Review: Acer Nitro 5

Acer is known for the laptops it brings out on the market at regular intervals. The company is also known for its range of gaming laptops. The company has now taken a stab at making gaming laptops affordable, by bringing the Nitro 5 to the market.

Starting at AED 3549, the Nitro 5 accompanies a Nvidia 10-series graphics chip, an Intel Core i5 processor, and a brilliant design for the price. In terms of design and build quality, Acer has gone all the way to make it look incredible.

The lid is made of brushed metal, while the hinge is finished with a dark red shade. The red theme further continues to the keyboard and trackpad. We, however, did feel a bit of flex in the laptop’s base panel and the plastic around the keyboard, but it isn’t a biggie.

Under the hood, the Nitro 5 derives its computing power from an Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor running at 2.80Ghz, a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (4GB) for graphics, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB hard disk drive, a 128GB SSD, and a 15.6-inch IPS 1080p screen running at 60Hz. It measures 1.05-inches in thickness and weighs 2.69-kgs.

Connectivity-wise, the Acer Nitro 5 has got you covered. It comes with a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a card reader and three USB ports. A couple of small panels on the base can be used to access the hard disk and memory slots, although there’s no easy way to access the SSD or the cooling gear. The Nitro does not come with a DisplayPort output or a DVD drive.

The keyboard is possibly one of the most important things when it comes to serious gaming. The Nitro’s keyboard is soft, comfortable and quiet, which is great for typing. For gaming, you would need a bit firmer keys, but the Nitro 5 plays well with gaming sessions, too. The keyboard comes with a red backlight and there is no software to record macros and gaming profiles.

The Acer Nitro 5 offers good overall performance since it uses Intel’s tried-and-tested quad-core 2.8GHz Core i7-7700HQ. In Geekbench 4, it recorded decent points – 4398 for single-core, and 12,471 in the multi-core tests. The GTX 1050 is also powerful enough to hit a steady 60fps for most AAA games on the market.

If you are looking for a budget-friendly gaming laptop to sharpen your skills by eliminating opponents in multiplayer games, the Acer Nitro 5 could be a good option to consider. At a starting price of AED 3549, the Acer Nitro 5 offers a good way to get started on your pro-gaming ambitions.

Price: AED 3549 onwards

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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