Our review of the Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-53X8
Comes without Windows, theAcer Nitro 5 AN517-52-53X8 is an inexpensive gaming laptop equipped with NVIDIA Turing GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, capable of running games that are not too demanding and speeding up multimedia processing. Equipped with a 17-inch IPS Full HD anti-reflective screen whose 144Hz frequency improves fluidity in games, this versatile gamer-oriented laptop is powerful thanks to its Quad Core i5 Comet Lake-H Intel processor, its 8 GB of RAM as well as its fast 512 GB of SSD storage, which improves its responsiveness. Relatively easy, it runs on Windows 11 and benefits from a backlit chiclet keyboard as well as connectivity options with USB-C and Wi-Fi axis.
Best known price: €649
Features of Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-53X8
|screen(s)||17.3” Full HD LED IPS 144Hz 300cd/m² ComfyView thin edges (1920×1080, anti-reflective)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-10300H Comet Lake-H (2.5 GHz, 4 cores)|
|Installed RAM (max)||8 GB DDR4 2933 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA Turing GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel UHD 630 integrated in the processor|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe) + 1 free 2.5 inch slot|
|plug||3 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI 2.0|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6 ax (2×2, Intel AX 201), Bluetooth 5.0 + Gigabit Ethernet|
|Sound system||2 Waves MaxxAudio speakers, TrueHarmony|
|Advertised autonomy / battery||6 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 3560mAh 57Wh|
|Weight/dimensions (mm)||2.2 kg / 403.5 x 280 x 24.9|
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-53X8 against the competition
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-53X8 is currently showing promotion at Cdiscount and offers an interesting configuration/price ratio for its category, where it is one of the cheapest to offer such a high-performance processor and graphics card, with IPS screen and such high resolution, offering the choice of operating system.
If this Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-53X8 doesn’t meet all your criteria, you’ll find other configurations for gaming 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, connector, screen of Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-53X8
With its black design with angular lines and touches of red, this versatile laptop has a gamer look.
It is relatively easily cooled by 2 fans, heat pipes and air vents. The NitroSense app provides temperature and fan speed control.
To take full advantage of this computer, it is necessary to install a complete system such as a Linux or Windows distribution.
For example, we can take advantage of NVIDIA Optimus technology, which determines in real time the graphics needs according to the tasks performed. When necessary, Optimus switches automatically and in real time between the graphics solution integrated in the processor and the dedicated card.
The first is preferred as much as possible by Optimus, despite its modest advantages, because its low energy consumption promotes autonomy compared to the second, more greedy and powerful. With one or the other, it is of course possible to view pictures and videos.
This creator-oriented gaming laptop is equipped with good connectivity options, including USB-C, Bluetooth 5 and Wi-Fi ax wireless modules (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect externally, a practical 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) that guarantee transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 devices are connected.
The chiclet keyboard can be backlit, which is useful for better distinguishing its keys when the ambient light is limited.
The display uses a refresh rate of 144Hz, which improves fluidity in games compared to the standard 60Hz. As a bonus thanks to its IPS technology, it has significant vertical and horizontal viewing angles, while reproducing colors more faithfully than average. In addition, the screen is well suited for viewing High Definition content such as videos due to its precise Full HD resolution and its 16:9 format. Thanks to its anti-reflective treatment, the screen is also less tiring on the eyes during prolonged use than a shiny panel and more readable in a bright environment (e.g. outdoors).
Performance, autonomy for Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-53X8
The Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-53X8 is a versatile performance 17-inch gaming-oriented laptop.
Games that don’t use too many graphics resources can run on this cheap gaming laptop because it comes with the dedicated GeForce GTX 1650 NVIDIA Turing card.
In addition, this GPU offers the special feature of accelerating multimedia processing under software that utilizes GPU computing power, such as Sony Vegas and Adobe Photoshop/Premiere.
The heart of this black laptop supports the GeForce GTX 1650 well because it consists of an Intel Comet Lake-H Quad Core i5-10300H processor connected with 8 GB of RAM.
Thus, a good overall performance is achieved which is able to satisfy many users. And especially those looking for more processing power than that provided by low-power models.
Built around an Intel HM470 chipset, this versatile gaming-oriented notebook leaves its storage space to an SSD, which clearly improves responsiveness and fluidity on a day-to-day basis compared to a simple hard drive.
It must be said that an SSD is silent, but also more resistant to shocks, uses less energy and is much faster.
Best known price: €649
In practice, the SSD guarantees, for example, much faster start/stop, processing and software launches than a hard drive, or even a faster arrival on the cards for online games.
It is a 512 GB SSD, which we find here integrated, capacity in line with what hard drives offer as standard. But if you need more space, you can use an external storage device. Choosing a USB 3.0 / USB-C device then represents an interesting solution to achieve fast transfers.
Since a 2.5 inch slot is free, you can also integrate another SSD or a hard drive directly into the PC.
In terms of battery life, expect about 6 hours of battery life in light use with Optimus (about 2 hours without Optimus) for this relatively light 17-inch laptop. This large format is certainly not the easiest to transport, but is particularly comfortable for mainly sedentary use (e.g. at home).
In any case, expect it to get warm and audible when pushed hard (eg games, treatments).
If necessary, a ventilated support can be used to limit temperatures (In this case, remember to check the measurements carefully!).