Budget Laptops just got a LOT faster - Acer Nitro 5 (2019) Review

  • Published: 29 June 2019
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  • Jacob Shunk
    Jacob Shunk  15 less than a minute back

    Just got an upgraded version for $750
    16gb ram
    256 Pcie ssd
    1tb hard drive

    • CreativeGaming
      CreativeGaming  19 hours back

      I just got this. For free. Even acer couldn't fix my predator. And this one is 100% better than my 2 year old helios 300.

      • Nikhil Paleti
        Nikhil Paleti  2 days back

        "If Apple gets called out Acer must expect the same treatment too"
        You realise that Apple's thermal design and issues are on a 2,500$+ Device which is I more than 4 times the cost of this poor device and unlike MacOS, you can undervolt and remove all these issues, I believe!
        Obviously, I am not saying that companies must start making throttling devices that burn, like back from 2005, but Asus definitely doesn't need to be compared to crappily designed 2500$ devices

        • walmartian
          walmartian  2 days back

          star citizen is playable after i upgraded to 24g ram

          • Abhishek Kadam
            Abhishek Kadam  3 days back

            Linus: "speaking of ..."
            *_forward 30 secs._*

          • JL BREMER
            JL BREMER  3 days back

            Hoping to get the Nitro 5 Intel for video editing soon!!! Need to edit these YouTube videos on the go!!!

            • mochondrius
              mochondrius  3 days back

              they couldn’t make it look nice? Like I get it but...

              • ozinusa
                ozinusa  4 days back

                nitro 5 gets heated playing RUST....too bad

                • Tan Jian Hong
                  Tan Jian Hong  6 days back

                  Acer uses poor build components and has lousy customer service and warranty.

                  I bought Spin 5 on 1 July 2018 and have been using it indoors and mostly through the DC supply.
                  But the battery has become bloated just a little over a year of use.
                  I brought it down to Acer Service Centre Singapore and was served by SC Dennis Pang Seng Yong.
                  He said battery bloat is not covered under my warranty and that it is normal for the battery to become bloated.
                  He is implying customers are expected to assume their Acer laptop will spoil after just 1 year and have to pay an inflated fee to replace the battery.
                  This is even if my Parts & Labour warranty expiry is until 29 March 2020! Ridiculous!
                  I told him that I have checked using Acer online Check Warranty tool and it does not show a specific expiry for the battery too.
                  And I even generated a battery report through Win10 CMD to show the battery has not been used much at all.
                  There are so many cases of exploding batteries and yet Acer does not want to offer free replacement for such a severe hazard which is likely due to the poor build.
                  He then changed to give me a 20% discount, which he dares to say is a very good deal. Charging S$170 dollars for a simple battery replacement is overpriced!
                  It is Acer's poor build which causes this issue, and not caused by me at all.
                  This really shows Acer's poor attitude towards their customers and also the poor quality of their products.

                  Acer uses a similar battery model for the majority of their laptop products, even their flagship ones. Prepare for your expensive laptop to spoil after a year.

                  I want to warn everyone looking at Acer laptops to be aware of what you are buying and make an informed decision. Recommend you look at other brands instead.
                  DO NOT BUY ACER PRODUCTS!

                  • black stone liegen for Honor

                    I'm concerned about buying one but it may not run steam

                    I plan on playing alot of total war games

                    • Wade Joshua
                      Wade Joshua  7 days back

                      "in 2019, this list helped me decide for the best gaming laptop *scafe.shop/bgl2019?Mo* hope it helps you out too!"

                      • aresh Kanoje
                        aresh Kanoje  7 days back

                        How About Nitro 5 AMD powered ?

                        • One Of A Kind
                          One Of A Kind  1 weeks back

                          Is this ok in csgo sir?

                          • Chanxy 47
                            Chanxy 47  1 weeks back

                            I didn’t have time to watch the full vid right now so I’m just gonna ask, does this have a disk drive?

                            • Chanxy 47
                              Chanxy 47  1 weeks back

                              Ok thanks. Oh and I watched the full video later

                            • Solidstrifer
                              Solidstrifer  1 weeks back

                              Chanxy 47 no

                          • The Blue Cryptid
                            The Blue Cryptid  1 weeks back

                            I just bought the Nitro 5 on your guys' recommendation (and it was less than $600 at Best Buy) and I just made the refresh rate 90Hz with no problems (so far). I'm thinking on upgrading the panel to a 120 Hz Freesync with high color bit depth, thoughts?

