Our review of the Acer Nitro 5 AN517-41-R3EY
To play and create, you can turn to the creator gamer laptop Acer Nitro 5 AN517-41-R3EY with a 17-inch IPS Full HD anti-reflective screen whose 144Hz frequency improves fluidity in games because it is able to run newer games thanks to its advanced dedicated GeForce RTX 3060 ray tracing NVIDIA Ampere graphics card. This GPU accelerates processing just like the high-performance AMD Hexa Core Ryzen 5 Cezanne processor supported by the fast 512 GB SSD storage which enhances responsiveness. Designed for gaming and creating, this versatile laptop running on Windows 11 also benefits from a backlit keyboard and USB-C and Wi-Fi hub connectivity.
Features of Acer Nitro 5 AN517-41-R3EY
|screen(s)||17.3” Full HD LED IPS 144Hz 45% NTSC ComfyView thin edges (1920×1080, anti-reflective)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 5600H Cezanne (3.3 GHz, 6 cores)|
|Installed RAM (max)||8 GB DDR4 3200 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 dedicated, AMD Radeon Vega 7 processor integrated and Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe) + 1 free 2.5 inch slot|
|plug||1 USB 3.2 (Gen2) + 2 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Wi-Fi 6 AX201), Bluetooth 5.1 + Gigabit Ethernet|
|Backlit keyboard||Yes, 4-zone RGB|
|Sound system||2 Waves MaxxAudio speakers, TrueHarmony|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Advertised autonomy / battery||6 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 3560mAh 57Wh|
|Weight/dimensions (mm)||2.7 kg / 403.5 x 280 x 24.9|
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-41-R3EY against the competition
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-41-R3EY is currently showing promotion at GrosBill and offers an interesting configuration/price ratio for its category, where it is one of the only ones to deliver such a powerful graphics card and processor with such a high frequency screen at such a low price.
If this Acer Nitro 5 AN517-41-R3EY 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 AN517-41-R3EY
With its black design with angular lines and touches of red, it has a clear gamer look.
Its cooling is ensured by 2 fans whose speed can be controlled by the NitroSense application, heat pipes and ventilation grilles.
This creator-oriented gaming laptop is equipped with good connectivity options, including 1 USB-C, a practical HDMI video output to easily connect it to a TV or monitor, e.g. Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi ax wireless modules (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect externally, Ethernet and audio ports or even 3 USB 3.0/.2 (USB 2.0 compatible) guarantee transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 peripherals are connected to it.
It is of course possible to backlit keys on the chiclet keyboard so that they can be better distinguished in a dimly lit environment.
The screen uses a frequency of 144Hz higher than the standard 60Hz, which has the effect of improving the fluidity of games. The screen is also very suitable for viewing High Definition content such as videos due to its Full HD resolution and its 16:9 format. If its viewing angles both horizontally and vertically are important thanks to its IPS technology, it is not top class here, the colorimetry is classic. In any case, thanks to its anti-reflective treatment, the screen is more readable in a bright environment (e.g. outside) than a glossy panel, while being less tiring on the eyes during prolonged use.
Performance, autonomy for Acer Nitro 5 AN517-41-R3EY
The Acer Nitro 5 AN517-41-R3EY may be of interest to those who want to get a versatile 17-inch laptop that performs in games and is oriented towards creation.
With this versatile laptop, you can play newer titles because it integrates the dedicated high-end NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 ray tracing graphics card.
Gamers will therefore be interested in this gaming laptop. And creators are not left out with the GeForce RTX 3060, because it also accelerates processing under software that utilizes GPU computing power, such as Sony Vegas or Adobe Photoshop / Premiere.
Depending on the tasks performed, the NVIDIA Optimus technology switches automatically and in real time between the Radeon Vega 7 graphics solution integrated in the processor and the GeForce RTX 3060. This dedicated GPU is activated by the NVIDIA Optimus technology to perform graphics processing considered too heavy for Intel Iris Xe.
Much more modestly, the Radeon Vega 7, like the GeForce RTX 3060, allows you to view photos and videos, but also to play light titles. Radeon Vega 7 offers the advantage of consuming little energy, which promotes autonomy.
In this range, you can expect approximately 6 hours of battery life with light use.
The Radeon Vega 7 is directly housed in the AMD APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) Hexa Core Cezanne Ryzen 5 5600H processor here coupled with 8GB of RAM to provide good overall performance capable of suiting a very large number of users.
Ryzen 5 is particularly interesting for all software that uses processor-intensive multicores, such as photo editing, video editing or 3D rendering.
On the storage side, there is an SSD that rivals the standard of hard drives in terms of capacity with its 512 GB while being quieter, more robust, less energy demanding and much faster.
In practice, thanks to the SSD, the launch of games/software is especially much faster than with a hard drive, as is the processing and start/stop, and we get to the maps faster in online games.
If you need more space, you can of course use an external storage device. Favoring a USB-C / USB 3.0 device then represents an interesting possibility to achieve fast transfers.
Good point, we also have the option to add an extra SSD or a hard drive via the free 2.5 inch slot.
Finally, in case of heavy stress (e.g. games, treatments) you can expect noise and heat from this versatile laptop designed for creating and playing.
Its transport is certainly not the easiest available due to its weight and its large format. However, a 17 inch is comfortable for mainly sedentary use (e.g. at home).
To limit the temperatures, a ventilated support can be used (remember to check the measurements carefully!).