Yesterday, Acer lifted the curtain on a suite of new Windows 11 laptops, including a pair of gaming-focused Nitro 5 iterations. It seems we’re starting to see the giant wave of incoming PC hardware that will ship with Microsoft’s updated OS, and the jury is still (mostly) out on that, at least as far as gaming benchmarks are concerned.
Aimed at gamers seeking general affordability and solid performance on the go, the Nitro 5 refreshes will be available in two separate models come mid-October: A 15.6-inch version and a 17.3-inch version.
The 15-inch model, which will retail for $769.99, features an 11thGen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of DDR4 memory, an NVIDIA GTX 1650 GPU and a 256GB SSD.
The 17-inch model, which will retail for a rather less affordable $1,199.99, features an 11thGen Intel Core i7processor, 16GB of DDR4 memory, an RTX 3050Ti GPU and a 1TB SSD.
Beyond differing display sizes, both Nitro 5 models will sport 1080p (FHD) resolution, a 144Hz refresh rate, as well as ethernet and Thunderbolt 4 ports.
Both of these seem like promising budget-minded gaming laptops, though the measly 8GB of memory in the lower-end 15-inch model will have most gamers barely scraping by in many recent demanding AAA titles like Far Cry 6 or Cyberpunk 2077. If you like to have a lot of browser tabs open while you play, performance is going to take a serious dive.
The 17-inch model on the other hand, with its more generous 16GB of memory, is the gaming sweet spot if you’re looking to experience the latest interactive experiences without too many graphical compromises. Of course, you’ll pay the difference for that added performance.
It’s a little bit disappointing that neither of these new Nitro 5s feature a higher refresh rate. At 1080p, it’s getting more and more difficult to justify anything less than 240Hz, especially if you’re trying to be competitive in first person shooters or Fortnite. Still, as entry level options go, 144Hz is more than enough to enjoy the vast majority of PC games, especially single player experiences.
Lastly, if you’re not all that into gaming and more prefer productivity, Acer announced several other laptops alongside the Nitro 5s: The sustainability-focused Aspire Vero and the stylish and refreshed Swift 5. The Aspire Vero looks especially interesting, seeing as it’s made out of recycled plastic and is aiming to reduce the amount of e-waste that ends up in landfills.
It’d be nice to see gaming laptops eventually follow suit. Perhaps a Nitro Aspire Vero is in the works somewhere. Fingers crossed for future gaming sustainability.