So far today, we’ve seen plenty of announcements for the revamped, 2019 range of Acer Predator products, including a new monitor, a new desktop and two new Helios series laptops. Now, our attention is turning to the Acer Nitro series, which strikes a decent balance between price and performance.
Today at Acer’s press event in New York, the Nitro 7 and Nitro 5 gaming laptops were announced. As Acer’s GM of notebooks, James Lin, puts it, the Nitro series laptops “prove that performance gaming doesn’t need to break the bank”.
We’ll start out with a look at the Nitro 7. The laptop has been re-designed with a new metal chassis, measuring in at just 19.9mm thick. It boasts a 15.6-inch 1080p/144Hz display with a 3ms response time. As with most laptops, there are multiple configurations, we can tell you that the Nitro 7’s starting price is set to be £999 here in the UK. We don’t know what the base specification is just yet but this laptop will be available with ‘up to’ an Intel 9th Gen Core processor and ‘the latest NVIDIA GPUs’.
What that likely translates into is lower tier RTX (like an RTX 2060) or a mobile version of the GTX 1660- although Nvidia hasn’t officially launched GTX 16 graphics for laptops yet.
Other key points include two slots for M.2 SSDs, extra room for a dedicated HDD and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM.
The Nitro 5 is the cheaper option. We were told that the starting price for this one should be around the £699 mark here in the UK. The Nitro 5 comes with a 15.6-inch display or a 17.3-inch display option, with an 80 percent screen-to-body ratio.
Much like the Nitro 7, the exact CPU and GPU options are not specified. We just know that it will feature an Intel 9th Gen processor and an Nvidia GPU. The Nitro 5 also supports the same amount of RAM and comes with slots for M.2 SSD upgrades.
Both Nitro laptops feature a dual-fan cooling design and two exhaust ports. The CoolBoost fan profile can be activated to increase fan speeds by an extra 10 percent if you are concerned about CPU or GPU temperatures. Both laptops also support Killer Ethernet E2500 or Acer’s own Network Optimiser tool so you can prioritise traffic to reduce ping for multiplayer gaming.
Both laptops also come with a range of speaker EQ options, so you can boost dialogue, increase bass or just boost overall volume.
The Nitro 7 is already available in the US and will be making its way to Europe in June. The Nitro 5 will be launching in the US this month and coming to Europe in May.
KitGuru Says: Unfortunately, exact CPU and GPU specs were left vague here, which likely has something to do with NDAs from other companies. Hopefully we get some exact details on that front in the coming weeks.