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Acer reveals Convertible Nitro 5 Spin notebook for casual gamers

Targeted at casual gamers, the Acer Nitro 5 Spin is set to arrive in October. (Source: Acer)
Targeted at casual gamers, the Acer Nitro 5 Spin is set to arrive in October. (Source: Acer)
Acer has taken the covers off its new Nitro 5 Spin convertible notebook for casual gamers. Judging by its looks and specifications, it is set to go head-to-head with the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 and the Lenovo 720-151KB.

Acer has revealed the Nitro 5 Spin, its take on the notebook market for casual gamers. Like the Lenovo Yoga 720, the Acer Nitro 5 Spin is a convertible gaming notebook designed to give users added flexibilty and functionality. It can be optioned up to an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with dedicated GDDR5 VRAM.  Intel claims that its latest Core-series chips will offer performance gains up to 40 percent faster than the previous generation, although it is unclear whether whether the Nitro 5 Spin is fitted with the Kaby Lake-R or Coffee Lake architecture.

While the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 has been criticized for the quality of its display, the new Acer Nitro 5 Spin is fitted with a 15.6-inch 1080p IPS display that should deliver high-quality visuals. Acer has also equipped the display with its BluelightShield to reduce blue light emissions that can cause eyestrain, while it also incorporates Acer’s Color Intelligence tech to deliver crisp colors with lower CPU loading. In keeping with its high-quality AV theme, it is also fitted with a three-speaker audio system that includes two stereo speakers combined with a subwoofer. Although unbranded, the speakers are Dolby Audio Premium-certified and include Acer’s TrueHarmony and Smart Amplifier tech for a punchier sound.

As a bang-for-your-buck gaming notebook, there are surprisingly no obvious bottlenecks in the system architecture of the Acer Nitro 5 Spin. Storage is available in the form of PCIe SSDs with capacities up to 512 GB. Acer has even fitted the Nitro 5 Spin with MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multi-Input Mult-Output) wireless antenna technology for up to three-times faster download speeds. Acer says that despite the antenna being located beneath the metal cover, the system will deliver stable connectivity. Rounding out what is a pretty complete package, the Nitro 5 Spin also features a backlit keyboard and a finger print sensor for fast Windows Hello-supported logins.

The Acer Nitro 5 Spin will be available in North America and Europe this October priced from US$999 and €1,199 respectively.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2017-08-21 (Update: 2017-08-22)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.