Acer Nitro 5
The Acer Nitro 5 offers a lot of choices in terms of hardware specifications for a competitive price. As far as the AN515-42model with AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor is concerned, it's a good deal for regular usage and recreational gaming. The 8gb variant is the one you should go with if you can expand your budget a bit more.
Acer is known to make value-for-money laptops in all price ranges and the Nitro 5 series is another noble attempt to provide an affordable gaming laptop. The base variant of the Acer Nitro 5 offers AMD Ryzen 5 processor with Radeon RX560 graphics while high-end options include 8th generation Intel Core i5, Core i5+, Core i7, and Core i7+ processors coupled with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 or GTX 1050Ti graphics and Optane memory. This is the review of Acer Nitro 5 with AMD Ryzen 5 processor, so let’s get going!
Design and display
The Acer Nitro 5 looks quite similar to the Asus TUF series of laptops as the design language is quite similar. However, as far as the build quality is concerned, Acer has done an excellent job overall. Cost-cutting is visible from the quality of plastic. The Acer Nitro 5 looks simple and nothing flashy compared to typical gaming laptops. This device is something you can carry for work as well if you don’t mind the weight.
The red color highlights along with the complete Black body looks good but the thick bezels along with the display is a put-off. Speaking of the display, the Acer Nitro 5 comes with a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display which produces decent colors and is not reflective. While the display can get really bright, the colors don’t really hold well in full brightness. The viewing angles are decent and for casual gaming or first-time buyers, users shouldn’t. However, the display quality will not be able to impress pro gamers as they will easily spot some ghosting effects. Just above the display, there is a web camera that offers HD video output. The web camera is decent for Skype calls but doesn’t expect any more from it.
Keyboard and trackpad
The Acer Nitro 5 offers a standard keypad and it is actually a delight to type and work on articles with this laptop. There is a dedicated numeric keypad on the right and the WASD keys are highlighted for the better gaming experience. As far as the trackpad is concerned, you will have to get used to the position first and then think of using it. But, it is always advised to go for a gaming mouse for some great gaming experience.
Unless and until you are really tight on the budget, opting for the Intel version with either NVIDIA GTX 1050 or 1050Ti graphics card is a good bet. If you opt for the AMD Ryzen 5 variant of the Nitro 5, there will be a few ups and downs. While you will face no issues with gameplay, expect occasional lags while starting a game or even during system startup. While the configuration might be okay for casual gamers playing Age of Empires extensively, for serious gamers, they would need to spend money on better hardware. Thankfully, you have the option to expand the memory.
As far as overall performance is concerned, the Acer Nitro 5 with this particular configuration is okay to get your regular job done and some recreational gaming. These graphs should give you an idea about the laptop’s performance
Connectivity and speakers
The Acer Nitro 5 comes with two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0, one USB Type-C Gen 1, HDMI, card reader, 3.5mm headphone jack and LAN port. There is no CD drive. The laptop comes with Dolby Audio support and audio output is decent for watching videos and movies. Of course, for gaming needs, you will have to opt for good headphones.
While Acer claims 7 hours of battery life, the Nitro 5 easily delivers a bit above four hours of mixed battery time. The 4-cell Li-ion battery takes time to charge. After usage over a few months, you will notice a slight dip in the battery life and you will be forced to plug it in to charge while you game for long hours.
The Acer Nitro 5 offers a lot of choices in terms of hardware specifications for a competitive price. As far as the AN515-42model with AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor is concerned, it’s a good deal for regular usage and recreational gaming. The 8gb variant is the one you should go with if you can expand your budget a bit more.