Acer Nitro 5 (17-inch, AN517-51-56YW) review: Here’s your cheap Fortnite laptop


In the field of low-end gaming laptops, Acer’s latest Nitro 5 (model AN517-51-56YW) is about as budget as they come. But for $880, you don’t need more than what the Acer Nitro 5 offers to play Fortnite and Apex Legends at 1080p and 60 frames per second with maximum settings. You can cross the same frame rate and resolution hurdles in lots of other modern games with a few minor graphical tweaks.

Those who turn up their noses up at sub-144Hz displays should stay away, of course, and the Nitro 5’s speakers are major weak point no matter what kind of player you are. But for folks with calibrated expectations, the Nitro 5 is a big low-budget gaming laptop that hits the right marks.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best gaming laptops. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested. 

Acer Nitro 5 specs and features

nitro5left Jared Newman / IDG

The Nitro 5 has gigabit ethernet, HDMI output, and plenty of USB ports.

Unlike a lot of other laptops, the 17-inch Nitro 5 comes in just one configuration:

CPU: Intel Core i5-9300H processor

RAM: 8GB DDR4

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650

Display: 17.3-inch, 1920×1080 IPS, 60Hz refresh rate

Storage: 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD

Those are pretty much the bare minimum specs for a laptop that certainly looks the part of a gaming rig.

Acer says the webcam supports HDR video, but it’s still a 720p camera, so don’t count on crisp video for your next Twitch stream. (Acer also sells a 15-inch version of the Nitro 5, which we’ll review separately.)

If those specs aren’t enough, the Nitro 5 does have a second memory channel for adding another 8GB of RAM or installing up to 32GB total. The use of a single memory module does limit the CPU’s memory bandwidth, which can depress scores that aren’t graphically intensive. 



Jared Newman

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