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The 120 Hz display of the Nitro 5 only delivers poor response times - The Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52 in review

Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52 in review: Well-rounded gaming laptop offers decent battery life
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52 in review: Well-rounded gaming laptop offers decent battery life
Acer's 17.3-inch gaming laptop brings all the latest computer games smoothly onto the screen. The configuration is pleasing: A Comet Lake hexa-core processor, a GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, a 1 TB NVMe SSD and 16 GB of RAM (dual-channel) are on board.
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Within Acer's product range, the Nitro 5 series stands for inexpensive, entry-level and mid-range gaming laptops. The devices are positioned below the Predator series. With the Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS, we have a 17.3-inch model from the Nitro 5 series at hand. The laptop is very similar to its predecessor but is a bit thinner and weighs about 600 grams less.

The Nitro 5 is powered by a Core i7-10750H hexa-core processor and a GeForce RTX 2060 graphics core, making it the current top model among the 17.3-inch Nitro 5 variants. The hardware combination brings all modern games smoothly onto the matte screen. Full HD resolution and high to maximum quality settings can always be selected here. Resolutions beyond Full HD (for which a corresponding monitor would have to be connected) often require a reduction of the quality level.

The 120 Hz IPS display is unable to convince. The brightness, contrast and color-space coverage are too low. Furthermore, the response times can only be described as average. A 1,500-Euro (~$1,697) laptop should offer more in this regard. Stable viewing angles, a matte surface and decent color reproduction speak for the display.

The Nitro doesn't lack storage space thanks to the 1 TB NVMe SSD. Should this be the case, the laptop's storage could be expanded with additional drives. In this way, a second M.2 2280 NVMe SSD and a 2.5-inch storage device can be additionally installed. Since the computer doesn't have a maintenance hatch, the case would need to be opened for this.

The laptop offers no Thunderbolt 3 port. Moreover, there is only one USB Type-C port (USB 3.2 Gen 2), and it doesn't support the DisplayPort via USB-C function. This results in the HDMI connection being the only video output available.

Much more information and benchmark results can be found in our review of the Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS.

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Sascha Mölck
Editor of the original article: Sascha Mölck - Senior Tech Writer - 806 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
What started as a side job during my computer science studies later became my main job: For more than 20 years now I have been working as an editor and author in the IT sector. While working in the print sector I also contributed to the creation of various loose-leaf publications and published original written pieces. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2012.
Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 372 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Sascha Mölck, 2020-06-28 (Update: 2020-06-25)