Gaming laptops often seem expensive especially those that have high performance to run the latest AAA class games.

Fortunately in 2018 it began to change with the emergence of the Acer Nitro 5. This laptop is indeed not including the Predator family which incidentally as a gaming line for hardline gamers who want to have the highest specifications today.

Even so, the Acer Nitro 5 offers specifications that are sure to be able to run various eSport games and other popular titles at quite affordable prices. The question is, how tough is actually Acer Nitro 5?

To find out more details about this Acer gaming laptop, here is a review of Nitro 5 from Gadgetren.

Design

Acer Nitro 5 carries a design that is more calm than a gaming laptop a few years ago and more visible as a large laptop. Even so, Nitro 5 still has some characteristics of laptop gamers so that anyone who sees it will immediately conclude that this laptop is a gaming laptop.

In the cover there is the Acer Predator chrome logo and a touch of metal brush that makes it look elegant. This laptop has a red accent in various parts of the body including a keyboard with backlit lights that are also red.

The keyboard is also convenient for typing because the surface is not too flexible and each key feels stressed. The size of the trackpad is also wide enough so that it is more freely used when not wanting to remove an additional mouse.

Acer Nitro 5 is included in a laptop that is quite large and sturdy with a weight reaching 2.7 kg. The natural thing is actually found on laptop gaming especially for those who have a 15.6-inch screen size.

About connectivity, Nitro 5 is fairly complete with 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1x HDMI, 1x Ethernet Port, 1x HDMI and 1x SD Card Reader. That way this laptop can support a variety of common devices today without the need for a dongle.

Overall, I really like the design of the Acer Nitro 5. Look at a glance is not much different from a premium laptop, but still gives the impression of gaming. Therefore it will not be a problem to use Nitro 5 in the classroom and other public places because it does not attract too much attention like most gaming laptops.

Specification

Acer Nitro 5 can be said to be included in the lower middle class for the gaming laptop segment. Even so, this one laptop certainly has a much faster performance than mainstream laptops.

In essence, there is an Intel Core i5-7300HQ with speeds up to 3.5 GHz which has 4 cores and 4 threads with a maximum TDP of 45 Watts. The graphics card uses NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB to support the need for 3D imaging. In addition there is also 8GB DDR4 single channel RAM and 1TB capacity HDD storage.

Unfortunately the Acer Nitro 5 has not provided SSD storage to speed up the booting process because it will be quite felt when starting many programs installed. Even so, the combination is considered ideal to provide gahar performance at a more affordable price.

As usual I tried to do a benchmark before plunging to play the game directly to find out what kind of performance can be expected from Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-51).

This laptop gets a pretty decent score for the Cinebench R15 test, which is 519 cb. This one synthesis test shows the ability of the processor to render 3D images that are quite heavy and the Core i5-7300HQ is quite qualified. Likewise on the PCMark 10 test shows that this laptop is able to meet the needs of daily multitasking.

After using Nitro 5 for a few weeks, I can say that this laptop is indeed very comfortable to use in everyday life. Not even though I feel lag when opening multiple applications simultaneously starting from streaming video, listening to music, to browsing with a large number of tabs.

In testing 3DMark which simulates the load while playing games, Acer Nitro 5 has a very good performance in its class. This laptop is able to reach the value of 5.170 with an average of 24-28 FPS in Fire Strike mode which has graphics quality like some of the latest games.

Then what is the real performance when used to play games? Amazing, 4GB VRAM from the GeForce GTX 1050 allows me to activate high-quality quality without obstacles. The various popular games that I tried can run very smoothly even though using the highest graphic settings.

I tried playing GTA V in graphics settings as much as possible with almost everything on Very High and Ultra. As a result the game can run above 50 FPS easily and often even stabilizes 60 FPS when not moving fast. In many urban areas vehicles can drop by up to 45 FPS, but are still very smooth.

This laptop can also run the Rise of Tomb Raider game which has very good graphics. Acer Nitro 5 can touch 60 FPS in Very High graphics settings. Even so, the average FPS in the range 35-45 is included in the most severe area. An amazing achievement considering this game takes up a lot of memory because it has a very detailed texture.

The same thing is also seen in the game Deus Ex Mankind Divided which also requires large memory when using Very High preset graphics. But this time the Nitro 5 starts to show its limits because it is only able to survive in the range of 28-30 FPS in the graphics settings.

Finally I tried to play The Witcher 3 which is very popular among RPG lovers. I again chose the Ultra graphics settings, but the NVIDIA Hairworks feature was indeed very heavy. The result is that the game can run quite well and is stable in the range of 30 FPS so it's still very playable.

One interesting thing, rarely does Nitro 5 performance experience throttle or decrease due to hot temperatures. Occasionally the temperature of the processor at HWMonitor looks like it can touch 98 degrees when it really works hard, but I as a user don't feel the difference at all besides the noise of the fan which becomes more noisy.

I need to admit that the cooling solution with Acer CoolBoost technology works very well. The entire surface of the keyboard still feels cool after being used to play games and the air released from the rear vents doesn't feel hot but tends to be warm. Therefore I do not hesitate if I want to use it in my lap.

Multimedia

Acer Nitro 5 offers a full HD IPS screen 1920 x 1080 pixels in a span of 15.6 inches. Unfortunately the screen still has a fairly thick edge, considering that there are many carrying thin bezel designs, but this can still be understood.

Image quality is fairly sharp and detailed, but has a poor brightness even at the maximum level. Therefore, the appearance of the colors produced is also less impressive even though it is actually very sufficient for most users.

Audio issues, Nitro 5 features Acer TruHarmony technology and Dolby Audio Premium to maximize the entertainment content experience. The sound issued by the speakers of this laptop is quite loud and can fill the room.

It's just that I have experienced sound cracking a few times or there is a distortion from both the speaker and using headphones. This problem will heal after rebooting so there is a high probability that there will be an issue in the software, but the problem still appears after I try to reinstall the audio driver.

Battery

Usually gaming laptops are known for battery life below the average of most laptops. This is because the processor has a larger TDP and the presence of a graphics card exacerbates battery power consumption.

Fortunately, the Acer Nitro 5 is a gaming laptop that can still be used comfortably when there is no power outlet. This one laptop can last for 2 hours 50 minutes with the backlit keyboard lights on and maximum screen brightness. Battery life is a little longer than most mainstream laptops that are often found on the market.

Even so, the durability can be reduced far enough when used to play games depending on how much performance is needed. But if you want to play games with maximum performance you should be connected to a power source so that it is not something to consider.

Conclusion

Acer Nitro 5 is a laptop that is almost perfect in its class by offering powerful performance to be brought to play the latest games and has a beautiful design that is not too flashy in accordance with my taste.

The price of Rp10 million in bandrol that Acer gave to Nitro 5 was considered very commensurate with what was obtained even exceeded my expectations. Therefore it is difficult not to recommend Acer Nitro 5 to anyone who wants a powerful laptop.

Indeed, for the quality of the screen can still be improved again and have not used an SSD, but it is a compromise that I can take to get a laptop with performance like this.

The combination of the Intel Core i5-7300HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, and 8GB of RAM covered by Acer is perfect for gamers who have limited funds but don't want to miss the stunning graphics quality offered by today's games. With the high performance provided, this laptop also remains cool thanks to Acer's flagship CoolBoost technology.

Acer Nitro 5 has excellent performance, charming design, and prices are relatively more affordable. Want anything else?