Could this be one of the best budget gaming laptops on the market right now? Let’s dive in and see what you get and my thoughts on Value for Money.
This review was co-written as to have a more honest view, both parties used the laptop for 1 week, playing the same games and running the same software. The review was written in a discussion environment with 2 parties having to agree on the thought of the hardware.
Though this laptop has some bulk it is still considered slim in the world of gaming laptops. It features a black case along with red details and a backlit keyboard. The casing is well made and stable. The laptop weighs just under 3KGs (2.7) which you may consider heavy, but for what you’re getting it is well worth it.
The Display is 15.6-inch with a native resolution of 1920×1080, the screen is not the brightest but relatively bright for an IPS Display. The quality is better than that of any other IPS I have used before and would say they managed to put on a pretty decent display for budget laptop.
The quad core i7-7700HQ is still one of the best choices for a gaming laptop as it does not take a lot of power to run and still has sufficient processing power. It has a base clock rate of 2.8GHz but can be pushed up to 3.8Ghz, this is only possible whilst being plugged into a power source. It also supports Hyper-Threading.
In the upper mid-range for GPU’s, The Nitro 5 comes with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti, It supports DirectX 12 and is capable of reaching speeds up to 1734 MHz. It comes with 4GB GDDR5 graphic memory available. It also features switchable graphics.
Being at the bottom of the laptop, the dual speaker set up of the laptop offers an enjoyable audio level, Although in my personal experience they are a tad quiet when compared to ‘everyday white noise’. I suggest rather using external speakers, earbuds or headphones to get the best experience from this laptop.
The laptop is as quiet as a butterfly until you start up a game, then you can hear the cooling kick in. The noise level minor, but still noticeable. The unit still has the super cool option which gives the laptop a kick the fans and gets the air flowing really hard, this generally creates quite a buzz but soon after it will return to normal.
This laptop comes equip with a 256GB SSD (This kind of SSD runs via a PCIe x4 interface, which supports significantly higher transfer rates than the SATA-III interface does) for storage on this specific model as reviewed and 16GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM (32GB Max).
The battery can last up to around 14hrs (Idle without WLAN and min brightness) or around 1 hour while gaming at max brightness. The battery is one of the smaller batteries I have seen on a gaming laptop, which I think is probably not a big deal for gamers, as most people generally use their laptop at home or prefer laptops because they game on the go, but rarely without the use of the charger.
The laptop features no accessories, it does however come with the usual. A webcam that is able to capture at 1280×720, it is not the best image quality but it’s good enough for any skype, discord or some Omegle. The mic boasts 2 mics and the audio is decent, smooth but very much reverbed (Which I think might have just been a setting I couldn’t find).
You’re going to be getting the standard laptop connection options, including 3 Type-A USB ports (2 of which are USB 2.0, along with 1 USB 3.1 gen1) and a single USB 3.1 gen 1 Type-C port. HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, SD-card reader, Security lock, combined audio jack and the power supply.
The laptop comes with a clickable touchpad which is 10.6 x 7.7cm which allows for gesture control. The touchpad is quite smooth and reacts well to touch all around, the click of the touchpad has some resistance. Let’s be honest though, only psychos use these thing for gaming.
The backlit keyboard (red) which can be toggled on or off with a function key features keys that offer some resistance in spite of it being a chiclet keyboard, The main keys have a slight concave surface, while others are flat.
Being an entry-level laptop, it can still run most if not all of the current games out there at a sufficient quality, as well as perform great all-round. It comes with a stock acer application called Acer Quick Access, it offers an option called CoolBoost which makes the fan run faster to help cool the hardware better. This mean higher performance.
Full HD resolution with medium to high quality settings is where this laptop performs best, some games can run at maximum quality settings. For example Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) at maximum quality settings sits at an average of 36 fps but at low you’ll be reaching 120+ fps, both of which at Full HD resolutions.
The Acer Nitro 5 is a powerful laptop in the upper mid-range that can run all the games on the market right now at a respectable frame rate. It is a good all-round laptop that has a focus on the gaming side of the market. You’ll have to forget about gaming at the maximum quality settings for certain games, this laptop was simply not made for that. This mid-ranged budget laptop boasts decent performance for exactly that, a budget. You’ll find the odd frame drop every now and then with games such as Fortnite, Assetto Corsa and Overwatch, However, I noticed massive frame drops for a long length of time (10 secs or so) when playing graphically intensive games, such as Jurassic World Evolutions and Tomb Raider. All in all, as a desktop guy, I think that this is pretty standard for gaming laptops nowadays and I personally, would not pay the price asked for this machine, But some people prefer laptops and that’s just how it has to be, Thanos once said “Balance, is life” (Ok so he didn’t actually say that but I wish he did)
– Windows 10 Home
– Intel Core i7-7700HQ
– Intel HM175
– 16 GB DDR4
– 256 GB SSD
– Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution
– IPS technology
– NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
– 4 GB GDDR5 Dedicated graphics memory
– 802.11ac wireless LAN
Audio & Video
– 1280 x 720 webcam
– One microphone
– Two speakers
Ports & Connectors
– 1x USB 3.0
– 2x USB 2.0
– Network (RJ-45)
– HDMI Output
– 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
– 4-cell 3220 mAh Li-Polymer
– 8.5 hours
– 135 W
Dimensions (W x D x H)
– 390 mm x 266 mm x 26.75 mm
– 2.7 kg
Estimated RRP: R17,999 (1270 USD)
Price As Of: October 2018
- Design (THAT BACKLIT KEYBOARD THOUGH)
- Use of the 10Series Desktop addition Geforce
- Smoothness and Crisp Performance
- Battery Life
- Display as IPS
- Keyboard heats up drastically toward the back