Let’s face it, not everyone has 2 grand to drop on a new gaming laptop, but that doesn’t mean you don’t love your games. Acer understands this and has now announced the new Acer Nitro 5, designed for gamers on a tight budget that starts at only $800.
Check out the system specs below:
- 15.6-inch HD IPS display
- Up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card paired with Intel Core i7 or i5 processor, or up to an AMD Radeon RX550 graphics card an AMD A-Series FX, A12 or A10 processor
- Up to 32GB of DDR4 2400MHz RAM
- Up to a 512GB SSD paired with an optional HDD drive up to 2TB
- USB-C port, one USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 ports, and an HDMI 2.0 port
All of the models will be customizable but we suspect that the $800 entry level model will sport all of the lower end cards and will only ship with 8GB or RAM. Some even suspect they may only come with 4GB of RAM.
All of the models will include either an Intel i5 chip that can be upgraded to an i7, giving your more than enough power for your day to day tasks and even your games. If you choose the Radeon route, you will get one of the latest processors from AMD instead.
For storage, you can get up to a 512GB SSD and you have the option of adding a second SSD or even a standard drive up to 2TB. That should give you more than enough room to store all of your games.
On the screen side of things, all of the models will ship with a 15.6-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920×1080. While this is pretty standard these days, it’s nice to see they didn’t cheap out and include a TN panel instead on the lower end models.
As far as looks go, the Nitro 5 is definitely a gaming laptop. It features sharp edges with a black matte chassis. When you open the laptop, the keyboard is back-lit with red LEDs and outlined WASD keys that tell you right away this machine is made for gamers.
While we aren’t sure exactly what the $800 model will have on it, I would suspect it will be one of the AMD chips along with the low end AMD Radeon card with 8GB or RAM and just one single SSD drive, although I’m not sure what the size of that drive will be.
The Nitro 5 will begin to ship in North America sometime in July, with other international releases following soon after.
While the Nitro 5 won’t revolutionize the laptop gaming market, it’s nice to see that Acer is thinking more about the casual gamers or the gamers on a tight budget. These markets often get forgotten by manufacturers who are looking to cash in with the hardcore gamers out there that are ready to drop serious money on a machine every couple of years. Acer could have found the perfect balance with this new laptop and if its quality holds up, they could have a hit on their hands with the casual gaming market.
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