Acer Nitro 5 laptop review
This is the Acer natural five. It's a serious entry level 15 inch gaming laptop. And it's targeted towards gamers who are looking for the best specs without breaking the bank. In fact, it's cheaper than the famous Helios 300 lineup.
And it competes directly with MSI is Bravo 15 and del g 515 s E. Now, I'm typically not really excited about budget gaming Lobos or haven't been excited lately because I took a look at the MSI Bravo 15 and the del g 515. Se, those laptops had some serious issues and I just couldn't recommend them entirely. But there are a lot of great things to like about this laptop, and that's because it's got an RT x 2016.
And it only costs about $1,000 which is actually a really good deal in my opinion. The build quality is also really good for the price of surprised by a lot of factors. But given that it still has a lot of great specs, there are certain things that you need to know about before pulling the trigger on the nitrile five as always, make sure timestamps in the description down below so that you can get to a particular segment.
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Alright, so Acer is offering both Intel and AMD options with the nytro five, the AMD model starts at $600 and for that you get a ryzen five CPU and a GTX 1650. There's also a 1650 ti model but that goes for about 1000 bucks. And honestly that's a poor value for gamers in my opinion. Considering what else is out there.
The Intel flavor starts at $650 and for that you get a quad core tension Core i five processor, eight gigs of RAM, a 256 gig NVMe drive and a GTX 1650. The sample that we have in hand comes with a nice Gen six core 12 thread Core i 797 50 h processor, twice the memory, the same amount of storage, which really isn't that much at a time when games are starting to eat up at least 150 gigabytes or more, a TDP 144 hertz display. That's IPS according to Acer More on that later, and an RT x 2060 for about 1050. US dollars, though, depending on when you see this and where you shop, that price might be either higher or lower.
For those of you who caught the CPU, your eyes aren't deceiving you this laptop indeed uses an older nine generation CPU. And when that might seem odd. Acer actually has a pretty good reason for this. You see, as I mentioned earlier, this is purely focused towards gamers. So they still decided to offer a 12 core processor instead of going with one of the most expensive tenjin CPUs because Intel taxes is ridiculous.
So they decided to save a little bit of money on that forefront and then maximize the budget towards a faster graphics card. which in this case is an RT x 2060 is this is actually something that we're pushing towards more desktops and notebooks because, you know, games these days are in one way shape or form limited by the GPU. So getting something that's faster is a win win.
So the nitrile five isn't designed to be a superstar in multi threaded productivity applications. I would sort of call this the exact opposite of the MSI bubble 15. Even though MSI call that failure a gaming notebook, its CPU performance was a priority, whereas Acer's target here is strictly gaming. Now, as I mentioned at the beginning of the Helios lineup lines just above this model, and that could cause some overlap since there's a Helios 300.
That's about $150 more, but it comes with a five tollgate SSD na tanjun core seven CPU. If that ever goes on sale, it could cause some serious issues for the nitrile five from a physical standpoint, there's nothing really special about this laptop, you can clearly tell that this is indeed a gaming notebook, but it looks Acer has added touch of red and black accents here and there.
But it isn't overly done in my opinion. I really like the blacked out logo at the front, it reminded me of doing a chrome Delete on my car, the edges have a slightly different texture compared to the center area. But given that this is an all plastic body, it easily catches finger oil. So keep that in mind, it's very difficult to keep clean.
For the most part. There's also another thing that I want to bring up, you see this rear ventilation grill right over here. This thing is actually really sharp. I mean, it won't really cut you but I'm just gonna like glide my hand and you can sort of tell that
it's not that pleasing. It's very edgy. So it's super, it's really not that comfortable when you're holding it like that and just transporting it, you know, especially if you're taking this thing to school or anywhere else.
I think Acer could have done something better by implementing something a little bit low profile because this is like I said, it's too edgy. The hinge is okay there is a little bit of wobble but nothing to be worried about. There's also various keyboard flex overall, I got to say, this laptop I it really surprised me in the bill quality area cuz when you compare this to say something like the brow 15 or even the Dell g 515 se Acer just knocked it out of the park. It's really good.
That's exactly what a budget laptop should feel like in the first place. I should also mention that this thing is pretty thin compared to the G 515. Se so it's about it's less than five pounds 4.85 to be exact, and it's only about an inch thick. So when it comes to portability, you shouldn't have an issue lugging this thing around the interior space is pretty clean.
For the most part. Aside from the red accented keys. You're getting a full size layout and I love how big the arrow keys are. The red accents tend to remove the stealth feeling and stands out a bit more. It is LED backlit in red. However, there are some models offering for zone RGB lighting. It doesn't get that bright and unfortunately, it doesn't line up consistently as well across all keys. So keep that in mind.
