts the panel produced by Chi Mei that well known for their standard quality. This year however is different as it now produces brighter and crisper images. It produces 70 percent for SRGB color and around 233 nits average brightness. For this price level, I think the screen quality is great and even better than what Dell promises on their Inspiron 15 series.
|Acer Nitro 5 AN515 52FA||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Coffee Lake Core I5-8300H 2.3 GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GTX 1050 Graphic Card|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 Memory|
Performance and Battery Tests
For this review, I receive the basic variant that equipped with Intel Core I5-8300H, NVIDIA GTX 1050, 8GB RAM, and 1TB HDD. The SSD is completely missing here, but you could add it later as the slot is available or getting the much higher version that has pre-installed with it. The Core I5 8330H itself is very similar in term of performance in comparable with Core I7-7700HQ. Some games even run smoother here as the result of its new architecture. The Shadow of Mordor is now running at 60 FPS with full HD and ultra-setting in comparison with 56 FPS that I always get at I7 7700HQ. Most of games should be playable at medium and high setting depending on setting and game you play here.
In term of battery life, Acer adds of 48 Wh battery which is very standard and will provide of 2 to 3 hours of usage on gaming. Browsing or streaming movies should give you better result at 4 or 5 hours, but overall 3 hours is the maximize result here. This battery level is similar and neither good nor bad as we have similar result on many different cases here. I recommend you to consider this case before you decide to take it back home.back to menu ↑
The new version of Nitro 5 is a worth upgrade if you are not yet getting of this device. The CPU upgrade is not really worth as gaming is depending on GPU and not CPU. However, this is a good chance for anyone looking for a cheap gaming laptop to afford in 2018. The price is worth for everything it has right now. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration you want. I just hope the information is good enough for you on making consideration. Feel free to check our latest article and mind leaving any comment for further assistance.