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The Acer Nitro 5 is a budget gaming máy vi tính that makes strategic concessions

ByKimberly Gedeon14 December 2020


Our Verdict

The Acer Nitro 5 is a budget gaming máy tính that makes strategic concessions to make room for the Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU.

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ForAttractive black-and-red designGreat VR scoreWallet-friendly valueCompetition-beating frame ratesDecent battery life for a gaming laptop
Price: $999CPU: Hãng Intel Chip Core i7-9750H GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 RAM: 16GBStorage: 256GB SSDDisplay: 15.6-inch, 19đôi mươi x 1080, 144HzBattery: 7:06Size: 14.3 x 10 x 1 inches inches Weight: 4.85 pounds

The Acer Nitro 5, a budget gaming máy tính xách tay under $1,000, is a carefully curated rig that makes the right concessions lớn attract bargain-hunting gamers. Acer wanted to offer consumers a decent graphics thẻ at a wallet-friendly price, so it sacrificed a premium build quality và a bright, colorful display to lớn make room for an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU.

The Nitro 5 isn’t for bougie gamers — I’m talking lớn you pretentious players who wouldn’t touch an all-plastic máy tính with a ten-foot pole, fancy folk who believe sầu dyên displays are for peasants, and CPU snobs who only use the lakiểm tra processors. These types would balk at the thought of using this gaming rig. This Acer laptop is for down-to-earth gamers who are willing khổng lồ accept a few trade-offs in favor of a better discrete graphics thẻ.

If you turn your nose up at lackluster screens, odd keyboard layouts và cheaply built gaming rigs, you may not be satisfied with the Nitro 5. However, if you’re a sucker for crimson-and-onyx motifs, impressive mid-range GPUs & decent VR performance at an affordable price, the Nitro 5 is an excellent choice.

Acer Nitro 5 price & configuration options

The Acer Nitro 5 starts at $829.99 và comes with a quad-core Intel bộ vi xử lý Core i5-10300H CPU, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU with 4GB of VRAM, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB NVMe SSD và a 15.6-inch, 144Hz display.

My nhận xét mã sản phẩm costs $999 & comes with the same storage & display, but swaps out the processor, graphics and memory for a hexa-core Hãng Intel Core i7-9750H CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU with 6GB of VRAM, và 16GB of RAM, respectively.

Acer Nitro 5 design

The Acer Nitro 5 looks like it’s been ripped from Optimus Prime’s robotic build and welded into lớn a badass gaming rig with an eye-catching red-and-blaông chồng motif. A glossy, but subtle Acer biểu tượng logo sits in the center of the onyx-coated lid. The lid features two textures: a smooth, fingerprint-attracting blaông chồng center flanked by a funky hexagonal-pattern thiết kế.

Acer Nitro 5 (Image credit: Future)

An attractive sầu red hinge with the word “Nitro” connects the display lớn the dechồng. Acer adorns the Nitro 5 with red-tryên ổn accents around the keyboard keys & touchpad. The Nitro 5’s chassis is made out of plastic — và it shows. If you press down on the lid, you’ll notice some flex and a lack of sturdiness. The palm rest is more solid than the lid, but certainly still feels cheap. One of the trade-offs you’ll make with this budget gaming máy tính xách tay is build unique.

Acer tries to distract you from the display’s ultra-thichồng bezels with visually pleasing bevel-edge corners, but there’s no ignoring the Nitro 5’s chunky frames. The gigantic chin is the largest bezel, sporting a glossy Acer hình ảnh sản phẩm. The Nitro 5 has four rubber feet on each corner, making room for a large, edge-to-edge ventilation grill.

Acer Nitro 5 (Image credit: Future)

At 4.9 pounds và 14.3 x 10 x 1 inches, the Acer Nitro 5 is lighter than its three budget gaming rivals: the Hãng Asus ROG Strix G15 (5.3 pounds, 14.2 x 10.8 x 1 inches), Dell G5 15 SE (5.5 pounds, 14.4 x 10 x 0.9 inches) và the Lenovo Legion 5 (5.4 pounds, 14.3 x 10 x 0.9 inches).

Acer Nitro 5 ports

The Acer Nitro 5 has an OK stochồng of ports.

On the left side, you’ll find a Kensington loông chồng slot, an RJ45 Ethernet port, an HDXiaoMI 2.0 port, a USB Type-C port & two USB Type-A ports. On the right side, you’ll discover a headset jack & another USB Type-A port.

Acer Nitro 5 (Image credit: Future)

The Nitro 5 does not have Thunderbolt 3 tư vấn, a microSD card slot nor a mini DisplayPort. If you need more ports, we recommover checking out our best laptop docking stations và best USB Type-C hubs pages.

