2020 Acer Nitro 5 AN515 15.6 Inch FHD Gaming Laptop

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15.6 Inch FHD (1920 x 1080) resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. IPS technology for wide viewing angles, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti?graphics. 8th Generation Intel Quad Core i5-8300H Processor 2.30 GHz (Up to 4.0 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology ) with 8 MB Cache
RAM is upgraded to 8GB memory for multitasking Adequate high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run multiple applications and browser tabs all at once

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15.6 Inch FHD (1920 x 1080) resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. IPS technology for wide viewing angles, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti?graphics. 8th Generation Intel Quad Core i5-8300H Processor 2.30 GHz (Up to 4.0 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology ) with 8 MB Cache.

RAM is upgraded to 8GB memory for multitasking Adequate high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run multiple applications and browser tabs all at once.

Hard Drive is upgraded to 1TB HDD provides massive storage space for huge files, so that you can store important digital data and work your way through it with ease. It gives you enormous space to save all of your files. Enhance the overall performance of the laptop for business, student, daily usage.

HDMI x 1, USB 2.0 x 1, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A Ports x 2, USB Type-C x 1, Network (RJ-45) x 1.

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Case

Despite the fact that the case is made almost entirely of plastic, the new Nitro 5 looks and feels fairly premium. The lid in particular looks strikingly similar to real aluminum. The combination of black surfaces with red highlights (keyboard, touchpad, etc…) reminds us of various MSI laptops, and it hits a good balance between boring and playful.

Rigidity was decent except for the not particularly sturdy cover. The base unit only warped after applying a significant amount of force. Build quality was also on a par with its competitors, and thus at a decent level. A maximum display opening angle of 150 degrees should suffice for most users.

As is expected of a modern laptop, Acer opted for narrow albeit slightly wider bezels than those found on some of its competitors. Nevertheless, the Nitro’s footprint of 36.3 x 25.5 cm (14.3 x 10 inches) turned out to be fairly compact for a 15-inch device, as did its maximum height of just 2.4 cm. Thanks to its moderate weight of no more than 2.2 kg it is even portable to a certain degree.

Connectivity

Ports

Connectivity, and external ports in particular, is one of the areas where Acer had to cut corners. Neither DisplayPort nor a card reader are available, and Thunderbolt 3 is nowhere to be seen either. On the left-hand side we find a Kensington lock, an RJ45 port, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, and a 3.5-mm headphone jack. Those are accompanied by a single USB 3.0 Type-C port, a third USB 3.0 Type-A port, and an HDMI port for connecting external displays to at the right-hand side. Given that all ports sit pretty centered on both sides using a mouse can get quite challenging and arduous depending on the amount of cables plugged in.

Webcam

Even though the webcam was not as bad in terms of focus as webcams on other gaming laptops, we advise you to lower your video quality expectations and not to expect too much of it.

Accessories

Included in the box are a few leaflets with general information, a mounting frame for the vacant 2.5-inch slot, and a pleasantly lightweight (ca. 340 g / 0.75 lbs) and compact (ca. 13.5 x 7 x 2.5 cm / 5.3 x 2.75 x 1 inches) 135 W power supply.

Maintenance

Given the lack of a maintenance opening, the entire bottom case needs to be removed in order to access the internal hardware, which requires the removal of a total of 11 Philips screws. Once removed you get access to the battery, the wireless communication module, two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots, as well as two M.2-2280 slots and one 2.5-inch storage bay. The cooling solution for the soldered CPU and GPU consists of two fans connected by various heat pipes, and it is not completely isolated from each other.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Based on the marketing material on Acer’s website some of the more expensive Nitro 5 models feature an RGB-backlit keyboard. However, the AN515-44 has to make do with a red backlight underneath Acer’s well-established gaming keyboard. It offers a well-defined touch and feel as well as a solid overall layout safe for the combined Insert/Delete key. Furthermore, the German keyboard layout fused the left Shift key with <>| as well as the Return key with #, which while uncommon and confusing at first did not cause any issues after some getting used to.

A very useful feature was the availability of brightness and volume control on the cursor keys, particularly for touch typists. You will need both hands to trigger these functions, though. Some users will also benefit from the dedicated numpad.

Touchpad

The red-framed touchpad’s footprint of 10.5 x 7.5 cm (4.1 x 3 inches) is more than adequate for a 15-inch laptop. Its smooth surface ensures great gliding capabilities, and its precision was at an acceptable level. As expected, various gestures are supported, for example pinch by zoom or two-finger scrolling. The sound it makes when triggering the buttons is rather loud and clattery, and it could have used some additional fine-tuning, particularly considering that overall keyboard clatter is very low.

Display

In the past, displays with more than 100 Hz were mostly limited to expensive high-end laptops. Nowadays, more and more budget gamers are equipped with these high-frequency panels.

Gaming Performance

The Nitro 5 AN515 was developed with price-sensitive gamers in mind that might not necessarily insist on running every single game on the display’s native resolution of 1920×1080 on maximum details. Accordingly, recorded frame rates in less-demanding games such as FIFA 20 get very close to the display’s refresh rate while more-demanding, graphically intense, or poorly optimized games (we are looking at you, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Borderlands 3) tend to skip frames. Things quickly turn ugly when running at even higher resolutions, for example 2560×1440. Generally speaking, a GTX 1650 Ti is not suited for display resolutions higher than QHD.

Battery Life

Thanks to its combination of switchable graphics and low power consumption the Nitro 5 offers excellent battery life. Despite its comparatively small 57 Wh battery it managed more than 13 hours of runtime in our idle test at minimum display brightness, and close to 9 hours in our Wi-Fi test at medium brightness.

Verdict

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44. Review unit provided by Acer Germany.
Acer Nitro 5 AN515 Review

This is one of the overall best gaming laptops for the serious gamers and to get a very good gaming experience.

Disregarding some of the corners Acer had to cut, such as the dim display with poor color-space coverage or the device’s poor connectivity, the Nitro 5 AN515 is a very attractive and versatile budget device. Thanks to long battery life and a comparatively lightweight and compact case it can even be considered somewhat portable.

Pros

+very high CPU performance
+long battery life
+excellent WiFi Performance (Wi-Fi 6)
+USB Typ-C-Port
+good serviceability
+backlit keyboard

Cons

no fingerprintreader
no TB3
no SD Cardreader
small colorspace
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