Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro Black Edition Gaming Laptop Review

PROS

  • High CPU performance: Nitro provides the aggressive, raw GPU and CPU performance that makes premium priced gaming laptops worth the money.
  • Tobii eye tracking: Destroying enemies by simply glaring at them makes you invincible. You will have to install the Gamehub for better performance.

CONS

  • Low-resolution display: The Nitro’s screen is not as bright as its competitors that come with higher resolutions. The image quality also drops when playing GPU intensive games at Ultra settings.
  • Heat: the heat sink in the Nitro seems incapable of handling the processor heat output during gaming. You may want to let it cool after a few hours of gaming.

VERDICT

Acer’s Aspire V17 Nitro is no doubt a gaming laptop, though built for the office as well. It excels and trounces most of its competitors in terms of overall performance, memory, and storage. The resolution is worth having given the savings you make on cost. Tobii eye tracking is an exciting feature that makes you feel like an invincible superhero.

Editor rating

0/5 on March 14, 2018

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Gaming laptops are known for their robust built and rarely aesthetically appealing look. Acer’s Aspire V17 Nitro does not fit this description. The laptop is suitable for the gaming room as well as the office. Here are what to expect with the Nitro besides its look.

Design

Besides, the name, the Nitro has nothing in its design that looks aggressive or domineering. Its plain black plastic cover is adorned with the ubiquitous silver logo of the Taiwanese company.

Opening the lid reveals a 17.3-inch display with a thick bezel, IR tracking cameras for its Tobii application and an aluminum deck. The only feature in the design that gives it away as a gaming laptop is the keyboard’s backlight, but you can turn that off too.

The Nitro weighs 7 pounds, which may not be very comfortable for your back. However, it is way much lighter than its competitor, the Alienware 17 R4 (9.6) and slightly heavier than HP Omen  (6.28 pounds).

Keyboard

The keyboard has an adequate travel distance of 1.6mm and an actuation force of 65 grams, which makes it a light-touch keyboard. They are comfortable and functional for those who would use it to punch out words.

Touchpad

It smooth and responsive at all points except the left corner that hosts a fingerprint sensor. The sensor is for logging into the computer with Windows hello as well use for Windows 10 gestures.

Peripherals

The Nitro has two USB 2.0, two USB 3.0 ports and a Thunderbolt 3 port. Other slots include a lock slot, Headphone port, SD card, HDMI, and Ethernet Jack ports.

Battery life

The Aspire V7 Nitro has a battery life of 5 hours 30 minutes. While this is less than that of some gaming laptops in the category, it is more than the group’s average of 4 hours 27 minutes.

Heat

The heat levels of the Nitro during an ordinary work session, which included opening a bunch of web pages and streaming an HD video for 15 minutes, were impressive. The keyboard and the touchpad reached 91 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit respectively while the bottom heated up to 94 degrees Fahrenheit. None of them exceeded the 95 degrees Fahrenheit comfort limit.

It, however, goes heats up during gaming to about 105 degrees Fahrenheit at the bottom during gaming.

Audio

The speakers of the Nitro are powerful with crisp sounds. You do not need a gaming headset if you plan to play alone unless you want to hear sounds in the game’s surrounding.

Display

The Nitro is large-sized gaming machine with a 17.3-inch display. A 4k resolution is one of the features left out by Acer in this machine to make it affordable. Laptops with such a resolution like the GTX 1060 version of the New Razer Blade Pro come at a price that is more than double the Nitro’s. It has a 1920 x 1080 display that looks great for the money.

It provides a vivid color reproduction showing 118 percent of sRGB color gamut. This is slightly lower than the desktop average of 120 percent and higher than the category’s 92 percent. Its brightness, however, is lower than the average (290nits) at 264 nits.

Graphics

The Aspire V17 Nitro comes with NVidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card and 6GB VRAM. With such premium features, it can run any game title, from the GPU intensive games to VR titles. It also delivers consistent frame rates of 60fps when used at Ultra setting. However, you may have to tweak it lower for some games such as the Rise of the Tomb Raider.

The gaming laptop is VR ready as GTX 1060 is built for VR headsets like HTC vive and the Oculus Rift. The Nitro reached a 77.2 in the SteamVR Performance Test, which is higher than the 5.7 average for the group.

CPU performance

It is at the CPU level that Nitro makes a statement of quality and performance. Its Intel core i7-7700GHQ processor comes with 16GB RAM and a high-speed 512GB storage. It also comes with a 1TB 7200rpm HDD for extra storage. Apart from the processor, the features double what you will find in the Lenovo Legion Y720 that falls in the same price category.

Performance test score of the Nitro on the Geekbench 4 teat was 13,333, which is higher than 13,284, the average for gaming desktop pcs.

Tobii eye tracking

It is an interesting feature that sets the Nitro above its competitor and makes it worth the price. It is for controlling Windows and gaming. About 100 game titles support the technology including Rise of the Tomb Raider, Farming Simulator, Minecraft, among others. Tobii Gamehub app allows you to improve the eye-tracking features in each game.

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