Powerful gaming is difficult to achieve on a cost-effective computer, even less so when it is a laptop. Says who? Acer has changed this long-held perception with several mighty launches in this space, one of the most recent of which is the Acer Nitro 7 AN715-51-752B/73BU/70TG.
A 15.6″ gaming machine, this addition to the Nitro series brings a lot to the table: ninth-gen processing, GTX graphics, and a cool metallic design. Starting at $1,049.99, it is also not as harsh to your wallet as some of its contemporaries but manages to deliver commendable support for most modern gaming titles.
The new Acer Nitro 7 is available in many models such as AN715-51-752B, AN715-51-73BU and AN715-51-70TG. The different models offer variations in CPU and GPU configurations, enabling you to pick a setting that is best suited for your needs. While the starting price (for the AN715-51-70TG model) is $1,049.99, the AN715-51-73BU and the AN715-51-752B models are priced at $1,099.99 and $1,199.99 respectively.
In this detailed review, we discuss the various offerings of this latest gaming laptop and examine if it indeed succeeds in giving gamers the superior experience it promises.
The Power Inside
Fueled by a ninth-gen Intel i7-9750H processor (boost to 4.5GHz), up to 16GB RAM (DDR4), and up to a 512GB SSD, the newest Acer Nitro 7 is certainly powerful. It can handle your gaming pursuits without breaking into a sweat and is also excellent at multitasking.
It is possible to upgrade the specs using the open slot and the hard drive bay. (The computer comes fitted with two slots for the SSD and the RAM; the latter can be upgraded up to 32GB. Plus, the HDD Kit is included, so the additional expense is limited.)
How about battery life? It is quite impressive at almost seven hours on a single charge of the lithium-ion battery.
Display & Graphics
This laptop boasts of an FHD screen fitted with an IPS panel to let you observe whatever transpires on the screen from an angle that is convenient to you. It is a widescreen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080—optimal for contemporary games. You can enjoy bright imagery and satisfactory colors, thanks to the brightness of 300 nits and the color gamut of 72%. Note that the aspect ratio is 16:9.
Also, since the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU has 4GB of dedicated memory, the experience during gameplay is immersive and thoroughly enjoyable. This graphics card is quite adept at rendering sharp movements and breathtaking moments—so very essential when you are trying to defeat foes on the battlefield. Note: The cheapest AN715-51-70TG model offers an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 3GB of dedicated memory.
Another highlight of this laptop’s display is the high screen-to-body ratio—almost 78%. It manages to achieve this with narrow bezels (only 0.29″ thick). The increased screen real estate makes it easier and more enjoyable to dive into the world of virtual reality as you are saved from external interference.
The Sound of the Game
Any gaming laptop worth its salt needs a solid commitment to awe-inspiring sound—yes, even if it aspires to be budget-friendly and portable. What good is a laptop that causes you to miss the finer nuances of the game because you couldn’t hear them? Fortunately, Acer gets this frontier sorted with two stereo speakers that use the Waves MAXXAudio technology—a winning combination of MaxxBass, MaxxVolume and MaxxDialog. The audio output is immersive, loud, and undistorted.
Also worth noting is the use of the Acer True Harmony technology for getting the finer details of acoustics right and the Acer Purified Voice technology for attuning the two microphones (inbuilt).
Build, Design & Portability
For a relatively affordable gaming laptop, this one does an exemplary job of being breathtakingly glorious. It has an all-metal appearance and a super-sleek profile with a thickness of only 0.78″. It is also quite lightweight at 5.51lbs which makes it easy to lug along when you need to participate in gaming competitions or outdoor events. The sturdy but flexible build ensures that you need not fret about damage during transit.
It is also worth applauding the superb gaming keyboard on this machine. It comes with red backlighting which adds to the aura of your game. (Note that you might be disappointed about missing out on per-key backlighting.)
Additionally, the keyboard has a dedicated NitroSense key and specially highlighted WASD and arrow keys.
This makes it easier for you to feel in control during your game. Bonus: The key-travel distance of 1.6mm is comfortable for both gaming and typing. You can bid farewell to finger fatigue after extended play sessions.
Device Support & Internet Connectivity
On this front, this laptop really does go all out. It is equipped with support for Gigabit Ethernet LAN as well as Intel Wireless-AC (802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi). The Wi-Fi can offer speeds up to 1.73Gbps through 160MHz channels.
Since it has dual-band support, you can access two settings: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Depending on the strength of your signal, you should be able to experience consistent and speedy connectivity.
What about the device support? Well, there is an interesting line-up of USB- and other ports to allow you to plug into any peripherals you may need. It includes one USB 3.1 port (Type C), two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, a USB 2.0 port, and an HDMI 2.0 port. There is also an HD Webcam with support for Super High Dynamic Range (SHDR); it has a sharp resolution of 1280 x 720.
When you get home the Acer Nitro 7 AN715-51-752B/73BU/70TG gaming laptop, you stand to benefit from an efficient CPU, vivid graphics, and an extensive array of connectivity options. This computer does a neat job on the fronts of audio output as well as overall mobility too, which is a blessing if you are looking for a sturdy but relatively nimble machine.
|Nitro 7 AN715-51-752B||Nitro 7 AN715-51-73BU||Nitro 7 AN715-51-70TG|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-9750H||Intel Core i7-9750H||Intel Core i7-9750H|
|Graphics||4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650||4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650||3GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050|
|Memory||16GB DDR4||8GB DDR4||8GB DDR4|
|Storage||512GB PCIe NVMe SSD||256GB PCIe NVMe SSD||256GB PCIe NVMe SSD|
|Display||15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080)||15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080)||15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080)|
|Weight||5.51 lbs||5.51 lbs||5.51 lbs|
|Battery Life||Up to 7 hours||Up to 7 hours||Up to 7 hours|
|OS||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home|
|Where to buy||See Price at Amazon||See Price at Amazon||See Price at Amazon|