Shyly, Acer also announced some of their updated plans for 2020, with new versions of the Predator Triton 500 ultraportable and the mainstream Nitro 5 gaming notebook in the works, and scheduled in stores for around April/May.
Much as expected, the Triton 500 and Nitro 5 build on the existing chassis from 2019 and get a hardware bump to Intel 10-gen Core H hardware, newer generation graphics from Nvidia, faster wireless and improved screens, among others.
The details are still scarce and we’re filling up the blanks as we go, but here’s what we know so far about these 2020 Acer updates.
Acer Predator Triton 500 (PT515-52)
First off, we’ve added a specs sheet of the 2020 generation right next to the 2019 model.
|2020 Acer Predator Triton 500 (PT515-52) – review||2019 Acer Predator Triton 500 (PT515-51) – review|
|Screen||15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS, 240/300Hz, 3ms, G-Sync, non-touch, matte||15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS, 144/240 Hz, 3ms, G-Sync, non-touch, matte|
|Processor||Intel Comet Lake Core i7-10875H CPU, eight-core||Intel Coffee Lake-R Core i7-9750H CPU, six-core|
|Video||Intel UHD + up to Nvidia RTX 2080 80W (??)||Intel UHD + up to Nvidia RTX 2080 80W|
|Memory||32 GB DDR4 2933 MHz (2x DIMMs)||up to 32 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (2x DIMMs)|
|Storage||2x M.2 NVMe 2080, with RAID0||2x M.2 NVMe 2080, with RAID0|
|Connectivity||Wireless AC (Killer AX 1650i), Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit LAN (Killer E3100G)||Wireless AC (Killer AC 1550i), Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit LAN (Killer E3000)|
|Ports||3x USB-A 3.2, 1x USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, miniDP 1.3, LAN, mic/earphone, Lock||3x USB-A 3.1, 1x USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, miniDP 1.3, LAN, mic/earphone, Lock|
|Battery||84 Wh, 180/230 W brick (??)||84 Wh, 180 W brick|
|Size||360 mm or 14.17” (w) x 258 mm or 10.15 (d) x 17.9 mm or .83” (h)||360 mm or 14.17” (w) x 258 mm or 10.15 (d) x 17.9 mm or .83” (h)|
|Weight||4.63 lbs (2.1 kg) + 1.28 lbs (580 g) power brick, EU model||4.69 lbs (2.13 kg) + 1.28 lbs (580 g) power brick, EU model|
|Extras||per-key RGB backlit keyboard, HD webcam, stereo speakers||3-zone RGB backlit keyboard, HD webcam, stereo speakers|
I’m still waiting on clarification regarding whether 8Core Intel processors are an option on this laptop and whether the RTX 2080 Super is the 80 or 90W implementation. Update: Yes, the i7-10875H is an option here, alongside the 6Core i7-10750H, and the RTX 2080 implementation allows up to 100W on the Extreme Overclocked profile. We were confirmed that the keyboard supports per-key RGB with this generation, and it’s not the 3-zone RGB version from the 2019 model.
Acer does emphasize on a redesigned thermal module for the 2020 update, and that’s great news, considering the 2019 iteration ran among the hottest and noisiest in its segment. Of course, the claims need to be verified in our detailed review, but the redesign includes three 4th gen AeroBlade fans and five heatpipes, in what Acer calls the “Vortex Flow technology”. The literature also mentions an up to 45% increase in airflow, but once you read the fine print you’ll see that’s “When compared with a plastic fan” and not with the 2019 Triton’s thermal module.
For what is worth, the previous model used a 3-fan/4-Heatpipe implementation, so I expect the design is at least slightly revamped for the 2020 variant.
Oh, no word on whether the motherboard is still placed upside down and you need to take it out in order to access the RAM slots and the SSDs, but given the chassis is the same, I don’t think that’s changed either. That would make the 2020 Triton the most difficult to upgrade among all the ultraportables, now that everyone else has switched to a more traditional design, including MSI with their latest Stealth.
