Article originally published June 20, 2022 :
Large format for the creative gamer laptop Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-53ST black 17-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare display with 144Hz frequency for smooth gaming performance, thanks to its Hexa Core i5-11400H Tiger Lake-H processor and 16GB RAM for accelerated multimedia processing. This is also the case for the high-end NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 ray tracing graphics card, capable of running the latest games, while the fast SSD storage enhances responsiveness. This versatile notebook, designed for gaming and creativity and running Windows 11, is also equipped with a backlit keyboard, Thunderbolt 4 USB-C and Wi-Fi ax connectivity.
The Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-53ST is currently showing in promotion at Cdiscount and offers a configuration/price ratio interesting for its category where competition is very limited, and where it is one of the few to offer such a high-performance graphics card and processor in such a lightweight Windows 11 chassis.
If this Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-53ST does not meet all your criteria, you will find on our guide Gamer laptop other configurations to play with a similar budget. With the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, as it will have the most impact on performance.
With its black design, angular lines and touches of red, it has a distinctly gamer look that's nonetheless relatively discreet.
CoolBoost technology cools it with 2 fans controllable via the NitroSense app, heat pipes and air vents.
In terms of connectivity, this designer-oriented gamer laptop is well equipped with Bluetooth 5 and Wi-Fi ax wireless modules (newer and more powerful than Wi-Fi ac) for communication and remote connectivity, HDMI video output for easy connection to a TV or monitor, Ethernet and audio ports, USB-C and 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) for transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 when connected to USB 3.0 peripherals.
The chiclet keyboard can, of course, be backlit, which is useful for better key recognition in limited ambient light.
With its 144H refresh rate, the screen improves fluidity in games compared to the standard 60Hz. As a bonus, it boasts wide viewing angles, both horizontally and vertically, thanks to its IPS technology, which also means that colors are more faithful than average. With its 16:9 format and Full HD definition, the screen is also ideal for displaying videos and, more generally, high-definition content. With its anti-reflective coating, the screen also offers better visibility than a glossy slab in bright environments (e.g. outdoors), while being more restful for the eyes during prolonged use.
The Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-53ST may appeal to those looking for a versatile, large-format notebook that performs well in gaming and creative applications.
The NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 ray tracing dedicated graphics card makes it capable of running the latest games.
In addition to gamers, the GeForce RTX 3060 will also be of interest to designers, as it speeds up processing in software that takes advantage of GPU computing power, such as Sony Vegas or Adobe Photoshop/Premiere.
In practice, the GeForce RTX 3060 is automatically activated/deactivated in real time by NVIDIA Optimus technology, depending on the task in hand.
However, Optimus prefers Intel Iris Xe, a graphics solution housed within the processor, because it consumes very little energy, which is good for autonomy.
In this area, you should expect to spend around 6 hours on battery power with light use.
Optimus actually activates the GeForce RTX 3060 to handle graphics tasks deemed too heavy for the Intel Iris Xe, such as gaming.
Whether you're using the GeForce RTX 3060 or the Intel Iris Xe, you can of course view photos and videos.
The Iris Xe takes its place directly in the processor, a Hexa Core i5-11400H Intel Tiger Lake-H that delivers solid overall performance to satisfy a maximum number of users, all the more so as it is combined with a good 16 GB of RAM.
While this core supports the GeForce RTX 3060 well in games, the contribution of the Hexa Core is currently variable in games compared to a Quad Core.
Creative users will also be delighted by the fact that this core is much faster than a Quad Core processor and 8GB DDR4, with the difference being particularly noticeable in CPU- and RAM-intensive areas taking advantage of multi-core processing, such as photo editing, video editing and 3D rendering.
Built around an Intel HM570 chipset, the heart of this multi-purpose notebook designed for gaming and creating is also equipped with SSD storage.
As a reminder, an SSD offers several advantages over a simple hard disk drive: greater shock resistance, silent operation, lower power consumption and even higher velocity.
In concrete terms, SSDs deliver far greater fluidity and responsiveness in everyday use than a simple hard disk. This means much faster game/software launches, processing and start/stop times, as well as faster map arrival for online games.
At 512 GB, the SSD offers a capacity similar to that of standard hard disks.
However, if this proves insufficient, an external storage unit such as a USB 3.0/USB-C device can be used for fast transfers.
Finally, expect some heat and noise when this versatile, creative gamer laptop is pushed hard (e.g. gaming, processing). Although its weight and large size make it difficult to transport, it's particularly comfortable for mostly sedentary use (e.g. at home).
To keep temperatures in check when necessary, you can install a ventilated support (remember to check the dimensions!).
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