Acer Nitro 5 (17.3-inch) test: stunning gaming on a large screen on a budget – CNET

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The 17.3-inch Acer Nitro 5 not only offers a larger display, but additional functions for entry-level gaming laptops. However, the screen certainly makes up a large part of its appeal: most gaming laptops under $ 1,000 are equipped with a 15.6-inch display, and on the larger screen of the Acer you can get lost in the world who you are right now.

To like

  • Immersive 17.3-inch display
  • Memory and storage can be easily upgraded
  • Easy access to controls for power and cooling

I do not like it

  • Keyboard markings can be difficult to read
  • Power Jack in an unfavorable place

Whether I was racing through the rain-soaked streets of Palm City at night in Need for Speed ​​Heat and hiding in a dumpster on Retail Row Fourteen days If you eat peggies in Far Cry 5, the gameplay is really more addictive thanks to the additional property. The screen is brighter than most at this price, with a good viewing angle and good color rendering.

Acer Nitro 5

Price as rated

$ 880

Display size / resolution

17.3-inch IPS screen with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels

central processor

2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-9300H

memory

8 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 2,667 MHz

graphic

4 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650

camp

512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD

optical drive

none

Networking

802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0

operating system

Windows 10 home page

It also helps that game performance is even at the full 1080p resolution of the display and the quality is set to high in the games I tested. I could even get Fortnite to epic quality without any problems. In more demanding games with high settings, the frame rates were almost 60 frames per second. But if you want more leeway in the future, I recommend looking for another gaming laptop with at least a GTX 1660 Ti or ideally a GeForce RTX 2060 – something you probably won't find at this price point.

While you can't update the graphics later, refreshing the memory and storage capacity is no problem. You need to remove about a dozen screws and carefully pry out the bottom. If you do, you can upgrade with up to 32 GB of RAM and there is a second PCIe M.2 SSD slot (Gen3 x4) and space for a hard drive with the included upgrade kit and cable. As with any gaming laptop that is worth the money, there are numerous connections for external expansion.

Unfortunately, the power plug is in an odd place in the middle of the right side, so that the power cord is always a bit in the way. And you pretty much always have to be connected to the mains, and not just for games, as the battery life in our streaming video test was only 5 hours and 40 minutes.

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You want the Nitro 5's keyboard to remain lit all the time.

Sarah Tew / CNET

The rest of the laptop is fine, at least considering the price. It's relatively thin and light for a 17-inch gaming laptop – note that it's still almost 6 pounds and an inch thick – and it's mostly made of plastic. The keyboard feels good for typing and playing, but the red markings on the black keys can be difficult to read if the red backlight is not lit. Acer has moved some of the keys in a typical layout, so you may need time to adjust, e.g.

Acer has added a dedicated key to launch the NitroSense software (this is usually where the number pad of the number pad is located). Clicking the button gives you direct access to fan controls and power plans, as well as system monitoring. You can also open it to customize audio profiles for different types of games, music, or movies, but you probably still want headphones to listen to fans when you're doing something that puts a strain on the system.

If you're looking for more screen for less money in a gaming laptop, Acer's 17.3-inch Nitro 5 should be in the running. Again, there aren't many models under $ 900 with a large screen and these components, and at the time of this review, it was only $ 780, which makes it easier to recommend them for an intense game on a budget.

Geekbench 4 (multicore)

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Longer bars mean better performance

Cinebench R15 CPU (multicore)

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Longer bars mean better performance

Battery drain test for streaming video playback

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Longer bars indicate better performance (in minutes)

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra

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Longer bars mean better performance

Far Cry 5 game review

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Longer bars mean better performance (FPS)

Deus Ex: humanity divided (fps)

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Longer bars mean better performance (FPS)

system configurations

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Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-9300H; 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM, 2,667 MHz; 4 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650; 512 GB SSD

Dell G3 15 3590

Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-9300H; 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM, 2,667 MHz; 4 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650; 1 TB hard drive

Lenovo Legion Y545

Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-9750H; 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM 2.667 MHz; 6 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti; 128 GB SSD + 1 TB hard drive

Dell G5 15 5590

Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-9300; 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666 MHz; 4 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650; 256 GB SSD + 1 TB hard drive

HP Pavilion Gaming 15-dk0045cl

Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-9750H; 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM 2.667 MHz; 6 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Ti in Max-Q design; 256 GB SSD + 1 TB hard drive

Lenovo Legion Y730

Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7-8750H; 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666 MHz; 4 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti; 2 TB hard drive + 256 GB SSD