The Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R1AZ is the newest in Acer’s lineup to fill the budget, portable gaming PC market, keeping the price on the lower side while still running some of the more demanding games out there. An overview:
- Adjustable cooling system
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU
- AMD Ryzen 7 processor
- 1080P screen
For the deets, keep reading on for the review.
|Series||Acer Nitro 5|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 4800H|
|OS||Windows 10 Home (64bit)|
|GPU||NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX1650 GDDR6 4GB|
|Display||15.6″” 144Hz display with IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology, Full HD 1920 x 1080, Acer ComfyView LED-backlit TFT LCD|
|16:9 aspect ratio, 45% NTSC color gamut, Wide viewing angle to 170 degrees|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 3200Mhz RAM|
|Storage||512GB PCIe NVMe SSD (with 1 extra M.2 Slot)|
|Wi-Fi / Bluetooth||Intel® Wireless Wi-Fi 6 AX201 802.11a/b/g/n/acR2+ax wireless LAN|
|Supports Dual Band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) 2×2 MU-MIMO|
|I/O||1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port and power-off USB charging|
|2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port|
|HDMI® 2.0 port with HDCP support|
|Ethernet (RJ-45) port|
|USB Type-CTM port: USB 3.2 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps)|
|USB charging 5 V; 3 A|
|3.5 mm headphone/speaker jack, built-in microphone|
|Batery||57.5 Wh 4-cell Li-ion batery|
|Up to 9 hours (based on MobileMark®️ 2014)|
|Audio||DTS®️ X:Ultra Audio, featuring optimized Bass, Loudness, Speaker Protection with up to 6 custom content modes by smart amplifier|
|Size||363.4 (W) x 255 (D) x 23.9 (H) mm|
|Warranty||2-Years Acer Warranty|
The Acer Nitro 5 keeps its more understated “gamer” look, with red highlights over the keyboard, lighting, touchpad and the main body. The machine feels sturdy enough, with plenty of ports to cover your needs. The keyboard is pretty comfortable too. The design won’t be winning any exceptional awards, and does give off a bit of that “cheap” feel, as it’s really easy to leave fingerprint marks over it.
Keyboard and Ports
Nevertheless, one of the nicesst things about this machine is the keyboard. There’s nothing that actually stands out, but it’s comfortable to use and will work the way you want it to. The backlight isn’t very bright either, so it can be hard to see the keys in the dark. It will do the job, which is probably the most important thing.
- 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1
- 3.5mm headphone and microphone jack
- Ethernet (RJ-45)
- USB 3.2 Gen 2 with USB charging support
- HDMI 2.0
- USB Type-C
Audio and display
At higher volume, the sound quality starts being echoey, but you can fiddle around with the Dolby Audio equalizer, though otherwise you shouldn’t be expecting high end surround sound. The display is 15.6 inches, with 1080p and high 144Hz refresh rate along with Acer ComfyView to reduce glare. The image will be clear and sharap, but at points it might seem too dim and may not be suitable for some users, like content creators.
For all intents and purposes, this Acer Nitro 5 is a budget gaming laptop, so don’t hope for thaat much. The hardware limits how much it can do at high settings for the newer AAA games, but still, it will do its best for the currently released titles! Check out the various benchmarks below:
PC MARK 10
Running PUGB on Ultra settings saw a steady 30 FPS, which is respectable considering the hardware it’s running on. These settings won’t be used for any competitive play, with screen tearing, textures not rendering and an overall unsatisfactory quality. You’d best run PUBG on Medium in this case.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Project Cars 3
The venting and fan cooling is great on this model of Acer Nitro 5, with the vents located on the back of the laptop. It’s still on the loud side, but does not massively disrupt unlike plenty of gaming laptops out there. It can also be adjusted to a certain level, using the Acer NitroSense program to change the fan speeds for the CPU and GPU. CoolBoost is also available to raise the maximum speed on heavy gaming sessions.
Compared to most budget laptops out in the market, the Nitro 5 has a relatively better battery life compared to its peers. You’ll expect low battery life for gaming laptops, and the Nitro 5 clocks in at 3 hours with non-stop video watching, but yes, that’s better than the rest available and will last that much longer when you find yourself needing to work outside.
To be perfectly fair, this won’t be the gaming laptop of one’s dreams, but at a price point below RM5000, it does its best and there’s only so much you can ask for. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 is a pretty value GPU, supported by a good cooling system, comfortable keyboard, a high resolution display and relatively longer lasting battery.
If you are one to demand the best performance, the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R1AZ won’t be for you. However, if you’re a gamer on a budget, then yes, this will be one to consider. You can learn more about the line of laptops via the official website.