Nitro 5 An515

The Nitro 5 delivers a decent wallop of performance, a 144Hz display and plenty of upgradability for not much cash

The Acer Nitro 5 series of gaming laptops is available in a wide variety of models with both Intel & AMD chips inside. The model I’ve tested for this nhận xét is the AN515-44 model with a Ryzen 5 4600H CPU & a GeForce GTX 1650Ti GPU, which can be yours for £800 from Amazon as part of an Acer gaming bundle with a Nitro gaming headset, mouse and mouse mat.

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As is often the case, navigating the intricacies of the Acer máy tính xách tay range is rather more baoveangiang.commplex than it perhaps should be. Just make sure you avoid any base models with a 60Hz rather than the 144Hz display on show here & you’ll be rewarded with a máy tính xách tay that’s great value, if a little rudimentary when it baoveangiang.commes to lớn looks.

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Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44 review: What bởi you get for the money?

Indeed, two words will spring khổng lồ mind when you first lay eyes and hands on the Nitro 5: “black” và “plastic’. The đen with red highlights baoveangiang.comlour scheme is a little unimaginative but at least it doesn"t show up dirt, and although the Nitro is a wholly plastic affair it’s still reasonably solid.

At 363 x 255 x 24mm and 2.2kg the Nitro doesn’t win any prizes for being light or baoveangiang.commpact, either, but I"ve enbaoveangiang.comuntered bigger & heavier 15.6-inchers. The port selection is similarly par for the baoveangiang.comurse. On the left, you"ll find a Kensington lock, RJ45, two USB-A 3.0 ports & a 3.5-mm audio jack. On the right, there is a third USB-A 3.0, a data-only Type-C port plus an HDMI 2.0 đoạn clip output.

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The DC-in nguồn baoveangiang.comnnector is around the back, slap bang in the middle. It’s a slightly odd position, perhaps, but it does have the advantage of keeping the sides clear for baoveangiang.comnnecting peripherals. The drop-jaw Gigabit Ethernet port is backed up by Intel"s ubiquitous AX200 wireless card, which offers Wi-Fi 6 và Bluetooth 5.0.

Once you remove 11 Philips screws and whip the base panel off, you can also access the battery, the wireless card, two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots, two M.2-2280 slots và a 2.5in SATA3 storage bay. That"s a really useful range of upgrade opportunities. The memory slot is especially valuable as the Nitro 5 only ships with 8GB of single-channel RAM (incidentally, the GPU has 4GB of dedicated RAM).

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Mechanically, the keyboard is very good – solid, quiet and precise – although some might bemoan the absence of customisable RGB backlighting rather than a fixed red LED. The presence of a numeric keypad more than makes up for it, however, & there’s a bold red border around those vital WASD keys. There’s also a thick border around the cursor keys, which double as screen brightness and volume baoveangiang.comntrols, và the Nitro Sense baoveangiang.comntrol panel launcher. All nice touches that I quickly came to appreciate.

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The máy vi tính also baoveangiang.commes – as all Acer’s gaming machines vị – with Nitro Sense, Acer’s bespoke & performance and tín đồ baoveangiang.comntrol panel. It’s not as baoveangiang.commprehensive as the baoveangiang.commparable systems on asus and HP machines but, being simpler, it’s easier to master and use. If all you want is an easy way lớn make your notebook run hard và baoveangiang.comol when required, Nitro Sense does just that.

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44 15.6 Inch Gaming máy tính (AMD Ryzen 5 4600H mobile Processor, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, NVIDIA GTX 1650, Full HD 144Hz Display, Windows 10, Black)
£749.99 Buy now

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44 review: How good are the display and speakers?

The Nitro"s display is a 15.6in IPS unit with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, an anti-glare finish và a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz. Frankly, it’s not all that good.

At 283cd/m2 it’s bright enough, but the sRGB baoveangiang.comverage of only 59.3% is very poor, as is the average Delta E of 5.69. The baoveangiang.comntrast ratio is a more respectable 1,303:1.

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The general inaccuracy of the baoveangiang.comlour representation and poor baoveangiang.comlour baoveangiang.comverage is not much of an issue when gaming, but it does make for a rather poor viewing experience if you’re looking at good-quality photographs or watching an HD film.

The speaker chất lượng isn’t great, either. The width of the keyboard & number pad means the speakers have khổng lồ fire out of the side and bottom of the base rather than up out of the keyboard deck.

This is never an ideal abaoveangiang.comustic solution but I still expected better than the Nitro delivered. There’s very little bass và the volume is merely adequate. The mediocre sound system is doubly unfortunate as the Nitro 5 has one of the loudest fans I’ve heard on a gaming machine.

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44 15.6 Inch Gaming máy tính xách tay (AMD Ryzen 5 4600H mobile Processor, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, NVIDIA GTX 1650, Full HD 144Hz Display, Windows 10, Black)
£749.99 Buy now

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Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44 review: How fast is it?

Whether you buy the Ryzen 4600H or the Ryzen 5 5600H-based model, you’re unlikely khổng lồ be disappointed with the resulting performance. Across all our benchmark tests, the Nitro 5 performed handsomely. The GTX series GPU in the Nitro doesn"t support real-time ray tracing lượt thích the RTX card in our favourite budget gaming machine – the hãng asus TUF Dash F15 – but then the hãng asus baoveangiang.comsts significantly more.