The wazdan arrow keys are out But it's pretty subtle to differentiate it with the rest of the keys. The keys themselves are really good. They are a bit on the mushier side without a distinctive activation point, but there is plenty of travel distance, and there's no key wobble. That's something that I did not expect from a notebook carrying such a price tag.
The trackpad is satisfactory, it is a plastic surface with support for position drivers. The only issue that I have is that it's positioned way too far towards the left hand side of the notebook. So there's not a lot of room to place your palms, your left palms comfortably, you can easily just, you know, scape, I had the same issue with the G 515. Se, I just wish to Dell sort of off centered it a little bit so that you have more room to comfortably Place your wrists. But yeah, other than that, it's it's a decent I wouldn't say it's great, you're much better off using an external mouse.
I do want to mention the bloatware that Acer did pre install with the nitrile five there's a lot of Acer management utilities and other pop up windows that just show up especially with the antivirus program. That's brilliant. It gets annoying, so you'll definitely have to spend a little bit more time cleaning those up. This is what the webcam looks like.
And honestly, it's pretty good. In fact, it's better than the XPS 15 I checked out recently, the microphone quality is also really good. There's no crackling or pop happening, which is awesome. Honestly, I think for $1,000 notebook. It's pretty amazing. The speakers are bottom facing and they're bad, like really bad. In fact, Acer did built in some audio profiles with the natural sense app, and after playing around with them, the only thing I noticed is that it sort of increased the treble and sort of distorted at certain levels.
Honestly, just get yourself a pair of headphones for a decent multimedia experience because it's thousand dollar laptop. Taking a look at the IO on the left hand side you get a Kensington lock, LAN port, HDMI 2.0 USB 3.1 Gen one type C two USB 3.1 Taipei's, just keep in mind that all these sports are Gen one five gigabits per second even the Type C switch Over to the right, there is power in a USB 2.0 port and an audio jack.
I'm not a fan of the power connector on the right side, but acers power input is a right angle connector. So it does make it less intrusive moving on to the display. And this is where things get really interesting. So here's a deal, you're getting a 15.6 inch TDP screen with a refresh rate of 144 hertz. Great, right. And Acer claims that it is an IPS panel that can get as bright as 300 nits. My first impressions were pretty poor.
I mean, I was noticing washed out colors, not the greatest viewing angles. thing is when I ran my display analysis test that basically confirmed with those impressions. As you can see, it only covers 66% sRGB 49%, Adobe RGB and 49%, DCI p3. So don't fool yourself thinking that it's got an IPS display so I can use it for photo editing or video editing. No, don't do it.
It's pretty bad. Also, the display only got as far as 280 units. So I never got as far as 300 nits according to what Acer claims Finally, I did experience some backlog bleed on the top portion of the display. It was a bit concerning, especially in watching movies and things like that. But when you're gaming, you shouldn't be worried about that.
Speaking of gaming, hundred 44 hertz, it's welcoming. I love the fact that you're at least getting a higher refresh rate screen. Acer claims a three millisecond response time, but overall, it really didn't stand out as anything special. When you get under the hood. This notebook reveals a pretty unique looking cooling assembly with two fans placed right next to each other.
Even though the CPU and GPU are supposed to have their own fans according to acers natural sense utility, the two largest heat pipes are shared. I mean sure, there's a smaller one that runs from the GPU to a secondary heat sink on the notebooks right hand side, but it'll be interesting to see if the setup causes any temperature issues. upgrading the Nitro five is pretty straightforward.
Once you get inside, you have instant access to the to RAM slots. Maximum supported memory is 32 gigabytes. There are two m dot two slots that are covered with heat sinks. One which is preoccupied by that 256 gig NVMe drive, and it's unfortunately slow compared to the competition at least for those of you wondering, Acer is using the Hynix bc 501 Gen three SSD and it doesn't have the greatest specs, you can also find a two and a half inch hard drive bay right beneath the end of this line.
Acer does include the necessary cables in the box. So make sure you find that before tossing out the box. Honestly, I'd rather get a bigger battery instead of a two and a half inch drive bay. But that's just me speaking of battery, this one comes with a 55 one hour cell and with light load us expect seven and a half hours, which is quite respectable.
And if you watch your consumption, it should get you through a day of notetaking or light web browsing. Heavy Load is one of the longer run times I've seen which is probably because of the less power hungry and chip. Remember those CPUs tend to be capped at much lower power than current tension commonly processors.
So we've already seen what the cooling system is like on the nitrile five it's pretty unique and you can control the fans or the cooling system through a series a natural sense app, it's pretty straightforward where you can set the fan speeds enable cool boost control the power plans, new temperatures and also set audio options as I mentioned earlier through a series true harmony which is useless in my opinion.
