Acer Nitro 5 2018 Review: 8th Generation Intel Core I7 Gaming Laptop

Acer Nitro 5 2018 Review – The Acer Nitro 5 line of laptops have been in production for several years now, and at one point we already had a representative reviewing. The range itself is huge: only now about 25 different configurations are sold, which differ significantly in price and can be both Intel and AMD. The configuration on Intel came back to us, but not the 7th, but the 8th generation. Let’s see what has changed and what the current Acer Nitro 5 is capable of.

 

What is that?

The Acer Nitro 5 is a 15.6-inch IPS gaming laptop with an 8th Generation Mobile Intel Core Coffee Lake-H 6-core processor, 16GB of RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti discrete graphics.

Why is this interesting?

Overall, the new Acer Nitro 5 isn’t drastically different from previous setups. Most of the changes were made to the processor and the appearance of the laptop. Instead of the 7th generation Intel Core, the current 8th generation models are installed, in our case it is a six-core Intel Core i7-8750H (clock frequency 2.2 – 4.1 GHz ). The case is still plastic, but the appearance has changed somewhat, we’ll talk about that below. Otherwise, no surprise: 15.6-inch IPS display with FullHD resolution, 60Hz refresh rate and matte finish.

Graphics accelerator – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB of GDDR5 video memory. The amount of RAM is 16 GB DDR4 and an M.2 SSD is installed as a drive, but with a SATAIII interface. It is also possible to install a hard disk, for cooling the same Acer Coolboost CO with discharge is used. The keyboard is backlit in red.

 

What’s in the box?

The laptop comes in a large black cardboard box with the model name on it. In addition to a laptop, power supply, power cable and documentation, the box contains screws for installing an additional drive and (!) A disk with drivers. It sounds a bit odd, given the lack of an optical drive in the laptop.

 

What does it look like and is it assembled correctly?

The entire laptop body is still plastic and the same black and red palette is used. But they decided to change the design a bit. And these changes have been beneficial: previously the top cover was decorated with a “polished metal” look, now it looks like carbon fiber. It sounds interesting, and from a practical point of view, it is more successful: the fingerprints are not too visible on such a surface. In the middle of the top cover is a black Acer logo. The work surface has also received a “carbon” pattern. But in this case, this is just a drawing, the surface itself is smooth.

The number and location of connectors have not changed. On the left side there is a slot for Kensington lock, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.1 Type C (Gen 1), USB 3.0 and an SD card reader.

On the right is a combo audio jack, two USB 2.0, LED indicators and a jack for connecting a power supply.

The front face has a wedge-shaped shape, the grilles of two speakers are visible from below, there are no more functional elements.

At the rear there are large decorative symmetrical “turbines”, but hot air is blown only in the left half. In any case, the hot air returns, so that the user will not cause any inconvenience.

There are 4 large rubberized feet on the bottom for laptop stability. The cooling system has a large number of holes for cold air intake. In general, the layout is similar to the previous Nito 5. The bottom cover itself will be quite laborious to remove due to the abundance of screws. But there are small covers for quick access to additional storage and RAM, which are each screwed on with a screw.

You can upgrade these components yourself without risking losing your warranty. But with the drive pre-installed, things are worse – you have to remove the entire bottom cover to access and replace it. And in our configuration, I recall, M.2 SSD with SATAIII interface, but no PCIe (although they are supported).

Above the screen is a webcam with two microphones and an activity indicator. There are rubberized inserts around the perimeter of the top cover for added screen security.

Below the screen is the Acer logo and the red hinge is engraved with Nitro 5.

While not the most expensive material, the laptop doesn’t look cheap. It is well assembled, does not crack anywhere, the parts fit together well. It looks very good, in a style of play suited to its class.

 

Is it convenient to use?

In terms of design features, there is no difference from its predecessor: the hinge can be opened by about 145 °, the screen is securely fixed in the desired position. The work surface is plastic, with a carbon fiber pattern. The impressions remain, not very striking. The keyboard is located in a small recess, the layout is generally comfortable, especially for gaming.

There is an additional digital block, it is located near the main block. This did not lead to the most practical implementation of the arrows block: it is in no way separate from the main block, and because of the up arrow, the right offset had to be cut slightly. The power button is at the end of the top row of buttons. It does

Keyboard backlight is red, WASD buttons are also highlighted. All symbols on the buttons, including Cyrillics, are well highlighted. The backlight will turn off automatically if you do not touch the keyboard. The buttons themselves have a nice and noticeable 1.6mm travel, standard sizes, and spacing between the buttons. Using the keyboard is convenient.

The touchpad has a red border, with no separate buttons, as is the case in gaming models. It is medium in size with good sensitivity. It is quite usable. Although, nevertheless, a mouse is usually connected to gaming laptops, for obvious reasons.

 

Is the display good?

L’ordinateur portable dispose d’un écran IPS de 15,3 pouces avec une résolution de 1920 × 1080 et une finition mate. Le taux de rafraîchissement est de 60 Hz. Apparemment, une matrice similaire à son prédécesseur a été installée. Et en conséquence, il a des angles de vision maximaux et un bon calibrage, mais une gamme de couleurs modeste.

Les résultats des mesures avec un colorimètre le confirment. Tous les chiffres sont à peu près les mêmes que ce que nous avons vu dans le passé avec le Nitro 5. La luminosité maximale était de 250,984 cd / m2, la luminosité du champ noir était de 0,307 cd / m2 et le rapport de contraste était de 818: 1.

