Our review of the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-52RA
Versatile multimedia laptop designed for gaming and creationAcer Nitro 5 AN515-58-52RA is capable of running a large number of games with its NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3050 Ti ray tracing graphics card, which accelerates multimedia processing like 16 GB of RAM and the powerful Intel Alder Lake-H Core i5-12500H hybrid processor. Equipped with a 15-inch IPS Full HD anti-reflective display that improves fluidity in games with its 144Hz frequency, this creative gaming laptop with Windows 11 benefits from improved responsiveness thanks to its fast 512GB SSD storage or a backlit keyboard and connectivity options with Wi-Fi ax and USB-C.
Best known price: €1299
Features of Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-52RA
|screen(s)||15.6″ Full HD LED IPS 144Hz ComfyView 250cd/m² (1920×1080, anti-glare/matte)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-12500H Alder Lake-H (12 cores, 4P 2.5 GHz, 8E 1.8 GHz)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel Iris Xe integrated into the processor|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|plug||2 USB 3.2 (Gen2) + 1 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6 axis (2×2), Bluetooth 5.1 + Gigabit Ethernet (Killer E2600)|
|Sound system||2 speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Advertised 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 AN515-58-52RA against the competition
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-52RA is currently showing promotion at Baker and is positioned as one of the few in its category to offer such a new processor (Alder Lake).
If this Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-52RA does not meet all your criteria, you will 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 AN515-58-52RA
It has a relatively elegant look for a gaming laptop, which codes it uses with its black design with angular lines.
The connectivity integrated into this versatile creator and daily laptop is good, including 1 US-C, Bluetooth 5.21t Wi-Fi ax wireless modules (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect externally, a convenient HDMI video output to easily connect this PC to a TV or monitor, e.g. Ethernet and audio ports, but also 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) that guarantee transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if you connect USB 3.0 peripherals.
A backlight solution equips the chiclet keyboard, which is practical to better distinguish its keys in a dimly lit environment.
Gamers will enjoy getting much better fluidity with the proposed display thanks to its 144Hz refresh rate higher than the standard 60Hz. With its 16:9 format and Full HD definition, the screen is also well suited for showing videos and wider High Definition content. In addition, since the screen is anti-reflective, it provides better visibility in a bright environment (e.g. outdoors) than a blank panel. Both horizontal and vertical viewing angles are comfortable here thanks to IPS technology, but it’s a shame not to be dealing with high-end IPS, which would have guaranteed more faithful colors than average.
Performance, autonomy for Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-52RA
The Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-52RA is aimed at those looking for a capable 15-inch all-around laptop geared for creating and gaming.
Whether the Iris Xe graphics solution is integrated into the processor or the dedicated GeForce RTX 3050 Ti card, it is of course possible to view images and videos on this laptop designed for gaming and creation with NVIDIA Optimus technology.
In practice, Optimus switches automatically and in real time between Iris Xe and GeForce RTX 3060 as needed. Iris Xe is preferred as much as possible by Optimus, despite its much more modest advantages, because it saves energy, which promotes autonomy compared to the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, which is more powerful and greedy.
Gamers will appreciate the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti ray tracing NVIDIA Ampere because it is capable of running a maximum of games if you accept settings under the most graphics-intensive tweaks to achieve good playability.
Creatives will also be interested in the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti because it speeds up processing under software that utilizes GPU computing power, such as Sony Vegas or Adobe Photoshop/Premiere.
It is the Intel Alder Lake-H Core i5-12500H processor with 12 hybrid cores, which directly integrates Iris Xe into it. The Core i5 is here coupled with 16 GB of RAM. Thus, we benefit from solid overall performance that is able to satisfy a maximum of users.
Best known price: €1299
This core, which supports the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti well, will also appeal to creators because it provides much faster processing than a conventional Quad/Hexa Core processor and 8 GB DDR4. We especially notice the difference in areas that use CPU and RAM resources using multicores – and therefore the 12 cores of Alder Lake – such as photo editing, video editing or 3D rendering.
On the storage side, there is a silent SSD, while being more energy efficient than a hard drive, more resistant to shocks and much faster.
In practice, thanks to the SSD, multimedia processing is much faster, as are game/software launches and starts/stops, and you can get to online game maps faster.
In fact, the SSD guarantees much better fluidity and responsiveness during use than a simple hard drive.
With its 512 GB, the SSD offers a capacity similar to that offered by standard hard disks. However, if this proves too reasonable, an external storage device can be used. Choosing a USB-C / USB 3.0 device then represents an interesting solution to achieve fast transfers.
Finally, on the autonomy side, expect around 5 hours of battery life with light use, pending more complete tests for this versatile, gamer-oriented multimedia creator laptop. Expect it to be loud and hot when pushed hard (eg treatments, games).
To limit the temperatures, a ventilated support can be used if necessary (remember to check the measurements carefully!).