Acer Nitro 5 an515-54 review

Acer Nitro 5 an515-54 review

Are you looking for a laptop that can run the latest video games? You don’t necessarily have the desire or the means to dedicate a computer only to gaming? We have found a versatile but powerful laptop model for you. Today we invite you to zoom in on the Acer Nitro 5 an515-54 review from the manufacturer Acer.

Acer Nitro 5 an515-54 review
Technical characteristics
Weight: 2.3 kg
Processor: Intel Core i7-97590H with 6 cores at 2.6 GHz
RAM memory: 16GB DDR4 SDRAM
Storage: 1TB SSD
Graphics card: NVidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti 6GB DDR5
Autonomy: 8 hours announced, 5 hours in practice
Connectivity: 1 RJ 45, 1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1 USB-C, 1 jack / microphone, Bluetooth 5.0

Detailed review of the Acer Nitro 5 laptop

Before starting and getting to the heart of the matter, we wanted to point out that given the different versions of this laptop, we mainly based our test on the i7 / GTX 1660 Ti version (we will come back to this a little more low). However, some passages include other variations. We do not fail to mention it during these moments.

A quick tour of the Nitro 5

With this laptop model, Acer offers no less than four different configurations to meet everyone’s needs. As we will discuss in this test, its performance and design suggest that Nitro 5 is a computer designed for gaming. From the i5 processor to the i7, this computer is versatile and powerful through increased RAM or even the model of graphics card chosen.

Acer Nitro 5 an515-54 review

Physical appearance

The imitation metal finish is successful, and despite the material chosen (plastic), the design feels sturdy and inspires confidence that Acer can produce solid machines. Here again, we have in our hands a computer typed gaming but not that… Indeed, probably anxious not to be limited only to the practitioners of e-sport, the design is not as “extravagant” as on most of the computers for games. Without going so far as to say that this computer’s design is sober and versatile, only two colors are red and black.

Screen type

The Acer Nitro 5 incorporates a Full HD resolution screen (1920 x 1080 px) for a size of 15.6 inches. With ComfyView technology, which effectively reduces screen glare, Acer has selected a Mate IPS panel for this product. However, we notice that the screen refresh rate is 60 Hz, which is a shame for a computer made to play video games. To enjoy greater fluidity, it will therefore be necessary to connect to an external screen with better performance in this regard.

Keyboard and touchpad

We were previously talking about the sober design of the Nitro 5. As rightly said in the previous paragraphs, the product is bi-color (red and black), bringing a certain dose of sobriety to the overall design. The chassis as well as the surface of the keys of the keyboard sport a black dress. The keyboard keys are backlit in bright red. Regarding the trackpad, it should be noted that its contours also benefit from a backlight of the same color.

Connectivity

It is at the level of connectivity that Acer pulls out its weapons. We very much appreciate the presence of an RJ45 (Ethernet) port, eliminating the need for various USB adapters. On the USB side, there is a USB 2.0 port and two USB 3.1 ports (concerning the latter two, one can charge external devices, even when the computer is off). Finally, a 3.5mm jack, an HDMI port, and a USB-C port complete the range of connectivity. Note that for wireless, the Nitro 5 embeds the Bluetooth 5.0 standard

Internal components

This model is offered in several models. Although we are testing the most powerful version through these lines, we have decided to write a small summary of all the available configurations and the recommended use according to the versions of the Acer Nitro 5.

Acer Nitro 5: i5 / GTX 1650

  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • 8 GB RAM installed
  • Storage 1TB (HDD) + 128GB (SSD)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650
  • Windows 10

This is the first price pc in this series of configurations. It has of course a fairly powerful and dedicated graphics card. The storage is intelligently designed to reduce production costs (an SSD is more expensive than a hard drive). The system (Windows 10) and the system tools will be installed on the internal SSD drive. The remaining data (documents, films, music) can be stored on the hard drive. This computer is ideal for general-purpose use and for running a few games. However, keep in mind that the latest games in the highest graphics configuration may not run smoothly.

The Nitro 5 has space to integrate an additional ssd.

Acer Nitro 5: i5 / GTX 1050

  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256 GB SSD storage
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
  • Windows 10

Very similar to the previous configuration, the points making the difference are the model of the graphics card but especially the organization of the storage . While the previous model offered 128 GB of SSD storage for 1 TB of HDD (hard drive), this one does not include an internal hard drive. We are therefore limited to 256 GB of storage space, which can be cramped for versatile use and even more for gaming use. Indeed, taking into account the digital weight of video games, it is hard to imagine how many of these games, the Windows system and some software can hold onto 256 GB. For this reason, we do not recommend choosing this configuration.

Acer Nitro 5: i7 / GTX 1050

  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 1 TB HDD + 128 GB SSD
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
  • Windows 10

This configuration is (almost) the same as the very first one we were detailing. The difference lies in the choice of processor. Indeed, Acer has taken the initiative here to integrate an Intel Core i7. This brings more power in the execution of computer calculations and therefore a smoother and more powerful computer overall.

Here you have the location for 2 Ram sticks up to 32 GB.

Acer Nitro 5: i7 / GTX 1660 Ti

  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 1024 GB SSD storage
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
  • Windows 10

We arrive on the fourth, last and most muscular of all the configurations of the Nitro 5 range . Bringing a lot more variations than the other models, we find here no less than 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB SSD storage. A powerful GTX 1660 Ti graphics card completes the hardware configuration. This laptop will be suitable for gaming or professional use requiring powerful resources, especially on the graphics side. We can recommend it for video editing for example (Adobe Premiere Pro or Adobe After Effects).

Battery life

Once the mains cable is disconnected, the battery lasts up to 5 hours between two charges. Although this figure may seem low in competition with other laptops, it is to be appreciated that this machine incorporates powerful components and, therefore, inevitably consuming energy. In summary, 05 hours of autonomy is a perfectly correct figure for a computer in this area. Computer ventilation and cooling are well-managed parameters on this model. This makes it a machine that does not heat much, therefore having a light sound emission. Its charger is of reasonable size and can be transported without taking up space with the pc.

Audio performance

When it comes to audio specsthe Nitro 5 holds up and ranks in laptops’ average. The small built-in speakers are not very inclined to make the bass resonate. This in favor of the midrange and treble. This case is a classic on laptops. Fear not since the 3.5mm jack does very well (provided you connect a quality listening system), and you will not have to skip Netflix.

Strengths and weaknesses

Pros
  • Versatility and balance of configurations
  • Good autonomy
  • Connection well supplied
Cons
  • Screen refresh rate of just 60Hz
  • Integrated speakers

Our final opinion on the Acer Nitro 5 laptop

With Nitro 5, Acer has succeeded in offering a laptop computer for versatile use and gaming. More than a simple bet, the manufacturer proves that a computer can be released in several configurations, allowing the user to choose a reliable computer according to his budget thanks to the different prices displayed. This computer could be perfect for a student with an attraction to video games. In fact, in addition to being used for games, it can also be used as an “everyday” computer. We recommend the Acer Nitro 5, but if you want to look at other references, we recommend selecting the best budget gaming laptops.

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