Acer As­pire V 15 Nitro – Black Edi­tion

Acer As­pire V 15 Nitro – Black Edi­tion

HWM (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - by IanChee

If you fre­quent LAN par­ties, hav­ing a por­ta­ble rig or a high-per­for­mance note­book is a must. That said, the for­mer still re­quires you to still bring your own pe­riph­er­als and maybe even your own dis­play, which might de­feat the pur­pose of a por­ta­ble rig in the first place. With com­po­nents get­ting smaller but more pow­er­ful, gaming note­books that do not weigh or cost a ton are slowly be­com­ing a plau­si­ble al­ter­na­tive.

En­ter the As­pire V Nitro – Black Edi­tion, Acer's lat­est take on such note­books. The body is cov­ered in what Acer calls Nanoim­print Lithog­ra­phy (NIL) tech­nol­ogy. The back hinge has a metal­lic fin­ish that adds to the over­all pre­mium feel. All th­ese give the de­vice a very stylish de­sign which, to­gether with its slim 23.9mm pro­file, makes the Nitro – Black Edi­tion a very gor­geous ma­chine.

Speak­ing of the back, this is where the ex­haust vents are po­si­tioned. Mov­ing to­wards the front, we can see two speaker grilles that house this note­book's speak­ers, which churn out sounds at re­ally good vol­umes and clar­ity, with Dolby's Dig­i­tal Plus Home Theater en­hance­ment work­ing in the back­ground. Also worth not­ing is the fact that the bat­tery is not re­mov­able sim­ply by slid­ing it off the back. You will have to un­screw the bot­tom panel to ac­cess it.

As men­tioned be­fore, the Nitro – Black Edi­tion has a thick­ness of just un­der 24mm. De­spite this lack of bulk, it still has all the bare es­sen­tials for a note­book: three USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5mm audio port, a HDMI and a LAN port; all of which are on the right side.

To re­mind you that this isn't your stan­dard Nitro note­book, Acer con­ve­niently put an ex­tra ‘Black Edi­tion' sig­na­ture at the top-left cor­ner of the touch­pad. The left- and right-click but­tons are where you would ex­pect them to be, even though it may not seem like it. The key­board has red LED back­light­ing, so us­age in the dark is not an is­sue.

With the usual bench­marks that we run, the Acer As­pire V 15 Nitro – Black Edi­tion achieved a score of 3,035 and 3,144 for the Home and Cre­ative suites of PCMark 8, re­spec­tively. As for bat­tery life, it man­aged to en­dure two hours and 18 min­utes of word pro­cess­ing, web brows­ing and some graph­ics-in­ten­sive gaming. Speak­ing of graph­ics, we also ran 3DMark Fire Strike and Fire Strike Ex­treme, where the As­pire V Nitro achieved scores of 3,569 and 1,774, re­spec­tively.

To sum up, the Acer As­pire V 15 Nitro – Black Edi­tion is priced as an en­try-level gaming note­book, and its bench­mark fig­ures re­flect that. If you need a por­ta­ble gaming rig and don't re­quire the ab­so­lute best graph­ics pos­si­ble for it, then this is one wor­thy of your con­sid­er­a­tion.

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