Acer Nitro 5 AN515-42-R5ED Gaming Laptop, AMD Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon RX 560X Graphics, 15.6″ Full HD IPS Display, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, Windows 10 Home & Protective Sleeve
This Acer NItro 5 gaming laptop is a fairly decent gaming laptop for beginners who don’t necessarily have to play the latest AAA titles. Even if you end up playing an iconic game like Fortnite, you will generally get performance without delays throughout the game … as long as you don’t use up all the graphics, resolution and detail settings. With medium to low quality settings, the laptop can process almost all games with fluid kinematics and, depending on the title, maintains at least 30 fps throughout the game. The bottleneck here is the GTX1050, although technically it is a mid-range graphics card, which is still the weakest card in the Nvidia GeForce GTX series. However, the disadvantage is that it can handle the minimum requirements for most games and still be profitable. Ideal for people on a budget who need the specifications of a gaming laptop, but don’t necessarily want to spend extra money on computers in advance.
This laptop has an integrated HD webcam. However, the quality is not particularly good if you transfer the power of your webcam through a thumbnail (brief “grainy”). It is easily solved by adding any number of decent webcams. In this context, the built-in microphone is also of poor quality. So expect it to sound a little muffled and distant, and capture the sound of each keystroke since the keyboard is also not particularly quiet. This makes onboard hardware less than ideal for streamers.
The laptop fan becomes quite loud even during graphics-intensive games, which can compete with the relatively weak output of the built-in speakers. So, if you want to get the best listening experience of your playing time, headphones are essential. To be honest, the sound of the speakers is not terrible, it is a bit nervous and small: good for online video content, but it is certainly not a cinematic experience. Fortunately, if you have decent gaming headphones, the laptop has a combined microphone / headphone jack that requires a less input port for live chat and audio capture, while listening to audio more faithfully.
I like that, thanks to the lack of a card reader and an optical drive, this laptop is extremely light and weighs around 5 kg. It is also quite thin and has 4 USB ports (1 USB-C, 2 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0) and a USB 3.0 that can be used to charge devices even when the laptop is turned off. WiFi is also fast, and with its MU-MIMO dual-band 5 GHz / 2.4 GHz support, it offers the fastest speeds for up / down transmissions, making downloading new content a must for online games. I just didn’t like to put the DC plug in the middle of the right side, since a USB mouse connected to this side is a small problem.
The 15.6-inch IPS monitor is neat, with good color reproduction, high contrast and wide viewing angles, but without the fastest response time and lowest power consumption of a TN panel. At 60 Hz, motion blur is relatively low, up to 60 frames per second, but you will not get this benefit at more than 60 frames per second. This usually does not affect casual players, but it can make the game experience worse. The 256 GB SSD m.2 is somewhat limited. Therefore, do not expect to load more than a handful of titles without an external drive. That, or invest in some updates like larger SSD / HDD / second (it comes with an HDD adapter). It has an additional m.2 slot, a hard drive bay and a second RAM slot for up to 32 GB of total memory.
The backlight for the keyboard is red and adjustable in brightness, but not in color. There is also a special NitroBoost button that allows you to optimize the CPU / GPU fan performance for additional cooling, although I don’t really know how many people would modify this type of settings on the fly. For anything but games, it’s a good job, so I can also use the laptop for work. Text processing, Internet browsing, media streaming and video content creation. I don’t have too many problems with the use of extensive graphics / video editing software such as Adobe Premiere, although it occasionally overwhelms the performance limits of the laptop.