Remember, the natural form has two fans one for the GPU and one for the CPU through an extra since they can be controlled individually through manual inputs or simply left on auto mode. On top of that, there's a cool boost setting that increases the maximum RPM in situations where the fans are forced to run at 100%.
Personally, I didn't find cool boost doing anything since the fans never really hit their highest RPM levels in normal testing. Speaking of cool, the surface temperatures are right in line with some of the cooler running notebooks we've come across. In general the palmrest area the keyboard and most of the bottom don't get overly warm, though there is a hotspot right in the middle.
That's pretty much expected since this is where there's an open ventilation. It's also great to see most of the heat is directed out the back instead of blasting your mouth. hand with hot air. what's incredible is that Acer isn't sacrificing on noise to get those super cool exterior temperatures either. Even in high performance mode with cool boost enabled, this laptop stayed pretty much quiet when compared to many of the other gaming notebooks that we've tested.
When loading the system up with an all core render, the temperature stays super low, but check out the clock speed, it punches down to Intel's base clock of 2.6 gigahertz and just sits there regardless of how cool the CPU was running. I even tried the exact same test with the fans running at 100%.
And the frequency didn't change one bit. There are a couple of reasons for this sort of behavior. First of all, Acer is religiously sticking to the 45 watt TDP spec for the next 250 h so the package power tends to bottleneck clock speeds regardless of how cool the CPU gets.
Many of the notebooks from previous generation tend to run their 9070 H's at 50 to 60 watts, which then resulted in higher frequencies than what we saw here. The current generation of notebooks featuring the tension 710 750 H's are pretty much similar. But I have to wonder what Acer is actually doing something like this given that the cooling system is more than capable enough to cool, I pretty higher TDP spec CPU.
But I think I have a theory. Maybe Acer is trying to sort of separate the performance levels between the natural series and Helios lineup, which is the step up above this laptop. And as we move on to benchmark results, sticking to the minimum Intel spec hertz cinebench multicol results especially against the MSI gs 66, which has the 10s and 50 h running at a pretty constant 56 watts.
But check out the single core run in cinebench. It's pretty obvious acers targeting one key area and that's why fan speeds increase more in lightning thread situations. As far as other results. They're pretty much the same as cinebench where the CPUs are fully loaded. So the natural five ends up trailing pretty much everything, but then the R tx 2060 integrated graphics can flex its muscles in applications like premiere to beat over the top a 15 in almost match the a 15. and resolve.
Then when rar shows that the nitros great lightweight, where performance can almost hide how slow its SSD is. And I guess on that note, it's time to switch gears to gaming. And with the usual temperatures and clock speeds over time graph, you can see that the nice fvh turn around in a big way. The number five is laser targeted at providing higher clocks in gaming.
It's still running well under 90 degrees. But now the frequency averages of between, you know 3.25 gigahertz and 3.4 gigahertz moving on to GPU and it maintains clock speeds that are above invidious spec sheet while the core stays under 80 degrees. But how does this compare to other notebooks? Well, the top a 15 also has an R tx 2060 and the nitrile five cap to about the same average 1550 megahertz clock speed, but it also stayed a good 70 pre-schooler, but moving on to actual gaming results.
And it's so obvious that this laptop is punching above its price here. In most cases, it either passes or matches the more expensive, tough a 15 from a Soos. And that's a really good result for notebook that costs about 1000 bucks. I have to say, when it comes to to be gaming, the Arctic's 2016 and the I 790s of the age are a really good combination for the price.
Honestly, the prices were the same. I picked the RT x 2016 with a 19 CPU over a 10 Gen and a GTX 1660 ti, any day. All right, so I think it's time to wrap up this review. The Acer nytro five has surprised me in a lot of ways. The first thing is, of course the price point $1,000 I think you're getting a lot for that money. The first thing being the gaming performance, the Arctic's 2060 can actually push really good frame rates at nadp. You're also getting a really good build quality with a fantastic keyboard for gaming as well as typing or making notes as well.
And the battery life is pretty respectable and you get a lot of upgrade options as well if you want to populate another end to drive or that second to a half inch hard drive, but that being said, there are some sacrifices you're taking the first thing is of course the display. While Acer says that it's IPS, it's not color accurate.
So if you're planning on, you know, doing photo work or if you're playing on video editing, probably connecting external monitor, don't rely on it. It's not that color accurate. And I have to admit that the SSD is slow. It's really slow. Finally, there's bloatware. There's a lot of bloatware applications pre installed, which you might have to just spend some time cleaning that up now if you need more CPU performance, rather than raw gaming horsepower.
And of course, if you need a lot more storage, there are a lot of great AMD based alternatives as well. So on that note, thank you so much for watching. I'm actually curious to see how low the price gets especially for special sales event like Black Friday, Boxing Day, things like that. So keep an eye out for this. Thank you so much for reading. I'll talk to you guys in the next one.
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