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Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515 (i7-8550U, GTX 1050) Convertible Review

Daniel Puschina (translated by Katherine Bodner), 04/13/2018

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.

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The Acer Nitro 5 Spin offers an interesting combination: A convertible combined with a high-performance dedicated graphics card that should have both the multimedia and the gaming sector covered. Apart from its red design elements, it does not seem as if the Nitro differs very much from the gray, standard Acer Spin 5. After a closer look, we did notice a few modifications that might be decisive for your purchase decision.

Our 15.6-inch test unit is equipped with an Intel Core i7-8550U of the current Kaby Lake Refresh series and comes with 8 GB of DDR4 RAM. You can also find a cheaper version of this model available, which is equipped with a slightly lower-clocking Intel Core i5-8250U. Our device has two storage devices - a 256-GB SSD from Micron and a 1-TB HDD from Western Digital.

the hybrid 2-in-1 laptop
the hybrid 2-in-1 laptop

Apart from the manufacturer's Acer Spin 5, which we already reviewed in detail in December 2017, our main comparison devices are other convertibles such as the Asus ZenBook Flip 15 (i7-8550U with a GeForce GTX 1050) or the HP Spectre x360 (i7-8550U with a GeForce MX150). We have also included the Lenovo ThinkPad T480 (i7-8550U with a GeForce MX150) and the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7 (also with an i7-8550U and GeForce MX150), which is becoming more and more popular in Europe. 

We want to find out whether the sporty Acer Nitro 5 Spin with its red design elements is suitable for gaming since the GTX 1050 is not sitting in a 3-cm-high (~1.2 in) case with sufficient space for ideal cooling, as it does in the enormous Acer Predator Helios gaming series, but in a snug 1.8-cm (~0.7 in) convertible that can also be used as a tablet. Therefore, let us start with a closer look at the case.

Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) - 4096 MB, Core: 1354 MHz, Memory: 1752 MHz, GDDR5, 23.21.13.8792
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4 (Dual Channel 2 x 4 GB)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, yes, native pen support, Chi Mei CMN15D7, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN, 256 GB 
, + 1000 GB HDD (Western Digital WD10SPZX), 190 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 0 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 1, Card Reader: SD card reader, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: gyroscope
Networking
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.9 x 381 x 258 ( = 0.7 x 15 x 10.16 in)
Battery
48 Wh, 3220 mAh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 10 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD (720p)
Additional features
Speakers: 2 stereo speakers + 1 subwoofer, Keyboard: chiclet + number pad, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.2 kg ( = 77.6 oz / 4.85 pounds), Power Supply: 320 g ( = 11.29 oz / 0.71 pounds)
Price
1299 Euro

 

Case - a slim gaming laptop with good-quality materials

The case of this 2-in-1 tablet seems to be of high quality and very stable; its form factor is the same as that of the "normal" Acer Spin 5. The Nitro, however, 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, also in aluminum look. The red highlights of the Nitro continue to run like a thread throughout the entire design concept. Both the beveled edge around the case, and the area around the touchpad shimmer in metallic red. Naturally, the same applies to the keyboard where the lettering and the sides of the individual keys are also red.

fingerprints appear on the Nitro as if by magic
fingerprints appear on the Nitro as if by magic

Another thread that runs throughout is the fingerprints on the back of the display. The Nitro not only shows all marks easily, it also makes them difficult to remove.

The bottom of the base unit is kept simple - it is made of metal with four narrow rubber pads and two air vents running across the device. There is another air vent at the back of the device together with two small openings for the speaker, which means the sound output goes in the right direction even in tablet mode. 

Overall, the device seems to be very stable and of high quality. Even the display lid is quite warp-resistant. Strong pressure on the back of the display can cause some waves on the display, but these are minimal, which proves how stable the display lid is.

the striking hinges give a good impression
the striking hinges give a good impression

The hinges also offer sufficient resistance. However, shaking the Nitro 5 Spin slightly at an opening angle above 90 degrees does cause the display to open even wider. However, the overall metal construction appears stable enough and the display does not continue wobbling for very long. The hinges should be tight enough to keep the display in position while using the stylus for inputs. By the way, the Nitro can be opened with a single hand, as the base is heavy enough to not lift off the table. However, Acer forgot to add, or decided against, an indentation on the case, which makes opening the device a little more difficult.

The tablet is not very small.
The tablet is not very small.

The Acer Nitro 5 Spin has a footprint of 38.1 x 25.8 cm (~15 x 10.2 in) and is 1.79 cm (~0.7 in) high. As the case has been taken over from the Acer Spin 5 without any changes, the two devices have the same size. The weight of our model with its second 1-TB HDD lies around 2.2 kg (~4.9 lbs). This would be an acceptable weight for a 15-inch notebook, particularly considering the very good workmanship and high-quality material. But we feel that the Nitro is a little too heavy and large to be used as a tablet. You have to hold the notebook at half an arm's length only to fold the display back into tablet mode - this makes the Acer a little unwieldy for everyday or mobile use as a convertible.

Size Comparison

Connectivity - sufficient for a multimedia laptop, but there could be more

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The port selection can be described as mid-range and sufficient. On the left side, there are two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 1) port and a USB 2.0 port, as well as an HDMI port and the power supply. Although the DisplayPort is missing, this can be "added" via a simple USB 3.1 Type-C adapter. The right side offers two status LEDs, the typical volume rocker, a combined 3.5-mm audio jack, an SD card reader, a USB 2.0 port, the power on/off button and a Kensington security lock.

The left side in tablet mode.
The left side in tablet mode.
The right side in tablet mode.
The right side in tablet mode.

If you are a passionate gamer, you might be wondering where the Ethernet port has disappeared to. Acer has decided that the Nitro, the red gaming version of its Spin 5, does not need a network connector. For real gamers who play online games and are looking for low ping and latency times as well as faultless transmission, this might make the Nitro completely unsuitable.

The power button is not positioned very well for a convertible - if you want to use the Acer as a tablet in portrait mode, you might easily turn the Nitro off by mistake. Apart from this, the port distribution is very practical, particularly on the left side. The two USB 3.0 ports are closest to the user, then come the HDMI port and the power supply.

