Acer Nitro 5 (Ryzen 2500U, RX 560X) 15 Inch Gaming Laptop Review

At the beginning of 2018, Acer has released the Nitro 5 with couple different variants powered by both Intel and NVIDIA hardware. At the end of 2018, they released another version and this time is equipped with Ryzen and RX graphic card from AMD. This model is actually considered as the cheaper version from the previous one, but almost carrying the same level performance. The Ryzen mobile CPU is already well known for its performance compared to its predecessor while the RX is a not bad GPU compared to NVIDIA GTX series. The rest of thing should be similar because the manufacture only focuses their stuff in the hardware component.

The rest of design, display, and even the keyboard would be similar. What we really want to talk about here is how the performance handling of gaming. I have got a chance to take a look at it further and that is what we are going to talk about on this article. Let’s hope it’s turned to be a great option for low budget users like us. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Case and Looks

Compared to the previous model, the overall design looks pretty similar with some improvement in the surface texture. I just feel the new texture looks and feels better considering it does not leave the fingerprint mark pretty badly. The combination between black and red subtle are common in gaming and you are going to find some manufactures like ASUS and even Razer would do the same thing here. Both of outer and inner chassis will have the similar design approach with the case itself is created mostly from plastic. Keep in mind, they put of decent plastic material and means the build quality is not a big problem.

Moving into the inside, the users will see its 15 inch display which sadly still surrounded of relatively thick bezel. In good way, the webcam placement is nice and they don’t put it under the display. At the bottom of the panel, I notice a full size keyboard with decent RGB lighting. Acer adds of a noticeable subtle to the WASD keys for making it looks a bit modern. As for the build quality, the stability is great and won’t disappoint you at all despite for being a budget device to afford in 2018.

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Maintenance Support and Warranty

Acer Nitro 5 Ryzen 2 The maintenance support is pretty decent in my opinion especially considering they provide of two maintenance hatches for getting the access to the component inside. The larger hatch will give you the access to the 2.5 inch slot while the smaller hatch will offer you the access to the RAM slots. Upgrading the SSD is quite hard as the slot is located at the bottom and means you should open the entire back cover for upgrading it. Removing all of the screws are done easily and you can even find the tutorial on YouTube if you think the thing as quite hard to do by yourself.

Acer provides of two years warranty support and it can be extended by adding some dollars and even you could even extend it up to 4 years. Keep in mind, not all of hardware inside would be covered by the warranty, so make sure to read it manual for knowing what kind of things are covered. Just go to their official site for seeing the more details. I am quite happy for seeing how Acer handles the after sales support and they really show a good support as long as you provide them a good detail about your problem.

Last price update: 2020-04-30 18:31:38

Acer Nitro 5 15 Inch GamingMain Specs
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Up To 3.6 GHz
Graphics AMD Radeon RX 560X 4GB GDDR5
Display Size15.6 Inch IPS FHD
OS Windows 10 Home
Memory 8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage 256GB SSD

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Gaming Performance

The hardware configuration that I bought here is included of Ryzen 5 2500U and RX 506X graphic card. The 2500U CPU here is pretty decent and equipped with quad core CPU clocked between 2.0 to 3.6 GHz clocks. The processor itself features a quite decent power consumption compared to Core I5 8300H processor. Unfortunately, its performance is slower than what Intel promises to us. Fortunately, the price is slightly cheaper for this model and means you can have the consideration for what kind of models you want to pick here.

As for the RX 560X, I am so impressed on seeing its performance as the price point is pretty low here. It beats the NVIDIA 150MX GPU in more than 70 % in term of performance while having the same category with the GTX 1050. Most of games will run at medium setting for some newer games while high setting is quite possible in older games. Fornite is running for around 40 FPS in high setting while having better performance up to 60 FPS in medium setting. The same case found on Overwatch and Black Ops 5. The performance is never being a problem although it’s impossible to adjust the every setting into the maximum one.

Last price update: 2020-04-30 18:31:38
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Final Thought

The Nitro 5 AMD model offers almost the identical features and performance like its Intel version. One makes difference is the hardware inside and its depended on each user preference for picking the right model for you. I suggest you to pick the Intel version if you have more budget to spend and taking the AMD one if you want to spend your budget as little as possible and expecting a great performance. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Make sure to check our latest article and mind leaving some comments for further assistance regarding the article.

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