Versatile gamers and users looking for a balanced full-size laptop under $ 1,100, the Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-74XJ may be your next PC. 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 gen Core i7 Hexa Core processor is perfect for versatility and for giving the boost needed in gaming, especially since it’s backed by responsive SSD storage (512GB) and 16GB of RAM. You can also count on a multicolored backlit keyboard, on a battery life of more than 6 hours and on advanced cooling technology, but this also goes with a sleek case designed mainly from plastic.
Specifications of the Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-74XJ
|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|
|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 AN517-52-74XJ
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 backlighting on 4 zones.
When the cover is opened, we discover a 17.3-inch screen that 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 AN517-52-74XJ
At the center of attention, the graphics card, an Ampere (2021) generation GeForce RTX 3060 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.
Now let’s see what the PC has in the belly. Based on the 10th Gen Core i7-10750H Hexa Core Comet Lake processor , the PC offers around 10% more performance compared to a configuration with Core i7-9750H Coffee Lake from 2019. Overall this translates into full management of the versatile use consisting of video editing, 3D animation, programming or parallelization, with complex calculations. The 8 GB RAM is the minimum right now to enjoy a smooth system in most scenarios. It is of course scalable.
Storage is also receiving attention since it is entrusted to a 512 GB NVMe SSD . This type of solution supplants the hard drive thanks to its excellent responsiveness attributed to the system. On a day-to-day basis, this translates into a perfectly fluid Windows environment with short loading times and lag-free execution. What’s more, the SSD is overall quieter, more robust and energy efficient than a mechanical disk and its capacity is just as good as it can accommodate a good part of your game library.
Note also that this PC is supplied with FreeDos, a utility that does not allow optimal use of all its capabilities. It will therefore be necessary to install a complete operating system such as Linux or Windows to take advantage of a perfectly functional environment.
Finally, Acer has equipped the Nitro 5 AN517-52-74XJ with a 58 Whr battery which allows it to offer an battery life of 6 to 7 hours in Web browsing with active Wi-Fi, an interesting total for a 17 “gaming PC.