The color temperature practically over the entire range oscillates between the reference value of 6500K and 7000K, the color error ΔE is from 0 to 10, and the color gamut is significantly lower than sRGB. For a model of play, this is quite forgivable.

 

What about performance, autonomy and sound?

A configuration with a 14nm six-core Intel Core i7-8750H 8th Generation Coffee Lake processor came to our review. The clock speed is 2.2 GHz, up to 4.1 GHz in Turbo Boost mode. 12 Thread Hyper-Threading Support, Cache – 9MB, Design Power – 45W, Integrated Graphics – UHD Graphics 630 with a maximum frequency of 1100 MHz. A very powerful mobile solution.

The amount of RAM is 16 GB of DDR4 with a frequency of 2133 MHz. Discrete graphics – NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050 Ti on Pascal GP106 16nm FinFET architecture with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. Wireless Modules: WiFi 802.11 ac 2×2 MIMO and Bluetooth 4.0, Wired Gigabit Ethernet.

In graphics tests, the laptop generally performs well, although it falls slightly short of systems with the minimum specs recommended for working with the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. In tests with a focus on the processor, the results are much higher.

The disk subsystem is a Micron 1100 SSD in M.2 format with a SATAIII interface:

In our testing, the drive exhibits typical SATAIII speeds. Read up to 530MB / s declared and write – 440MB / s (below 500MB / s declared). A very controversial decision for two reasons. First of all, the laptop supports PCIe drives. And the second – self-replacement is to remove the entire bottom cover and, most likely, will lead to loss of warranty. You can add and modify “effortlessly” only an additional 2.5-inch drive.

The Acer Coolboost cooling system does its job perfectly: even at maximum continuous load, the noise is not too loud and does not interfere. At the same time, the processor does not heat up more than 66 °, of course, not a hint of throttling.

The laptop handles modern games smoothly. All games have been tested with the highest possible graphics settings. In Mass Effect Androimeda, Star Wars Battlefront, and Destiny 2, the frame rate permanently exceeds 60 fps, but does not drop below. More demanding Shadow of the Tomb Raider and new Apex Legends hype with max settings – 30-40 fps.

If you lower the graphics level a bit, you can get 50-60 fps. Another thing is a little confusing: The screenshots show that when the video card is fully charged, the processor is not fully charged. I think a bundle with a slightly more modest processor wouldn’t have significantly lost in gaming performance, but the price would have been lower.

For the sound of the laptop, the Dolby Audio Premium certified stereo speakers are responsible and they sound great, there is no urge to quickly connect the headphones. The volume headroom is not bad and the quality is quite nice (given that these are the speakers of a laptop).

The Acer Nitro 5 battery remains unchanged: it is a 4-cell 3220mAh Li-Ion battery. Games “eat up” it in about an hour, in desktop mode the laptop lives about 3.5 hours. From the pre-installed software, there is the Nitro Sense app, where you can monitor system status and temperature, as well as select cooling system performance and operating modes.

In addition, there are utilities Acer Care Center (update and general settings for the laptop), Acer Poer Button (power button setting) and Acer Quick Access (quick settings for intensive operation mode with CoolBoost , blue filter and USB charging when the laptop is off.

 

In the dry residue

The already familiar Acer Nitro 5 in the updated version turned out to be a very enjoyable gaming laptop. In addition to the updated hardware, the external modifications were beneficial and the laptop looks very presentable and well put together, despite being made of plastic. In general, performance is at the expected level, as with models based on GTX1050 Ti: the laptop “pulls” all modern games without any particular problems, and a successful cooling system keeps the Acer Nitro 5 running. stably, not to overheat and not make a lot of noise.

This particular configuration costs around 37 thousand UAH and it has a lot of competitors with similar or very similar specifications. Another question is that with the GTX1050 Ti it is quite possible to find a more balanced configuration with a nicer price, including from the huge Acer Nitro 5 range. Among the not so pleasant moments (again , it is not about the line, but this configuration) is the slow SSD drive, which will not be so easy to replace on its own.

 

5 reasons to buy Acer Nitro 5 2018:

sufficient performance for all modern games;

  • efficient cooling system;
  • high quality IPS display with matte finish;
  • solid audio system;
  • interesting design;

2 reasons not to buy the Acer Nitro 5 2018:

Slow SSD and characteristics of its replacement;

  • there are more balanced configurations with a better price.

Acer Nitro 5

Powerful gaming laptop with up-to-date 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 4GB discrete nVidia GeForce GTX1050 Ti graphics, 512GB SSD and a sleek and stylish look. Equipped with 15.6 inch FullHD IPS display.

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Technical specifications Acer Nitro 5 AN515-52-70VN (NH.Q3LEU.043)
Display 15.6 inch, 1920 × 1080, IPS
Dimensions 390x266x26,75 mm
Weight 2,7 kg
operating system Windows 10
CPU Intel Core i7-8750H, 6 cœurs, 12 threads 2,2-4,1 GHz (Coffee Lake, 14 nm)
RAM 16GB 2133MHz DDR4 memory
Graphic arts nVidia GeForce GTX1050 Ti, 4 GB GDDR5 memory, Intel HD graphics 630
Storage device SSD M.2 SATAIII 512 Go, disque dur 1 To
The communications Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, 2,4 et 5 GHz, 2×2 MIMO Bluetooth 4.0
Connectors USB Type-C 3.1, USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, HDMI, SD card reader, 3.5mm audio jack, RJ-45, Kensington lock
Camera yes, HD
Drums 3220 mAh, 4 cells

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