Acer Nitro 5 display

The Nitro’s 15.6-inch, 19trăng tròn x 1080-px display looked surprisingly sharp & detailed as I watched The Mauritanian trailer on YouTube. I could spot every wrinkle and pore on Benedict Cumberbatch’s face. I could make out the dễ thương, tiny freckles that populate Shailene Woodley’s cheeks. However, Jodie Foster’s striking blue eyes và red lips could have sầu been bolder & more vivid on the Nitro 5’s display. Still, the Acer máy vi tính offers a satisfactory visual experience.

Acer Nitro 5 (Image credit: Future)

I played Hitman 2, navigating through a Colombian jungle to take down a drug cartel. I loved how the display accurately showed Agent 47’s transition from the muggy wilderness — cloudy with a misty haze — lớn a less humid environment with muddy streets và run-down briông chồng homes. Of course, being that the Nitro 5 is equipped with a 1080p screen, it won’t win any awards, but I was pleased with the game’s visuals on Nitro 5’s IPS display.

I hope you don’t sit near a bright window — Nitro 5 is pretty darn dyên ổn. The Acer laptop’s display emanates only 245 nits of brightness, which is dimmer than the average budget gaming máy tính (271 nits). The ROG Strix G15 (251 nits), G5 15 SE (301 nits) and Legion 5 (287 nits) are all brighter than the Nitro 5, but not by much.

The Nitro 5 also covers 45% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, which is eight percentage points less than the 53% category average. The ROG Strix G15 covers 1% more of the DCI-P3 color space than the Nitro 5 (46%). The G5 15 SE takes the crown as having the most colorful display (77%). The Legion 5 fares the worst with an embarrassing color-coverage score of 40%.

Acer Nitro 5 (Image credit: Future)

With a Delta-E score of 0.33, the Nitro 5 is less color accurate than the 0.3 score of the average budget máy vi tính (the closer the score is lớn zero, the better). The Nitro 5 is also less color accurate than the G5 15 SE & Legion 5, which chia sẻ a Delta-E score of 0.26, but the Acer gaming rig defeated the ROG Strix G15’s score by a hair (0.34).

Acer Nitro 5 keyboard và touchpad

Meh! I’m not a big người of the Nitro 5’s less-than-impressive keyboard. But admittedly, it has some positive aspects, so let’s start there. The oft-used keys in PC gaming (i.e. the W, A, S, D và arrow keys) are outlined with a thick red tryên ổn khổng lồ help them st& out on the keyboard. There is one additional key outlined in red: a dedicated “N” key, located within the top-left corner of the full-sized numpad, to quick-launch the NitroSense tiện ích for người control.

Acer Nitro 5 (Image credit: Future)

The keyboard’s island-style, red-and-màu đen scheme panders khổng lồ my personal tastes — I have sầu a weakness for crimson-and-onyx motifs. I even love the red backlighting, which has four brightness tiers. Unfortunately, if you’re not a tín đồ of red-backlit keys, you’ll be disappointed lớn know that the Nitro 5 doesn’t feature customizable RGB-key lighting, so you’re stuông xã with red. You can always turn off the red backlight, but the dark-red symbols superimposed on black keys are a tad difficult khổng lồ see.

While I love how the keyboard looks, I cannot stand how it feels. I hated typing on this máy tính xách tay so much, I angrily gave up on it while typing this Review in Google Docs. I scored 84 words per minute on the typing thử nghiệm, which is a slight regression from my typical 85-wpm typing tốc độ. One of the Nitro 5’s biggest offenses is its shortened Shift key — an issue I addressed in 20trăng tròn laptop trends that must die. Capitalizing letters is a pain in the rear; instead of landing on the Shift key, I often ended up on the up-arrow key, which sent the blinking text cursor flying lớn another paragraph. Another gripe I have sầu with the Nitro 5 keyboard is its poorly placed power button — I am not a bạn of power buttons integrated inkhổng lồ the keyboard, sorry.

Acer Nitro 5 (Image credit: Future)

The Nitro 5’s 4.2 x 3.1-inch touchpad is fine, offering a satisfactory clicking experience. It’s also responsive sầu to Windows 10 gestures, lượt thích two-finger scrolling và three-finger tabbing. However, when I don’t have sầu a gaming mouse handy, I prefer touchpads with dedicated left-and-right buttons. While playing Dishonored 2, I found myself landing on the wrong side of the touchpad, causing me to lớn accidentally fire my pistol & alert nearby enemies of my presence. I had to run for my life — so much for stealth gameplay.

Acer Nitro 5 audio

The dual speakers, tuned by Waves MaxxAudio, are on the left and right corners of the bottom chassis. I played Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” on Spotify và wished the sound was slightly louder — the Christmas classic didn’t fill my large testing room.