SD card reader

The SD card reader does not have a spring and you simply have to push the SD card into the slot, which is usually the more user-friendly version. The disadvantage of this method is that the card does not disappear into the slot entirely but always stands out slightly. In the case of the Nitro 5 Spin, about half of the SD card stands out.

HWInfo shows us that the card reader RTS5129 from RealTek is only connected via USB 2.0. Therefore, the transmission speeds tested with our reference card, the Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II, are rather unspectacular and place the Acer Spin 5 among the devices with average data transfer speeds at around 24.4 MB/s.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
75.2 MB/s ∼100% +208%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 120, min: 11.2, max: 178)
50.1 MB/s ∼67% +105%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
31.7 MB/s ∼42% +30%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.4 MB/s ∼32%
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
22.5 MB/s ∼30% -8%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87.4 MB/s ∼100% +223%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 118, min: 10.2, max: 253)
67.4 MB/s ∼77% +149%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
35.6 MB/s ∼41% +31%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.1 MB/s ∼31%
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24 MB/s ∼27% -11%

Communication

As mentioned before, the Acer Nitro 5 Spin only offers a Wi-Fi module from Qualcomm (QCA6174), but no Ethernet port. The Wi-Fi module supports 2x2 Multi User Input, Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) and Bluetooth 4.2. The fact that Acer does not offer a network connection via an Ethernet cable for the Nitro is a real shame.

The data transfer rate measured in our benchmark is good and positions the Nitro significantly above the average multimedia device and even puts it slightly over its own non-gaming version Acer Spin 5. The transfer rate was stable throughout our test and reception was normal.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
623 MBit/s ∼100% +20%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
519 MBit/s ∼83%
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
489 MBit/s ∼78% -6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 76, min: 44, max: 949)
489 MBit/s ∼78% -6%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
461 MBit/s ∼74% -11%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
62.3 MBit/s ∼10% -88%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
666 MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
665 MBit/s ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
664 MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
604 MBit/s ∼91% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
515 MBit/s ∼77% -23%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 76, min: 46.1, max: 949)
470 MBit/s ∼71% -29%

Security

Apart from the fingerprint sensor on the touchpad, the Acer also supports TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module) and has a Kensington Lock on the right side. The Nitro comes with a limited trial period of Norton Security.

Accessories

The Acer Nitro 5 Spin includes a 90-watt power supply, but no other accessories. An input pen that can be used for the touchscreen, such as the Acer Stylus Pen, has to be purchased separately.

Maintenance

the bottom is easy to remove
the bottom is easy to remove

The maintenance of the Nitro is not difficult: There are eleven normal Phillips screws that have to be removed in order to lift off the bottom of the base unit. After that, you have direct access to the SSD and HDD. The Acer Nitro does not allow you to make changes to the RAM as this is firmly soldered on. Closing the device is also easy and fast.

Warranty

The manufacturer's warranty for this Acer convertible runs for 2 years and includes pick-up and return service.

Input Devices - where Acer has tried to save

Keyboard

The Acer FineTip keyboard and the snugly fitted number block have red lettering that is sufficiently easy to read. The size of the individual keys is 15 x 14 mm (~0.59 x 0.55 in) on the main keyboard and a narrow 12 x 14 mm (~0.47 x 0.55 in) on the number pad. The enter and backspace keys are large enough, but the up and down arrow keys are very narrow and are positioned too close to each other. 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.

The four most important keys for gamers are highlighted.
The four most important keys for gamers are highlighted.

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. Subjectively, the keys have a cheap, plasticky feeling and they rattle when you run your fingers over them. The sound when the keys are pressed reminds us not of high-quality material, but rather of thin, lightweight plastic. Nonetheless, the keyboard allows for fast typing and users who type regularly will not have any difficulties. The rattling keys are not so loud that they become bothersome, but not quiet enough to go unnoticed.

Unfortunately, the keyboard backlighting is a little annoying, as it automatically turns off 30 seconds after the last key was pressed. At night, this means that you regularly find yourself in front of a dark keyboard - even when running on power supply. There are many entries in various Internet forums from users who are having difficulties with this issue, but it seems like the backlighting cannot be set to run all the time, nor can the duration of the backlighting be adjusted.

keyboard in daylight
keyboard in daylight
keyboard with backlighting
keyboard with backlighting

Touchpad

The surface of the touchpad is made of plastic and is 107 x 79 mm (~4.2 x 3.1 in) large. It responds well and quickly to inputs with one or two fingers. The ClickPad, however, takes a bit of getting used to as it is hard to make a click above the middle on the left side. The left bottom area of the touchpad is rather loose and it has two pressure points, similar to the shutter button on a camera. Simply placing the finger on the touchpad is enough to provoke the first click, although this does not do anything and is simply irritating. Stronger pressure then allows you to make a second, proper click to which the touchpad responds properly.

the ClickPad including its fingerprint reader
the ClickPad including its fingerprint reader

Acer has placed a fingerprint sensor that works quickly and reliably in the top left corner of the touchpad. A quick placing of the finger on the reader and you are logged-in. The touchpad is large enough for the fingerprint sensor not to get in the way. Acer did not automatically activate the fingerprint reader, as has happened on some other laptops.

Display - a different manufacturer for the display

subpixel
subpixel
light clouding at the bottom left and right (emphasized here)
light clouding at the bottom left and right (emphasized here)

The Acer Nitro 5 Spin is equipped with a reflective 15.6-inch IPS touch display that has an FHD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It is produced by Chi Mei and its model number is CMN15D7. The display size and resolution result in a pixel density of 141 PPI. There are no alternative display options for the Nitro. The display can reach a brightness of 332 cd/m², and even 345 cd/m² in the center of the image, while offering an even brightness distribution that is above average. Acer has decided to change the display manufacturer compared to the "normal" Spin 5, which has led to an increased brightness of over 100 cd/m². The gray and black/white response times are also better than those of the Acer's comparison models in our table. However, they are still too slow for real gamers and you will not get around connecting an external monitor for proper gaming results; IPS displays are not known for their speed, after all.

