Designed for gamers with its very distinctive look, the Acer Nitro AN517-52-54PM is a 17-inch PC that does not lack resources. Particularly at ease in the game with its GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card and its screen with thin FHD IPS edges at a frequency of 120 Hz, it also concentrates a powerful heart. The 10th Generation Core i5-10300H Quad Core processor is useful for versatility and to give the boost needed in gaming, especially since it is backed by responsive SSD storage (512GB) and 8GB of RAM. . You can also count on a 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard, over 6 hours of battery life and advanced cooling technology, but this also goes with a sleek case designed mainly from plastic.
Specifications of the Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-54PM
|Screen (s)||17.3 “Full HD LED IPS 120 Hz ComfyView (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-10300H Comet Lake (2.5 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4 2933 MHz, 2 slots|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel UHD 630 and Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|Connectivity||3 USB 3.2 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)|
|Audio system||2 Dolby Home Theater v4 speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||6 hours / Li-ion 4 cells 58Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.2 Kg / 403.5 x 280 x 24.9|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Acer Nitro AN517-52-54PM
Acer installs its 2020 Nitro 5 in an almost identical chassis to its predecessor (AN517-51). The Nitro therefore retains its fairly massive gamer DNA with its characteristic red accents applied around the touchpad and at the hinge. 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 an embossed bezel discontinued on the 2019 model. Overall, the Nitro 5 is light for a 17.3 inch gaming laptop with 2.2 kg over the top. balance.
Note that the keyboard accommodates a configurable backlighting but we do not know if Acer limits certain models (including possibly this one) to a single red shade or if all the models offer a multicolored backlight on 4 zones.
When the cover is opened, we discover a 17.3-inch screen which supports the gaming experience. And for good reason, it is placed on an IPS panel with a refresh rate of 120 Hz . Players will appreciate the gain in terms of fluidity provided by this panel compared to 60Hz, even if at this level, 144Hz provides even more comfort. The higher frequency is valuable for games devoid of visual artefacts, as well as for creatives in their video production. Especially since the viewing angles are excellent thanks to the IPS panel and the Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) is the most suitable for gamers and allows you to get the most out of your High Definition content while the processing prevents ambient light from being reflected on the screen, improving playing comfort (especially in dark actions).
The connection has changed slightly too. Acer has finally replaced USB 2.0 with a USB 3.2 port while still leaving out the card reader. Thus, there are 3 USB 3.2 ports and a USB 3.2 Type-C Gen2 port . 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 5.0 wireless modules .
Performance, battery life of the Acer Nitro AN517-52-54PM
The component that catches the eye here is the graphics card, an Ampere generation GeForce RTX 3060 (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, the Acer Nitro AN517-52-54PM is based on a 10th generation Comet Lake-H processor. This is a Core i5-10300H Quad Core offering about 10% more performance compared to the Core i5-9300H Coffee Lake of last year, it provides complete management of the multipurpose use consisting of video editing , 3D rendering, programming or light parallelization, but in more occasional than professional proportions. The 8 GB RAM is the minimum at present to navigate smoothly in multitasking even if it is recommended to quickly upgrade it to avoid encountering latencies.
Storage is another strength in this laptop since it 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. Note that the PC offers a total of 2 M.2 ports (one occupied) and a 2.5-inch SATA port inside, enough to upgrade the storage as desired.
Finally, Acer has equipped the Nitro 5 AN517-52-54PM with a 58 Whr battery which allows it to offer a battery life of 6 to 7 hours in Web browsing with active Wi-Fi, an interesting total for a 17 “gaming PC.