Gaming enthusiasts love a high-performing laptop with advanced graphics. The Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop comes integrated with an NVIDIA RTX 30-series GPU that allows gamers to play games with strict graphics requirements like Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition. The laptop also features a number of impressive upgrades and a powerful processor to support all that hardware.
Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-45): Price and Availability
Naturally, you’d expect a laptop with such configurations to have a high price tag. Surprisingly, the Acer Nitro 5 starts at $749 for the basic model. For the UK variant, prices start from £999 (or £1,100 for the Ryzen 7 model).
For the Australian market, the most basic configuration available, according to the Acer website costs around $1,999. This gets you an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD, and a 128GB SSD.
The closest competitions to the Acer Nitro 5 include the Asus Tuf Dash 15, which starts at £999, Lenovo’s Legion 5 gaming machine at £999, and Dell G3 15. There are other configurations as well for the U.S. market, with the one with Ryzen 7 5800H processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 with 8GB dedicated memory, 16GB RAM, and 1TB SSD going for $1,699.99 on Acer Store.
Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-45): Design
Physically, there’s nothing impressive with the Acer Nitro 5. This is a budget laptop and is still made of a black plastic body that’s mostly identical to Acer Nitro 5 GTX1650Ti. However, you’ll find a few striking things from its looks, like the red trimmings on the keyboard, backlight, top rear bar, and trackpad. The keyboard is comfortable, and the display hinges feel secure and sturdy.
Apart from the fact that the plastic body is a finger magnet, the laptop’s build feels solid and certainly looks “gamey”. It weighs around 2.3kg and measures 363 x 255 x 23.9mm, which puts it beyond the light and compact category. But, to be fair, most gaming laptops are not lightweight.
The screen is surrounded by almost an inch bezel, something that the newest laptop models are trying to eliminate. The good news is that the laptop has numerous slots in the motherboard for easy future upgrades. When you open up the back case, you’ll find two DDR4 RAM slots, two M.2 storage slots, and a 2.5in SATA 3 storage slot.
In terms of ports, you get two USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, one USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, and one 10GBits/sec USB-C data port. There’s also a Gigabit Ethernet port, an HDMI 2 connector, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Charging is via the standard DC-in port located at the back.
Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-45): Display
Acer Nitro 5’s 15.6-inch display comes with Full HD resolution, which, while providing a clear picture, isn’t the greatest. We’ve seen other gaming laptops at the same price range offering better displays. That said, the panel has a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz, which, along with high touch sampling rates, provides a seamless gaming experience.
The display is an IPS LCD panel for wide viewing angles and good brightness, although it’s a little on the darker side.
Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-45): Webcam and Audio
The laptop boasts of DTS: X Ultra and immersive gaming audio. However, when listening to the sound coming from the speakers, you can’t help but wonder if that’s just a marketing gimmick. The sound quality is average, and the speakers would do with a little bit of bass. You might want to hook up some quality headphones if you’re for a better experience.
The camera, placed on the top of the screen, records at 720p 30fps at its highest setting, which is okay for video calls.
Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-45): Performance and Battery Life
The Acer Nitro 5 is built on the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 H and NVIDIA TRX 3000. This particular model features a combination of a 3.2GHz Ryzen 7 5800 H octa-core CPU and an NVIDIA RTX3060 GPU, which, frankly speaking, offers powerful performance for the price.
While the RTX 3060 is a solid choice, it can’t rival its bigger brothers RTX 3070 and 3080. It has the kicks for smooth gaming and the capability to render ray-traced visuals and shaders well above 60fps at 1080p.
The dual fan ventilation and cooling system keep the laptop cool when playing some resource-intensive games. Plus, the NitroSense software allows you to customize the fan speeds for both the CPU and GPU. If your game is too demanding, you can activate CoolBoost, which increases the fans’ maximum speed for heavy usage.
When it comes to battery life, the Acer Nitro 5 performs surprisingly well. When playing a computer game like Guardians of the Galaxy or League of Legends, the machine was able to run for three hours and 20 minutes at a decent brightness.
Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-45): Verdict
The Acer Nitro 5 may have a weak display and a poor quality keyboard and trackpad, but make no mistake, the processor is quite powerful, and the battery life is better than most of its competitors.
Plus, the included upgrade options are a nice addition, making it possible to increase its capabilities and performance.