Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-51-54YF
Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-51-54YF
Source: Gadgetspeak Archive.org version
Most people think of Acer for their comprehensive Aspire range which varies hugely from entry level to really powerful business machines, they also have the Predator range of gaming systems and as I recently found another range call Nitro, here I am looking at the Nitro 5.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/06/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: KL Gadget Guy Archive.org version
People occasionally ask me for advice when they want to get a new computer, some even come up to me and ask if this gaming laptop is good or that gaming laptop is good and my usual reply is, “will you be always outside playing games or just at home?” We all know that for the price you are paying for a gaming laptop, that amount of money could get you a gaming desktop PC which in fact, will run the game much better than an expensive gaming laptop. However, Acer has blurred the line between gaming laptop specs and price with the Acer Nitro 5 because, for the price tag of RM3,299, you will be getting similar specs as what you would spend when paying that same amount to get a gaming desktop computer. However, being reasonably priced gaming laptop is one thing, let’s dive in and see what will you get with this laptop.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 60% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
Source: Trusted Reviews Archive.org version
The Nitro 5 is a reasonable mid-range laptop, and while it doesn’t push the sub-£1000 gaming laptop category any further forward, it’s a sensible choice for someone looking for a portable powerhouse.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/11/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Tinh Te VN→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Solid workmanship; stylish design; nice display; comfortable keyboard; good cooling system; good connectivity. Negative: Plastic case; weak hardware.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/15/2017
If gaming on the go is your cup of tea, there are plenty of devices on the market to choose from, but usually, those options are not very budget friendly. However, with Acer’s Nitro lineup, users would still be able to game on the go while keeping some change in their wallet. One of the devices in this lineup is the Aspire Nitro 5, a pretty good choice, although it does have some flaws. Checking what the notebook is loaded with, it is Intel’s Core i7-7700HQ processor, which is pretty much standard in notebooks of this class, 32 GB of memory, more than you could ever need, a combination of a 512GB SSD and 1TB of storage, and, last but not least, the Nvidia GTX1050Ti. Aesthetics-wise, the Aspire Nitro 5 commands a gaming look with its black and red accents that are all too common in the gaming-notebook market, aside from a few exceptions. In terms of chassis design, the Aspire Nitro 5 is primarily constructed out of brushed metal-like plastic, which gives it the solid and rigid feel expected of a notebook of this caliber. Overall, the Aspire Nitro 5 is not really in your face, which means it can still suit certain stricter environments, such as work or school. One thing to note here is that the Aspire Nitro 5 is on the heavy side at 2.5 kg, meaning you either have to have a sturdy bag or a strong shoulder if you decide to lug this around on a daily basis. But generally, the notebook remains practical by all means. Regarding IO, the Aspire Nitro 5 is pretty standard with 3 USB Type-A ports, 1 USB Type-C Gen-1 port, full-size HDMI, LAN, a card reader and an audio jack, which is plentiful for a notebook of this size.
Jumping over to the input devices, the Aspire Nitro 5 generally does well. Its keyboard, with well-spaced keys and decent key travel, does not feel mushy, which is good, although this might irk hardcore typists as it does not have a solid click to it. It should also be mentioned that the keyboard is backlit. As for the touchpad, it is pretty much half and half, depending on the user, as an integrated clickpad and touchpad leads to accuracy issues, not to mention having actual click buttons is always better. At least the clickpad is smooth enough for fingers to glide without resistance. Moving over to the screen, the Aspire Nitro 5 is equipped with an IPS FHD panel that is about average in terms of brightness and color vibrancy. Viewing angles are what they should be on an IPS panel, however, if you would like to create media content on the side, you will be disappointed to learn that the IPS panel only scores about 69% on the sRGB spectrum. Then again, you get what you pay for. While battery life is never a topic of conversation when it comes to gaming notebooks, it is worth mentioning that the built-in battery seems to be on the lower spectrum of things. It allows for only 1 hour and 10 minutes of intense gaming or about 3 hours and 30 minutes on Wi-Fi. For gaming on the go, at least some decent battery life would be nice, but as it is, the Aspire Nitro 5 is a reasonable offer, as long as your expectations are set right.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
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