Acer Nitro 17

Acer Nitro 17

Acer Nitro 17

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BEST RATING
Engineering & Design:
4.4
GENERAL USE: Good7.8/10
GAMING/AI: Good7.5/10
ENG/DESIGN: Good7.9/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.4/10
CONTENT CREATION: Good7.8/10
PORTABILITY: Poor5.5/10
BATTERY: Good7.6/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Good7.3/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.2/10
SIZE: 17.3"

The Acer Nitro 17 is a midrange gaming laptop with a large 17.3-inch display, which is ideal for a more immersive gaming and multimedia experience. It is powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 processor and Nvidia RTX 4050 graphics card, making it well-suited for gaming and other graphics-intensive tasks such as 3D rendering and machine learning. It comes with 1024 GB of storage and 16 GB of RAM, providing ample space and memory for various applications. The IPS display has a high refresh rate, ensuring smooth visuals in fast-paced games. However, the larger screen size and the hardware dedicated to performance contribute to the laptop's weight at 6.83 pounds and relatively short battery life of about 8 hours, which affects its portability. The laptop has a backlit keyboard with a number pad and supports hardware ray tracing and DLSS for enhanced gaming visuals. Despite not being tagged as a premium business laptop, it offers solid general use and engineering performance. It was released in May 2023 and comes with Windows 11 Home installed. Give Feedback

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Pros
  • Large screen size for immersive experience
  • High refresh rate for smooth visuals
  • Backlit keyboard with number pad
  • Hardware ray tracing support
  • Good build and speaker quality
Cons
  • Limited battery life
  • Poor portability due to size and weight
  • Average screen color accuracy
  • No thunderbolt or USB4 support

Ratings by Category

Engineering & Design:
4.4
PerfectRec’s Engineering and Design Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for graphic design, CAD and 3D work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Content Creation:
4.4
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
General Use:
4.3
The Acer Nitro 17 is equipped with a capable AMD Ryzen 7 processor and ample RAM, which means it can handle a variety of applications smoothly, making it a good choice for general use. However, while it boasts a large screen with good color gamut coverage and high refresh rate for crisp visuals, its heavier weight and relatively shorter battery life reduce its portability and require more frequent charging.
Gaming & AI:
4.2
The Acer Nitro 17 is good for gaming and 3D because it includes a powerful Nvidia RTX 4050 GPU that handles demanding graphics, and its screen offers a high refresh rate of 165 Hz for smooth visuals in fast-paced games. While the CPU and screen quality are also important, the GPU and refresh rate play a larger role in gaming and 3D performance.
Software Development:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Battery Life:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.2
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Build Quality:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Keyboard Quality:
4.0
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Operating Noise:
3.8
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,139
Release Date
May 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
15.8'' x 11.6'' x 1.1''
Weight
6.83 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
Graphics
RTX 4050 (140 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
Yes
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
8 Hours
Battery Capacity
90 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
17.3"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
165Hz
Display Brightness
280 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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7.4/10
Portability Score
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5.6/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
Yes
Fan Noise Score
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6.8/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGB
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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7/10
Speaker Quality Score
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8/10
Webcam
720p
Fingerprint Reader
No
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
Yes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
3
USB-C ports
2
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
3
Thunderbolt Ports
0

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Mark Knapp | October 2023
"The Acer Nitro 17 isn't an exceptional gaming laptop; it's kind of chunky even among 17.3-inch notebooks, with a lackluster keyboard, and it doesn't outperform comparably priced machines. But there's a lot to like about it, including a good array of ports, a screen that's sharp and bright for work and play alike, and battery life that soundly beats the competition. All this comes at an affordable price. If size and weight aren't big concerns, you'll find the Nitro 17 a dependable big-screen gaming rig. If you crave higher quality, consider a slight step down or up in screen size with the Lenovo Legion Slim 5 Gen 8 or Alienware m18 respectively."

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