Acer’s newest Nitro 5 reveals you simply how reasonably priced gaming laptops have change into. Last yr we reviewed the 2018 version of the Acer Nitro 5, which promised an ideal entry-level gaming expertise for a mere $800 or so—cheaper even than some entry-level desktops I’ve constructed.

Now 2019’s Nitro 5 (available at Best Buy) has come throughout my desk, touting the same old annual upgrades. That means barely greater than standard although, as we’ve had each CPU and GPU technology modifications this yr. What can $800 purchase you in 2019? Is it really ok for a contemporary gamer-on-the-go? Let’s discover out.

This overview is a part of our ongoing roundup of the best gaming laptops. Go there for info on competing merchandise and the way we examined. 


We took a have a look at the $830 Nitro 5, which options an Intel Core i5-9300H clocked at 2.4GHz, an Nvidia GTX 1650, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB exhausting drive, and a 128GB SSD boot drive.

It’s not fairly the costliest Nitro 5, nevertheless it’s shut. There’s additionally an $880 model that’s virtually equivalent, besides it trades the dual-drive storage resolution for a single 500GB SSD. It’s as much as you whether or not that’s value the additional dough, although I’d argue the reply is sure.

Acer Nitro 5 (2019) IDG / Hayden Dingman

Then there are a selection of inexpensive Nitro 5s. At the very backside is a $670 variant with an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor, AMD Radeon RX560X graphics, 8GB of DDR4, and a 1TB exhausting drive (however no SSD). There’s additionally a split-gen model that mixes a Core i5-9300U with Nvidia’s older GTX 1050, sitting at $730.

It’s difficult, however actually the model Acer despatched us might be probably the most balanced equipment—although as I stated, that 500GB SSD is tempting.


The Nitro 5 is probably not the sleekest or most engaging laptop computer, nevertheless it doesn’t really feel low-cost both—a standard pitfall for finances laptops. The faux-brushed steel lid seems higher-end than it’s, although one contact dispels the phantasm. This laptop computer is very plastic. Still, it’s a stealthy means to enhance the Nitro 5’s standing from a distance. And whereas I’m not in love with the red-and-black shade scheme, which simply screams “Gaming Laptop,” the jewel-tone variant used right here is eye-catching and barely much less garish than the norm.

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