Acer has updated its Nitro 5 range of gaming gaming laptops for the second half of 2021, and its new 17.3-inch model, launched in mid-October, seems particularly impressive given the price of 1,199, $ 99. Its 1080p display has a refresh rate of 144 Hz and is equipped with an 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia’s RTX 3050 Ti graphics chip. (Acer has not specified the CPU model or what the maximum graphics power of the GPU will be.) Other specifications include 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and a 1 TB SSD. It sounds like a solid gaming laptop to me, as long as you do not expect too much out of it.
If you want something smaller, the Acer also has a 15.6-inch version coming in mid-October for $ 769.99. It also has a 144Hz refresh rate display, but as you may have guessed with the $ 400 price difference, there is more than just size that gets a reduction here. It has an 11th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, a 256 GB SSD and on the graphics side of things it has the Nvidia GTX 1650. This should still be able to make a little light gaming, but it will likely to be a more compromised experience than the 17.3-inch can.
Both models have an Ethernet port and a Thunderbolt 4 port, in addition to three USB-A ports, HDMI output, a 3.5mm connector and a Kensington slot.
Acer gave the latest Nitro 5 just a few minor design adjustments that make it stand out a bit compared to the early 2021 model. It still has a red and black color with waning edges, along with a full-size keyboard. The barrel plug charger now connects along the right side of the laptop instead of the back, and parts of its lid and chassis appear to have a grippier texture.
If you just got the Nitro 5 or a similar gaming laptop earlier this year, these upgrades do not seem like must-haves. But if you’re in the market for a 17.3-inch machine, Acer’s latest seems like a great value.