Acer Nitro 5 review

Acer’s iconic Nitro 5 budget gaming laptop is still brilliant at the basics

Acer Nitro 5 review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Acer Nitro 5 is a budget-friendly gaming laptop that offers creative professionals the best of both worlds when it comes to work and play. While there are more powerful products available, very few offer the same performance and features at such an accessible price.


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    Affordable for a gaming laptop

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    Decent port selection

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    Plenty of configurations available


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    Disappointingly dim display

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    Typical ‘gamer’ aesthetic

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    No built-in SD card reader

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The Acer Nitro 5 may seem slightly out of place when marketed towards creative professionals, but gaming laptops have been a solid choice for video editors and VFX work for many years thanks to them typically being equipped with graphically capable hardware and a high-quality display. The Nitro 5 is no different, but where gaming laptops can be an eyewatering investment, it stands apart as one of the few genuinely budget-friendly options on the market, with prices starting as low as $799.

Given its palatable price tag, you won’t find many luxuries included - there’s no OLED or miniLED display option for example - but if you’re looking for a device that's brilliant at the basics, the Nitro 5 could still be considered as one of the best laptops on the market. You’re getting a full HD 1080p display with a 144Hz refresh rate, the latest generation of both AMD and Intel processors and an Nvidia RTX graphics card that could give some of your favorite creative apps an AI-powered boost.

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Jessica Weatherbed

Jess writes about computing at Techradar, where she covers all aspects of Mac and PC hardware, including PC gaming and peripherals. While she loves all areas of computing tech, broadcasting and gaming-related hardware such as webcams, USB microphones, VR headsets and mechanical keyboards are certainly a special interest subject. You find her bylines at Creative Bloq and, and she has previously been interviewed by the BBC as an industry expert.