Acer Nitro 5 AMD Ryzen (2020) – Review

Gaming laptops basically are a force to be reckoned nowadays. To be able to play the video games on GTX-powered machines, all within the price of the latest top-line iPhone. 2020 is weird like that.

One of these laptops is the refreshed Acer Nitro 5, now sporting the latest Ryzen 7 and NVIDIA’s GTX 1650, is the latest in the line of Acer gaming laptops that tries to bridge the gap between them and their more powerful big brother, the Predator series.

By looks alone, it’s color of Obsidian Black and metallic-ish finishing on the outside and inside of the laptop brings a premium feel towards it. So how is it on our end?

Hardware

For starters, here are the specs from our review unit that Acer gave us:

Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-44-R1AZ)

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4 3200MHZ
  • Storage: 512GB SSD PCIe NVMe
  • Display: 15.6″ FHD (1920×1080) ComfyView IPS 144Hz

As mention, it’s metallic feels give out a premium look which is nice to hold and some red accents across the laptop (and even on the LED keyboards) make it more alluring in nature and also help disperse out the heat.

The keyboard feels quite nice to touch even in more intense sessions with the machine, not that squishy but excellent to the touch. Though my only gripe is that it’s dedicated Nitro button is close to the backspace button and some instants of mispress have occurred in my time with it.

Even so, in intense situation, heat doesn’t dissipate towards the keyboard so that’s a good design call from Acer.

3 USB port isn’t exactly setting the world on fire in terms of putting stuff in but it suffices my own personal trio of connection (USB Headphones, Portable HDD and Mouse) and a nice touch to add a USB Type-C connection and Ethernet port for those who uses them.

Though I do have some complaints with the power port place as it is quite finicky to put it at first glance. In fact, I had some issues with putting it in the first hour with the laptop and after some work, finally, get it to put in. A better battery port design could be consider for the next iteration,perhaps.

And those wondering what the Nitro button specified above do, it opens up an application that helps control the LED on the keyboards and controls the fan speed without the need for BIOS tweaks (which can be programmable to be automatic), which is neat.

It even shows the current fan idle speed and of the laptop. So this button is alright.

Gameplay Performance

The Nitro 5 is very good at its job as a gaming laptop. That is a fact. Playing the latest games on high and/or Ultra at 60fps without breaking a sweat and the automatic fan doing it’s good for when the game goes a bit hot for its liking. So here some game examples:

Racing games like Forza Horizon or even GRID runs at 60fps or higher without any sort of issues, as you expect with the power that this laptop is capable of, without any hitching at all. 

While Open-world titles like The Division and Yakuza Zero help make the frantic action of both titles run on High (or Ultra) and of course, maintaining the high framerate that you might expect a GTX 1650 could handle.

The highest power-test for this laptop combo is Destiny 2, where high intense battles like their Crucible mode, where explosions and colors and light are consistent through any session.

It’s where the fan goes into high gear and blast into high power mode all the way. Makes the keyboards much cooler, which shows that its thermal temperature control is top-notch.

Battery life is quite good as well, 4 – 6 Hours in idle and 3 Hours in viewing a 720p video and live stream consistently makes it one of the more good options of Ryzen laptops in terms of battery performance.

Value and Price

For the price of MYR 4,299, the Acer Nitro 5 is quite in-between the pricing of their other rivals but I believe theirs is the better offer than the competition. Though for the future-proofing of the next-generation of consoles and games that are coming, a RAM upgrade could in the cards for you should you choose to still want to play games on this machine at High.

But if you want to save some budget for the long road, there is an Intel i5 edition of the Nitro 5 with only 4GBs of RAM for the price of MYR 3,799. So there choice is in your hands, dear readers.

Verdict 

The Nitro 5 is the refresh that the line needs to be competitive in this ultra-competitive gaming laptop scene. A quite reasonable price and good power within might make this quite attractive to students and those looking to get the “Gamer” laptop to play all the games.

You can’t go wrong with this one really.

8.7

Acer Nitro 5 (2020)

The Nitro 5 is the refresh that the line needs to be competitive in this ultra-competitive gaming laptop scene. A quite reasonable price and good power within might make this quite attractive to students and those looking to get the “Gamer” laptop to play all the games. You can’t go wrong with this one really.

  • Hardware 9
  • Gaming Performance 8
  • Value 9
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