With a radically gamer design and a battery life exceeding 8 hours, the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R4R2 is aimed primarily at a gamer audience first, but does not close the door to users more versatile. This 15-inch laptop contains an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H Cezanne Hexa Core processor coupled with a major graphics card, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ampere. These key components are assisted by 8 GB of RAM, fast 512 GB SSD storage and an FHD 144Hz IPS screen to serve the fluidity and complemented by amenities like the backlit keyboard (red apparently) or the easy access to components but the connection is limited.
Specifications of the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R4R2
|Screen (s)||15.6 “Full HD LED IPS 144Hz ComfyView (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 5600H Cezanne (3.3 GHz, 6 cores)|
|RAM installed||8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4 2666 MHz, 2 slots|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 dedicated (TGP 85 W), AMD Radeon Vega 6 and Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||3 USB 3.2 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax, Bluetooth 5.1, Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)|
|Backlit Keyboard||Yes, red|
|Audio system||2 Dolby Home Theater v4 speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||8 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 58Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.3 Kg / 363 x 255 x 23.9|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Acer Nitro AN515-45-R4R2
Acer is installing its 2021 Nitro 5 in a chassis almost identical to its predecessor (AN515-44). The Nitro therefore retains its fairly massive gamer DNA with its characteristic red accents applied around the touchpad and at the hinge, but these are attenuated in a more burgundy red. Speaking of it, we observe that it has been slightly redesigned, probably due to the overhaul by Acer of the cooling system of its Nitro 5. On the aesthetic itself, we remain on a black theme based on polycarbonate. and metal in a softer, less “cheap” matte texture. The top on the back of the cover has also changed a bit to find a graphic relief frame with all angles. Overall, the Nitro 5 is relatively light for a 15.6-inch gaming laptop with2.3 kg on the scale. On the other hand, the format remains quite massive (363 x 255 x 23.9 mm), its goal not being to be thin and compact.
Note that the keyboard accommodates a backlight apparently limited to a red zone on this model, to be confirmed.
Next, let’s talk about the 15.6-inch screen installed on this AN515-45-R4R2 with its IPS panel powered by a refresh rate of 144 Hz . Ideal for experiencing the action without latencies, as if you were there. The Full HD (1920 x 1080 px) is most suited to the players and allows to make the most of your HD content while the matte treatment prevents the ambient light reflected on the screen, improving comfort (especially in dark scenes).
The connection does not move and always does the essentials, forgetting the card reader, DisplayPort and TB3. We still have three USB 3.2 ports and a USB Type-C Gen2 port as well as an HDMI 2.0 output. In addition, the RJ45 port is still in the game, a good point, as well as the latest generation Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 AX) and Bluetooth 5.1 wireless modules .
Performance, battery life of the Acer Nitro AN515-45-R4R2
Inside the PC, there is a GeForce RTX 3060 from Ampere generation (2021). This is a high-end GPU capable of meeting the needs of demanding gamers, exceeding the capabilities of a GeForce RTX 2070 (Super) Turing. It is able to ensure a smooth quality rendering on all of the user’s favorite games, by taking advantage of Ray-Tracing on compatible games with advanced details and a respectable number of FPS. The RTX 3060 is also valuable for software that harnesses GPU computing power to speed up processing. This is for example the case in multimedia under Sony Vegas or Adobe Première / Photoshop, which will interest creators, especially with 6 GB GDDR6 of dedicated memory.
Opposite, we do not have just any processor. This is an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H Hexa Core Cezanne (2021). This delivers enough to satisfy the most demanding of you with capacities significantly above those of an Intel Core i7-10750H Hexa Core. In fact, tasks capable of using the 6 cores, such as certain content creation, 3D modeling or video editing software, will find good working support here. In support, the 8 GB of RAM is the minimum in 2021 to enjoy a system at ease in multitasking, all things considered if the use is demanding. It is of course possible to upgrade the RAM subsequently.
For its part, the storage is entrusted to a 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD which will significantly enhance the overall responsiveness of the system on a daily basis. Overall quieter, more robust and more energy efficient than a mechanical disk, it allows Windows to achieve a remarkable level of fluidity with short load times and a performance without latencies. What is more, its capacity is nothing short of ridiculous and can accommodate a good part of your game library even if some will not find it sufficient. In this case, you can perfectly open the PC and upgrade the components.
Finally, Acer has equipped the Nitro 5 AN515-45-R4R2 with a 58 Whr battery which allows it to offer an battery life exceeding 8 hours in Web browsing with active Wifi, a very interesting total for a gaming PC. It’s also worth noting that the Nitro 5 retains around 80% of its performance on battery power . This reduction of 20% should not significantly affect the quality of the game (but beware, the battery life in play should not work miracles, ie 1 to 2 hours).