Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-51-56UX
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Reviews for the Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-51-56UX
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Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/27/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
The Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-51-56UX is a 15.6-inch laptop that was released a little over a year ago, but Acer continues to refresh the range with new Intel and AMD processors. However, with a thickness of 28 mm and 2.7 kg on the scale, the Nitro 5 is not really the ideal travel companion. The Nitro 5 does not have the appearance of a typical gaming notebook - no big logos or multicolored lid. But its stylized vents and keyboard with red backlight still prevent confusing this laptop with a simple desktop machine. The keyboard is rather pleasant to the touch and spacious. The ZQSD keys have an accentuated backlight, and there is even a small numeric keypad. The touchpad is soft, responsive and supports multiple gestures of Windows 10. But it is a clickable touchpad, which means there are no right and left mouse buttons. The laptop is equipped with a Core i5 7300HQ, 8 GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card with 2 GB of dedicated memory. At the graphics cards level, there is no big difference between the GeForce GTX 1050 and the GTX 1050Ti, but it will give a little more room to manage future games. Storage and RAM are both easily accessible from the bottom of the machine. Users can add a 2.5-inch hard disk and/or more memory.
As for the display, the Full-HD screen offers good off-axis visibility, but the colors lack a little sparkle. However, it is a forgivable shortcoming at this price level. As for battery life, do not stay too far away from a power outlet. It has an average battery life of 5 hours 30 minutes on WiFi connectivity. It is rather good for a gaming laptop, but not really for more general everyday use. If a user plays on battery, they should not expect it to last more than two hours. On the other hand, if a user considers this machine as a replacement for a desktop PC, they should be very satisfied with its connections. There are a USB-3.1 Type-C port, two USB-2.0 Type-A ports, a USB-3.0 Type-A port, an SD-card reader, an HDMI output, a headphone/microphone combo jack, and a Gigabit-Ethernet port. No optical disc drive, but the available connections will allow you to use an external drive. Thanks to the device’s rich connectivity, users can easily add a keyboard, a mouse, speakers and even an external monitor to use it as a desktop machine while maintaining good performance to play nomadic if necessary. Its finish is not first class, but it is not inevitably unacceptable, especially if a user plans for a sedentary use.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile: Mainstream graphics card based on Nvidia's Pascal architecture and successor to the GeForce GTX 960M. Is manufactured in a 14nm process at Samsung and the technical specifications are very similar to the desktop version.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
i5-7300HQ: Quad-core notebook processor based on the Kaby Lake architecture running at 2.5 - 3.5 GHz without Hyper Threading (which is supported by the faster i7 CPUs). The chip also integrates the HD Graphics 630 GPU clocked at 350 - 1000 MHz and is manufactured in a 14 nm process (improved compared to Skylake).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.
The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
With this weight, a laptop is rather heavier than average. Devices in this range shine more with screen size and performance than with mobility.
Acer: In 1976, the company was founded in Taiwan under the name Multitech and was renamed Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors, TVs and computer peripherals. Since 2007, the group has merged with Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell, which also market their own laptop product lines.
Acer computers are designed for a variety of purposes, including ultrabooks for mobile use, gaming laptops for gamers, affordable options for everyday tasks, and 2-in-1 convertible laptops for versatility. Acer's product portfolio also includes tablets that offer portable computing and multimedia capabilities.
80%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.