The new Acer Aspire V Nitro may look like an ordinary notebook, but it definitely packs power that should match most gaming laptops in the market. The Acer Aspire V Nitro’s design is subtle, with mostly a black matte finish covering the exterior of the notebook with a silver trim at the top.
At 2.4 kilograms, the Acer Aspire V Nitro weighs just about a normal notebook. Taking into account the high-end specifications that it has, it is definitely lighter than most gaming notebooks out there.
The Acer Aspire V Nitro has a 15.6-inch anti-reflective screen that supports a full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution. It comes with a full size island style keyboard that even comes with a separate numeric keypad. There is also a large trackpad that gives you more space to navigate.
The insides is where the Acer Aspire V Nitro really shines. This particular unit we have got for review comes with an Intel Core i7-4510U processor running at 2.0 GHz along with 8 GB of RAM. It also comes with an 8 GB solid state drive and a 1 TB hard drive for data dump.
Graphics is driven by an Nvidia GeForce 840M graphics chip with 2 GB of VRAM. This should be able to help you push those pixels to near-desktop quality when playing games or running applications.
Acer was also generous on ports for the Acer Aspire V Nitro. The notebook had three USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet ports and an HDMI port for connecting it to a compatible display. A built-in webcam, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are also present.
Surprisingly, the Acer Aspire V Nitro still has an optical drive included. Not that it’s bad, but considering most manufacturers are ditching optical drives on their current notebooks, it’s a surprise to see it present on this notebook.
The system comes with Windows 8.1 preinstalled but at the moment, you can still take advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade by simply letting Windows Update take care of it. Also note that the Acer Aspire V Nitro comes pre-installed with a bunch of bloatware
The Acer Aspire V Nitro shines as an everyday notebook. The helpful amounts of RAM and hard disk space help it blaze through any app that I run on it. The same goes for games, where I managed to get decent framerates with the games I have played.
The only thing that is disappointing on the Acer Aspire V Nitro may probably be the battery life. While most machines of this caliber can churn out about 4 hours, I was already looking the charger 2 hours and 40 minutes after I started using it. This a combination of gaming, surfing and other basic notebook usage.
Despite that, the Acer Aspire V Nitro is still one the better notebooks I have tested. Great big screen, large trackpad and keyboard along with a superb performance make it highly recommended.