Acer Nitro 5 (Image credit: Future)

The holiday jingle sounded a bit flat & congested as it emanated from the oddly placed, bottom-firing speakers. There is a Waves Maxx Audio tiện ích khổng lồ tweak the audio lớn your liking. There are several presets, including Gaming General, Gaming FPS, Gaming Sports, Movies, Music và Voice. I played around with all six profiles — none of the presets enhanced the audio, but the Gaming Sports protệp tin sounded the worst, adding too much grit & rasp to the smooth-sounding holiday jam.

While playing Dishonored 2 on the Nitro 5, I preferred the Gaming General preset, which provided well-balanced sound for both the characters’ voices & the background music. Dishonored 2 is one of those games where you’ll need khổng lồ rely on sound to detect whether an enemy is nearby, and of course, being that the Nitro 5 is a budget gaming laptop, it won’t offer a surround-sound experience. Overall, the speakers are simply OK.

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Acer Nitro 5 gaming, graphics & VR

The Nitro 5’s graphics are powered by an Nvidia GeForce GTX 2060 GPU and 6GB of VRAM, which is a great graphical engine for a budget gaming máy tính.

Cranking up the graphics settings to lớn Ultra, I crept through a beautiful, abandoned mansion in a fantasized English thành phố in Dishonored 2. I loved that I could make out the different textures in the mansion, from a wooden ceiling fan lớn the off-Trắng marble floors. I could also spot some nifty ray-tracing details, including a soft, realistic glow from a leather chair located near a light source và a bright glare from a painting placed inside a glass frame.

Acer Nitro 5 (Image credit: Future)

On the Shadow of the Tomb Raider benchmark (Highest, 1080p), the Nitro 5 hovered around 52 frames per second, which outpaced the budget gaming laptop average (36 fps). The ROG Strix G15, powered by an Nvidia GeForce RTX 1650 Ti GPU, fell short against the Nitro 5 (40 fps). The G5 15 SE, armed with an AMD Radeon RX 5600M GPU, also fell short of the Acer gaming rig (45 fps). The Nitro 5 finally met its match with the Legion 5. Powered by a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, the Lenovo máy tính xách tay offered the same score as the Acer máy vi tính (52 fps).

The Nitro 5 averaged 67 frames per second on the Grand Theft Aukhổng lồ V benchmark (Very High, 1080p), which crushed the 48-fps category average. The ROG Strix G15 could only muster 44 fps. The G5 15 SE & the Legion 5 also failed khổng lồ reach the Nitro 5’s glory with just 56 & 64 fps, respectively.

On the Metro Exodus benchmark (Ultra, 1080p), the Nitro 5 climbed to lớn 47 fps, beating the 36-fps category average. The ROG Strix G15 only offered 30 fps. The G5 15 & the Legion 5 came cthua thảm khổng lồ the Nitro 5 with 46 fps and 42 fps, respectively, but the Dell và the Lenovo laptops couldn’t surpass Acer.

When we ran 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra, the Nitro 5 (3,696) crushed the category average (2,919), the ROG Strix G15 (2,197) and the Legion 5 (3,180), but the G5 15 SE killed the Acer’s winning streak with a knock-out score of 4,360.

Acer Nitro 5 (Image credit: Future)

If you’re wondering whether the Nitro 5 can handle VR, you’ll be happy khổng lồ know that the Acer gaming rig slew the VRMark Orange Room benchmark with a score of 7,116, sailing past the average budget gaming máy tính (5,415). The Nitro 5 also defeated the ROG Strix G15 (5,259), the G5 15 SE (7,237) và the Legion 5 (5,013).

Acer Nitro 5 performance

The Nitro 5 packs 16GB of RAM and an Hãng sản xuất Intel Chip Core i7-9750H CPU (a mid-tier processor that is a generation behind as of this writing). The Acer máy tính xách tay managed to lớn juggle 45 Google Chrome tabs and three YouTube videos without a hitch.

Acer Nitro 5 (Image credit: Future)

Despite its obsolete CPU, the Nitro 5 served up a score of 5,435, which beats the category average (4,696) & the Chip Core i7-10750H processors inside both the ROG Strix G15 (5,168) và the Legion 5 (5,325). However, the Nitro 5 couldn’t keep up with G5 15 SE’s AMD Ryzen R7 4800H CPU, which outputted a spectacular score of 7,715.

The Nitro 5 took 11 minutes và 41 seconds khổng lồ transcode a 4K Clip to lớn 1080p on our HandBrake benchmark, failing to surpass the category average (11:25). The ROG Strix G15 (10:28), G5 15 SE (6:43) & Legion 5 (10:05) were quicker than the Acer gaming rig.

