Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-57) Review: Graphics Powerhouse

July 25, 2022

Let’s take a look at Acer’s latest gaming machine.

Acer’s Nitro line has always been a favourite here at T3 Towers. From its sleek finish to its powerful gaming performance, it brings a new level of gaming experience for everyone to enjoy. This year, we’re looking at the latest model from the Nitro 5 series from Acer, the AN515-57, which comes with the latest Intel processor and Nvidia graphics that are more than capable of running the latest games.

Featuring the same edgy design similar to other gaming laptops, the Nitro 5 feels sturdy when being held. The 2.20-kilogram weight makes it one of the lighter gaming laptops we’ve tested, enough to be brought anywhere. There are ample vents scattered all around, ensuring proper ventilation for the components even when it is under intense load. The sides are occupied with an abundance of ports from HDMI to USB-C.

The Nitro 5 retains colours no matter the angle you look at, thanks to its IPS display. It comes at a Full HD (1920-by-1080 pixels) resolution, and while it would have benefitted with a higher resolution, you’re instead given a 144Hz refresh rate. With this, you can enjoy crystal clear images without any ghosting, allowing for smooth gameplay every time.

The Nitro 5 we got for review features an 8-core Intel Core i7-11800H 2.30 GHz CPU with 24GB of RAM. Graphics-wise, there’s an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, enough to power the latest games with top-tier graphics. There is also a large keyboard that’s fully RGB-backlit and customisable, along with a trackpad that supports multiple hand gestures. The rest of the specifications are a 1TB SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth 5.2.

Given a laptop of this power, how does it perform? We’re glad to say that the Nitro 5 managed to deliver a great gaming experience no matter what game we’ve tried it on. Running on the latest version of Windows 11 and updated to the newest gaming drivers, the Nitro 5 yielded decent framerates on games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Metro Exodus that managed to get an average of around 61 fps, while Battlefield V and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor got a good 114 fps average. Note that all tests were tested at a Full HD resolution with high performance selected. While it performed decently on our tests, it also resulted in the laptop running hotter than usual and the fans raging at full speed, which can get quite annoying.

With a notebook of this power, battery life isn’t as great as we’ve expected. The Nitro 5 would last around 3.5 hours before it needs to be plugged in. You can extend that to another hour if you’re simply browsing, but the battery isn’t a concern, given that this is a gaming laptop. The Acer Nitro 5 review unit we got also includes an Acer-branded gaming mouse and mousepad along with a gaming headset.

Overall, the power of the Acer Nitro 5 makes it not just a decent gaming laptop but also great for other tasks. Thanks to the new Intel Core processor and Nvidia RTX GPU, it plays well with all the games we’ve tested.

We Like:

+ Great 144Hz screen

+ Great for multi-purpose use, not just for gaming

We Didn’t Like:

– Fans can get quite loud, and it can get quite hot under heavy load

– Price might not be for everyone

Verdict:

Acer delivers another hit with its updated Nitro 5 gaming laptop, combining the power of the latest 11th-Gen Intel Core processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX GPU.

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.