Published on July 16th, 2016 | by Varuna Singh1
Acer Aspire V Nitro 15 Review
Acer was off to a promising start when last year it showcased some very intriguing and useful devices. We all know them from making laptops. Most of them on the cost-effective mark. Their Aspire series of devices are their main line of laptops with their flagship v7 and the one we’re reviewing the Acer Aspire V Nitro; more specifically VN7-571G-72FV.
Screen and Size: Acer Aspire V Nitro 15
The Nitro comes in 15 and 17th inches. It’s quite big amidst today’s 14 and 13 inch laptops and its build quality is fairly decent. The review unit we had has a horrible screen but there is an IPS display option that I’d highly recommend should you choose to buy this laptop. The screen is Not a touchscreen and that’s not a bad thing. Windows works decently with or without it.
Traditional design with an uplifted look
The body is plastic and there is a metallic look at the hinges that a traditional design, an uplifted look. The laptop looks a lot thinner thanks to its cut edges and over all feels very well-balanced. While this is technically a Ultrabook it’s really thick once you start carrying it around. If Acer made a 14-inch version of it, I’d recommend that instead.
Surprising internal features inside an innocent design
The screen on our review unit was pretty bad by todays standard. Its poor resolution and viewing angles were not flagship quality. The real selling price of the Acer its internals. For AED 3599 you get an i7 4th generation 4510 – Ultrabook 2.0Ghz (Turbo boost 3.1Ghz) processor 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a very well performing graphics Nvidia 840M card.
Performance and Gaming
Performance on the V Nitro was very good. I could play the latest Doom game on it without any hiccups. Loading up a lot of tabs on chrome and doing some actual processor intensive work didn’t slow down the Laptop. Most of the benefits of the Nitro are best known when you’re not mobile. Things like gaming, working work best. It has an Nvidia 840 M with 2 GB of Video RAM. That’s a really capable mid-level gaming card for a laptop and I’m glad Acer opted for that. The laptop got me really interested in laptop gaming again.
The Acer Aspire Nitro got me really interested in laptop gaming again!
The Nitro has a 1 TB hybrid Hard drive. It has about 8GB of that as SSD. That means immediate files and processes like the operating system and some files get stored and get operated from the SSD while other files are stored in the 1TB Hard Drive. This makes the laptop even faster and safer when mobile.
Not much software load on useful Acer applications
It comes with Windows 8.1 however there is that free windows 10 upgrade till July 29th that everyone should make use of. The Acer V Nitro does come with plenty of Acer utilities that most people might find annoying. They can be uninstalled and they don’t really auto start or take up the system by a lot.
Portability and outdoor work isn’t ideal.
The keyboard is great and has a gamer styled red light to it, however the trackpad is very annoying. I really wish I could say something nice about it but it just isn’t on par with other laptops. The laptop has a healthy 3 USB 3.0 ports, a full-sized HDMI port and its own charging connector. The laptop lasted me about 4-5 hours which is well below what Acer claims. You could squeeze a bit more but ideally we’re looking at a lower mark.
Sound and Heat
The sound is remarkable on the Nitro. It’s not only quiet in operation, but its speakers are louder than my portable speakers. The V Nitro has stellar quality for a laptop. I’m very impressed they could fit a very capable speaker system in the laptop. It has 4 speakers and I never bothered connecting any other sound system to it.
This Acer sounds fantastic!
The laptop is also very cool too– temperature wise. It manages to distribute heat even while gaming very well. The Acer V Nitro is a very well balanced laptop in heat as well as weight.
Final thoughts and Battery
Great laptop as a base station- not so much as a portable device
Battery life on the Acer was about 5 hours on a very basic usage. While gaming / high intensity tasks it lasts at just under 4 hours – something that the Acer Aspire V Nitro is aimed for.
I really wish Acer sorted the touch pad, screen and battery. I’m guessing for sake of competition, Acer had to cut down on some areas.
If you want a cost-effective desk PC with laptop flexibility and the ability to play most games at medium settings, get the Acer Nitro. if you’re going to be mobile, the features you care and use the most are – screen, battery, touchpad and keyboard. Sadly 3 out of 4 of them aren’t up to the mark. However, the Acer gets a thumbs up for performance, gaming, value and sound.