Compared to the Acer Spin 5, the Nitro's Chi Mei display scores have improved by 38% both for AdobeRGB and sRGB color-space coverage. Only the black value and contrast and the deviations measured with ColorChecker are not as good as those of the Spin 5. So, if a good black value is more important to you than response times or brightness, you might want to take a closer look at the "normal" version of the Spin 5 instead.

93% sRGB color-space coverage
93% sRGB color-space coverage
60% AdobeRGB color-space coverage
60% AdobeRGB color-space coverage
330
cd/m²
333
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
345
cd/m²
324
cd/m²
344
cd/m²
338
cd/m²
319
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 345 cd/m² Average: 331.9 cd/m² Minimum: 22 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 345 cd/m²
Contrast: 1232:1 (Black: 0.28 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.85 | 0.8-29.43 Ø6.4
ΔE Greyscale 8.11 | 0.64-98 Ø6.6
93% sRGB (Argyll) 60% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.48
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
Chi Mei CMN15D7, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
AUO, B156HAN06.1, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
B156ZAN03.1, , 3840x2160, 15.6
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
BOE06C3, , 3840x2160, 15.6
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
BOEhydis NV156FHM-N61, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
LP140QH2-SPB1, , 2560x1440, 14
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
2880x1800, 15.4
Response Times
-15%
-28%
-14%
-4%
-13%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
36 (18, 18)
42 (22, 20)
-17%
52 (25, 27)
-44%
41.2 (23.2, 18)
-14%
36 (17.6, 18.4)
-0%
42.4 (20.4, 22)
-18%
Response Time Black / White *
26 (15, 11)
29 (15, 13)
-12%
29 (15, 14)
-12%
29.6 (16.4, 13.2)
-14%
28 (15.6, 12.4)
-8%
28 (14.8, 13.2)
-8%
PWM Frequency
1000
Screen
9%
20%
7%
7%
9%
37%
Brightness middle
345
221
-36%
380
10%
338.7
-2%
317
-8%
311
-10%
534
55%
Brightness
332
224
-33%
371
12%
325
-2%
302
-9%
502
51%
Brightness Distribution
92
89
-3%
87
-5%
91
-1%
91
-1%
86
-7%
Black Level *
0.28
0.12
57%
0.28
-0%
0.28
-0%
0.352
-26%
0.36
-29%
0.31
-11%
Contrast
1232
1842
50%
1357
10%
1210
-2%
901
-27%
864
-30%
1723
40%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.85
4.12
30%
4.38
25%
4.9
16%
4.5
23%
3
49%
1.8
69%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
11.87
6.41
46%
7.59
36%
8.7
27%
9
24%
6.1
49%
3.8
68%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
8.11
3.4
58%
3.6
56%
5.5
32%
3.8
53%
4
51%
2.4
70%
Gamma
2.48 97%
2.54 94%
2.32 103%
2.08 115%
2.17 111%
2.17 111%
2.27 106%
CCT
6741 96%
6893 94%
6860 95%
7498 87%
6961 93%
6563 99%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60
37
-38%
88
47%
63.5
6%
66.7
11%
77.92
30%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
93
58
-38%
100
8%
86.92
-7%
96.7
4%
99.94
7%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.7
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-3% / 5%
-4% / 12%
-4% / 3%
7% / 7%
3% / 6%
12% / 29%

* ... smaller is better

CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: Grayscales
CalMAN: Grayscales
CalMAN: Saturation
CalMAN: Saturation

As always with glossy screens, you had best look for a shady spot when using the device outdoors, as these kinds of displays are hard to read despite high brightness levels and things like trees are reflected in the background.

in direct sunlight with trees in the background
in direct sunlight with trees in the background
in shade at maximum brightness
in shade at maximum brightness

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
26 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15 ms rise
↘ 11 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 43 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (26.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 26 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (42.1 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9953 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 588200) Hz was measured.

As this is a convertible, there is no limit to the opening angle. The IPS display comes into its own here, particularly when used as a tablet. The content is displayed properly from every viewing angle, as you would expect from an IPS display.

Performance - except for the SSD, the Windows 2-in-1 tablet offers decent performance

the RAM is soldered on; there are no free slots
the RAM is soldered on; there are no free slots

Acer offers two different processor versions in its online shop: The Intel Core i5-8250U and the Intel Core i7-8550U with a slightly higher base clock rate. Both CPUs belong to the Kaby Lake Refresh series, offer four cores and can clock at up to 3.4 GHz and 4 GHz respectively in turbo mode. Our test unit is equipped with the faster Intel Core i7-8550U. 

Our quad-core CPU includes the standard Intel UHD Graphics 620, but the device is also equipped with the dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with 4 GB of GDDR5 SDRAM. This should be able to display current games decently at medium details.

The Nitro also has 8 GB of RAM in dual-channel mode with two 4 GB units (DDR4-2400 SDRAM).

Processor

Intel XTU Tool
Intel XTU Tool

The faster configuration with the Intel Core i7-8550U gives the Nitro a base clock rate of 1.8 GHz. The turbo brings the chip up to 4 GHz in two-core mode, but the maximum clock rate is limited to 3.7 GHz at full four-core load. The TDP remains the same as it was for Intel's seventh generation, which is 15 watts. However, this time this is divided among four cores and eight threads. Compared to the Intel Core i7-7500U, we could imagine a performance increase of 40%. You can find detailed technical background information on the Intel Core i7-8550U in our tech section.