This aside, it’s worth noting that the Triton 500 still offers the dual GSync/Optimus mode, but in the previous-gen implementation that requires to exclusively choose one over the other and restart the laptop to apply the change, and not the novel Advanced Optimus technology from Nvidia, which allows the system to automatically juggle with the iGPU/dGPU signal on the fly.
Finally, the Predator Triton 500 is set to start at 2199 USD in the US and 1899 EUR in Europe, and scheduled for around May 2020. That high US pricing suggests an RTX 2060 version might no longer be available over there, and that’s odd, considering the current Triton 500 always had the pricing on its side as the most affordable 15-inch performance ultraportable of its generation, and is still available at the time of this post for under $1500 for the i7/RTX 2060 version and around $1800 for the RTX 2080 model.
Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-55)
The Nitro 5 is Acer’s highly competitive option in the lower and mid-range segment of performance laptops, great for school and e-sports gaming.
Just like the Triton 500, the 2020 Nitro 5 AN515-55 is built on the same chassis as the 2019 version, which means plastic is used for much of the construction, but the build quality is alright for the class and the entire thing is compact and lightweight.
Nitros excel at the solid specs offered for a limited budget, and the 2020 update gets a bump to Intel 10-gen hardware, with options for either a Core i5-10300H or an i7-10750H, as well as faster DDR4 2933 MHz memory and new graphics options, with the updated GTX 1650/1650Ti options for the entry-level configurations, and the GTX 1660Ti and RTX 2060 for the higher-tier versions. Furthermore, the WiFi connection has also been updated to an AX module from Killer.
Acer also offers a few different screens and keyboard options on this Nitro 5 generation. Lower-tier configurations get the standard red-backlit keyboard and a 120 Hz IPS-like screen, while higher-tier versions get a 4-zone RGB lit keyboard and a slightly better 144 Hz IPS display. Don’t expect much in terms of panel quality though, this is the primary feature you’ll have to compromise on when going with a device in this segment, and you pretty much have to go up one tier to the Helios 300 for a nicer panel with superior brightness, contrast, and colors.
|2020 Acer Nitro 5 AN515-55||2019 Acer Nitro 5 AN515-54|
|Screen||15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS, non-touch, matte, option for 120 Hz or 144 Hz with 3 ms response (Overdrive)||15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS, non-touch, matte, option for 60 Hz or 144 Hz with 3 ms response (Overdrive)|
|Processor||up to Intel Comet Lake Core i7-10750H CPU, six-core||up to Intel Coffee Lake-R Core i7-9750H CPU, six-core|
|Vide0||Intel UHD + up to RTX 2060 80W (??), with Optimus||Intel UHD + up to GTX 1660Ti 80W, with Optimus|
|Memory||up to 32 GB DDR4 2933 MHz (2x DIMMs)||up to 32 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (2x DIMMs)|
|Storage||2x M.2 PCI x4 slots, with RAID 0 support + 2.5″ bay||2x M.2 PCI x4 slots, with RAID 0 support + 2.5″ bay|
|Connectivity||Gigabit LAN (Killer E2600), Wi-Fi 6 AX (2×2 MU-MIMO), Bluetooth 5.0||Gigabit LAN (Killer E2500), Wi-Fi 5 AC (2×2 MU-MIMO), Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||2 x USB-A 3.1, 1x USB-A 2.0, 1x USB-C, HDMI 2.0, LAN, mic/headphone, Kensington Lock||2 x USB-A 3.1, 1x USB-A 2.0, 1x USB-C, HDMI 2.0, LAN, mic/headphone, Kensington Lock|
|Battery||58 Wh, 135 W charger||58 Wh, 135 W charger|
|Size||362 mm or 14.25” (w) x 263 mm or 10.45” (d) x 20.9 mm or 0.82” (h)||362 mm or 14.25” (w) x 263 mm or 10.45” (d) x 19.9 mm or 0.8” (h)|
|Weight||4.9 lbs (2.22 kg)||4.9 lbs (2.22 kg)|
|Extras||red-backlit or optional 4-zone RGB keyboard, webcam, stereo speakers|
The 2020 Acer Nitro 5 AN515-55 is expected in stores around April, starting at $749 in the US and 899 EUR in Europe.
We’ll update once we know more, and look for our detailed reviews in the months to come.