Acer has refreshed its Nitro 5 lineup of entry-level gaming laptops for the second half of 2021, and its new 17.3-inch mannequin launching in mid-October appears significantly spectacular given its $1,199.99 value. Its 1080p show has a 144Hz refresh fee, and it comes outfitted with an eleventh Gen Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia’s RTX 3050 Ti graphics chip. (Acer hasn’t specified the CPU mannequin or what the utmost graphics energy of the GPU shall be.) Different specs embrace 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 1TB SSD. That appears like a stable gaming laptop computer to me, as long as you’re not anticipating an excessive amount of out of it.
If you need one thing smaller, Acer additionally has a 15.6-inch model coming in mid-October for $769.99. It additionally has a 144Hz refresh fee display, however as you might need guessed with the $400 value distinction, there’s extra than simply dimension that will get a discount right here. It has an eleventh Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256GB SSD, and on the graphics facet of issues, it options the Nvidia GTX 1650. This could nonetheless be capable to do some mild gaming, nevertheless it’ll probably be a extra compromised expertise than what the 17.3-inch can do.
Each fashions have an ethernet port and a Thunderbolt 4 port, along with three USB-A ports, HDMI out, a 3.5mm jack, and a Kensington slot.
Acer gave the newest Nitro 5 simply a few minor design changes that make it stand out a bit in contrast to the early 2021 model. It nonetheless has a crimson and black colorway with edges that taper off, together with a full-size keyboard. The barrel plug charger now plugs in alongside the appropriate facet of the laptop computer as an alternative of its again, and components of its lid and chassis seem to have a grippier texture.
If you happen to simply obtained the Nitro 5 or the same gaming laptop computer earlier this yr, these upgrades don’t look like must-haves. However if you happen to’re available in the market for a 17.3-inch machine, Acer’s newest looks like a improbable worth.