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Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-79L1 Review And Specification

Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-79L1 Review And Specification

Budgeting for a 17-inch gaming laptop like the AN517-54-79L1 is a lot different than budgeting for an ultraportable. Whereas $1000 can get you a stunning new 15-incher, the same money might not go too far when you’re shopping for a gaming machine; it gets even difficult getting one with a bigger screen.

That’s not to say it’s impossible to get a decent gaming laptop for $1000 or less: big screen rigs are simply harder to find.The Acer Nitro 5 (AN517) costs a little over one grand, which is in itself an achievement. But one question remains, is this Nitro 5 one of the good ones around?

Everything depends on your priorities for a gaming laptop. The answer is YES if the issue is screen size. Screen quality should rule out the question. Once more, if power and cost are important to you, the AN517-54-79L1 could be the laptop you've been looking for. 

Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-79L1 Specification

  • Processor : Intel Core i7-11800H 8 x 2.3 - 4.6 GHz, Tiger Lake-H
  • Graphics adapter : NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU - 4 GB VRAM, Core: 1485 MHz, 75 W TDP, GDDR6
  • Memory : 16 GB , DDR4
  • Display : 17.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, IPS, glossy: no
  • Storage : 1TB SSD
  • Connections : 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5mm
  • Networking : 10/100/1000 LAN Card (10/100/1000MBit/s), 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/), Bluetooth 5.0
  • Size : height x width x depth (in mm): 24.9 x 403.5 x 180 ( = 0.98 x 15.89 x 7.09 in)
  • Battery : 57.7 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4-cell
  • Operating System : Microsoft Windows 11 Home
  • Camera : Webcam: HD 720p
  • Additional features : Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes
  • Weight : 2.7 kg ( = 95.24 oz / 5.95 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds) 

A Nondescript Style

The AN517-54-79L1 is a large, hefty, black and red piece of equipment that weighs 5.95 pounds before you factor in the power brick. Because of its size, which is 15.89 x 11.02 x 0.98 inches, it won't fit easily in a typical backpack. Even if you succeed, it's heavy, so you probably won't carry it on lengthy commutes.  

The materials and color palette of the Acer Nitro 5 15-in laptop, which I evaluated in late 2021, don't appear to have seen much change. The entire chassis is still made of plastic, and the displays' wide bezels are still present.

At least Acer has eliminated the tacky chevron style from the previous iteration of the Nitro 5 for this one. A 1MP webcam is integrated into the top screen bezel, but it is incompatible with Windows Hello.

There is enough space with the 17in profile to accommodate a respectable number of ports. On the left edge of the Acer Nitro 5, there are two USB-A Gen 1 ports, one USB-C port, one HDMI 2.0 port, and an Ethernet jack. Another USB-A connector, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a DC power input are all located on the right edge. Although there isn't an SD slot, we were expecting even a microSD given the 15-inch model has a standard-sized card reader.

Lighted Chiclet Keys


Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-79L1 Keyboard

When you turn the laptop over, you can see the dual-cooling fans hard at work. The back edge has this gorgeous-looking row of exhaust ports. Red LEDs are used as accents on them to match the laptop's overall color scheme.

The keyboard's materials have a similar cheap and flimsy feel to the chassis. The keys do have some respectable travel, but each time you press one, you'll hear a loud click that makes them sound inferior to the SteelSeries keyboard on the MSI Pulse GL66 and pretty much all other MSI gaming laptops.

Every key has a red outline and a red backlight over it, but per-key RGB illumination, which is increasingly prevalent in high-end gaming laptops, is not present. In order to make them stand out, the WASD and arrow keys also have red outlines. The NitroSense button, which activates the machine's NitroSense performance software, is the deck's distinctive key.

The touchpad performs reasonably well elsewhere. Acer was able to fit a roomy, responsive touchpad with good pam-rejection into the big platform. However, when pressed forcefully, the left and right clickers give way, indicating that perhaps the construction isn't all that solid after all.

A 1080p, 144Hz Display

The Nitro 5's display appears to be the greatest thing to ever happen to a gaming computer at first glance. With a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution and respectable 144Hz refresh rate, it has a 17.3-inch LCD IPS panel.

The Nitro 5 will let you to experience games at their finest because the majority of them operate at rates considerably above 60Hz (the industry norm for laptops that aren't designed for gaming). Although relatively on the lower end, its maximum brightness of 271 cd/m2 is ideal for indoor viewing.

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