Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition

17-inch Gaming Laptop With an Amazing Display

Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition Laptop
Acer Aspire V Nitro. ©Acer

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The Bottom Line

Acer's Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition is a surprisingly affordable 17-inch gaming laptop that is relatively thin and light and features an amazing display. In fact, many people may just want to take a look at the system for its display alone. Of course, the system is more than just that and performance is excellent thanks to a large solid state drive. This isn't going to be a beast of a gaming laptop because it does rely on an older graphics processor but it jobs this job just fine.

The biggest problem with it is the incredibly short battery life even for a gaming laptop. It also comes with a lot of preinstalled software which clutters it up.

Pros

  • Excellent IPS Display
  • Large Solid State Drive
  • Well Priced

Cons

  • Very Short Battery Life
  • Lots of Preinstalled Software

Description

  • Intel Core i7-4710HQ Quad Core Mobile Processor
  • 16GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 256GB Solid State Drive and 1TB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Dual Layer DVD Burner
  • 17.3" WUXGA (1920x1080) Display With 720p Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M Graphics Processor with 2GB GDDR5 Memory
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Two USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, HDMI, SD Card Slot
  • 16.65" x 11.54" x 1" @ 6.61 lbs.
  • Windows 8.1

Review - Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition

Jan 5 2015 - Acer is not known as a company that makes high-performance gaming systems. Instead, they are better known for value but they seem to be trying to change consumer attitudes with the Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition.

This is a 17-inch inch laptop that features a one-inch profile with solid performance for those that want to game. It would most closely be related to something like the MSI GS 70 laptop. It is still thicker than that one and heavier at 6.6 pounds but still very portable compared to many. It is not a very flashy system with a black matte finish and a standard Acer logo on the lid.

There are some silver accents to it and red lighting underneath the keyboard.

Powering the Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition is the Intel Core i7-4710HQ quad-core processor. This is an extremely popular processor for just about any desktop replacement class laptop as it provides it with extremely high level of performance even for demanding tasks like desktop video work. This combined with 16GB of DDR3 memory means that the laptop has no issue with just about any type of task one can throw at it or heavily multitasking.

Much of the performance from the Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black can be attributed to the inclusion of a 256GB solid state drive. This is a nice high capacity drive that is atypical for a laptop in this price range but it means that the Windows operating system or games load extremely quick. if you still need more storage, don't worry. Acer has also included a large one terabyte hard drive in the system as well for storing things like your data files including digital video. The drive does spin at a slower 5400rpm rate, but you won't notice it much because of the SSD. If you still need additional space, there are two USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external hard drives.

Unlike many other thin 17-inch gaming laptops, this one still features a dual-layer DVD burner for playback and recording of CD and DVD media.

What is a gaming laptop without a good screen and some solid graphics? The 17.3-inch display uses a 1920x1080 native resolution which is a good resolution for mobile gaming. It offers a very bright image that offers a very wide angle of view thanks to the IPS based panels. Many gaming laptops use TN panels for their speed but offer contrast and color dropoff which is not apparent here. About the only con here is that it is not a touchscreen but most gamers probably will not care about that.

The graphics are handled by the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M. This is not the latest graphics processor or even the highest end model. What does this mean? Well, graphics performance is just fine for the screen resolution. Some games may require a little bit of dialing down detail levels to keep frame levels acceptable, but overall it works well.

The keyboard makes use of the typical isolated key layout design with a full numeric keypad on the side because of the large size of the system. The keys are flat rather than contoured but it does not seem to impact the comfort or accuracy of the keyboard. Key travel is good and it overall had a solid feel. The trackpad is a nice size and uses integrated clickpad button. Right clicking is achieved by using two fingers instead of one. Multitouch tracking worked well enough.

With the low cost, there were a few things that Acer was likely to cut back on and the battery was one of them. To keep the profile thin and costs down, a smaller capacity pack with just 4605mAh rating was used. Acer estimates that this will provide up to 4 hours of running time for the Aspire V17 Nitro Black but obviously not while gaming. In digital video playback tests, the system lasted a very short two and a quarter hours before going into standby mode. This is very disappointing but many gamers are used to the fact that they need to be plugged in all the time. In contrast, the Dell Inspiron 17 7000 Touch provides over six hours but does so on a larger battery and more efficient dual core processor.

Pricing is probably one of the most surprising aspects of the Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black. It has a list price of around $1500 but can be found for as little as $1300. This makes it several hundred less than most of its competition. This includes systems such as the previously mentioned MSI GS 70. There are also other systems such as the ASUS ROG G751JT which has a similar price that features a faster GTX 970M graphics but sacrifices some performance from using a standard hard drive and having a larger design. Another competing system is the Lenovo Y70 Touch that can be slightly more affordable but is heavier and slightly lower performance from an ​​SSHD drive rather than SSD. It also comes with a touchscreen display but has less brightness and color than the Acer.

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