Acer Nitro 5 full review of laptop

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Acer is known for making value-for-money laptops in all price categories and the Nitro 5 series is another great effort to provide an affordable laptop.
The Acer Nitro 5 series of gaming laptops come with the option of either an 8th generation Intel Core processor with Optan memory or an AMD Raizen 5 processor. The base variant of the Acer Nitro 5 features an AMD Ryzen 5 processor with Radeon RX560 graphics, while high-end options include the 8th generation Intel Core i5, Core i5 +, Core i7 and Core i7 + processors, which Nididia GeForce GTX The 1050 or GTX 1050Ti are built together with graphics. Often memory technology. The Acer Nitro 5 was launched at an initial price of Rs 65,999 for the AMD variant and Rs 72,999 for the Intel processor model. After using the Acer Nitro 5 with AMD Ryzen 5 processor for more than six months, here is our long term review.

Display and Design

Start with the lower assembly of the Acer Nitro V AN515-51. We see that Acer has provisioned for two hatches, one RAM on the right opens up to the DIMM and the left one is for the hard drive. This particular unit also comes with an M.2 SSD from Kingston and is inaccessible via either of these two. So if you want more SSD storage capacity, say, shift some of your more games to a larger scale, then upgrading to a higher capacity SSD will require you to void the warranty and open the entire base panel.

There is no lack of intake at the bottom as we can see in the image below and the exhaust is at the back. In either case, this is a better approach to some other configurations we've seen in which the exhaust exits through the sides and smacks onto your hands. Towards the lower end of the image, you can see two sets for speakers, so we are looking at either 2 or 4 speakers in total, we will see the actual configuration in a while. And finally, the rubber feet are large enough to provide a sufficient amount of grip and appear to be sticking very well to the base.

Once the chassis opens, things become very clean. Let's start with an overview. They use the Acer Nitro V AN515-51 GPU and an integrated cooler consisting of two heat pipes to channel heat away from the CPU. This is not ideal because we prefer individual cooling for both components to prevent one heating unnecessarily. However, we can see why Acer has gone because of the low price for the unified design.

There is not much space in the mainboard and the CPU and GPU are positioned upwards, ie it is ideal to lower the touch temperature away from your hands. The lower-left corner is occupied by the HDD which has been removed in this image. We think the access hatches for RAM can be widened to accommodate SSDs because they are so close to each other.

At the top left, we see the daughterboard for USB and audio I / O. Since we are handling battery power, the audio signal cable next to the power input is fine. However, he could have been sent better in this case.

We see fairly simple VRM circuitry on laptops. As we see here, heavy lifting and lack of O C potential by voltage adapters, with most of the 3 + 1 phase VRM (OnSemi NCP81205). There is an ENE KB9022Q D for the SIO which appears to be an upgrade to the KB9012Q which has actually been thus far. Just next to it is the HM175 PCH which appears naked without any protection. As long as the laptop chassis remains closed, with no need for protection, gaming laptop enthusiasts appeal to the crowd, who are more likely to do manual upgrades. Keeping this in mind, a simple gradient on PCH would have been ideal.

Moving on to the exhaust vents for the heatsink, we find a fairly common high-density fin structure. The two fan systems will definitely help with faster heat dissipation.

The hinge appears to be heavy duty with three ends, to secure it at the end. Webcam I / O and display FRC cables are routed through either hinge so the FRC is rolled to provide stability. Openly placed FRC often deteriorates and bursts over years of use and is elevated and placed within the sheath. The display panel has no flaws when we open, so this speaks for the quality of the hinge. We cannot say what will happen in the long run but we are one of those we have seen.

On the other hand, the speakers disappoint a bit in terms of audio quality. What we liked was the down-firing setup, when used on hard surfaces it is better to maintain an audible output but keep it on your lap and clear muffling that comes into play. To avoid this, we see Grylls on the front, which channels audio from the speaker, you should keep the laptop in your lap. Perhaps, adding an additional driver for lower frequencies would have helped the overall sound quality.

