A powerful Windows 10 notebook for those who still need all the connections yes it even has Ethernet. So suitable for both work and dare I say the word PLAY. This is a solidly constructed offering that may even reduce the need for so many visits to the gym.
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The Acer Nitro 5 measures 39x26x2.4cm and weighs 2.454 kilos.
Going around the outside finds Kensington Lock Port, Ethernet, USB ‘C’, HDMI out, USB 3.1 and SD Card socket all on the left side. The front is clear apart from speakers at each of the chamfered corners. The right side has headphones out, two USB2 ports, two LEDs and finally DC input. The back like the front is clear apart from large heat outputs. The base has four structured rubber feet to also allow expulsion of heat.
The viewable screen is 34x19.5cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of 15.6inches. The display is 1920x1080.
It has a 104 key keyboard that by default is backlit when on mains power, if you need the backlit keyboard when on battery power it’s FN and F9 pressed together and the same to turn it off. There is a 3cm strip clear behind the keyboard and 2.5cm clear either side. A massive 10.5cm is clear in front with the 10.x7.5cm trackpad mounted 9.5cm from the left and 18.5cm from the right.
Bootup is an amazing six seconds and shutdown from desktop only two seconds.
The unit as supplied to me has a six core Intel i7 processor running at 2.8GHz, 8GB of RAM a 128GB SSD drive as ‘C’ and 1TB drive as ‘D’. It also has NVidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB dedicated memory.
The chamfered corners that have the speakers on the front edges produce a good quality of Dolby sound which is called Dolby Audio Premium.
The display is excellent and has good range of colour and the images are clear and sharp.
While as mentioned it has Ethernet I tended to do most of my tests using Wi-Fi and the speed of connection was as good as any device even when used where reception often drops down.
My own PC has recently been upgraded to V1809 the same as this arrived with. Then the February updates arrived and this downloaded and installed them in around a quarter of the time my own unit did.
For those who need even more memory the 8GB or RAM can be increased to 32GB should you wish.
When recharging the 3320MaH battery the oversize DC power brick managed to charge it at 1% per minute. I managed to straddle the stated 5½ hours battery run time dependant on the tasks it was conducting.
Another FN feature when used with F7 is to disable the mouse pointer. One feature stated on the specifications that I did not find was the Finger Print Reader.
Currently the Acer website is offering a 15% discount as well as a free download of Black Ops 4 which reduces the price by £150.
The Acer Nitro 5 as reviewed is available for £849.99 from the link below.