Acer Nitro 5 review: Tick the right box for those looking for a gaming laptop under Rs 1 lakh


The gaming laptop market is projected to grow at a steady rate due to the increase in the number of gamers across the globe. The size of the gaming laptop market has been growing at a moderate pace in the last few years with a substantial growth rate. Gaming laptops are specially built to provide the best gaming experience to the gamers by allowing them to play games at consistent frames per second in high resolution and advanced graphic settings. Gaming laptops are very good at delivering 2D and 3D content due to higher RAM and faster processor than traditional laptops. In India, popular PC makers like Asus, Lenovo, Acer along with HP dominate the gaming laptop market.

According to IDC, Acer Group jumped to the fourth position in Q1 with 9.8 percent market share in 1Q22. Strong demand for business desktops drove the vendor’s 75 percent year-on-year growth. In its best quarter ever, over 200k commercial computers were shipped. In the business notebook, the firm saw a 56.3 percent year-on-year profit. To further accelerate its growth in the country, Acer launched Acer Nitro 5 2022 with 12th generation Intel Core processor, 144Hz refresh rate display launched in India.

Acer Nitro 5: Design, Ports and Keyboard

The Nitro 5 is completely adequate in terms of design. Although the chassis is entirely plastic, it doesn’t look normal. Like most gaming laptops in the market, the Nitro 5 is heavy and weighs around 2.4kg. The newly refined chassis comes with a few additional tricks, in the form of dual-fan cooling with a quad-exhaust port design strategically placed at the top and bottom intakes. Nitro 5 maximizes cooling to eliminate throttling and achieve full CPU/GPU utilization. In terms of ports and connectors, the Nitro 5 has 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port, and 1 x USB Type-C port with support for Thunderbolt 4. On top of that, you get a full-sized HDMI connector along with an Ethernet port. Talking about the keyboard, it is better than other gaming laptops available in the market, thanks to its RGB backlighting in its four customizable zones. One can change the backlight color via the “Nitrosense” UI, which can be accessed by pressing the dedicated NitroSense key on the keypad. The keyboard is well stretched and the keys have good resistance. However, the touchpad is comparatively small but it is still easy to use. The trackpad is responsive and comes with multi-gesture support backed by accurate drivers. During the review, we used the laptop for playing games as well as for some typing tasks and we did not face any such problem.

Acer Nitro 5: Display, webcam and speakers

The newly arrived Nitro 5 gaming laptop is built around a 15.6-inch FHD+ ComfyView LED-backlit TFT IPS display with a screen resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio and 144Hz refresh rate. The 144Hz display is definitely a treat for the eyes and we loved playing games as well as watching videos on YouTube. The 170-degree viewing angles are also great and get the job done right. Other than that, the color accuracy is also great and the display looks bigger than it actually is when enjoying videos. The Nitro 5 has twin 2W speakers and they are enough to enjoy playing games without headphones. During our review, when it comes to sound quality, most of the time we played AAA games without headphones without encountering any issues. The Nitro 5 has a fairly standard 720p camera that works well in normal lighting conditions. 720p webcam is enough for your meetings or online classes.

Acer Nitro 5: Performance and Battery

The laptop is powered by the latest 12th generation Intel Core chipset. Consumers get to choose between two processor options: i5-12500H or Intel Core i7-12700H, along with up to 12GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM and 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD + 1TB 2.5-inch HDD storage. Gaming on the laptop is supported by Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics with 4GB of DDR6 memory. We used the Intel Core i7-12700H variant. The 12th generation Intel Core processors give you better gaming performance and also allow you to multitask without any hassle. During our review, the machine performed exceptionally well with 20 open tabs and YouTube videos playing without any slowdown. In terms of gaming, most of the current games run smoothly in QHD resolution at high to max settings. On the software side of things, the laptop runs Windows 10 Home. According to Acer, it is eligible for the Windows 11 upgrade. The Acer Nitro 5 is a good value for gamers looking for maximum game performance without spending much. Gaming laptops are not known for long battery life and the Nitro 5 is no different at all. There is a four-cell 57.5Whr battery and it can last for 1 hour 40 minutes while gaming. During normal Office workflow, with a brightness level of 50 percent, which includes typing on Microsoft Word, using WordPress, listening to music as well as watching YouTube videos, we got about 4 hours of backup.

Acer Nitro 5 Conclusion:

The base variant of the Acer Nitro 5 with Intel Core i5-12500H processor, 8GB of RAM starts at Rs 84,999 in the country. The top variant with Core i7-12700H processor and 16GB RAM costs Rs 1,09,999. No doubt at this price point, the Acer Nitro 5 is perfect for those who are planning to buy a gaming laptop without spending much. At just under Rs 1 lakh, it is truly a premium laptop with best-in-class performance and superior design. It is designed for gamers, professional users and creative creators.

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