Hardcore gamers are proven to invest in fairly pricey equipment, though, there’s lots of gaming gear which surprisingly offers more .
Acer’s latest stab at the conclusion of the PC gaming arena is your Nitro 5, also a gaming laptop for the budget oriented.
Cost and Availability
The Acer Nitro 5 is still among the most affordable gaming laptops in the marketplace nowadays. With its $749 starting cost, exactly the identical model we examined, you receive its most basic configuration. This specific configuration is available in the UK, though it does cost roughly #335 more.
This spec is, however, not accessible in Australia.
A lot of different configurations are available for the US market, the most expensive of which will be the 1099. For that price, the laptop boasts an Intel Core i7-7700HQ chip, 16GB of RAM plus a 256GB SSD, although its GPU and hard disk will be the same.
Generally speaking, the Nitro 5 pops up against similarly configured and priced gaming notebooks, like the Dell G3 15 along with Lenovo Legion Y530, though user-controlled cooling system is a first in this niche with this notebook.
As for look and feel, there’s a lot to be desired using the Acer Nitro 5. That is not to say it is plain bad — in reality , there are things we appreciate about doing it.
We enjoy the subdued gamer look, with its red trimmings on the computer keyboard, backlight, trackpad and the top rear bar. The display hinges feel secure and sturdy, and the amount of ports on hand is a boon. More importantly, the laptop has a comfortable keyboard, along with a user-controllable cooling system (more about these two subjects later.)
It’s pretty underwhelming, and that it is a budget notebook means there will be signs of cutbacks — and those are all noticeable. The display lid, for example, is made of plastic. The best cover and the area around the monitor fingerprints like crazy, and the screen has almost an inch of bezel about it, all which allow us feel as though we are PC gaming at the early aughts.
Worst of all is the laptop’s trackpad. An individual could argue that you shouldn’t expect much from a trackpad to fulfill your gaming requirements, however we have to say that this version’s trackpad is simply ridiculous.
Jumping back a second, a significant triumph for your Acer Nitro 5 is its keyboard. There’s nothing overtly specific about it.
In general, this is just your normal, keyboard. Nevertheless, we find it comfy as well as quite dependable. It’s fast and responsive, and we have not experienced any lags, overlooked presses or casual presses. Whether you are typing or gaming, that’s all that matters.
Now, here’s where we discovered a significant complaint. However this notebook’s trackpad is indeed substandard you won’t even want to use it for routine computer jobs.
The trackpad provides a lot of traveling and it is very stiff, meaning you have to actually do some challenging pressing anything to register, leading to premature finger fatigue. We gave up on it after a day, also changed into a proper mouse.
Display, camera and audio
These 3 things we’re lukewarm about. The camera, which now features video recording 720p 30fps in its greatest setting, is grainy. It’s just fine for internet chats, but don’t expect much quality imagery generated here.
The notebook’s sound is somewhat hyped on the luxury and very echoey, though you could personalize it using the equalizer from the Dolby Audio software. Simply speaking, it is yet another laptop with subpar audio — par for the program, essentially (unless you’re Origin).
Ultimately, the 1080p display, while still sharp and clear, is a little on the darker side (even in its brightest setting) and is practically the specific opposite of bezel-free. We have seen other gaming laptops at this price place a little more attention to the screen, which we’d like to see here.