Acer Nitro 7: Thin 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptops with 144 Hz Monitorsby Anton Shilov on April 12, 2019 9:00 AM EST
Acer has introduced its brand-new series of gaming laptops aimed at casual gamers. The Nitro 7 notebooks combine performance, a 15.6-inch display with 144 Hz maximum refresh rate, a metallic chassis, and a sub-2 cm z-height (0.78 inches). Just like other Nitro-series products, the new laptops will be relatively cost effective.
Having grown quite significantly in the recent years, the market of gaming laptops is actively segmentizing as consumers these days want not only enough compute horsepower for their games, but rather a particular combination of features tailored for their unique needs. The new Acer Nitro 7 is a good example how PC makers try to address demands of their customers. The Nitro 7 sits between mainstream and high-end gaming PCs, offering style and affordability of today’s mainstream laptops yet providing higher performance when equipped with premium components.
The new Acer Nitro 7 comes in a sleek black brushed aluminum chassis. Being 19.9 mm (0.78 inches) thick, the laptop should be easy to transport. Meanwhile, the laptop has red backlighting for its keyboard and trackpad that emphasizes its gaming pedigree.
The elegant chassis packs rather serious performance. The Nitro 7 is based on an Intel 9th Gen Core processor, a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GPU, and up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory. To ensure smooth operation of the CPU and the GPU, the Nitro 7 uses a cooling system with two fans and two exhaust ports along with the company’s CoolBoost technology that increases fan speed by 10% during extended gaming sessions. Besides, the system has two M.2 slots for PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs running in RAID 0 for performance, and a 2.5-inch bay for a hard drive of up to 2 TB capacity.
To provide maximum gaming comfort, the Nitro 7 can be outfitted with a 15.6-inch IPS display featuring a 1920x1080 resolution, a 144 Hz refresh rate (with overdrive), and a 3 ms response time.
When it comes to connectivity, the Acer Nitro 7 has everything one comes to expect from a modern gaming laptop: a 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5 controller, a GbE port (controlled by the Killer Ethernet E2500 in some SKUs and equipped with Acer’s Network Optimizer software in other cases), one USB Type-C connector, three USB Type-A port, an HDMI output, as well as a 3.5-mm jack for headsets. In addition, the machine has stereo speakers and a microphone array featuring MaxxBass and MaxxDialog software enhancements as well as a webcam with IR sensors for Windows Hello.
|Acer Nitro 7 Laptops at a Glance|
|Response Time||3 ms|
|Refresh Rate||144 Hz|
|CPU||Intel's 9th or 8th Gen Core processors|
|Graphics||Integrated||Intel UHD Graphics|
|Discrete||NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs (select SKUs only)|
|RAM||Capacity||up to 32 GB DDR4|
|Type||DDR4 (frequency unknown)|
|Storage||Up to 2 × 256/512/1024 GB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
1 × 2.5-inch HDD (1 or 2 TB)
|Wi-Fi||Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi module|
|USB||3 × USB Type-A
1 × USB Type-A
|Other I/O||HDMI 2.0a, GbE, webcam, TRRS connector for audio, speakers, microphone, etc|
|Battery Life||Up to 7 hours|
|Thickness||19.9 ~ 23.14 mm|
|Price||Starting from $999 in the U.S., €1199 in EMEA|
The Acer Nitro 7 notebooks will be available in the coming weeks or months. Additional details about specifications of the mobile PCs will be disclosed when they hit the market. North America will be the first to see the new laptops starting at $999.99. In May, the Nitro 7 mobile PCs will hit the Chinese market starting at 6,499 RMB. Sometimes in June, Acer will kick off sales of its Nitro 7 notebooks in Europe where they will cost starting at €1,199.
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imaheadcase - Friday, April 12, 2019 - linkGaming on a laptop is like making a electric bike but keep the pedals. A upgraded version of something that is still a laptop at its core that is terrible to game on.
PeachNCream - Friday, April 12, 2019 - linkI've been using laptops (since the GMA 950, almost exclusively on Intel integrated GPUs) as gaming boxes for a considerable amount of time. My first laptop had a 90MHz Pentium CPU. I've used netbooks as gaming systems. Original Dawn of War is playable on an Atom N450 - beat the single player story missions on a cheap Samsung netbook with the aforementioned CPU. You can play video games on literally any computing platform and have an enjoyable experience. It's simply a matter of managing expectations and selecting titles that don't need a lot of graphical power. Sure that means you generally play older games (unless you lay out a considerable amount of money for higher end hardware) but that also means you can buy said games at far less than their original price and get all of the publisher's patches for a less buggy experience. My current HD3000-equipped gaming laptop is going to be replaced by something considerably newer this year as I intend to pick up a cheap, refurb ex-business laptop with a copy of Win10 Pro preinstalled, but for now it's still a very capable gaming and entertainment system that will live on afterwards as a Linux box. Nothing beats kicking back on a sofa with your system parked on your lap while you do whatever to stay amused. Although, I admit that these days, I gravitate to the recliner and rock games on my phone as well since the laptop isn't as central to my gaming as it used to be.
niva - Friday, April 12, 2019 - linkMy experience with Acer laptops has actually been really good. They are generally cheaper than the competition and in my case they've lasted for many years beyond what I intended to use them for.
PeachNCream - Friday, April 12, 2019 - linkI've owned a couple of Acer laptops as well. They were both decent computers and the price was reasonable.
Lord of the Bored - Friday, April 12, 2019 - linkIronically, an electric bike with pedals is a common design pattern, because it works better than a purely electric one.
nathanddrews - Friday, April 12, 2019 - link^
Looks like AT's call for writers can officially come to a close. We've got a winner!
Retycint - Friday, April 12, 2019 - linkMate it's 2019, not 2009. Gaming laptops these days are pretty much on par with desktop counterparts, in terms of performance and gaming experience. Personally I'd much rather build a desktop, but for someone who needs the mobility it works pretty well.
hMunster - Sunday, April 14, 2019 - linkA LAN party with a laptop is much less hassle than back in the days with a big tower and a 17" CRT. And playing Q3A it doesn't even matter when somebody brings a MacBook. Gaming on a laptop FTW.
Flunk - Sunday, April 14, 2019 - linkElectric bikes without pedals are illegal in many countries, are you saying that non-gaming laptops should be illegal?
Spunjji - Monday, April 15, 2019 - linkYour comment betrays a fatal lack of knowledge concerning both of those topics.