Our review of the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-74CU
Black designer gaming laptop, theAcer Nitro 5 AN515-58-74CU versatile benefits of fast 1TB SSD storage that improves responsiveness and a 15-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare display whose 144Hz frequency improves smoothness in games. Designed for play and creation, this multimedia laptop is powerful thanks to the Intel Alder Lake-H Core i7-12700H processor with 14 hybrid cores and 16 GB RAM that accelerate processing, such as the NVIDIA Ampere GeForce graphics card High-quality RTX 3060 ray tracing able to support recent games. Backlit keyboard or connectivity to Wi-Fi-ax and USB-C are also part of it, all under Windows 11.
Most famous price: 1599€
Features of the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-74CU
|Screen(s)||15.6” Full HD LED IPS 144Hz ComfyView 250cd/m² (1920×1080, anti-glare/matte)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-12700H Alder Lake-H (14 cores, 6P 2.4GHz, 8E 1.8GHz)|
|Installed RAM (max.)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel Iris Xe integrated in the processor|
|Storage||1TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|connectors||2 USB 3.2 (Gen2) + 1 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6 ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.2 + Gigabit Ethernet|
|audio system||2 speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Announced runtime / Battery||5 hours / Li-Ion 4 cells 57 Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.5kg / 360.4 x 271.1 x 25.9-26.9|
The Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-74CU against the competition
The Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-74CU is now available at: Amazon and is positioned in the good average of its category, where it is one of the few to offer such a recent processor (Alder Lake) under Windows 11 with such a high capacity SSD.
If this Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-74CU doesn’t meet all your criteria, check out our gaming laptop guide to find other configurations to play with on a similar budget. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, which has the most impact on performance.
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-74CU
With its black design with angular lines and connectors partly placed at the back, it has an original gamer look.
This maker-oriented gamer laptop has good connectivity consisting of 1 USB-C, Bluetooth 5.2 wireless modules and Wi-Fi ax (newer and more efficient than wifi ac) to communicate and connect remotely, a handy HDMI video output to easily connect it to, for example, a TV or monitor, Ethernet and audio ports or even 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) that guarantee that s Perform up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 when USB 3.0 peripherals are connected.
The chiclet keyboard can of course be backlit, which is very practical for better distinguishing the keys in the dark.
With its 144Hz frequency higher than the 60Hz standard, the screen improves fluidity in games, which will be of interest to gamers. In addition, it lends itself well to the display of videos and more generally High Definition content, as it uses a 16:9 format coupled with a Full HD definition. In addition, because it adopts IPS technology, the screen has significant viewing angles, both horizontally and vertically. Because it is anti-glare, the screen also offers better visibility than a glossy panel in a bright environment (e.g. outdoors).
Performance, autonomy of the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-74CU
The Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-74CU may be of interest to those looking to acquire a versatile 15-inch laptop PC that excels in games and creation.
It benefits from SSD storage whose large capacity of 1TB rivals hard drives in this area, enough to house and install multiple files, games and software, including why not personal production.
Let’s take a look at the advantages of an SSD compared to a hard drive: greater shock resistance, lower power consumption, quiet operation and higher speed.
Specifically, the SSD offers much better fluidity and responsiveness on a daily basis than a simple hard drive. Thanks to the SSD, games/software launches are much faster, especially processing and start/stop, and we reach the cards of online games faster.
We can indulge in recent games under this creative gamer laptop as it is equipped with the dedicated high-end NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 ray tracing graphics card.
If the players will be interested in the GeForce RTX 3060, so will the makers, as it speeds up processing under software that uses GPU computing power, such as Adobe Premiere/Photoshop or Sony Vegas.
In fact, the GeForce RTX 3060 is requested automatically and in real time by NVIDIA Optimus technology depending on the tasks performed.
However, Optimus prefers to use on the Intel Iris Xe solution integrated into the processor, even if the performance is significantly lower because it is energy efficient, which favors autonomy.
In practice, the GeForce RTX 3060 is enabled by Optimus to perform graphics processing that is too heavy for the Iris Xe. With one of these graphics solutions, you can of course view photos and videos, as well as enjoy modest titles.
It is the Intel Alder Lake-H Core i7-12700H processor with 14 hybrid cores that directly integrates the Iris Xe graphics solution. It is associated here with 16 GB of RAM to provide overall power capable of satisfying demanding users.
Most famous price: 1599€
This core, which supports the GeForce RTX 3060 well in games, will be of particular interest to creatives, as in areas requiring CPU and RAM resources that take advantage of multicores, the 14 hybrid cores of the Alder Lake-H are exploited, allowing much faster processing than with a classic Quad/Hexa Core and 8 GB DDR4. We especially feel the difference in multimedia areas such as video editing, 3D rendering or photo editing.
Finally, on the autonomy side, count on around 5 hours of battery life on light use for this versatile maker-focused gaming laptop PC that is audible and heats up when pressed hard (e.g. games, treatments) .
If necessary, the use of a ventilated support is a good option to reduce temperatures (remember to check the dimensions carefully!†