Our review of the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-74CU
Black designer gaming laptop, theAcer Nitro 5 AN515-58-74CU versatile benefits of fast 1TB SSD storage, which enhances its responsiveness, and a 15-inch IPS Full HD anti-reflective display whose 144Hz frequency enhances gaming agility. Designed to play and create, this multimedia laptop is powerful thanks to its Intel Alder Lake-H Core i7-12700H processor with 14 hybrid cores and its 16 GB of RAM, which accelerates processing like the NVIDIA Ampere GeForce graphics card High-end RTX 3060 ray tracing able to support the latest games. Backlit keyboard or connection with Wi-Fi axis and USB-C is also part of it, all under Windows 11.
Best known price: 1599 €
Features of Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-74CU
|Screen (s)||15.6 ”Full HD LED IPS 144Hz ComfyView 250cd / m² (1920 × 1080, anti-reflective / matte)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-12700H Alder Lake-H (14 cores, 6P 2.4 GHz, 8E 1.8 GHz)|
|Installed RAM (max.)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots (busy)|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel Iris Xe integrated in the processor|
|Storage||1TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|stik||2 USB 3.2 (Gen2) + 1 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6 axis (2 × 2), Bluetooth 5.2 + Gigabit Ethernet|
|Sound system||2 speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Announced autonomy / battery||5 hours / Li-Ion 4 cells 57Wh|
|Weight / dimensions (mm)||2.5 kg / 360.4 x 271.1 x 25.9-26.9|
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-74CU against the competition
The Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-74CU is now available on Amazon and is located in the good average of its category, where it is one of the only ones offering such a new processor (Alder Lake) under Windows 11 with such a high capacity SSD.
If this Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-74CU does not meet all of your criteria, you will find other configurations to play with a similar budget in our Guide to Gaming Laptops. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, it will have the biggest impact on performance.
Chassis, connectors, monitor Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-74CU
With its black design with angular lines and connectors placed partially on the back, it has an original gamer look.
This creator-oriented gamer laptop has good connectivity consisting of 1 USB-C, Bluetooth 5.2 wireless modules and Wi-Fi axis (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect remotely, a useful HDMI video output to easily connect it to a TV or monitor, e.g. Ethernet and audio ports or even 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) which guarantees s up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 peripherals are connected.
The Chiclet keyboard can, of course, have backlighting, which is very handy for better distinguishing its keys in the dark.
With its 144Hz frequency, which is higher than the 60Hz standard, the screen improves speed in games, which will be interesting for gamers. In addition, it is well suited for viewing videos and more generally of High Definition content because it uses a 16: 9 format associated with a Full HD definition. As it uses IPS technology, the screen also has significant viewing angles, both horizontally and vertically. As it is anti-reflective, the screen also provides better visibility than a glossy panel in a bright environment (eg outdoors).
Performance, autonomy of the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-74CU
The Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-74CU can be interesting for those who want to acquire a versatile 15-inch laptop that excels in games and creation.
It takes advantage of SSD storage, whose large capacity of 1 TB competes with hard drives in this field, enough to accommodate and install more files, games and software, including why not a personal production.
Compared to a hard drive, let’s highlight the benefits of an SSD: greater shock resistance, reduced power consumption, silent operation, and greater speed.
Specifically, the SSD provides much better fluidity and responsiveness on a daily basis than a simple hard drive. Thanks to the SSD, the launch of games / software is much faster, especially the processing and start / stop, and we reach the cards for online games faster.
We can indulge in the latest games under this creator-oriented gamer laptop as it features the dedicated high-end NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 ray tracing graphics card.
If gamers would be interested in the GeForce RTX 3060, the creators too, as it accelerates processing under software that utilizes GPU computing power, such as Adobe Premiere / Photoshop or Sony Vegas.
In fact, GeForce RTX 3060 is automatically and in real time in demand by NVIDIA Optimus technology depending on the tasks performed.
However, Optimus prefers as much as possible operation on the Intel Iris Xe solution integrated in the processor, even though its performance is significantly lower because it is energy efficient, which promotes autonomy.
The GeForce RTX 3060 is practically enabled by Optimus to perform graphics processing that is too heavy for the Iris Xe. With one or the other of these graphic solutions you can of course see pictures and videos, but also indulge in modest titles.
It’s the Intel Alder Lake-H Core i7-12700H processor with 14 hybrid cores, which directly integrates the Iris Xe graphics solution. It is here connected with 16 GB RAM to deliver total power that is able to satisfy demanding users.
Best known price: 1599 €
This kernel, which supports GeForce RTX 3060 well in games, will be of particular interest to creatives, as in areas that require CPU and RAM resources that utilize multicores, the 14 hybrid cores in Alder Lake-H are utilized, making it possible to achieve much faster processing than with a classic Quad / Hexa Core and 8 GB DDR4. We especially notice the difference in multimedia areas such as video editing, 3D reproduction or photo editing.
Finally, on the autonomy side, expect about 5 hours of battery life with light use of this versatile creator-oriented gaming laptop, which is heard and warmed up when heavily pressured (eg games, treatments).
If necessary, the use of a ventilated support is a good way to maintain temperatures (remember to check the goals carefully!).