The Cinebench R15 benchmark shows that the Nitro's performance is close to the average of all notebooks equipped with the Intel Core i7-8550U in single-core mode. Among the convertibles, the Asus ZenBook Flip 15 takes first place and offers a 6% increase in performance, while the Lenovo IdeaPad 320s remains at the back of the table, as expected due to the slightly lower base clock rate of its i5-8250U.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
Intel Core i7-8550U
171 Points ∼100% +6%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
Intel Core i7-8550U
170 Points ∼99% +6%
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
Intel Core i7-8550U
170 Points ∼99% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
Intel Core i7-8550U
170 Points ∼99% +6%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
Intel Core i7-8550U
161 Points ∼94%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (of 37, min: 109, max: 172)
161 Points ∼94% 0%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
Intel Core i7-8550U
154 Points ∼90% -4%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
132 Points ∼77% -18%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 301, min: 36, max: 178)
120 Points ∼70% -25%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
Intel Core i7-8550U
761 Points ∼100% +44%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
Intel Core i7-8550U
723 Points ∼95% +37%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (of 39, min: 407, max: 761)
582 Points ∼76% +10%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
Intel Core i7-8550U
558 (min: 511, max: 558) Points ∼73% +5%
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
Intel Core i7-8550U
558 Points ∼73% +5%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
Intel Core i7-8550U
529 (min: 481.46, max: 529.01) Points ∼70%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
Intel Core i7-8550U
519 Points ∼68% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
516 Points ∼68% -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 304, min: 73, max: 1550)
410 Points ∼54% -22%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
8211
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
21019
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6811
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
69.56 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
5.72 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.85 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
161 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
114.99 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
529 Points
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development of the TDP and temperature in HWInfo
development of the TDP and temperature in HWInfo

As usual, the multi-core test starts with a short-term turbo. Thanks to a cTDP of 25 watts it reaches 529 points in the first round. The Nitro then settles down at around 500 points in the next rounds. This equates to throttling of about 5%. After 28 rounds, the results drop again and then remain at 480 points. Therefore, our test unit reaches better results than the "normal" Acer Spin 5 most of the time and is just below the performance of the HP Spectre x360.

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Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX Intel Core i7-8550U Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø497 (481.46-529.01)
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-54SF Intel Core i5-8250U Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø490 (484.71-533.5)
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB Intel Core i5-8250U Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø470 (392.82-506.64)
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD Intel Core i7-8550U Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø581 (569.97-761.01)
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100 Intel Core i7-8550U Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø514 (507.52-546.85)
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00 Intel Core i7-8550U Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø633 (602.16-721.94)

System Performance

The Acer Nitro offers very satisfying system performance, as did the non-gaming version Acer Spin 5 and both are on the same level here. Subjectively, the Nitro, with its dual-channel RAM configuration, reacts quickly and belongs to the faster models of our comparison devices.

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
5281 Points ∼100% +2%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
5202 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 4, min: 4401, max: 5343)
5057 Points ∼96% -3%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4978 Points ∼94% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
4909 Points ∼93% -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
Radeon Pro 560, 7820HQ
4412 (min: 4384, max: 4412) Points ∼84% -15%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
4401 Points ∼83% -15%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4217 Points ∼80% -19%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 223, min: 2213, max: 5343)
4166 Points ∼79% -20%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
4100 Points ∼100% +3%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 4, min: 3614, max: 4245)
3984 Points ∼97% 0%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3975 Points ∼97%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
Radeon Pro 560, 7820HQ
3819 (min: 3816, max: 3827) Points ∼93% -4%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3702 Points ∼90% -7%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3614 Points ∼88% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
3540 Points ∼86% -11%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3457 Points ∼84% -13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 239, min: 1740, max: 4499)
3286 Points ∼80% -17%
PCMark 7 Score
6029 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3975 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5112 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5202 points
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Storage Devices

the slow Micron SSD
the slow Micron SSD

The Acer Nitro 5 Spin has a main storage device, which is a 256-GB SSD from Micron (Micron 1100, MTFDDAV256TBN) with an M.2 form factor and a 6-Gbps SATA interface. This is the device that the Windows operating system is installed on. Additionally, our model offers a 2.5-inch HDD from Western Digital (WD10SPZX) with 5400 RPM and a storage capacity of 1000 GB. For the specification fans among you: The power consumption of the SSD is 3 watts during use and 0.055 watts while idling, that of the HDD is 1.5 watts during use and 0.5 watts while idling.

CrystalDiskMark 3 of the SSD
CrystalDiskMark 3 of the SSD
CrystalDiskMark 5 of the SSD
CrystalDiskMark 5 of the SSD
CrystalDiskMark 3 of the HDD
CrystalDiskMark 3 of the HDD
CrystalDiskMark 5 of the HDD
CrystalDiskMark 5 of the HDD

The benchmark results for the SSD are rather disappointing, unfortunately, but this is not the fault of Nitro, but of the Micro 1100 itself. We have found the same Micron 1100 in the Asus ZenBook Flip 15 and its results are very similar there. You simply cannot compare the performance of the Micron 1100 to that of the widespread and popular Samsung PM961. The Samsung is more than twice as fast in the CrystalDiskMark 3.0 benchmark.

Why Acer has switched from the Intel SSD that was used in the Spin 5 and did a fairly good job there to the slow Micron 1100 we do not know. The second storage device, a Western Digital 1-TB HDD, cannot impress us with high read and write rates in the CrystalDiskMark test either. The benchmark performance of the 2-TB Seagate HDD in the Asus ZenBook Flip 15, for example, is a third higher.

Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
Average Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
 
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
73%
-3%
159%
138%
265%
-7%
Write 4k QD32
205.9
331.1
61%
247
20%
547.1
166%
436.36
112%
706.2
243%
225 (of 13, min: 147, max: 300)
9%
Read 4k QD32
247.6
289.3
17%
247.5
0%
644.9
160%
568.47
130%
446.6
80%
229 (of 13, min: 166, max: 248)
-8%
Write 4k
87.32
134.4
54%
92.69
6%
155.2
78%
171.93
97%
146.8
68%
82.7 (of 13, min: 63.3, max: 102)
-5%
Read 4k
28.26
35.61
26%
27.54
-3%
58.85
108%
61.48
118%
62.65
122%
25 (of 13, min: 14, max: 28.3)
-12%
Write 512
381.8
608.9
59%
291.4
-24%
1118
193%
851.42
123%
1863
388%
307 (of 13, min: 157, max: 447)
-20%
Read 512
339.8
935.3
175%
291.9
-14%
849.1
150%
815.75
140%
1799
429%
317 (of 13, min: 259, max: 360)
-7%
Write Seq
408.5
598.8
47%
394.4
-3%
1476
261%
1172.7
187%
1858
355%
372 (of 13, min: 165, max: 458)
-9%
Read Seq
484
1187
145%
476.3
-2%
1248
158%
1443.9
198%
2588
435%
473 (of 13, min: 435, max: 490)
-2%
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Sequential Read: 484 MB/s
Sequential Write: 408.5 MB/s
512K Read: 339.8 MB/s
512K Write: 381.8 MB/s
4K Read: 28.26 MB/s
4K Write: 87.32 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 247.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 205.9 MB/s

Graphics

The Acer Nitro 5 Spin, as well as the Acer Spin 5, is equipped with a GeForce GTX 1050 from Nvidia. Thanks to this mid-range GPU, the device can display current games at medium details, and sometimes even at high details. The Acer Nitro 5 Spin should actually be the gaming version of the Acer Spin 5, but as both have the same case and the same cooling system and both are equipped with the same graphics card, the gaming performance of the gaming model is almost unchanged. This is reflected in the benchmark results. Furthermore, the graphics performance of both of the Acer Spin 5 models lies just below the average of all the devices we have tested that were equipped with the GTX 1050.

