Acer’s Nitro 7 is a traditional instance of how each choice issues when constructing entry-level gaming laptops. Every part have to be second-guessed, each trade-off weighed, as a result of a mere $50 may be the distinction between standing out and stalling out. Do you go for a greater display screen or extra space for storing? A greater GPU or extra RAM? High-end laptops get to have all of it, however budget-friendly machines do not have that luxurious.

Trouble is, generally you get a laptop computer that is maybe good for one area of interest, however suboptimal to your common purchaser. Acer’s Nitro 7 opts for an above-average (for this worth level a minimum of) show, a beneficiant quantity of SSD storage, and a top-tier CPU—nevertheless it skimps on the graphics card, a reasonably essential part for a gaming laptop computer.

It’s an odd selection, and my first intuition is that most individuals can be higher off with a special Acer laptop computer—specifically, the Predator Helios 300, which lists for a similar worth however packs a greater graphics card. We’ll get into that later although. Let’s dig in.

Variants

The Acer Nitro 7 is mercifully one among Acer’s less complicated strains to navigate, a minimum of in the meanwhile. There are solely three variants, operating from $1,050 to $1,200.

We reviewed the top-end mannequin, with the catchy mannequin quantity AN715-51-752B. Try saying that 3 times quick, eh? In this case $1,200 will get you an Intel Core i7-9750H, an Nvidia GTX 1650, 16GB DDR4 RAM, and a 512GB SSD.

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Below that’s the $1,100 variant, which scales again to 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. At the underside, the $1,050 mannequin packs in one among Nvidia’s previous-gen GTX 1050 playing cards—which is extra of a minimize than it might sound, because the GTX 1650 is on a par with a 1050 Ti, not a baseline 1050.

Our $1,200 overview mannequin might be the best choice. You definitely might run a gaming PC with solely 8GB of RAM nonetheless, however I would not suggest it. That alone is sufficient to minimize the 2 lower-end fashions from the operating, particularly given their $1,000-plus costs. As I stated up high, $50 may be some huge cash if you’re coping with entry-level laptops—however on this case, I believe the additional cash is a necessity. If you are seeking to go cheaper than $1,200, check out the Nitro 5 line as an alternative.

Design

Acer’s Nitro line is attention-grabbing to me. They’re like gaming laptops gone undercover. Not in a convincing method, thoughts you. Pull out a Nitro 7 on the workplace and folks can be like, “Hey, nice gaming laptop.” You’re not fooling anybody, particularly with the bizarre pentagonal form of the bottom and lid.

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