Acer Nitro 5 (AN517-43) Review And Download

Acer Nitro 5 AN517-43 Review And Download

Review

The Acer Nitro 5 (AN517-43) is a substantial laptop, measuring nearly 16 inches wide, over 11 inches deep, and more than an inch thick, weighing in at 6.75 pounds. The large 280-watt power brick adds another 1.67 pounds, making it less ideal for daily or frequent travel.

This extra-large Acer Nitro 5 (AN517-43) follows the design of the common 15-inch models, featuring black molded plastic with red accents. Additionally, this model includes subtle blue accents on the lid. When opened, the laptop reveals an all-matte-black interior: black-matte display bezels, black-matte keyboard deck, and matte-black keys. The sides of the keys are white, adding a touch of contrast and visual interest to the otherwise monochrome look.

In addition to the sides of the keys, nine keys feature a white border on the top surface: the four arrow keys, the WASD keys, and the “N” key above the numpad. The “N” key launches Acer’s NitroSense utility, which allows you to adjust the laptop’s power mode and cooling fan speed. You can also customize the RGB keyboard backlighting across four zones. While pricier gaming laptops offer per-key lighting, the four-zone lighting still provides ample options to enhance the Nitro 5’s appearance.

The keys have a soft, quiet feel but tend to wobble when struck off-center. Firmer keys with less mushiness would offer a faster response. The touchpad, despite its accurate and snappy click response, is small and looks comically undersized on the expansive wrist rest. A larger touchpad would be a better fit for the laptop’s size.

One benefit of the larger, bulkier chassis of the Acer Nitro 5 (AN517-43) that its cooling fans are less strained to maintain optimal thermals compared to a more compact enclosure. The fans activate during gaming and other intensive graphics tasks, and while audible, they operate at a whisper during general Windows use.

The Acer Nitro 5 (AN517-43) features a spacious 17.3-inch 16:9 display, available in either Full HD (1920×1080) or QHD (2560×1440) resolution. Our model has the Full HD display, which complements the RTX 3060 GPU, making it ideal for 1080p gaming. Although the midrange RTX 3060 is not typically used for gaming at higher resolutions, a 1440p panel would enhance the laptop’s versatility, providing a finer image for detailed media editing and a larger workspace for multitasking beyond gaming.

The 1080p resolution is sufficient for this size of panel, but the display’s biggest flaw is its lackluster brightness. It’s a rather dim display with dull colors, best suited for gaming in a basement or other dark environments. In my office, which receives some natural light, I had the brightness set to its maximum at all times and often found myself tapping the brightness-up button in a futile attempt to increase it further.

While many laptops have upgraded to 1080p webcams for superior video conferencing, the Nitro 5 remains stuck with a mediocre 720p camera. It produces a grainy image with poor balance, quickly losing details in the brightest and darkest parts of the image. This camera, which you will likely avoid using frequently, also lacks a privacy cover, leaving you unprotected from prying eyes during the long stretches when it’s not in use.

Despite the ample space to outfit the system with four speakers, the Nitro 5 only includes a pair of substandard stereo speakers. Without subwoofers to enhance the sound, the audio output is decidedly subpar. Bass is nearly nonexistent, and the mids and high tones sound muddied. Gamers, be sure to keep your headphones handy.

The port selection is heavy on USB Type-A ports and light on USB Type-C. However, it does offer at least one of each type. There are two USB-A ports on the right side and another on the left. Flanking the USB-A port on the left side are a headphone/mic jack and an Ethernet port.

The laptop’s 1TB SSD provides ample storage for your favorite games, with a free M.2 slot available if you want to expand your storage with a second SSD. The system also features two DIMM slots, both occupied with 8GB sticks in our test system.

Acer Nitro 5 (AN517-43) Review And Download For Windows 11 64bit

Acer Nitro 5 (AN517-43) Download For Windows 11 64bit

DescriptionVersionDateDownload
Intel Airplane Mode Driver1.0.0.102022/08/29Download
Intel Airplane Mode Driver1.0.0.82022/06/13Download
Realtek Audio Driver(ALC287)
6.0.9514.12023/11/06Download
Realtek Audio Driver(ALC287)
6.0.9427.12023/01/18Download
Realtek Audio Driver(ALC287)
6.0.9275.12022/06/13Download
Acer Audio Console Driver
(Acer Purified Voice Console)
1.0.3.02023/11/06Download
Realtek Audio Console Driver
1.41.294.02023/11/06Download
Realtek Audio Console Driver
1.39.282.02023/01/18Download
MTK Bluetooth Driver
(MTRZ616)
1.930.0.2872023/11/06Download
MTK Bluetooth Driver
(MTRZ616)
1.930.0.2622023/01/18Download
AMD Chipset Driver1.2.0.1212023/11/06Download
AMD Chipset Driver1.2.0.1192022/08/29Download
AMD Chipset Driver1.2.0.1182022/08/29Download
Killer LAN Driver(E2600)
10.065.0
421.2023
2023/11/06Download
Killer LAN Driver10.053.1
001.2021
2022/06/13Download
Killer Lan Utility
(Killer control center)
3.1423.712.02023/11/06Download
Killer Lan Utility
(Killer control center)
3.1121.1109.02022/06/13Download
ELANTECH Touchpad Driver13.6.20.22022/06/13Download
Synaptics Touchpad Driver19.0.25.112022/06/13Download
AMD VGA Driver31.0.12028.22023/11/06Download
AMD VGA Driver31.0.12002.922022/08/29Download
NVIDIA VGA Driver
(RTX3050 / RTX3050Ti)
31.0.15.28962023/11/06Download
NVIDIA VGA Driver(RTX
3060/RTX 3070 Ti/RTX 3070)
31.0.15.28962023/11/06Download
NVIDIA VGA Driver(RTX
3060/RTX 3070 Ti/RTX 3070)
31.0.15.16402023/01/18Download
NVIDIA VGA Driver
(RTX3050 / RTX3050Ti)
30.0.14.97472022/06/13Download
NVIDIA VGA Driver
(RTX 3060/RTX 3070 Ti)
30.0.14.97472022/06/13Download
AMD VGA Utility10.22.20029.02023/01/18Download
AMD VGA Utility10.22.20012.02022/08/29Download
AMD VGA Utility10.21.40026.02022/08/29Download
AMD VGA Utility
8.1.963.02023/11/06Download
AMD VGA Utility8.1.962.02023/01/18Download
NVIDIA VGA Utility
(GeForce Experience)
3.25.1.272022/10/13Download
NVIDIA VGA Utility
(GeForce Experience)
3.24.0.1232022/10/13Download
MTK Wireless LAN
Driver (MTRZ616)
3.3.0.7602023/11/06Download
MTK Wireless LAN
Driver (MTRZ616)
3.3.0.7232023/01/18Download
XPERI DTS Utility
(DTS sound)
2022.3.11.02023/01/18Download
XPERI DTS Utility
(DTS Console)
1.11.7.02023/01/18Download
XPERI DTS Utility
(DTS sound)
2021.4.13.02022/06/13Download
XPERI DTS Utility
(DTS Console)
1.11.3.02022/06/13Download

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