Acer Targets Casual and Budget Gaming with the Nitro 5

Acer Targets Casual and Budget Gaming with the Nitro 5

If there is one segment of the gaming market that needs a little love, it is the casual and budget gaming market. Acer has now taken notice and created the new Nitro 5, a gaming laptop that has been designed with the casual and budget gamers in mind.

So far, we know that this Acer laptop will start at $800 and go up from there and it features a wide range of specs that you can choose from. So far Acer has remained quiet about what $800 will get you, but even the lower end systems on the spec sheet should play most games today moderately well or better, depending on what you choose and how much you spend.

Processor and Memory

The first thing you will you notice about this system is there are a lot of choices. If you look at just the processor, you will be able to choose from the AMD FX, A10 and A12 CPUs. Of course, Intel fans haven’t been left out, either. If you prefer Intel, you can choose from an Intel Core i5 or a Core i7 for the heart of your computer.

On the memory side of things, all of the different systems will be able to hold a maximum of 32GB of RAM, although there has been no word on exactly how much RAM will ship with the different machines. However, it’s safe to assume if you go with the introductory model you can expect 8GB of RAM in the machine.


Just like the processors and memory, you have several different storage options. By default it appears it will come with one SSD drive, although we have no idea what size it will be. We do know that you will be able to customize it with multiple SSD drives or even one SSD and a standard hard drive up to 2TB in size.

Graphics and Screen

There is only one option for the screen. All of the Nitro 5 models will come with a 15.6-inch, Full-HD screen running 1920 x 1080. While we wish there was an option for a 4k display, we all must remember that this model is targeted at budget users. For the price, this screen is a nice addition especially when you consider that it will even be included on the budget models.

Graphics wise the Nitro 5 has options ranging from the GeForce GTX 960M through to the new GTX 1060M. Although it puts makes a big impact through it’s sleek design, in terms of raw power it is still overpasses by other options on the market which feature GTX 1060.


The Nitro 5 includes one USB-C 3.1 port, a USB 3.0 port, and two USB ports. On top of that, you will get a gigabit Ethernet port and an HDMI 2.0 port along with 802.11AC wireless. While many would have preferred more USB 3.0 ports, you can at least run your slower devices on the older ports or use them for a keyboard and mouse that you will probably want anyway if you plan on doing a lot of gaming.


One look at the design and you will see that it is unmistakably a gaming machine. It features a matte black finish with sharp lines and bright lights. They keyboard is lit with red LED backlighting to give it that coveted gaming machine appearance. While it may not be as sleek and streamlined as some of the other Acer models, such as the Aspire V, it’s definitely no slouch in the looks department.

What Will $800 Get You?

Unfortunately, we don’t really know what specs the low end Nitro 5 will have. However, if you know anything about hardware, you can probably guess. Many experts believe the system will ship with an AMD processor and Radeon card along with 8GB of RAM. Still, no one knows for sure what you will get for that price, although can rest assured they will need to pull out all the tricks in the back to compete with the stiff competition on the market. Until Acer releases more, the Internet will continue to speculate what $800 can get you these days.

Final Thoughts

The casual and budget gaming segment is one that has often been ignored by the big gaming machine makers. Still, it’s a huge segment of the market, and it seems Acer is realizing the potential. The Nitro 5 is hands down one of the most affordable machines for budget gamers and its design and hardware doesn’t disappoint. If you are in the market for a budget gaming machine, then you may want to consider the Nitro 5. It will be available in North America in July with other international releases to follow shortly after.

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