Hardcore gamers are known to invest in fairly pricey equipment, though, there’s plenty of gaming hardware that surprisingly offers more for less.
Acer’s most current stab at this end of the PC gaming scene is the Nitro 5, a gaming notebook for the budget oriented.
Price and Availability
The Acer Nitro 5 is still currently among the most affordable gaming laptops on the market today. With its $749 beginning price, exactly the same model we tested, you get its most basic configuration. This exact configuration is offered in the UK, even though it will cost approximately #335 more.
This spec isalso, however, not available in Australia.
Several different configurations are available for the US market, the most expensive of which would be the 1099. For that price tag, the notebook boasts an Intel Core i7-7700HQ chip, 16GB of RAM along with a 256GB SSD, although its GPU and hard drive are the same.
Broadly speaking, the Nitro 5 pops up against equally priced and configured gaming notebooks, such as the Dell G3 15 along with Lenovo Legion Y530, although user-controlled cooling is a first within this market with this notebook.
In terms of look and feel, there is a whole good deal to be desired with all the Acer Nitro 5. That’s not to say it is plain awful — in reality there are things we all love about it.
We like the subdued gamer look, with its red trimmings on the keyboard, backlight, trackpad and the front back pub. The display hinges feel sturdy and secure, and the number of ports on hand is a blessing. More importantly, the notebook has a comfortable keyboard, plus a user-controllable cooling program (more on these two subjects later.)
Having said that, the Acer Nitro 5 layout is nothing to write home about. It is fairly underwhelming, and that it is a budget notebook means there will be signs of cutbacks — and all these are apparent. The screen lid, by way of instance, is made from cheap plastic. The top cover and the area around the keyboard track fingerprints like mad, and the screen has almost an inch of bezel around it, all which allow us feel as though we’re PC gaming in the early aughts.
Worst of all, however, is the laptop’s trackpad. One could argue that you shouldn’t expect much out of a trackpad to meet your gaming requirements, however we must state that this model’s trackpad is merely ridiculous.
Jumping back a second, a significant win for your Acer Nitro 5 is its keyboard. There is nothing overtly unique about it.
In general, this is just your average, keyboard. Having said that, we find it comfortable in addition to very reliable. It is fast and responsive, and we haven’t experienced any lags, overlooked presses or accidental presses. Whether you are typing or gambling, that is all that matters.
Now, here is where we discovered a significant criticism. However this laptop’s trackpad is really substandard you won’t even wish to use it to get routine computer activities.
The trackpad gives a great deal of travel and it’s very stiff, meaning you have to really do some hard pressing anything to register, resulting in early finger fatigue. We gave up on it after a day, also switched into a proper mouse.
Screen, camera and sound
These three things we are lukewarm about. The camera, which now provides video recording at 720p 30fps at its greatest setting, is grainy. It’s just fine for web chats, but don’t expect much quality imagery produced here.
The laptop’s sound is a little hyped about the luxury and very echoey, though you could personalize it using the equalizer from the Dolby Audio software. In short, it’s still another laptop with subpar sound — par for the program, essentially (unless you’re Origin).
Ultimately, the 1080p screen, while still sharp and clear, is somewhat on the side (even at its brightest setting) and can be almost the specific reverse of bezel-free. We’ve seen other gaming laptops in this price put slightly more attention to the screen, which we’d love to see here.