Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51 review – GTX 1050 Ti gaming laptop under $1000


  1. maximilian

    July 25, 2017 at 5:56 am

    No Acer for me.

    I would have been very happy if they just offered the VX15 with a better display (in my market they're TN panels!) But I guess it's cheaper to make a "new" Helios or a Nitro 5… I'll hold on my old system for now, still waiting for something with good screen, good audio and WHITE KEYBOARD you can actually look at without torturing your eyes (and that doesnt cost 1500+£).

    • Andrei Girbea

      July 25, 2017 at 6:11 am

      But they have IPS panels on the VX15 on most markets, even on the basic configurations. There were some initial models with a TN display, but retail units came mostly with an IPS panel (not the best, but still much better than a TN).

      As far as the white keyboard goes, most gaming laptops in the $1000 segment get red ones, the Acer Aspire 7 A715 is the exception that comes to mind right now. Similar to the Nitro 5 and VX15 in terms of price, might not be available just yet

  2. GOKUL

    August 1, 2017 at 11:22 am


  3. Ashish

    August 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    What is the refresh rate on the screen oferred with Acer nitro 5? Im hoping it to be 60hz atleast.

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 11, 2017 at 3:10 am

      yes, 60 hz

      • Ashish

        August 11, 2017 at 3:15 am

        Thnx for a quick reply.

  4. Ashish

    August 10, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    What are the supported ssd types for this model I we were to upgrade the ssd. Does the non ssd model ( available in India ) also comes with the empty m.2 slot?

    For the 8Gb model how is the ram configuration

    • Caio Felipe

      October 30, 2017 at 6:19 am

      Yes, there is a m.2 slot

  5. B

    August 22, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Is this laptop really that hot?? I'm planning to get this one.. but is the cpu&gpu really that hot…. maybe I will mind it again…

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 22, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      read the article, temperatures are detailed in the Hardware and Performance section

  6. Lee

    September 3, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I'm not really sure which one to pick. Either the Lenovo legion Y520 or Acer Nitro 5.
    Please tell me which one is better. Thanks!

    • Lee

      September 6, 2017 at 3:58 am

      em reply? :)

      • Andrei Girbea

        September 6, 2017 at 5:13 am

        Hi, there are reviews for both of them on the site, check them out and than decide based on what matters most for you. Each has its pros and cons and I can't say one is necessarily better than then other

      • Lee

        September 6, 2017 at 6:31 am

        Well, I did check out your reviews about these 2 models and I can't decide thou. That's why I only post a comment. I'm going to college btw.

      • Andrei Girbea

        September 6, 2017 at 12:25 pm

        Are they the same price and specs? Both have rather dim screens and smaller batteries. Personally, I like how the Legion looks and the fact that it runs quieter with demanding loads, but the Nitro still gets a slightly bigger battery and better speakers. Tough call. For everyday use, I'd probably go witht he Nitro. For gaming, I'd favor the Legion for the lower temps and quieter fans.

  7. Chester

    September 5, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Hi, may I know if there will be any problem should I play games with the laptop charging, even when the batt is full? This is because the battery is internal so there's no way of removing it, so I'm concerned if my battery will spoil due to overheating from charging and playing games.

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      No problem, that's mostly a myth imo.

      • Chester

        September 5, 2017 at 9:34 pm

        Hi Andrei, thanks for replying. I got my source from this

        "Having a battery fully charged and the laptop plugged in is not harmful, because as soon as the charge level reaches 100% the battery stops receiving charging energy and this energy is bypassed directly to the power supply system of the laptop.
        However there's a disadvantage in keeping the battery in its socket when the laptop is plugged in, but only if it's currently suffering from excessive heating caused by the laptop hardware.
        – In a normal usage, if the laptop doesn't get too hot (CPU and Hard Disk around 40ºC to 50ºC) the battery should remain in the laptop socket;
        – In an intensive usage which leads to a large amount of heat produced (i.e. Games, temperatures above 60ºC) the battery should be removed from the socket in order to prevent unwanted heating.
        The heat, among the fact that it has 100% of charge, is the great enemy of the lithium battery and not the plug, as many might think so. "

        Hence, i'm concerned if i should run on battery without charging while playing games, since the internal battery can't be removed.

        Hope you can help me clarify once more. Thanks!

      • Andrei Girbea

        September 6, 2017 at 12:28 pm

        IN theory, what they're saying is true. In practice though, there are very very few laptops with easily removable batteries. Besides that, personally I've never taken batteries out on any of any of my laptops and they've been fine. Batteries are consumables and they'll eventually die, that's just the way it is in this time and age.

      • Chester

        September 7, 2017 at 11:30 pm

        Hi Andrei, thanks for replying.

        So may i know if i should keep it charging while playing games, or remove it and use battery until it's low then i recharge it?

        Sorry just wanna get the whole concept clear once and for all.

      • Andrei Girbea

        September 8, 2017 at 5:51 am

        Keep it! Removing it would probably void warranty anyway, so I wouldn't even consider it.

      • Chester

        September 8, 2017 at 6:22 am

        Sorry bro, i mean keep the laptop charging through the cable while playing games, or use the battery power to play games, and only charge it when it is low power.

