Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
Display upgrade vs. SSD downgrade. On the outside, the Acer Nitro 5 Spin is easily recognizable as the gaming version of the Acer Spin 5. However, trying to find other differences between the two convertibles is more difficult - there do not seem to be any at first glance. Is the Nitro hoping to reach gamer status by its red stripes alone, or does it have more to offer? We have put it to the test.
Source: Laptop Mag Archive.org version
Not quite a gaming laptop, but not totally a work machine, the Acer Nitro Spin 5 tries its best to be a Jack- of-all-trades. But sometimes your best is not good enough. For $1,099, you get a system that can turn from laptop to tablet, which makes it extremely versatile -- especially when you throw in the optional Active Stylus. And the discrete graphics, comfortable keyboard and surprisingly good audio bolster the Nitro 5 Spin's case.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/08/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Metal case; slim size; large screen; nice display; fast fingerprint sensor; good connectivity; long battery life. Negative: Weak hardware.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/07/2018
Model: The Acer Nitro 5 Spin is an ultra-slim, super-light convertible touchscreen laptop. It provides maximum versatility for the casual gamer. Featuring a sleek body with metal chassis, the Nitro 5 Spin uses powerful components and popular features to give user the tools they need to conquer any battlefield. User can just rotate the revolutionary 360° dual-torque hinge and watch this handy machine convert into a laptop, display, tent or tablet. The Acer Nitro 5 Spin features a vivid, 15.6” Full HD IPS display and enough battery life to keep user powered up all day long. The Nitro, has a dark metal look with red gaming highlights. The display cover features an Acer logo with a brushed hairline finish in the center. It is connected to the base by two stable red hinges which is also in aluminum look. The red highlights of the Nitro continue to run like a thread throughout the entire design concept. The Acer Nitro 5 Spin has a footprint of 38.1 x 25.8 cm (~15 x 10.2 inch) and is 1.79 cm (~0.7 inch) high. The Spin's 1,920 x 1,080 touch screen is not too shabby. The glossy 15.6-inch display produces rich hues and sharp enough details. Display size and resolution result in a pixel density of 141 PPI. The Nitro 5 is bright, averaging 296 nits. The touch panel is both fast and accurate too.
The Acer FineTip keyboard and the snugly fitted number block have red lettering that is sufficiently easy to read. The entire keyboard is slightly sunk into the base unit, so that the device can be used easily in tablet mode without the user pressing a key by mistake. What is striking about the Nitro's keyboard is not only the red lettering and the red sides of the keys, but also the red WASD keys for gamers, further highlighted by bold lettering. On the right side of the keyboard, users will find a USB 2.0 port, an SD card reader, a headset jack, a secure lock slot and buttons for power and volume. A pair of USB 3.0 ports reside on the left with a USB Type-C port, full-size HDMI and a DC jack. Instead of adding a Gigabit Ethernet port, Acer is using its ExoAmp antenna and 2x2 MU-MIMO wireless tech to ensure that the laptop is able to maintain a stable wireless signal. The hardware configuration of the Nitro 5 Spin with Intel Core i7-8550U gives the Nitro a base clock rate of 1.8 GHz. The Acer Nitro 5 Spin has a main storage device, which is a 256 GB SSD from Micron with an M.2 form factor and a 6-Gbps SATA interface. The Acer Nitro offers very satisfying system performance. It is equipped with a GeForce GTX 1050 from Nvidia. The device can display current games at medium details, and sometimes even at high details thanks to this mid-range GPU.
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.
i5-8550U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.8 and 4 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,150 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process.» 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.
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.
77.6%: 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.