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Acer ConceptD 5 Pro mobile workstation
4.5Overall Score
Name: Acer ConceptD 5 Pro CN517-71P
Price (RRP): $TBA 4500
Manufacturer: Acer

The Acer ConceptD 5 Pro is a 17.3-inch monster weighing in at 2.93kg (plus the adaptor), so there is no notion that this is lappy – it is a transportable or as Acer calls it – a mobile workstation.

Acer ConceptD 5 Pro series is about raw power housed in an aggressively styled Acer Predator Helios alloy chassis but toned down to basic matte black for corporate use.

Acer is using the ConceptD to show it is an innovative and responsive company that has premium products for creatives – those that need masses of power and colour accurate screens. It is perfect for CAD, animations, simulations, video and still renderings.

The Acer ConceptD range includes a desktop, three models of laptop and three screens.

We wonder what its next range will be called – Plan 9 from outer space!

Acer ConceptD 5 Pro mobile workstation

Australian website

Price: TBA but expect around $4500-5000 on release in February

The ConceptD 5 comes in a 15” model as well.

Specifications as tested

  • 17.3-inch, 4K (3840 x 2160), 255ppi, 16:9 WLED edge-lit, IPS
  • Core i7-9750H 2.6GHz six-core 14nm 45W TDP and Intel HD 630 graphics
  • NVIDIA GeForce Quadro RTX 3000 6GB GDDR6 (lower spec options as well)
  •  32GB DDR4-2666 (Dual channel 1333MHz) – 16GB also available (dual slots)
  • 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD (2TB available)
  • 2x M.2 PCI x4 slots, with RAID 0 support (1x 1TB WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-1T00)
    + 2.5″ bay (empty)

This is an impressive kit for a laptop.

Screen – EXCEED

You buy it because this huge screen has 100% AdobeRGB (100+% sRGB, 99% NTSC, 90% DCI P3 at 6485K). Delta E is <2. It is also PANTONE Validated meaning you can use the PMS system to specify colours that will look the same on your screen when offset printed.

It has a 17.3-inch, 4K (3840 x 2160), 255ppi, 16:9 WLED edge-lit, IPS screen – AU Optronics B173ZAN03.0 panel.

Acer ConceptD 5 Pro

Tests

Screen brightness of 470 nits (claimed) but tests show the matte anti-reflective finish pulls that back 350 typical, 366 average to 380 max. Contrast is 1200:1 (claimed), but the black level is a tad high at .36nits bringing it back to 1060:1.

No Acer are not exaggerating, but out of the box, you may need to experiment a little to get it just right. It has two settings – calibrated 100% AdobeRGB and Native. There are ICM colour profiles on the web to tune that further. Note: After loading the ICM profile contrast improved markedly as black levels dropped to .25.

It also has extensive Blue light settings. Expected panel life is a minimum of 15K power-on hours – many years.

Screen summary: Well above expectations with great colours, even brightness, calibration, and more. It is one of the best I have seen