                            • rwernyei
                              rwernyei  1 weeks back

                              @The Blue Cryptid My specs: Acer Nitro 5 AN515-54-51M5 15.6" Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i5 9300H - 8GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 - 1TB Hard Drive + 128GB SSD - Black. The SCREENARAMA Chi Mei 120Hz screen was sold by ScreenS on Amazon.

                            • The Blue Cryptid
                              The Blue Cryptid  1 weeks back

                              @rwernyei I got mine from best buy too, but I think I had a slightly different model no.

                            • rwernyei
                              rwernyei  1 weeks back

                              Depends on which Nitro 5 you bought. I have the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-54-51M5 from Best Buy and it cannot be upgraded to popular 120Hz screens found on the web. I bought Chi Mei N156hhe-ga1 Rev.c2 from Amazon and followed Linus Tech Tips "Gaming Laptop Screen Upgrade!" Unfortunately this particular model's dimensions are too small for the 15.6" screen and Acer actually glued the hinge to side mounting brackets to the screen. While open, I tested the new screen anyways and it looks great with no dead pixels but useless for this laptop. I used the CRU utility and got 101Hz so I'm not really all that mad. Decided to keep the screen for possible future use.

                          • AKA Express
                            AKA Express  2 weeks back

                            I have the Acer Nitro 5 (ALL AMD For £449.99). Lucky!

                            • The Runaway Kid
                              The Runaway Kid  2 weeks back

                              What is the best not much over £100 laptop to play rocket league well?

                              • Oddball
                                Oddball  2 weeks back

                                Problem with those laptops are poor CPUs with more powerfull GPUs, so old laptop with GTX960 and with i7 CPU can beat them easily. Most people who play CS: GO on 60/120 or even 240hz didn't saw a diffrence so there is no "noticable diffrence" in playing. That's just your brain. Try to do this test yourself just cover monitors with some box so you can't see manufacturer. You'll be very surprised

                                • Brett A. Smith
                                  Brett A. Smith  2 weeks back

                                  550$ for a nitro 5 sweet now I don't have to build a PC thank you mate thumbs up for this video for sure

                                  • yung bruh
                                    yung bruh  2 weeks back

                                    i dont respect that you lied to us in the other video just because it was sponsored

                                    • Ebtehaj Kader
                                      Ebtehaj Kader  2 weeks back

                                      My guy said 800 dollars my guy I said under 90$

                                      • Zioddray
                                        Zioddray  2 weeks back

                                        My budget is $610 lol. Imma get the Nitro 5.

                                        • Alex Turton
                                          Alex Turton  2 weeks back

                                          Will the Nitro 5 run VR?

                                          • Graisk
                                            Graisk  2 weeks back

                                            Looks at amazon sees $675
                                            Me: yeah "budget"

                                            • The Runaway Kid
                                              The Runaway Kid  2 weeks back

                                              Graisk yeah it’s not in my budget 😳 I’m just waiting for someone to comment “this is cheap for a gaming laptop” but I still don’t think it is cheap

                                          • Steve Magruder
                                            Steve Magruder  2 weeks back

                                            I have the Nitro 5 from this year and it is indeed a great bargain. The only real downside is if you're a power user, you'll want to double the RAM. And get the model with SSD!!

                                            • Drago from Bakugan
                                              Drago from Bakugan  2 weeks back

                                              Is there any thing at 200-300 by any chance

                                              • LEGITLEGENDLUCK LLL
                                                LEGITLEGENDLUCK LLL  2 weeks back

                                                Nitro 5 vs Asus ROG GL531GT plsssss someone help😖

                                              • Tempest Virtue
                                                Tempest Virtue  2 weeks back

                                                Comment for me(gaming): get Nitro 5

                                                • hassan Khan
                                                  hassan Khan  2 weeks back

                                                  DAMMNIT LINUS WHY YOU GOTTA CALL US OUT LIKE THIS.

                                                  • David Hallman
                                                    David Hallman  2 weeks back

                                                    does it have 144 herts screeen?

                                                    • LoudOne
                                                      LoudOne  3 weeks back

                                                      I just need a gaming laptop for music production and video and photo editing, my current laptop is okay but the cpu is always crashing when i try to record vocals or use 2 big plugins, back then it would run perfectly when doing this, now i guess its just old or idk 😅😅

                                                      • Birch Saccamango
                                                        Birch Saccamango  3 weeks back

                                                        will this run vr

                                                        • Akdas
                                                          Akdas  2 weeks back

                                                          I think so but probably not very well

                                                      • GreyKid
                                                        GreyKid  3 weeks back

                                                        "Budget" good joke

                                                        • GreyKid
                                                          GreyKid  2 weeks back

                                                          @Akdas thanks :)

                                                        • Akdas
                                                          Akdas  2 weeks back

                                                          @GreyKid hmm for 300 you best look at amd apus...the ryzen 2500u is still solid at gaming and even beats the dedicated gtx 1030..