        Didn't mean remove the battery haha.

        This is the last question i promise!

      • Lee

        September 13, 2017 at 2:14 am

        Chester if you want best performance, keep it plugged in.
        When on battery it uses Intel, but when plugged in it uses GTX

      • Andrei Girbea

        September 13, 2017 at 3:37 am

        You can actually customize that from the settings. However, Lee is right, you'll get the best performance when plugged in, and that's because most laptops throttle on battery.

  8. Lex

    September 6, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Hello, can you tell us how do the color profile works on PC? Thanks! :)

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 7, 2017 at 3:53 am

      This article should help: What you get from here is the .icm file :)

  9. Sujith Nair

    November 2, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    This machine only has a half-ass USB-C implementation as it does not allow Video output via USB-C. So you cannot connect more than one external monitor. In other words, you cannot connect a USB-C docking station to it and connect two external monitors like on most other machines that have a full USB-C implementation.

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 2, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      What do you mean by "half ass USB-C implementation"? I was under the impression it's a standard USB-C gen 1 , are you sure it doesn't allow video to go through?

  10. Avenger

    January 1, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Acer Aspire Nitro 5 or Lenovo Legion Y520? Which one and why?

    • Lee

      January 5, 2018 at 12:28 am

      I went with Lenovo because Nitro has heating problems on WASD. Hope this helps.

  11. Mitu

    January 15, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Does the RED backlit keyboard is harmful for eyes and does one has to strain there eye for typing? Kindly help as i am looking forward to buy this laptop.

    • Lee

      January 15, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      The RED backlit keyboard does no harm to my eyes. In fact, it helps me to find the letters better!

  12. Rahul

    January 27, 2018 at 6:03 am

    Can I change this panel with some more accurate screen plse suggest me some good display for replacement of this cmn15d3
    Plse help

  13. jak

    February 9, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    i want to upgrade my cpu i5 to i7 acer nitro an515-51.
    is it possible???

  14. George

    February 17, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Hi, I'm planning on buying the $799 Ryzen APU version when it comes out in April, do you think the RX560 that will come out with it it's better than the GTX1050TI? I think of getting the 1TB HDD for storage and install a mydigitalssd SSD 240GB, could you confirm if that version of the notebook will have an available M.2 pcie slot? Thanks

  15. Adrian

    February 19, 2018 at 3:35 pm


    Two quick questions:
    1. I bought the SSD version. Is there any possibility to add an extra HDD?
    2. Any idea what is the memory frequence? I want to add some extra RAM.

    Thank you!

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 20, 2018 at 3:24 am

      1. If it comes with an M.2 SSD, then yes, you should be able to add a 2.5" HDD easily.
      2. Check with HWinfo.

  16. rahul

    March 7, 2018 at 3:38 am

    sir i am using predator helios 300 which is using same screen (Chi Mei CMN15D3) low brightness and dull colors i want to replace it with some good color acurate screens
    i found these two screens but i am afraid if these screen works in my laptop or not
    Can you help me

    lg lp156wf6 spb1

    BOE NV156FHM-N43

  17. Abe

    March 9, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Good evening, could you recommend a few good displays for me that I could replace my Y520?

  18. Inesa

    August 31, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Acer V Nitro Nitro AN515-51 is collection of mixed hardware – some is good, some is bad. I bought Nitro V with Linux because I need Win 10 Pro and purchased licence separated. So now I for 4 days can not Install windows 10 because of hardware incompability – there is cheap Atheros WiFi and Bluetooth that cause problems. Win 7-8.1 installs without problems, but there is newer hardware than those systems can support. Win 10 crashes on installation for incompatible hardware. Acer site provides no information and outdated drivers only for Win 10 that can not work. Be aware – if you have time and are IT specialist – you can purchase this for fun and weekend become busy else stay away from this. It is good gadget for low price but with some problems – LCD with IPS is not perfect but good, GTX 1050 has good speed in benchmarks and games and there is option to install second SSD drive. Thats all with positive. Cheap plastic case, only red colour not bright lighting keyboard, set of cheap communications hardware, good but not enough sound, proeblems with the only supported windows 10 etc.

  19. Hi

    November 21, 2018 at 7:15 am

    I got this computer but with different specs i5 7500 1050ti 256 gb ssd only with 16gb of ram and I just ran the crystal mark and got these results. I have never changed drives or have any other plugged in. I only repasted the laptop. I know higher capacity drives are faster, but I don't think I can make this big of a difference. I'm getting around 200 mb/s———————————————————————–
    CrystalDiskMark 6.0.1 x64 (UWP) (C) 2007-2018 hiyohiyo
    * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
    * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes

    Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 202.730 MB/s
    Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 204.951 MB/s
    Random Read 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 202.870 MB/s [ 49528.8 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KiB (Q= 8,T= 8) : 175.594 MB/s [ 42869.6 IOPS]
    Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 199.820 MB/s [ 48784.2 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 174.575 MB/s [ 42620.8 IOPS]
    Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 27.024 MB/s [ 6597.7 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 56.063 MB/s [ 13687.3 IOPS]

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