Acer Nitro 5 – Best $670 Ryzen Gaming Laptop!
Usd price point so far Ill show you what it can do and help you decide if its worth buying in this detailed review.. My Nitro is packing the 6 core Ryzen. 5. 4600H processor, with Nvidia GTX, 1650 graphics, but there are other configurations available. You can check those out as well as updated prices with the links in the description.. This video is sponsored by me and the Patreon members. I had to buy the Nitro 5 from the US and import it to Australia. This is only possible thanks to viewers, like you, come join us over in discord and get behind the scenes. Videos at the link in the description. Back to the Nitro, its got an all black plastic, build with red, accenting., Theres, more flex to the keyboard and lid compared to others. But it feels fine during regular everyday use and is pretty standard for a gaming laptop at this price. Point. Were looking at under 4.8lb or 2.2kg for the laptop alone, then under 5.9lb or 2.7kg, with the 135 watt power brick and cables included. Its not too big. For a 15 inch gaming laptop a bit thick but definitely still portable overall., My Nitro has a 15.6 1080p 60Hz display, but theres no FreeSync available here so tearing in games was occasionally noticeable. Ive, measured the screen's average grey to grey response time at around 23ms. Ideally, we want to see 16.66ms for a 60Hz panel like this.. Unfortunately, I havent had too many other 60Hz laptops for testing its only a little slower than the screen in the Dell G5 SE.
Ive tested the screen with the Spyder 5 and got 62 of sRGB 44 of NTSC 46 of AdobeRGB and 46 of DCI P3. So colours are on the lower side. Were looking at 253 nits at 100 brightness below the 300, or so I like to see making it a little dim, but the 9201 contrast ratio was fair., Backlight wasnt too bad. I never noticed the spots up the top when viewing darker content, but this will vary between laptop and panel. Theres, a 720p camera above the display in the middle, no Windows, Hello, support.. This is what the camera and microphone look and sound like. This is what it sounds like to type on the keyboard, and this is what it sounds like if we set the fan to max speed. So you can still hear me: ok, over the fans., The keyboard just has a single zone of red backlighting, which illuminates all keys and secondary key functions.. Its got 4 levels of key brightness or can be turned off.. I thought typing was fine, heres how it sounds to give you an idea of what to expect.. Although the power button is part of the keyboard, an accidental press does nothing by default. Youve got to hold it for a while. Then the Acer software will prompt you for what to do. The precision. Touchpad is a smooth plastic with red accent. It clicks down anywhere and works fine.. The black finish is sort of shiny, so dirt and fingerprints make it look quite messy, but its smooth plastic.
So pretty easy to clean, with a microfiber cloth. On the left from the back theres, a kensington, lock, air exhaust vent, gigabit ethernet, two USB 3.1 Gen1 Type, A ports and 3.5mm audio combo jack. On the right from the front, a USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C port. No Thunderbolt USB 2.0 Type, A port HDMI 2.0 output and an air exhaust on this side. Too., The HDMI port, connects straight to the Nvidia graphics, while the Type C port does not offer display output and the Nitro cannot be charged over Type C either.. The back just has some red plastic with the power input.. Something to note is youve, got to push the power adapter quite hard to get it in originally. I thought I had it in, but the machine wasnt powering on turns out. You just have to push it in harder., Otherwise, theres. Nothing on the front. Underneath has some air intake vents towards the back directly above the fans.. Getting inside involves removing 11 phillips head screws. Inside weve got the battery down the front. A 2.5 inch drive bay to the left of that M.2 storage, slot and WiFi 5 card, just above that memory in the middle and a second M.2 storage slot to the right, which only takes smaller drives.. I should also note that my Nitro shipped with single channel memory – I installed dual channel for best performance, and this is something I recommend if you buy this machine.
. The speakers are on the left and right sides towards the front.. They sounded ok about average and nothing special tinny with no bass, but the latencymon results were looking decent.. The Nitro 5 is powered by a 57Wh battery Ive tested it with keyboard lighting off background apps, disabled and screen at 50 brightness.. The results were extremely impressive. Its now my best result for a gaming laptop in the YouTube playback test with more than 10 and a half hours of run time, while gaming lasted for over an hour and a half, and it still ran at the 30 FPS battery boost limit.. This is extra impressive if we consider that the battery could have been larger if Acer didnt give us that 2.5 drive bay. Lets check out. Thermals next. The Nitrosense software doesnt give us that much option. We can customize the two fans independently of each other or just set max speed, no modes for changing performance, though these options are just for the Windows power plan.. None of these modes applied any overclocks to the GPU.. I was able to use the third party Ryzen Controller software to boost the processor, but only in CPU only workloads. It had no effect when the GPU is active like when gaming. The idle temperatures were good. With a 21 degree Celsius, room stress tests were done with the Aida64 CPU stress test, with stress, CPU only checked and the Heaven GPU benchmark run. At the same time, while gaming was tested playing, Watch Dogs 2.
