Our review of the Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-53ST
Full size for the creative gaming laptop Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-53ST black with a 17-inch IPS Full HD anti-reflective display whose 144Hz frequency enhances gaming agility, which is effective thanks to its Hexa Core i5-11400H Tiger Lake-H processor and its 16GB of RAM, which accelerates multimedia processing. This is also the case with the advanced NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 ray tracing graphics card, which is capable of running the latest games, while the fast SSD storage enhances the responsiveness. This versatile laptop designed for gaming and cabinets running on Windows 11 is also equipped with a backlit keyboard, but also connectivity options with Thunderbolt 4 USB-C and Wi-Fi axle.
Best known price: 1099 €
Features of Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-53ST
|Screen (s)||17.3 ” Full HD LED IPS 144Hz 3ms 300cd / m² ComfyView thin edges (1920 × 1080, anti-reflective)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-11400H Tiger Lake-H (2.7 GHz, 6 cores)|
|Installed RAM (max.)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (busy)|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel Iris Xe integrated in the processor and Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe, 2280)|
|stik||3 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2) Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.0|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6 axis (2 × 2, Killer AX1650i), Bluetooth 5.2 + Gigabit Ethernet|
|Sound system||2 Waves MaxxAudio speakers, TrueHarmony|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Announced autonomy / battery||6 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 3560mAh 57Wh|
|Weight / dimensions (mm)||3 kg / 403.5 x 280 x 24.9|
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-53ST against the competition
The Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-53ST is currently displayed promotion at Cdiscount and offers an interesting configuration / price ratio for its category, where competition is very limited and where it is one of the only ones to offer such a powerful graphics card and processor in such a lightweight chassis under Windows 11.
If this Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-53ST does not meet all your criteria, you will find other configurations to play with a similar budget in our gaming laptop guide. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, it will have the biggest impact on performance.
Chassis, connectors, fenders for the Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-53ST
It has a distinct gamer look and yet is relatively discreet with its black design with angular lines and hints of red.
CoolBoost technology ensures that it is cooled using 2 fans that can be controlled with the NitroSense application, heating pipes and air valves.
In terms of connectivity, this creator-oriented gamer laptop is well-equipped with its Bluetooth 5 wireless and Wi-Fi axis modules (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect remotely, its convenient HDMI video output to easily connect it to a TV or monitor, e.g. its Ethernet and audio ports, its USB-C, but also its 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compliant), which guarantees completed transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if you connect USB 3.0 peripherals.
The Chiclet keyboard can, of course, be backlit, which is handy for better distinguishing its keys in case of limited ambient light.
With its 144H refresh rate, the screen improves fluency in games compared to the standard 60Hz. As a bonus, it has significant viewing angles, both horizontally and vertically, thanks to its IPS technology, which also implies more faithful colors than average. With its 16: 9 format and Full HD definition, the screen is also very suitable for viewing videos and wider High Definition content. As it is anti-reflective, the screen also provides better visibility than a glossy panel in a bright environment (eg outdoors), while being more relaxing to the eyes with prolonged use.
Performance, autonomy for Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-53ST
The Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-53ST can appeal to those looking for a versatile large-format laptop that performs well in games and creation.
It is capable of running newer games because it integrates the dedicated NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 ray tracing graphics card.
In addition to gamers, the GeForce RTX 3060 will also be of interest to creators because it speeds up processing under software that utilizes GPU computing power, such as Sony Vegas or Adobe Photoshop / Premiere.
In practice, the GeForce RTX 3060 is activated / deactivated automatically and in real time by NVIDIA Optimus technology, depending on the tasks performed.
However, Optimus prefers Intel Iris Xe as much as possible, a graphics solution contained in the processor because it uses little energy, which promotes autonomy.
In this area you can expect approximately 6 hours of battery operation with easy use.
Optimus actually enables the GeForce RTX 3060 to handle graphics tasks that are considered too heavy for Intel Iris Xe, for example for gaming.
Whether it’s GeForce RTX 3060 or Intel Iris Xe, you can of course view photos and videos.
The Iris Xe takes place directly in the processor, a Hexa Core i5-11400H Intel Tiger Lake-H, which delivers solid overall performance that is able to satisfy a maximum of users, especially since it is connected with a good amount of 16 GB of RAM.
If this core supports GeForce RTX 3060 well in games, the contribution of Hexa Core is currently variable in games compared to a Quad Core.
Creatives will be happy to achieve much faster processing with this kernel than with a Quad Core processor and 8GB of DDR4, as the difference is particularly noticeable in areas that use CPU and RAM resources by utilizing multicores, such as in photo editing, video editing or 3D playback.
Built around an Intel HM570 chipset, the heart of this versatile laptop designed for gaming and creation also houses SSD storage.
As a reminder, an SSD offers several advantages over a simple hard drive: greater shock resistance, silent operation, lower energy consumption or even greater speed.
Best known price: 1099 €
Specifically, thanks to the SSD, we achieve much better fluidity and responsiveness on a daily basis than with a simple hard drive. This especially means much faster games / software launches as well as processing and start / stop, or even a faster arrival on the cards in online games.
With its 512 GB, the SSD offers a capacity similar to the standard for hard drives.
However, if this proves insufficient, an external storage device, such as a USB 3.0 / USB-C device, can be used to obtain fast transfers.
Finally, expect heat and noise when this versatile creative gaming laptop is pressed hard (e.g. games, processing). If its weight and its large format do not make it particularly easy to transport, it is particularly comfortable for mainly sedentary use (eg at home).
To limit the temperatures, if necessary, you can equip yourself with a ventilated support (remember to check the goals carefully!).