Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop

Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i5-7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 15.6" Full HD, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, AN515-51-55WL


  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ Processor (Up to 2.5 GHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display
  • 8GB DDR4 Memory & 256GB SSD
  • Up to 8.5-hours of battery life

From the manufacturer

Battle-Tested Performance
In the case of the Aspire Nitro 5, looks can kill! This soon-to-be battlefield gaming icon utilizes a hard-edged futuristic design with sleek lines and angles—and an impressive, 15.6” Full HD IPS Display—to put you in total command of all the action. It combines a powerful 7th Gen Intel Core processor with high-performance NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics—driven by the new NVIDIA Pascal architecture.

  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ Processor (Up to 3.5GHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit IPS Display
  • 8GB DDR4 Memory & 256GB SSD
  • Dual-Fan Cooling
  • Acer TrueHarmony Technology & Dolby Audio Premium Sound
  • Iron-Red Backlit Keyboard
  • Windows 10 Home


Features

Hard-Edged Design
With its hard edged futuristic design with sleek lines and angles, the Acer Nitro 5, looks and feels like it will help you take control.

Keep Your Cool
Dual fans with Acer Coolboost technology deliver heightened fan speeds and cooling ability. This innovative feature allows users to manually control the cooling process when heavy use requires an added boost.

Bright Red Backlit Keyboard
Power through the dark with the bright red backlit keyboard as it illuminates this device’s keyboard keys.

High-Powered Processing
Powered by the 7th gen Intel Core i5 processor, the Acer Nitro 5 is devastatingly powerful so you can smoothly and quickly play games, watch videos or just stay productive.

Lightning Fast Graphics
Everyone deserves great gaming. That’s why we integrated the fast, powerful GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Graphics with 4GB of GDDR5 Video Memory into this beast of machine.

Epic Audio
From fighting that last victorious battle to catching every detail of your movie soundtrack Acer TrueHarmony and Dolby Audio Premium immerse you in pure sound.

Acer’s Windows Mixed Reality Headset Compatible
Transport yourself into a virtual world with Acer’s Windows Mixed Reality Headset. Complete with controllers, this lightweight headset features a unique flip visor that gives you the ability to pop in and out of the experience. The 2880 x 1440 (1440 x 1440 per eye) display with up to a 90Hz refresh rate is flawless and built-in, inside-out tracking avoids the need to purchase or install external sensors.

Product Description
Style:Old i5-7300 Obsolete
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-55WL Laptop comes with these high level specs: 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ Processor 2.5GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.5GHz, 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit IPS display, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM, 8GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory, 256GB SSD, Acer TrueHarmony Technology Sound System, Two Built-in Stereo Speakers, Secure Digital (SD) card reader, 802.11ac WiFi featuring 2x2 MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port), HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting Super High Dynamic Range (SHDR), 1 - USB Type-C port: USB 3.1 Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps), 1 - USB 3.0 Port (featuring Power-off Charging), 2 - USB 2.0 Ports, 1 - HDMI 2.0 Port with HDCP Support, 4-cell Li-ion Battery (3220 mAh), Up to 8.5-hours Battery Life, 5.51 lbs. | 2.5 kg (system unit only) (NH.Q2QAA.016)

Top Customer Reviews

Superb value; awesome fit and finish; surprised by its thermal performance

This is an impressive laptop that’s worth your consideration and represents a good value for a few reasons.
This is the nicest ‘feeling’ Acer product I’ve reviewed, though I’ve reviewed two other Acer computers and an Acer monitor. This seems like a premium product. The external branding is a more muted than on a lot of ‘gaming’ laptops and this model will not look gaudy in a classroom or office environment. That’s not the case for many competitors, which look obnoxious. The red screen bezel is a muted red, more like an accent, and the only really distinction will be that sweet backlit keyboard. While you can tell this is a gaming laptop at first sight, it still looks professional.

Cortana runs windows setup now right out of the box, and it’s a quick and painless process if you know your Microsoft password. It’s a fun experience to unwrap and turn this laptop on and I can see someone really being engrossed over this by a Christmas tree with unwrapped gifts nearby. Not thirty minutes after I got this, and I’ve got Office installed to type this review, and Steam is downloading GTA V for testing its real performance.

The laptop has a high performance SSD hard drive, with no moving parts, leading to a perception of a very fast system because Windows and your programs will load very quickly, however, there’s only 211 gb free on the hard drive. That’s not a problem if you just delete games you aren’t using, and adding another hard drive is possible. Bear in mind that there’s no Blu-ray or DVD drive on this laptop, which is a good thing… I’d rather have the extra space (where you can install an additional hard drive). This laptop has no moving parts aside from the keys on the keyboard, making the thing feel rock solid yet light for its size. The angular body is the most comfortable laptop I’ve typed on because my wrists and the angles just seem to match comfortably as I type. The keyboard isn’t the mechanical joy of an old Thinkpad, but it’s easy to type on with the clearly lit keys, and it’s quiet to type on. As I write this review, I’m typing quickly and easily. The touchpad is quite large and I really its subtle red frame, marking its place even in a dark room. I really like the way this thing feels and looks.