But please be aware that we are still looking at a convertible. Even if the Nitro looks like it intends to score high in the benchmark tests, its cooling performance is limited due to its slim build, which enables it to also be used as a tablet.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 29, min: 6744, max: 8223)
7676 Points ∼100% +14%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-8550U
7339 Points ∼96% +9%
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-8550U
7043 Points ∼92% +4%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-8550U
6744 Points ∼88%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
AMD Radeon Pro 560, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
5305 (min: 5279, max: 6622) Points ∼69% -21%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
4564 Points ∼59% -32%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
4285 (min: 4274, max: 4292) Points ∼56% -36%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
3551 Points ∼46% -47%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 568, min: 352, max: 15256)
2548 Points ∼33% -62%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 31, min: 5329, max: 6393)
5994 Points ∼100% +12%
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-8550U
5688 Points ∼95% +6%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-8550U
5373 Points ∼90%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-8550U
5329 Points ∼89% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
AMD Radeon Pro 560, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
3892 (min: 3869, max: 3895) Points ∼65% -28%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
3563 Points ∼59% -34%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
3319 Points ∼55% -38%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
2807 Points ∼47% -48%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 349, min: 337, max: 11850)
2440 Points ∼41% -55%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-8550U
35788 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 30, min: 14979, max: 39864)
35717 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-8550U
35068 Points ∼98% -2%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
AMD Radeon Pro 560, Intel Core i7-7820HQ
23105 (min: 23091, max: 26320) Points ∼65% -35%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
20470 Points ∼57% -43%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
19717 Points ∼55% -45%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
17743 Points ∼50% -50%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-8550U
16381 Points ∼46% -54%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 352, min: 2468, max: 77755)
14653 Points ∼41% -59%
3DMark 06 Standard
15510 points
3DMark 11 Performance
6446 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
14974 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
4746 points
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Gaming Performance

Let us put it like this: For a convertible, the Acer Spin 5 Nitro offers excellent graphics performance. Basically, all the current games we tested could be played smoothly up to medium details, some games, such as COD WW2, could even be displayed at high details without any issues. While the performance lies a few frames below the average of what a GeForce GTX 1050 can do, it is like we said: The Nitro is a convertible. It is also interesting to compare the Acer Nitro 5 Spin with the Asus ZenBook Flip. The Asus, equipped with the same GTX 1050, managed to beat all comparison devices in the first two rounds of the Cinebench R15 loop and then remained stable at 750 points for the remainder of the test. In the area of graphics performance, the ZenBook managed to do better than the Nitro at the game "Rise of Tomb Raider" at low to medium details, but both gaming convertibles had very similar results at high and very high settings, which are more demanding on the GPU. We will talk about this aspect in more detail in the verdict, as this might well influence users' purchase decisions.