Finally, we have a battery pack rated for 3090 mAh which makes it 46 watt-hours at 17.2 volts. This is quite standard for all laptops in this segment. Overall, we have seen that the Acer Nitro V AN515-51 has a pretty standard design which is the majority of laptop features in this segment.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The keys of the Acer Nitro V AN515-51 are chiclet with a convenient amount of distinguishing between them. This is the 19 mm standard optimal spacing that we see as it results in very few typing mistakes. The keys are not RGB and we can't really notice this point about RGB. This brings a level of customizability that has been rated by many but a simple backlight like the one we see here is just fine.

For the touchpad, it is 10.6 centimeters wide and 7.8 centimeters long with no separate physical buttons. The texture is a smooth matte finish that does not hold your skin, your finger should sweat a little. The entire assembly is quite rigid, with very little flexibility. We say this is enough to ensure that you do not end up with a broken chassis after a minor skirmish. We did not experience any problems using various gestures on the trackpad during our everyday tests.

I/O Ports

These days it is common to see a USB Type-C port on a laptop regardless of class or segment. To the left of the Acer Nitro V AN515-51, we see a Gigabit Ethernet port, Type-C USB port, an HDMI port, USB 3.1 port and a card reader slot with a spring hatch. On the other side are two USB ports, a 3.5mm audio jack and power input.

We like the gold-plated I / O port to avoid corrosion and most of the ports on the Nitro V do not, however, have an audio jack, which is a good thing because rust on the audio jack is easily noticeable. Is when you plug something in. Also, the SD card reader slot did not come with a cover in our review unit. We are clueless if the retail unit comes with one.

Acer Nitro 5 Display

Like many Acer laptops, we have a BOE Hydis panel (NV156FHM-N43) in the Nitro V AN515-51. In this case, it is an A-C panel so we are assuming it to be of the same caliber as we saw earlier. Specific-wise, this means that it will have an 800: 1 contrast ratio and a 30 ms (Tr + TD) response time. For the backlight, this special panel uses a WLED lamp. It should be noted that not all AN515-51 will come with the same panel, we have seen that Acer also uses the Chi Mei panel in the same model.

The viewing angles are very good and the contrast levels make up the top six blocks in the black level test page of However, each and every block in the White Saturation page was clearly distinct from the others. It has a vertical stripe RGB sub-pixel layout and Acer's default rendering ensures a smooth and crisp text on the screen.

The OEM for the webcam is Chicony and we have not received much information about the specific model as it is not listed anywhere. We can only say that it captures 720p pictures and videos with 24-bit depth and a lot of noise as you can see from the picture below.

The display lid goes back quite a bit, we say it's about 140 degrees. This adds a level of flexibility with usage scenarios as you can be very late with the laptop on your lap and still have the display panel upright. Getting out of bed is perfectly suited for some casual gaming sessions on a lazy Sunday.

The backside of the panel is supported by a layer of thick foam, which allows for sufficient flex even if it is strengthened from one side. There is no fancy lighted logo on the back so we are not running any extra wires in the middle like we have seen with the Predator model.


We are looking at a very common configuration with the Acer Nitro V AN515-51. The Intel Core i7 7700HQ has coupled with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2400 MHz which ensures a high headroom for most worldly tasks. Throw in an NVIDIA GTX 1050 (4 GB) and you have a gaming laptop that can crunch upwards of 40 fps at higher settings in AAA games. More recent ones tend to bring 1050 under their knees, but we always recommend tweaking it a bit to bring out most of your hardware.

We started with the CineBeach R11.5 and R15 and the Acer Nitro V AN515-51 scored 8.13 and 733 in those benchmarks respectively. WinRAR's compression benchmark scored 7822 KB / s which is similar to the MSI GE62 7RE we tested earlier. For PCMark8, we used Quick to take advantage of the GPU and finished with a score of 4985 on PCMark8 Creative (Acc.), 3988 in PCMark8 Home (Acc.) And 4917 in PCMark8 Work (Acc.). It should be noted that there was a validation issue with the drivers derived from Acer's website, but the scores were lined up with the same configuration from competing models, so all well.