                                                        • GreyKid
                                                          GreyKid  2 weeks back

                                                          @Akdas budget is 300 and I'm terrible at almost everything under 60 frames

                                                        • Akdas
                                                          Akdas  2 weeks back

                                                          Lol it's like 600 quid cheoa for gaming laptop

                                                      • Sneeky Creeper
                                                        Sneeky Creeper  3 weeks back

                                                        Got this in 2018, cost me 1300€ on it for the 1050 model, worth it.

                                                        • Denver Morgan
                                                          Denver Morgan  3 weeks back

                                                          I just tested mine I got 90 hertz out of my monitor thanks Linus.

                                                          • Synyster Craig
                                                            Synyster Craig  3 weeks back

                                                            Can you stream with elgato using this?

                                                            • MikeyDay66
                                                              MikeyDay66  3 weeks back

                                                              I hate trackpads. Always a usb mouse guy

                                                            • Lachezar Ivanov
                                                              Lachezar Ivanov  3 weeks back

                                                              Are all the nitro 5's with 144hz displays?

                                                              • Akdas
                                                                Akdas  2 weeks back

                                                                @Lachezar Ivanov it must br 144hz then i am just saying the lower end models are usually 60hz

                                                              • Lachezar Ivanov
                                                                Lachezar Ivanov  2 weeks back

                                                                @Akdas damn, why do acer say in the discription of the series that they have 144hz

                                                              • Akdas
                                                                Akdas  2 weeks back

                                                                No most are 60 i think

                                                            • Ali Sayed Hck
                                                              Ali Sayed Hck  3 weeks back

                                                              Lmao I got this for $600 on sale
                                                              Can’t lie it’s absolutely worth it, it works better than my previous computer. I watch anime, play csgo, fortnite and rainbow six siege.

                                                              Trust me if you’re looking for a affordable-ish gaming laptop the nitro 5 is perfect

                                                              • Akdas
                                                                Akdas  2 weeks back

                                                                Too bad it looks so stupid...

                                                              • Supremeッ
                                                                Supremeッ  3 weeks back

                                                                watch neon genesis evangelion

                                                            • Chris Willis
                                                              Chris Willis  3 weeks back

                                                              I need it for Pro Tools 12.... how's it for editing and mixing audio?

                                                              • John Lardinois
                                                                John Lardinois  3 weeks back

                                                                Well with Pro Tools, just expect it to crash constantly. But I guess that's the same on this PC or a mac or a giant super computer or anything. PT is just too unstable to be "industry standard" anymore. Also you probably wouldn't want that Maxx stuff for mixing because it would be processing your audio in ways that won't print / translate and will distort the listening field.

                                                            • Tgg HD
                                                              Tgg HD  3 weeks back

                                                              Does this laptop overheat fast?

                                                              • Steve Magruder
                                                                Steve Magruder  2 weeks back

                                                                I'm not a heavy gamer so I can only speak for general productivity use. I've had it for two months, and the answer is no. I've seen no unusual heating.

                                                            • Lopsng Tser
                                                              Lopsng Tser  3 weeks back

                                                              4:15 it got me😂

                                                              • Kled
                                                                Kled  3 weeks back

                                                                i bought the 2018 acer nitro 5 because of the last video,i got the nitro 5 before the newer ones came out and kinda wish i waited a little bit more for that sweet 1650

                                                                • Muneer Faizal
                                                                  Muneer Faizal  3 weeks back

                                                                  Do a Video on ASUS TUF series

                                                                  • blizowman1
                                                                    blizowman1  3 weeks back

                                                                    Just bought a nitro 7 with the i7-9750h, 8gb ram, 256gb ssd, and the gtx 1050 for 699$. I have a 1tb hdd and 16gb ram from a old Helios that got destroyed I’m going to put into the nitro 7

                                                                    • rwernyei
                                                                      rwernyei  3 weeks back

                                                                      Best Buy has deals today 11/21
                                                                      Acer Nitro 5 AN515-54-51M5 15.6" Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i5 9300H - 8GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 - 1TB Hard Drive + 128GB SSD - Black for $679.99
                                                                      Dell - G3 15.6" Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i5 9300H - 8GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti - 512GB Solid State Drive - Black for $699.99

                                                                      • creeper ex
                                                                        creeper ex  3 weeks back

                                                                        Thx that helped me alot

                                                                        • A Noob's Good Game
                                                                          A Noob's Good Game  3 weeks back

                                                                          just a thought; but 700-800 not budget