Call of Duty WWII
1920x1080 Extra / On AA:Filmic T2X SM
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 2, min: 34, max: 38.1)
36.1 fps ∼100% +6%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
34 fps ∼94%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 2, min: 12.5, max: 34)
23.3 fps ∼65% -31%
1920x1080 High / On AA:Filmic 1X SM
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 2, min: 45, max: 49.7)
47.4 fps ∼100% +5%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
45 (min: 29, max: 56) fps ∼95%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 3, min: 17.5, max: 45)
26.8 fps ∼57% -40%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
24.5 fps ∼52% -46%
1920x1080 Normal / Off
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 2, min: 72, max: 108)
90 fps ∼100% +25%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
72 (min: 41, max: 97) fps ∼80%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
54.6 fps ∼61% -24%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 4, min: 22.8, max: 72)
46.6 fps ∼52% -35%
1280x720 Low / Off
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 2, min: 74, max: 167)
121 fps ∼100% +64%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
87.9 fps ∼73% +19%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
74 (min: 35, max: 102) fps ∼61%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 4, min: 40, max: 74)
59.7 fps ∼49% -19%
Rainbow Six Siege
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 3, min: 52, max: 63.6)
57.9 fps ∼100% +11%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
52 (min: 22, max: 129) fps ∼90%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 25, min: 8.7, max: 52)
25.1 fps ∼43% -52%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:4x
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 3, min: 57, max: 76.4)
68.1 fps ∼100% +19%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
57 (min: 26, max: 186) fps ∼84%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 29, min: 10.4, max: 57)
30.3 fps ∼44% -47%
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:T AF:2x
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 3, min: 60, max: 140)
111 fps ∼100% +85%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
60 (min: 38, max: 141) fps ∼54%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 27, min: 8.9, max: 105)
44.6 fps ∼40% -26%
1024x768 Low Preset AA:T AF:Linear
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 3, min: 60, max: 209)
151 fps ∼100% +152%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 31, min: 25, max: 162)
67.5 fps ∼45% +13%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
60 (min: 50, max: 77) fps ∼40%
Rise of the Tomb Raider
3840x2160 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 4, min: 12, max: 24.9)
16 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 4, min: 12, max: 14)
13 fps ∼81%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
12.7 fps ∼79%
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 23, min: 27, max: 39)
32.1 fps ∼100% +7%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
30.3 fps ∼94% +1%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
30 (min: 28, max: 34) fps ∼93%
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
28.8 (min: 26, max: 32) fps ∼90% -4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 53, min: 1.8, max: 62.8)
21.7 fps ∼68% -28%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
18.8 (min: 17, max: 21) fps ∼59% -37%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
17.6 fps ∼55% -41%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 21, min: 31.2, max: 43)
37.7 fps ∼100% +8%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
35 (min: 29, max: 39) fps ∼93%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
34.2 fps ∼91% -2%
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
31.2 (min: 27, max: 37) fps ∼83% -11%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
23.1 fps ∼61% -34%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 69, min: 2.5, max: 74.5)
23.1 fps ∼61% -34%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
22.4 (min: 20, max: 25) fps ∼59% -36%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
16.5 fps ∼44% -53%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:2x
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 18, min: 49, max: 77.3)
66.4 fps ∼100% +36%
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
61.1 (min: 57, max: 65) fps ∼92% +25%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
56.9 fps ∼86% +16%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
49 (min: 43, max: 60) fps ∼74%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
41.2 (min: 38, max: 46) fps ∼62% -16%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
40.8 (min: 23, max: 17.6) fps ∼61% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
32.6 fps ∼49% -33%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 78, min: 5.3, max: 111)
30.5 fps ∼46% -38%
1024x768 Lowest Preset
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 15, min: 79, max: 137)
111 fps ∼100% +41%
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
99.4 (min: 90, max: 108) fps ∼90% +26%
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
91.9 fps ∼83% +16%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
79 (min: 68, max: 90) fps ∼71%
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
72.3 fps ∼65% -8%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
71 (min: 65, max: 77) fps ∼64% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7
54.6 fps ∼49% -31%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 77, min: 9.4, max: 158)
48.4 fps ∼44% -39%
For Honor
1920x1080 Extreme Preset AA:T AF:16x
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 5, min: 34, max: 40.6)
37.8 fps ∼100% +11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 14, min: 10.5, max: 71)
35.9 fps ∼95% +6%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
34 (min: 23, max: 50) fps ∼90%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:8x
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 5, min: 42, max: 57)
51 fps ∼100% +21%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 13, min: 13.9, max: 95.6)
45.6 fps ∼89% +9%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
42 (min: 30, max: 50) fps ∼82%
1920x1080 Medium Preset AA:T AF:4x
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 5, min: 44, max: 60.1)
54.3 fps ∼100% +23%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
44 (min: 33, max: 60) fps ∼81%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 13, min: 8.4, max: 69.9)
30.7 fps ∼57% -30%
1280x720 Low Preset
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 3, min: 60, max: 148)
118 fps ∼100% +97%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 13, min: 23.8, max: 160)
69.9 fps ∼59% +17%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
60 (min: 43, max: 64) fps ∼51%
Ghost Recon Wildlands
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 8, min: 2.8, max: 35.7)
19.6 fps ∼100% +40%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 5, min: 4.1, max: 26.2)
15.9 fps ∼81% +14%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
14 (min: 6, max: 18) fps ∼71%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:4x
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 8, min: 14.4, max: 62.9)
37.7 fps ∼100% +35%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 5, min: 28, max: 34.4)
31.3 fps ∼83% +12%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
28 (min: 18, max: 33) fps ∼74%
1920x1080 Medium Preset AA:FX
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 5, min: 28, max: 39.3)
35.1 fps ∼100% +25%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 8, min: 11.3, max: 66.2)
32.1 fps ∼91% +15%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
28 (min: 18, max: 32) fps ∼80%
1280x720 Low Preset
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 5, min: 57, max: 90.8)
77.8 fps ∼100% +36%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 7, min: 29, max: 99.3)
59.5 fps ∼76% +4%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
57 (min: 25, max: 60) fps ∼73%
F1 2017
1920x1080 Ultra High Preset AA:T AF:16x
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 3, min: 27, max: 36)
32 fps ∼100% +19%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
27 (min: 19, max: 29) fps ∼84%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 5, min: 13, max: 44)
22.2 fps ∼69% -18%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:8x
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 3, min: 35, max: 59)
48.7 fps ∼100% +39%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
35 (min: 29, max: 43) fps ∼72%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 10, min: 18, max: 70)
30.6 fps ∼63% -13%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
30 (min: 27, max: 34) fps ∼62% -14%
1920x1080 Medium Preset AF:4x
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 3, min: 43, max: 67)
58.3 fps ∼100% +36%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
43 (min: 33, max: 56) fps ∼74%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
38 (min: 33, max: 42) fps ∼65% -12%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 12, min: 15, max: 90)
35 fps ∼60% -19%
1280x720 Ultra Low Preset
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 3, min: 59, max: 133)
105 fps ∼100% +78%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
78 (min: 64, max: 91) fps ∼74% +32%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 13, min: 13, max: 184)
66.1 fps ∼63% +12%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
59 (min: 43, max: 61) fps ∼56%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
1920x1080 High Quality
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 3, min: 18, max: 19.7)
18.8 fps ∼100% +4%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
18 fps ∼96%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 6, min: 3.7, max: 37.2)
13.4 fps ∼71% -26%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
8.3 fps ∼44% -54%
1920x1080 Standard Quality
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 3, min: 27, max: 30.7)
29.3 fps ∼100% +9%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
27 (min: 9, max: 38) fps ∼92%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 5, min: 8.9, max: 27)
16.1 fps ∼55% -40%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
15.5 (min: 10, max: 21) fps ∼53% -43%
1280x720 Lite Quality
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
  (of 3, min: 41, max: 62)
53 fps ∼100% +29%
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
41 (min: 2, max: 63) fps ∼77%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
32.2 (min: 22, max: 41) fps ∼61% -21%
Average of class Multimedia
  (of 9, min: 13.4, max: 41)
22 fps ∼42% -46%
low med. high ultra
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 60605752fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 79493530fps
For Honor (2017) 60444234fps
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017) 57282814fps
F1 2017 (2017) 59433527fps
Call of Duty WWII (2017) 74724534fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 412718fps

Emissions - a multimedia laptop with loud fans and average speakers

System Noise

the two fans are not particularly quiet
the two fans are not particularly quiet

The Nitro is very generous when it comes to audible fan noise. While idling without use of the cooling fans, the system noise is still normal at around 31 dB(A), but as soon as the fans turn up, the convertible becomes louder and louder, depending on the load. At maximum load and full fan rotation speed, it easily reaches over 40 dB(A).

