Hardcore players are known to spend in fairly pricey gear, however, there’s tons of gaming hardware which surprisingly offers more for less.
Acer’s most recent stab at the end of the PC gaming scene is the Nitro 5, also a gaming notebook for the budget minded.
Cost and Availability
The Acer Nitro 5 is one of the most affordable gaming laptops in the industry nowadays. Using its $749 beginning cost, the same version that we tested, you receive its simplest configuration. This specific configuration is offered in the united kingdom, though it will cost roughly #335 more.
This spec is, but not accessible in Australia.
Many other configurations are on hand to the US marketplace, the most expensive of which would be the 1099. For that price, the laptop boasts an Intel Core i7-7700HQ chip, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, although its GPU and hard disk will be the same.
Generally , the Nitro 5 pops up against equally configured and priced gaming notebooks, like the Dell G3 15 along with Lenovo Legion Y530, although user-controlled cooling system is a first in this niche with this notebook.
As for look and feel, there’s a whole lot to be desired with all the Acer Nitro 5. That is not to say it is plain awful — in fact, there are things we love about doing it.
We enjoy the subdued gamer seem, with its red trimmings on the keyboard, backlight, trackpad and the front back bar. The screen hinges feel secure and sturdy, and the quantity of ports on hand is a boon. More importantly, the notebook has a comfortable keyboard, along with a user-controllable cooling system (more about these two topics later.)
Having said this, the Acer Nitro 5 layout is nothing to write home about. It is pretty underwhelming, and also the fact that it is a budget laptop means there will be indications of cutbacks — and all these are all noticeable. The display lid, for example, is made of plastic. The top cover and the area around the monitor fingerprints like crazy, and the display has an inch of bezel about it, all which allow us feel as though we’re PC gaming in the early aughts.
An individual could argue that you shouldn’t expect much from a trackpad to satisfy your gaming needs, however we must say that this version’s trackpad is merely ridiculous.
Jumping back a moment, a major triumph for your Acer Nitro 5 is its keyboard. There’s nothing overtly special about it. Sure, the symbols are in crimson, the backlight — that, by the way, is only activated when plugged in, and so the keys are hard to see in the dark if its not — is red, and the WASD keys are emboldened in red paint.
In general, this is just your typical, keyboard. That said, we find it comfy as well as quite reliable. It’s fast and responsive, and we haven’t experienced any lags, overlooked presses or casual presses. Whether you are studying or gaming, that’s all that matters.
Now, here’s where we discovered a significant complaint. But, this notebook’s trackpad is indeed substandard you won’t even wish to use it for regular computer jobs.
The trackpad gives a lot of travel and it is very stiff, which means that you have to actually do some hard pressing for anything to register, resulting in premature finger fatigue. Buttons 1 and 2, found in the front left and right parts of the trackpad, respectively, possess it resulting in many missed moves. We gave up on it after a day, and switched into a suitable mouse.
Display, camera and sound
These three things we’re lukewarm about. The camera, which now provides video recording 720p 30fps in its greatest setting, is grainy. It is just fine for web chats, but don’t expect much quality imagery produced here.
The notebook’s sound is somewhat hyped about the luxury and quite echoey, although you could personalize it with the equalizer in the Dolby Audio program. Simply speaking, it is still another notebook with subpar sound — par for the course, essentially (unless you are Origin).
Finally, the 1080p screen, while still sharp and clear, is a little about the darker side (even in its brightest setting) and is practically the exact reverse of bezel-free. We have noticed other gaming laptops at this price place slightly more attention to the screen, which we’d like to see here.