The Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition packs quality components including a high-end quad-core processor, discrete graphics and dual storage drives into an understated body. It has a 1920×1080 resolution with IPS display and sweet-sounding speakers.
Key Features – ACER Aspire V Nitro
- Review Price: ~ £900
- 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-6300HQ processor (i7 available)
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M Upto 4GB graphics
- 17.3-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS screen
- 8GB DDR4 memory
- Windows 10 Home
- 1yr RTB warranty
The Acer Nitro 5 is a £900 notebook that enters the super-competitive mid-range market with an Nvidia 10-series graphics chip, an Intel Core i5 processor and a keen sense of style.
Powerful Processing – ACER Aspire V Nitro
Smoothly and quickly view games and videos with 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5/i71 and DDR4 memory. To sustain this kind of performance, this notebook come with Advanced cooling technology keeps the V Nitro running at full speed after many hours operation for greater functionality, speed and lifespan.
Design and features – ACER Aspire V Nitro
The Aspire V Nitro’s looks are not very Gaming Mode On. It probably wouldn’t get a second glance from most people. It’s an attractive laptop, but it is understated and subdued — especially compared to your average gaming laptop. But for casual gamer and personal use for work and business this laptop are more than capable to ‘wow’ you.
Measuring 16.65″ x 11.65″ x 0.98″ and weighing 6.83 lb (around 3.06 kg ), the laptop borders on thin and light. This can be a minus point for this laptop to be a little heavy.
Whether you want it for future-proofing purposes or just bragging rights, the 4K UHD 3,840×2,160-pixel resolution IPS screen is certainly great for multimedia purpose. TheI viewed on it looked great and the matte finish will be appreciated so you’re not constantly fighting glare. The display sometimes gets pretty bright, though you may have to go into the power options advanced settings menu to disable the adaptive brightness feature and you can save the power consumption with a slightly low brightness.
Performance and battery life
Gaming on battery isn’t as powerful though, as the GPU’s and especially the CPU work at a lower than stock frequency in this case. There are two fans inside this laptop and they are almost never inactive, as they start spinning even with the most basic of tasks (moving the cursor, launching the browser, watching a movie).
They’re barely audible with daily use though and can be easily covered by the speakers if you’re watching a clip or having some music running in the background. You’ll hear them when typing or browsing in a quiet place.
Still, I found surprising that these fans are not individually controlled , as both the CPU and GPU fans kick in at the same time. Most others designs will only spin the CPU fan with daily tasks and program the GPU fan to jump in when the dedicated chip would be in use.
On top of that, Acer implements this technology called Dust Defender on their laptops, which periodically spins the blades the other way around to push dust out through the intake grills. This causes a particular rattling of the blades that I quite annoying, but very useful to maintain your laptop performance in the long run. A little sacrificing about the noice are worth it.
Most users complained of the poor battery life offered by the previous V15 Nitro, but luckily that’s not such a big issue with this model.
Acer actually squeezed a much larger 69 Wh battery inside (52 Wh on the older models) and replaced the wide-gamut UHD panel with a more economic alternative, and as a result that’s what you should expect from the VN5-593G:
- Around 5 hour of use for very light browsing and text editing in Google Drive, Balanced Mode, screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
- Around 4 hours 45 minutes for 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Internet Explorer, Balanced Mode, screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
- Around 5 hours of use for 1080p fullscreen .mkv video in the Movie app, Balanced Mode, screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
- Around 1 hour 20 min of use for gaming, High Performance Mode, screen at 30%, Wi-Fi ON.