This year’s Acer Nitro 5 refresh brings with it a strong range of components and premium features like high resolutions that help it reach beyond its budget trappings.
Acer usually positions its Nitro gaming laptops as a budget line, but with the Ryzen 7 5800H and the RTX 3070 in the new Acer Nitro 5, it’s looking to be a powerful mid-range contender this time around. Those components come with a slightly higher price point than we’re used to seeing from the Nitro, and when you add in that the only resolution available on the laptop’s 15 inch configurations is 1440p, it really does seem like Acer is targeting more than the budget market with this Nitro 5 refresh.
It’s a shame that the new Nitro 5 still keeps the generally clunky look of its predecessors and hasn’t gone full premium with new trends like a 16:10 aspect resolution. But it’s got strong performance all around, and it’s $1,699 minimum price point shows that Acer thinks it can go toe-to-toe with the likes of Alienware, Asus ROG and more of the best gaming laptops.