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Acer Nitro 5 Quick Review: A Tamed Predator?

Power Without the Flare

In recent years, Acer has been playing a bit of catch up with their notebooks; giving us another great option when looking for a great laptop for both work and play. While their Predator sub-brand might be getting the bulk of the attention, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have an awesome selection with their notebooks that don’t bear the name. The latest to arrive at Unbox HQ is the Acer Nitro 5 that comes with pretty awesome hardware under the hood, a light chassis, and a pretty good price tag.

Let’s have a quick look at the device before it undergoes our usual review process.

Acer Nitro 5 Specifications

  • 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor
  • 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  • 15.6-inch Full HD IPS Display with ComfyView; 1920×1080 resolution
  • 128GB SSD + 1 TB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • 1280 x 720 Webcam
  • Two speakers with Dolby Audio
  • 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, Ethernet Port,
  • 4-cell 3220 mAh Li-Polymer Battery
  • 135 W Adapter
  • 380mm x 266mm x 26.75mm
  • 2.7 kg

Initial Impressions: Subdued Design, Great Internals

In terms of overall design, the Acer Nitro 5 definitely doesn’t scream your typical gaming PC. The lid is devoid of bright red accents and aggressive lines; sporting a simple brushed aluminum finish with the brand’s logo in the center. The hinge is colored red but it’s a deeper color and definitely less flashy. To be honest, the minimalistic approach to its design is a breath of fresh air.

The Acer Nitro 5’s dimensions are pretty much in-line with most 15.6-inch laptops give or take a couple of milimeters. The thing we absolutely loved about this laptop though is that it’s lighter than our usual daily driver that share the same measurements.

In terms of connectivity, you’ve got your typical ports that you would usually find in most laptops this size.

On the right, you have the port for the AC adapter, notifications lights, the 2 USB 2.0 ports, and the audio jack.

On the left is where you’ll find the notch for the kensington lock, ethernet port, thunderbolt port, hdmi port, the single USB 3.0 port, and the MicroSD card slot.

You’ll have the 2 speakers up in front and another thing that sets laptops apart from the laptops that usually come across our desks is its audio. It comes equipped with Dolby Audio to help boost sound quality and add a lot of volume without any distortion too.

Once you open up the lid, you have the 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display with what they’re calling ComfyView, which just happens to be the company’s terminology for having an anti-glare matte screen. Everything looks good so far, but we’ll see how it’ll fare after a bit more gaming and a few more hours of binge watching a couple of shows.

You have a full-sized keyboard with red accents to give it a bit of a gamer feel with the WSAD keys having a thicker border but, again, it’s not so in your face. It’s backlit for gaming sessions in the dark but it’s only red so for people who think “RGB is life” might be a little disappointed. The touchpad peforms just about as well as one would expect but it feels a little mushy towards the bottom.

Under the hood of the Acer Nitro 5 is a Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti. If you’re plan on playing triple A titles, you’ll definitely have to tone down the settings to get better frame rates but we’ll run it though the usual benchmark tests to really know how far we can push the laptop.

For battery, you’ve got a 3220 mAh Li-Polymer battery that the company is saying that can last for 8 hours. Of course, we’re a little skeptical about this and we’ll have to see how long it will really last.

That’s pretty much it for our quick look at the Acer Nitro 5, which is priced at Php 59,999. Not bad in terms of specs but again, check back in a couple of days for the full review.

Jamie Inocian

A self-confessed geek. Jamie started out helping out on the Unbox Podcast and became the Digital Sales Manager when he joined the team full time. He has since then transitioned into one of our Senior Editors and Head Video Producer.

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