I found wifi performance is excellent, particularly with a modern beam forming router. I used this laptop in a building where most wifi devices run into a lot of interference with the old steel construction, but this laptop kept working quite well. I recognize this is hardware overkill for office tasks, however even though I’ve got a few other laptops, this is the one I would take to a meeting or to type a paper. The screen is gorgeous! The audio is great for a laptop and I enjoy games and movies, but at home I’ll still pair with my Bluetooth soundbar for better bass.

So let’s sum up things so far: the laptop is very nice to look at, with good sound, a great screen, good keyboard, great mouse, and it’s comfortable. It’s easy to set up and will be the gift of the year on Christmas for a lot of people.
The remaining matter is the raw performance. Is this thing really going to play those games well?

Well, my first impression was that this laptop was a poser. Half the vents on the laptop are fake, etched in plastic, like a fake air intake on a cheap sporty car. There are two fundamental ways to cool a gaming laptop. Either you run two heat paths, metal and fans and vents, one for the GPU and one for the CPU, or you run a single one. This laptop looks like it’s the superior dual path version, and I believe Acer designed this case with the possibility of using that solution at a higher price point, but looking at the internals and the vents, it’s clear there is a single path sharing the CPU and GPU’s heat. That means heat will spike and it will accumulate faster. I’ll get back to this in a moment.

The specs on this laptop are very similar to my desktop machine I built a couple of years ago. My desktop has a quad core i5 processor, slightly faster, and it has a GTX950, the equivalent last generation version of this GTX1050. (GPU numbers can be confusing, but the 9 or 10 in these numbers is the edition, think ‘year of a car’s make’ and the 50 is the model, think ‘Honda Civic’). This laptop has 4 gb of video memory to my desktop’s two, and 4 gb is great, but otherwise the two systems are very evenly matched for performance.

On paper, the specs of this laptop are great for playing games. My desktop with very similar specs plays GTA V, Skyrim SE, Echo, and many other modern games with graphics settings set very high, and it does so reliably. This laptop has a slightly more modern GPU, but that generous 4gb should mean excellent performance, actually in the realm of VR games.

My expectation was that the cooling system would be overwhelmed quickly, and the laptop would either need to be set to ‘medium’ settings on games, or I would see a lot of framerate problems, and my desktop, with its equivalent specs but drastically better cooling, would outshine the laptop. So to test this I ran the Unreal “Heaven 4.0” benchmark on its most extreme settings on both this laptop and my desktop, in the same room.

Again I was really impressed with the screen on the laptop as I ran the benchmark. It just looks great. The laptop noticed the tough test quickly and the fans kicked in, making the laptop sound like a PS4 running hot. It topped off at about 67 degrees C (Which is about as hot as you’d want a chip to get to preserve its reliability), and my desktop topped off at about the same point. The systems had both reached their thermal limit and would not push harder, instead dropping performance, which is exactly how they are designed.

My expectations of the laptop being crushed by my desktop’s performance were quickly proven wrong. The laptop was doing slightly better than the desktop, and continued to do so for most of the 26 benchmark tests. At one point, the toughest test, its framerate dropped to 9 frames per second, but on average it did a little better than the desktop. I’ve attached a screenshot of the benchmark comparison.

So, the bottom line is that the cooling solution isn’t the best design, but it is adequate for the GTX1050ti, which is a smaller, more efficient GPU design. Based on how fast those fans kicked in, I think if you use this laptop for gaming you should keep it clean and use a cooling pad, but its performance was rock solid, and that was a complete surprise to me after tearing down gaming laptops for reflows, to repair heat damage, and assembling dozens of gaming computers, which has been a hobby of mine for over 20 years. The single heat path in a gaming laptop really isn’t the best but it’s working in this laptop, and that decision absolutely made it possible to sell this laptop at such a competitive price.

I played two of my favorites, Typing of the Dead, and Grand Theft Auto V (on medium to high settings) and after several hours have concluded this is a wonderful experience. I’m very tempted to get a VR headset to use with this laptop, which means I have a much stronger impression of its ability to take abuse than I did before I tested it. But if you research the 1050ti for VR you will learn it's really the bare minimum for VR. Just keep that in mind.

I conclusion, I love using this for non-gaming tasks, like typing, it looks and feels great, and the performance is impressive. There are compromises, and I think they are well justified by the price. This is a great buy if you don’t need the absolute top of the line.

Quick Update: After reading the other reviews I decided to grab a spare laptop hard drive and try to install it. I saw that there was a bag of extra screws in the box labelled “HDD Upgrade Screws.” I removed one long screw from the base revealing a pouch style suspension for an extra hard drive, and a typical SATA cable. I unscrewed that, plugged in the hard drive, and put all the screws back. The hard drive worked just fine in Windows. So it appears these laptops do ship with everything you need to add a second hard drive.