Acer Nitro 16 (AN16-72) Review – Surprises With Hidden Gems for Gamers and Designers


The Raptor Lake-HX Refresh CPUs are already here and some of them offer more cores, bigger cache size, and slightly higher frequencies than their predecessors. The Acer Nitro 16 (AN16-72) relies on the abovementioned chips which means that the device boasts a serious amount of power – the top-end processor is the Core i7-14700HX with 20 cores and 28 threads. Our laptop has the same CPU – this is the best way to torture the cooling at max.

In terms of graphics, the base GPU is the GeForce RTX 3050 (Laptop, 6GB), and the most powerful video card for this series is the GeForce RTX 4060 (Laptop). All display models are IPS units with a 165Hz frequency – this is a good start. There are two 1200p variants and one 1600p screen. That’s a gaming laptop so it’s not a surprise that it brings to the table goodies such as Nvidia Advanced Optimus, G-Sync, and a MUX switch.

The I/O panel is full of ports, the upgradability is good, and you get Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth 5.3 for connectivity – nice! As always, the NitroSense app offers much performance presets and a lot of options for tweaking.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/acer-nitro-16-an16-72/

Contents


Specs, Drivers, What’s in the box

Acer Nitro 16 (AN16-72) - Specs

  • AUO B160QAN03.H (AUOCDAB)
  • Color accuracy  2.0  1.4
  • HDD/SSD
  • up to 2000GB SSD
  • RAM
  • up to 32GB
  • OS
  • Windows 11 Pro, Windows 11 Home
  • Battery
  • 90.61Wh, 76Wh, 4-cell
  • Body material
  • Plastic / Polycarbonate
  • Dimensions
  • 357.78 x 277.5 x 22.4 - 22.7 mm (14.09" x 10.93" x 0.88")
  • Weight
  • 2.45 kg (5.4 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), Sleep and Charge
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
  • 2x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20 Gbps), Thunderbolt 4, Power Delivery (PD), DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • 2.1
  • Card reader
  • microSD (microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC)
  • Ethernet LAN
  • 10, 100, 1000, 2500 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.3
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5mm Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera
  • FHD with Temporal Noise Reduction
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Dual Built-in Microphones with Acer Purified Voice
  • Speakers
  • Speaker System optimized by DTS X:Ultra Audio
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot
  • Kensington Lock

Drivers

All drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here: https://www.acer.com/us-en/support

What’s in the box?

Inside the box, we found some manuals and a 230W barrel plug adapter.



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