When we read nitro, mineral carbonate known since from school science book, we always think of nitrogen oxide, that extra power that pushes modified vehicles in video games. Fast and Furious. Will this laptop be ideal for speed games?
It seems. This name suggests a kind of driving force that pushes us to play another little bit more. This Acer Nitro 5 has been announce as a new step in the gaming landscape. A laptop that offers enough power for that occasional gamer who can climb to more demanding experiences – without having to contemplate changing equipment.
The most stalwart players are known to invest large amounts of money in expensive equipment. However, there are PC Gamers that can offer good quality for less money. The latest example of this is the PC to play Acer Nitro 5. Some of the most outstanding features of this gamer computer are its dual fan cooling system, NVIDIA GeForce graphics card, among many others. Let us see how successful they are.
The Acer Nitro 5 has a PC look to play quite sober, with red decorations on the keyboard and backlighting. The hinges of the screen feel solid and resistant, while its large number of ports comes as a finger to the glove.
The most important thing is that the computer gamer has a comfortable keyboard. Its backlight is only activated when the PC is connected, so the keys are difficult to see in the dark when it is not. On the other hand, it offers smooth access, which is the most important thing.
Other aspects of the design are not so good. The cover of the screen, for example, is made of low quality plastic and the screen itself has a fairly wide bevel around it. The touch panel is not very good either, although this is not very important in a PC Gamer.
The Acer Nitro 5 has a 15.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It is sharp and quite clear, although dark, even when we use the brightest configuration. We have seen cheaper computers that have paid a little more attention to this aspect.
One of the best features of this PC to play is its cooling and ventilation system. It has two fans whose grilles are on the back of the laptop. It does not produce as much noise as most gamer computers, but it is somewhat noisy.
In addition, with the NitroSense software you can adjust the speed of the fans for both the processor and the video card. As for the battery, it is better than you would expect in a gaming laptop of this price range.
Specifications and Price
The basic configuration of the Nitro 5 costs $ 750 USD ($ 14,000 pesos). This comes with Intel Core i5 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card with 4 GB of VRAM and Intel UHD Graphics 630. It also has 8 GB of RAM and a 1 TB hard drive.
There are other models of this laptop, of which the most expensive costs $ 1,099 USD ($ 20,000 pesos). For this price, you get an Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD storage. However, the graphics card and the hard disk are the same in all models.
Connections and Interconnections
Nitro has a USB 3.1 Type-C port on the left side and another USB 3.1 type a port on its margin, plus another two USB 2.0 on the other side. The port more than enough to connect any type of external keyboard, RAID system or access for pen drives. The goodness of a type C port is great for us to increase compatibility with M.2 disk, NGFF or any gadget based on Thunderbolt.
The connections section is complemented by the power connector, an HDMI 2.0, a combined RJ45 audio port – that is, a minijack for connecting headphones also compatible with mic inputs – and a classic 3 in 1 card reader (SD, SDHC, MMC).
Any addition option is missed, even the usual Kensington security slot, next to a Gigabit Ethernet port. The network adapter is a Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4A, compatible with 5G networks and performing wonderfully.
Keyboard and Touchpad
Perhaps the great surprise of this with the keyboard. It is not easy to explain in words: its membrane keys have a somewhat higher and firmer profile than other keyboards. This results in agile performance, a more intuitive feel. The crimson backlight is maintained even if you disconnect the system from the main outlet – you have option to turn it off to save battery.
The WASD keys have a double red frame, standing out above the rest. They barely stay in the range of 35-38 ° C until the end of the session. This Achilles heel has been covered with a guarantee.
For its part, the touchpad also performs better than in other brothers of the Predator family. But the response is sharper and more natural. A very pleasant surprise in a team of this rank.
Battery and Ventilation
The pending subject of this Acer is found in ventilation. On the contrary: we perceive too much intensity for a computer with a simple internal disk of solid state of 250 GB in format NTFS and a quite optimized graph.
Acer CoolBoost technology gives us the option of manual control of the cooling process. So we can activate power for both fans and risk a little with the margins. Alternatively, keep it to the maximum and be able to reduce the CPU and GPU temperature, according to the manufacturer, up to 11%.
An option that we want to manage when we are late at night watching a chapter on Netflix and any noise -except if we use headphones- bothers us. In sum, the double fan and quadruple heat pipe are more than enough to keep excess temperature at bay.
From the panel of NitroSense we can choose between three energy profiles: Power Save (energy saving), Balance (balanced) and High Performance (high performance). The system presents four graphs: maximum and minimum peaks of the CPU and ditto of the GPU. Of course, we can also choose between three ventilation profiles: automatic, maximum and custom. To avoid peaks of almost 4,000 RPM, we are in favor of maintaining a control from the user profile.
Audio and Sound
In laptops, the audio segment always brings us to the fore. We would like to enjoy capable speakers, with dynamic depth sound.
Acer TrueHarmony technology performs better than other times in decibel limit-less intensity but more control-in addition to the Dolby Audio Premium add-on, with different configurations (cinema, games, TV, podcast) to adjust it to our needs.
Although the equipment does not incorporate a specific audio control app we can play and chat with our headset from or any other tool without problem.
As a notebook, it is one of the best on the market. It offers enough power and an energetic flow capable of running ‘Battlefield 1’ or ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ – low minimums. This confirms that, today, entry-level gaming laptops are much more than what their words imply.
The thin cardboard box does not do justice to this team, of course. We could miss more power, less noise, a wider gamut on the screen or even a larger disk – our test model does not include, like the commercial model, the additional 1TB HDD. However, we would be talking about another team, a completely different laptop.