Things cool down with the fans maxed out then get cooler with the cooling pad in use. No thermal throttling was observed and worst case, the CPU wasnt, even hitting 90 degrees Celsius, while the GPU struggled To pass 70., These are the clock speeds for the same tests. Just shown.. The GPU speed improves a little as cooling improves, presumably, as this helps with GPU boost, which prefers lower temperatures. CPU clock speed also increases too almost reaching 4GHz over all 6 cores. With the cooling pad in either test., These are the power levels reported by Hardware Info, so the GTX 1650 is able to run at its 50 watt limit without issue, while the CPU was 35 watts max in these long term loads.. It would, of course boost up higher than this in more bursty workloads, but this would help explain the lower temps we just dont have high powered hardware, here. Heres, how CPU only performance looks in Cinebench with the GPU now idle. It was possible to boost performance by 7.6 for the multicore score with Ryzen Controller. Again, I didnt use that earlier, as I saw no change when the GPU was active. When compared to others its the best multicore score for a 6 core laptop Ive got so far, though, to be fair, those two just below it were tested before Ryzen Controller, either Way, still a nice result from what is meant to be a budget friendly gaming laptop. When idling the keyboard was around the low 30 degree Celsius point, which is pretty normal.
With the stress tests running and fan set to auto it's getting to the low 50s in The middle and felt fairly warm without being uncomfortable. With the fans maxed out the wrist rest is still cool. Wasd area, cool and middle of the keyboard is now a bit cooler than before. But still warm lets have a listen to fan noise.. It was only just audible at idle., With the stress tests going and the fan set to the default auto mode its not that loud, then max fan speed was a fair bit louder.. I think this is a good thing, though, as theres some level of user customization. It means youve got the option within this range to pick your sweet spot of thermals and fan noise. Now lets check out how well this config of Nitro 5 performs in games and see how it compares with other laptops. Ive tested Battlefield 5 in campaign mode at Ultra settings, the Nitro 5 is highlighted in red. In this test, its the lowest result. Ive got for a GTX 1650 laptop so far, not counting the lower powered Max Q options of course. Intel still seems to have a bit of an edge when it comes to gaming for the most part, so thats, not too surprising, as the other 1650 laptops are Intel based, though, at the same time, its very close to the Aorus 5 with 9th gen i7.. These are the results from Far Cry 5 with ultra settings in the built in benchmark.
. The Nitro 5 moves up a few places this time and is now the best 1650 result out of the machines. Ive got data for.. This test is generally more CPU reliant, but in say Cinebench. I get similar scores on the 4600H to those 9th gen i7s at stock. It could be the faster DDR4 3200 memory, helping the Nitro along. Shadow of the Tomb. Raider was also tested with the games benchmark tool with the highest setting preset. Again, the Nitro 5 was offering the best result out of the 1650 laptops Ive tested and was just a couple of FPS behind the 1650 Ti in the Lenovo IdeaPad gaming 3. Just above it review on that coming soon., If you want more results, Ive tested the Nitro 5 in 22 games at all, setting levels check out the card in the top right corner or link in the video description.. Now, for the benchmarking tools, Ive tested, Heaven Valley and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike and Timespy from 3DMark, just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at these results. Ive, used Adobe Premiere to export one of my laptop review videos at 4K.. This test benefits from quicksync from the Intel machines, which is why the Nitro 5 is on the lower side out of this selection. Ive also tested Premiere, but with the Puget systems benchmark, which also accounts for things like live playback rather than just export times.. In these tests, a higher score is better and the Nitro was close to higher GPU options with an i7 and ahead of the 1650 Ti in the TUF A15 just below it.
, The results were similar in Adobe Photoshop. This tends to be more of a CPU focussed test and its the best result. Ive seen from a 4600H machine, so far. DaVinci Resolve is more GPU heavy, so the 50 watt 1650 is on the lower side. Now, when compared to the others., Ive also tested SPECviewperf, which tests out various professional 3D workloads. Ive used Crystal disk mark to test the 256gb NVMe M.2 SSD, the read speeds were decent, then a fair bit lower comparatively for the writes. For updated prices check the links In the description as prices will change over time. At the time of recording in the US, the config Ive tested in this video starts at 670 USD a seriously competitive price.. You can pay extra for the 1650 Ti model, but, as we saw in the game graphs earlier, the Ti GPU doesnt really change the gaming performance. That much. Now lets summarise the good and bad parts of the Nitro 5 to help you decide if its a gaming laptop worth considering.. Overall, I think whats on offer is pretty impressive.. The CPU performance is excellent. Thanks to the Ryzen, 5, 4600H processor and performance in games is about where youd expect from the GTX 1650. That is medium settings needed for a solid 60 FPS in more demanding titles. Battery life was seriously impressive, and that was in spite of it still having a 2.5 drive bay instead of a large battery.. It sucks that its available in single channel memory – I get that costs need to be cut to be competitive at this price point, but Ive shown just how much of a performance boost that can make.
Speaking of cost. Cutting the chassis is all plastic with quite a bit of flex, but realistically I never noticed that during normal use, you dont sit there trying to bend the machine after all.. The 60Hz screen had low colour, gamut response time and lower brightness than Id like. Oh and no FreeSync, so not a great panel, but it will get the job done.. The speakers were, average keyboard and touchpad were fine and the temperatures werent getting hot, even under heavy load, which just seems to be a side effect of not having high end specs inside, but its good. That weve got some control over fan speeds, as increasing cooling could boost performance. Anyway for the 670 USD price. I think the Nitro 5 is a decent gaming. Laptop. This level of performance, particularly from the processor, was unheard of for this much money before Ryzen 4000, as we saw its hanging out with more expensive i7 options.. Just be aware of the main compromises noted, including meh screen and build quality which, to be fair, are going to be the case in basically any gaming laptop at this price, point., Oh and upgrade to dual channel memory. If you can spare the extra money, it will be worth it.. Let me know what you thought about Acers Nitro 5 gaming laptop down in the comments.