The Acer Nitro 5 provides specs powerful enough for new games, but depending on how large your favorite game files are, you might end up needing to take advantage of the extra M.2 SSD slot sooner rather than later. By default, you’ll have 8 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM — and 4 gigabytes of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM — and 256 gigabytes of storage through an NVME SSD. However, you can swap out one or both of your RAM sticks for a maximum of 32 gigabytes of RAM, and there are two total PCIe M.2 SSD slots as well as one 2.5-inch hard drive bay available.
With a 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10300H and a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, you’ll be able to play games smoothly and experience immersive elements, like ray-tracing. Plus, your games will look fantastic on the 15.6-inch IPS LED-backlit display with a 1080p resolution, thin bezels, and a 144Hz refresh rate to eliminate screen tearing chances. When your game demands more work from your laptop, Acer’s CoolBoost technology increases fan speed by 10% and cooling for your CPU and GPU by 9%. There’s a dedicated NitroSense Key on the keyboard that lets you visualize all the details of cooling, loading power, and more.
For some of the more boring — but still super important — details, Acer’s Nitro 5 laptop supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, comes with Windows 11 Home, weighs just over five pounds, and has a maximum battery life of 11 hours, a red-backlit keyboard, and built-in support for Alexa. The Nitro 5 also has two built-in stereo speakers with DTS: X Ultra Audio, which creates a 3D spatial landscape and a much more immersive gaming experience. Then, you’ve got one HDMI 2.0 port, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, a DC-in port, an Ethernet port, and an audio jack.