Noise Level

Idle
30.9 / 30.9 / 30.9 dB(A)
Load
42.6 / 45 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.4 dB(A)
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
8550U, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
8550U, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
8550U, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
8550U, UHD Graphics 620
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKBRN 81BG001KGE
8250U, GeForce MX150
Noise
1%
5%
15%
6%
off / environment *
30.4
30.2
1%
30.4
-0%
28.2
7%
29.9
2%
Idle Minimum *
30.9
30.2
2%
31.3
-1%
28.2
9%
29.9
3%
Idle Average *
30.9
30.2
2%
31.3
-1%
28.2
9%
29.9
3%
Idle Maximum *
30.9
30.9
-0%
31.3
-1%
28.2
9%
32.2
-4%
Load Average *
42.6
42.4
-0%
36.4
15%
30.7
28%
34.6
19%
Load Maximum *
45
44.8
-0%
37.1
18%
32.9
27%
40.2
11%
Witcher 3 ultra *
40.2

* ... smaller is better

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.130.230.932.32532.532.132.134.23134.733.933.732.54033.130.529.3345029.329.330.630.7632828.127.230.28028.126.827.228.910026.127.825.12812525.42624.634.116025.724.82329.820024.925.322.724.525024.924.322.423.831524.527.421.625.640023.724.620.322.350021.72418.821.663022.524.518.521.580026.128.617.823.410003032.417.727.2125032.534.317.728.3160032.234.517.727.4200031.534.317.328.3250035.835.917.727.6315034.138.517.824.3400026.530.918.122.3500024.228.218.221.1630022.926.418.522.3800021.322.918.5221000021.720.118.619.91250020.919.118.519.31600023.319.718.719.3SPL42.64530.437.4N3.64.31.42.7median 24.9Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CXmedian 26.4median 18.5median 23.8Delta3.23.72.2335.633.831.930.935.635.432.830.532.135.441.733.435.433.741.733.930.829.429.333.939.538.429.130.639.533.233.627.727.233.228.430.127.227.228.429.527.927.725.129.526.325.724.924.626.324.524.523.72324.523.323.223.722.723.32323.422.722.42322.622.421.521.622.621.122.620.920.321.120.522.32018.820.520.622.419.918.520.622.525.221.317.822.522.326.819.917.722.322.727.119.517.722.724.428.619.517.724.423.728.818.417.323.723.428.918.417.723.420.628.418.717.820.618.923.618.218.118.918.720.918.318.218.718.72018.518.518.718.718.918.518.518.718.718.818.518.618.718.619.218.618.518.618.718.918.818.718.733.83831.430.433.81.92.71.61.41.9median 22.3Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UDmedian 23.4median 19.5median 18.5median 22.31.73.11.52.21.729.53130.531.630.13128.332.729.929.229.230.227.925.626.227.226.527.827.831.127.627.127.230.228.73332.531.630.230.125.927.927.726.327.427.325.527.926.724.626.426.728.528.429.628.32826.425.824.623.324.124.125.126.322.722.821.623.625.327.623.423.523.322.725.424.421.820.821.720.92325.921.520.719.719.423.122.719.618.718.718.120.52419.718.718.117.621.724.820.118.718.117.222.625.820.118.217.316.722.42620.118.11716.423.425.920.317.817.516.322.427.420.918.717.616.223.827.921.318.917.916.52428.320.91817.916.624.62819.817.517.516.724.930.320.317.917.51724.725.518.717.817.617.421.323.918.41817.917.82022.718.418.318.118.119.320.818.618.518.418.418.719.718.618.618.518.418.519.318.81918.918.818.738.832.230.530.129.435.131.71.41.31.22.2median 25.8Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKBmedian 20.1median 18.7median 18.1median 17.8median 232.31.41.81.421.7hearing rangehide median Fan Noise

Temperature

The two speakers point to the user in tablet mode - unfortunately, so do the airing vents.
The two speakers point to the user in tablet mode - unfortunately, so do the airing vents.

The two fans, which send the hot air out through the back, manage to keep the Acer Nitro below 50 °C (~122 °F). During our stress tests - the FurMark, for example - the hotspot is on the keyboard in the area of the "R", "T", "F", and "G" keys. As the WASD keys, which are so important for gamers, are right to the left of these, you might find that gaming on the Nitro keyboard is a little uncomfortable in summer. If you do not have an external display, we would recommend using the Acer Nitro 5 Spin as a monitor in tablet mode (with the keyboard facing downward) and connecting an external keyboard for gaming.

Under full load at 4 GHz, the CPU peaks at 97 °C (~207 °F) and then settles to around 71 °C (~160 °F). We measured a maximum temperature of 78 °C (~172 °F) during the stress tests; the temperature dropped slightly to a constant 75 °C (~167 °F) under constant load.

Max. Load
 39.1 °C46 °C35.6 °C 
 38.2 °C44.3 °C28 °C 
 31.1 °C28.6 °C27.9 °C 
Maximum: 46 °C
Average: 35.4 °C
34.3 °C47 °C43.1 °C
28 °C35 °C38 °C
27.3 °C30.5 °C32 °C
Maximum: 47 °C
Average: 35 °C
Power Supply (max.)  51.8 °C | Room Temperature 22.6 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket
heat development top (idle)
heat development top (idle)
heat development bottom (idle)
heat development bottom (idle)
heat development top (load)
heat development top (load)
heat development bottom (load)
heat development bottom (load)

Speakers

additional speakers on the back
additional speakers on the back

There are two stereo speakers positioned on the left and right, near the heat pipes. The sound is emitted above the keyboard, as well as at the back, which becomes the front in tablet mode.

