Acer's Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition reviewed
3.0Overall Score

Price (RRP): $1999 (starting price);
Manufacturer: Acer

As far as gaming laptops go, it seems like Alienware and Razer hold the market’s attention, with HP getting in there recently, but Acer is attempting to grab it back, taking one of its Aspire machines and kitting it for games. Does it succeed, or would you be better off sticking with the competition?

Features

The gaming laptop world tends to be dominated by Dell’s Alienware and Razer’s… well… Razer, but Acer is a big enough manufacturer, and late last year made strides to get in on that market as well.

The result is called the “V Nitro”, a machine that still fits in with the Aspire line of computers, and yet packs in the specs to deliver what should be enough performance for the audience looking for a perfect all-in-one that can sit on the desk and be taken somewhere else at a moment’s notice.

To handle this, the Acer Aspire V Nitro (591G) is reliant on an Intel Core i7 processor from the fourth generation, also known as “Haswell”. This processor is clocked at 2.5GHz and is paired with 16GB RAM, as well as 1TB storage, just in case you were concerned that you would run out of space.

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A proper graphics solution is a must have on a gaming computer, and rather than just go with whatever Intel uses for internal graphics, Acer has included the Nvidia GeForce GTX860M chip here, with 4GB graphics RAM included.

Wireless connectivity is handled through 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, while wired is supported over Gigabit Ethernet, with ports for HDMI, and three USB 3.0 ports.

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There is no optical drive in this computer, so don’t expect a Blu-ray or DVD burner, or even a reader.

All of this sits underneath a 15.6 inch screen delivering the Full HD resolution of 1920×1080, with In-Plane Switching (IPS) display technology used and a matte finish. Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 is ready on this computer out of the box, too, though we need to note that there is no touchscreen on this computer.

Fortunately, there’s a keyboard and touchpad, so that side of things is at the very least sorted.

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Performance

Acer is certainly making itself known for a variety of products lately. Laptops and desktops we’re used to, mostly for the whole “general computing” world, but we’re seeing some real inventive ideas come out, too, notably in the R series and with the Revo range of its desktop computers made for TVs.

And then we have the gaming laptop series, or rather, a singular item.

That item is the Aspire V Nitro, a gaming laptop that appears to take one of Acer’s regular Aspires and ups the specs for the needs of a gamer.