When we ran the tệp tin transfer demo, the Nitro 5’s 256GB SSD duplicated 4.97GB of multitruyền thông files in 18 seconds at a transfer rate of 301 megabytes per second. This is a tinge faster than the category average (285 MBps). The Nitro 5 also beat the 512GB SSDs inside the ROG Strix G15 (129 MBps) và the Legion 5 (200 MBps). However, the Acer máy tính xách tay couldn’t keep up with the G5 15 SE (452 MBps), which also sports a 512GB SSD.

Acer Nitro 5 battery life

The Nitro 5 has decent battery life for a budget gaming máy tính.

Acer Nitro 5 (Image credit: Future)

The Acer gaming rig lasted 7 hours and 6 minutes on the Laptop Mag battery chạy thử (continuous surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness), which outlasted the average budget gaming laptop (6:56). The Nitro 5 also has more endurance than the ROG Strix G15 (5:11). The G5 15 SE (7:14) & the Legion 5 (7:13) lasted 8 minutes & 7 minutes longer than the Nitro 5, respectively.

Acer Nitro 5 camera

On the top bezel of the Nitro 5 is a 1280 x 720-pixel camera that is as grainy as an ‘80s homemade video.

Acer Nitro 5 (Image credit: Future)

This camera looks lượt thích a visual sprite, displaying fizz via its overwhelming video noise. The webcam could not capture the individual strands of my frizzy hair that was pulled up into lớn a bun, looking lượt thích a messy blob. My brown complexion appeared to lớn have sầu odd green undertones. If you plan on broadcasting your gameplay on Twitch or YouTube, this webcam will stifle your streaming career. Cheông chồng out our best webcams page for cameras with better đoạn phim chất lượng.

Acer Nitro 5 heat

After gaming for 15 minutes, the Nitro 5’s underside reached 104 degrees Fahrenheit, which is slightly above sầu our 95-degree comfort threshold. The center of the keyboard và touchpad hit 107 and 77 degrees, respectively. The hotkiểm tra location of the laptop is the underside, near the vents, which climbed khổng lồ 119 degrees.

Acer Nitro 5 (Image credit: Future)

After playing a 15-minute, 1080p YouTube đoạn phim, the Nitro 5 remained relatively cool under the hood, showing off the advantage of its plastic chassis. The Acer laptop’s center (88 degrees), touchpad (76 degrees) & underside (87 degrees) all hovered below the 95-degree comfort threshold. Again, the hotkiểm tra location was the underside (near the vents), reaching 91 degrees.

Acer Nitro 5 software and warranty

The Nitro 5 features the NitroSense app, which allows you lớn monitor and manage the laptop’s performance, battery và fans.

Acer Nitro 5 (Image credit: Future)

You’ll also find Acer properties such as Acer Product Registration, which offers discounts and exclusive offers, Acer Collection S, an app store, and Acer Care Center, a platform that runs system updates, tuneups & diagnostics.

You’ll discover some typical Windows 10 bloatware apps, including Candy Crush Friends & Farm Heroes Saga.

The Nitro 5 comes with a one-year limited warranty. See how Acer performed on our Tech Support Showdown & Best and Worst Laptop Brands.

Bottom line

The Acer Nitro 5 is a solid budget gaming laptop with competition-beating frame rates và VR score. However, there is one máy tính that consistently kept outperforming the Nitro 5 during our testing: the Dell G5 15 SE.

The $829 G5 15 SE kicked the $999 Nitro 5’s butt. The AMD-equipped Dell gaming rig sports a punchier display, more storage, zippier file-transfer & video-editing rates, và better overall performance.

On the plus side, the Nitro 5 crushed the G5 15 SE — và its other rivals — when it comes lớn gaming frame rates, offering an average of nine more frames than the Dell laptop. It also surpassed all of its competitors on the VRMark Orange Room benchmark.

If decent VR performance and higher frame rates appeal khổng lồ you, get the Nitro 5, but if you prefer a better display, a blisteringly fast CPU & more storage at a sub-$1,000 price tag, the G5 15 SE is the better option.

Acer Nitro 5 Specs

BluetoothBluetooth không dây 5.0
CPUHãng Intel Core i5 8300H
Card SlotsSD memory reader
Display Size15.6
Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Hard Drive sầu Size256GB
Hard Drive Speedn/a
Hard Drive sầu TypePCIe SSD
Highest Available Resolution1920 x 1080
Native sầu Resolution1920x1080
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Optical DriveNone
Optical Drive Speedn/a
Ports (excluding USB)HDXiaoMi MI, Headphone/Mic, Kensington Lock, USB 3.1 with Type-C, SD card slot, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet
RAM Upgradable to32GB
Size15.4 x 10.5 x 1.1 inches
Touchpad Size4.1 x 3.0 inches
USB Ports4
Video Memory4GB
Warranty/Support1-year limited warranty
Weight5.14 pounds
Wi-Fi ModelHãng sản xuất Intel Wireless-AC 9560 2x2 802.11ac