The maximum volume of 77 dB(A) means that the Nitro is only averagely loud. Although the subwoofer on the bottom should help, the bass quality is still too low. At least Acer can offer very balanced highs.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.630.932.62531.632.131.63131.533.731.54029.829.329.85030.330.630.36329.227.229.28027.227.227.210032.325.132.312544.724.644.716052.92352.920051.122.751.125042.822.442.831556.621.656.640069.620.369.650070.218.870.263067.518.567.58006617.866100071.617.771.612507717.777160071.617.771.6200071.217.371.2250071.617.771.6315073.417.873.4400071.218.171.2500070.818.270.8630073.518.573.5800067.418.567.41000059.618.659.61250057.918.557.91600053.318.753.3SPL83.730.483.7N59.11.459.1median 67.5Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CXmedian 18.5median 67.5Delta8.62.28.635.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (77 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.8% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (16.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.5% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 52% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 44% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 34% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 60% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 19%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes can be turned on/off!)

Energy Management - an efficient hybrid laptop

Power Consumption

the 60-watt power supply
the 60-watt power supply

The Acer has good power consumption rates: The Acer is the clear winner in direct comparison to the Asus Zenbook Flip 15, which has a comparable configuration (i7-8550U, GTX 1050, Micron 1100 SSD) but a 4K display that - surprise, surprise - increases power consumption significantly. The Nitro can also beat the HP Spectre x360 (a 4K screen again) in the area of energy-efficiency, but falls behind or is at the same level compared to the models with similar FHD displays such as the Lenovo IdeaPad.

The included power supply needs 55 minutes to recharge the battery to 50% and another 80 minutes to reach 100%.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.22 / 0.5 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.1 / 7.4 / 8.6 Watt
Load midlight 66 / 87 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
8550U, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
8550U, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7, a-Si TFT-LCD, LCM, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
8550U, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
8550U, GeForce MX150, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
8250U, GeForce MX150, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
8550U, GeForce MX150, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Power Consumption
2%
-43%
-65%
22%
4%
Idle Minimum *
4.1
3.9
5%
5.4
-32%
11.6
-183%
3.4
17%
4.3
-5%
Idle Average *
7.4
6.7
9%
10.8
-46%
13.8
-86%
6.1
18%
7.9
-7%
Idle Maximum *
8.6
8.7
-1%
13.9
-62%
14.2
-65%
7.7
10%
8.3
3%
Load Average *
66
74
-12%
94
-42%
67.9
-3%
44.2
33%
Load Maximum *
87
79
9%
116.6
-34%
76.9
12%
60.3
31%
65.7
24%
Witcher 3 ultra *
59.04
37.6
43.2

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtimes

The Nitro is equipped with a 48-Wh Lithium-Ion battery that cannot be exchanged. On the specification sheet, Acer has claimed that the device has a battery runtime of 10 hours (based on the MobileMark test 2014). Our battery tests all result in above-average runtimes that place the Acer Nitro in a good light. In the battery runtime table, the Asus ZenBook Flip 15 is 26% below the Acer Nitro despite its larger battery (52 Wh) due to its already mentioned 4K screen.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 30min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
6h 37min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
6h 11min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 53min
Acer Nitro 5 Spin NP515-51-86CX
8550U, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 48 Wh
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN-80A3
8550U, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 48 Wh
Asus ZenBook Flip 15 UX561UD
8550U, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 52 Wh
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
8550U, GeForce MX150, 79.2 Wh
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
8550U, GeForce MX150, 60 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T480s-20L8S02E00
8550U, GeForce MX150, 57 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
8250U, GeForce MX150, 36 Wh
Average of class Multimedia
 
Battery Runtime
-10%
-26%
25%
32%
33%
-14%
-26%
Reader / Idle
750
759
1%
558
-26%
934
25%
1366
82%
736
-2%
380 (of 841, min: 73, max: 1810)
-49%
H.264
371
331
-11%
261
-30%
600
62%
550
48%
346
-7%
323 (of 83, min: 114, max: 915)
-13%
WiFi v1.3
397
373
-6%
311
-22%
511
29%
516
30%
530
34%
344
-13%
332 (of 186, min: 96, max: 724)
-16%
Load
113
88
-22%
84
-26%
136
20%
119
5%
76
-33%
73
-35%
84.1 (of 840, min: 32, max: 238)
-26%
Witcher 3 ultra
94
81.6 (of 5, min: 68, max: 94)

Verdict - it could have been a little more

Pros

+ better display than the "normal" Acer Spin 5
+ good system performance
+ very good gaming performance for current games
+ high-quality case with good workmanship
+ stable hinges for the convertible
+ "WASD" keyboard for gamers
+ fingerprint reader reacts quickly

Cons

- slow SD card reader
- loud fans under full load
- slow SSD
- no USB 3.1 Type-C Gen2, only Gen 1
- no Thunderbolt
- no Ethernet port, despite being a gaming laptop
- duration of keyboard backlighting cannot be changed
- keys feel cheap and plasticky, ClickPad does not sit tightly
- soldered RAM elements do not allow upgrade
the Nitro 5 Spin provided by Acer Germany
the Nitro 5 Spin provided by Acer Germany

After the Spin 5, Acer has now produced another convertible - and this one is aimed at occasional gamers. However, apart from the slightly modified design that now features red elements, it is not immediately clear whether further changes have been made to the gaming version. As we already mentioned in the review, there are two big differences between the insides of the Acer Spin 5 and the Acer Nitro 5 Spin. The Chi Mei display in the Nitro is about 100 cd/m² brighter, has a faster response time and offers higher color-space coverage, but it also has a lower contrast ratio and black value than the Spin 5 display. Furthermore, Acer has chosen a Micron SSD for the Nitro 5, while the Spin 5 is equipped with a significantly faster Intel SSD. 

Buyers should not make their decision based only on the color of the case. Which display characteristics are more important to you? Are you willing to forego the faster SSD? As we have seen in the tests, the Nitro offers similar system performance to the Spin 5. The benchmark results from "Tomb Raider", which we were able to compare directly, are good, for a convertible, thanks to the GeForce GTX 1050. You should have no difficulties playing current games on this 2-in-1 device.

We would have expected a little more than a red "WASD" keyboard from a gaming version. Acer could have made more significant changes between the Nitro 5 and the normal Spin 5, such as adding an Ethernet port or improving the cooling system.

A high performing alternative might be the Asus ZenBook Flip 15, which is also equipped with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, although this only has 2 GB of VRAM available. As we saw from the <