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Acer Nitro 5 2022 review: budget gaming power

Considering your first gaming laptop? The Nitro 5 is the easy choice. Yes, there are flashier options, figuratively and literally, but Acer’s budget gaming machine is as reliable as it comes. It’s not much to look at, but a glass half full means it’s harmless too.

The complete gaming package beats the price you pay – from sheer horsepower to a very good keyboard. There are some drawbacks, but for this price you can’t expect perfection. If you’re a gaming laptop newbie or just someone interested in this portable form factor and don’t want to spend the earth, you can’t ignore the Nitro 5.

Nitro powered

The Acer Nitro 5 not only offers what you would expect from its spec sheet, it often goes above and beyond – a coup for such a cheap device. My test pattern configuration consisted of an Intel Core i5-12500H, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050Ti graphics card. The results were mighty impressive when we compared it to the main competitors from HP, Dell and Asus. Acer has closely matched rivals across the performance spectrum, outperforming rivals with matching specs, and sometimes even outperforming higher-spec laptops.

What you get with the Nitro 5 is a 1080p, 60fps machine at roughly low to medium settings for titles that focus on graphic fidelity frontier 3 and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. The laptop can even push to around 90 fps, but you’ll find consistent performance closer to 60. For those longing frames per second, the 144Hz display can be maxed out at 1080p low settings in a title like Apex Legends.

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This laptop also does well in the noise department, where many gaming laptops can often fail. The dual fan and quad exhaust setup keeps this unit from ever getting uncomfortably warm, and unless the fans are manually ramped up they don’t get obviously loud.

Unsurprisingly at this price point, the screen isn’t the brightest or the most colorful. Such luxury is reserved for high-end slots or machines that don’t prioritize games (or frames per second) at all. Still, it gets bright enough for an averagely lit room, and colors are reasonably accurate.

If you play titles with realistic design at the top, you may find that environmental details are a bit missing, but apart from that, you will have few complaints about the graphics when you start your game. You’re stuck with a 16:9 panel that’s perfect for gaming, watching videos and the like, but in 2022 many in this category are also opting for 16:10 – acknowledging the need for improved productivity too enable . But not this Acer.

Keyboard performance is strong, especially considering the affordable price of this machine. It offers plenty of travel and comfortable, if minimal, feedback. Keypress outperforms devices like the HP Victus 16 and Dell G15, but if you want something with more tactile feedback, an Asus TUF laptop would be the way to go. However, you would sacrifice some travel.

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