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Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51 Andrei Girbea Rating: 3.75 out of 5

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

28 Comments

  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

    I WANT TO PURCHASE A GAMING LAPTOP WITH 1050 GRAPHICS CARD.
    KINDLY SUGGEST SOME SUITABLE LAPTOP WITH GOOD VIEWING ANGLES.

  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 batterycare.net/en/guide.html.

        "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.
        So:
        – 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: windowscentral.com/how-configure-correct-color-profile-your-monitor-windows-10. 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?

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