$600 | Acer Nitro 5 (15.6″) | GTX 1050 Ti, I5-7300HQ, 1080p IPS

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This is the previous generation Acer Nitro 5, a basic midrange gaming laptop with a GTX 1050 Ti and I5-7300HQ CPU.

The GTX 1050 Ti performance (link) is adequate for high to very high graphic settings @1080p gaming, even in most demanding games. The “Ti” variant adds another 20-30% over the non-Ti variant.

Thermals CPU temperatures reaching 90C+ for highest load on base clocks (2.5-2.6GHZ) and GPU clocks at max (no throttle). Chassis temperatures remain relatively low for high load, which is good. However, user reports high chassis temperatures as well

Connection ports selection is very basic and you won’t find Displayport, Thunderbolt, USB 3.1gen2 and only 2xUSB 3.0.

Display quality is typical for such a gaming laptop, which means you get a basic IPS with low color palette coverage, limited brightness. Black levels are relatively low and contrast is high, which is good. No PWM is in use, which is good (no flickering).

Battery running times are relatively good with 6-7 hours of typical web browsing. Again, user reports say 3-4 hours at most, so beware

Bottom line, for $600 this is a very good deal, since usually the most you’ll get for such a price is maybe a GTX 1050 or even an MX150. Getting an NVMe SSD adds to this deal compared to others as well. You probably won’t get better for $600 for some time. Just remember that if you want more power than that, for $150-$200 you’ll get the GTX 1060 Max-Q.

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Acer Nitro 5 GTX 1050 Ti

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Hello, i have the AN515-51-78h0 version with the i7-7700hq,1050ti,256gb ssd and no HDD,and i’ve wanted to talk about my own experience. -The thermals are not good,the cpu is mostly on 92 to 96c,and it can even hit 100c for a second or two. It definitely is not optimal,but the cpu doesnt throttle as much as overheating ultrabooks do. -The battery life of the 48wh battery isnt optimal aswell, at normal usage with few small programs and chrome, the battery stays for 2.5 hours to 3.5 hours (depends on battery settings). I would recommend the Dell’s 7567 or the 7577, they… Read more »