Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-45) – Top 5 Pros and Cons

The Nitro 5 is the embodiment of sacrificing everything else for the sake of gaming performance. Acer doesn’t spend money on a new shell, using the same design features for a couple of years now.

All of the improvements are on the inside, with Zen 3 and RTX Ampere support. The laptop can come with the most powerful hardware in existence right now, including the Ryzen 9 5900HX and the RTX 3080. Can the laptop however keep up with these components, which will need extensive cooling and airflow in order to reach their potential?

Today we are presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-45).

Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-45): Full Specs / In-depth Review

4 reasons to BUY the Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-45)

1. Input devices

The keyboard here is very good for gaming and typing. It spans the entire keyboard deck, brings a NumPad, along with keycaps that have great size, including the Arrow keys. The unit has good key travel, clicky feedback, and either a Red or a 4-zone RGB backlight. The touchpad has a nice size and is accurate across the entire area.

2. Upgradeability

The upgradeability is also on point, bringing two RAM and two SSD slots. The SODIMM slots can fit up to 64GB of DDR4 memory in dual-channel mode. One of the M.2 slots can fit both PCIe and SATA drives, while the other can only fit PCIe drives. There is an additional 2.5-inch SATA drive bay, with the connectors coming in the box, which is neat from Acer.

Here is our teardown video, which shows how to access the battery, RAM, and SSD slots.

3. Display quality

While the panel doesn’t have good color coverage or accuracy, it is still great for gaming. The device sports three IPS panels with either 60Hz, 144Hz, or 165Hz. The 165Hz option also has a QHD resolution, while the other two bring Full HD resolution. We reviewed the 144Hz option, which had comfortable viewing angles, a max brightness of 302 nits in the middle of the screen, and 277 nits as an average for the whole area, with a maximum deviation of 14%. The contrast ratio is surprisingly high, at 1490:1.

The color coverage stands at 57% of the sRGB gamut.

The accuracy is also isn’t suitable for professional work, but if you just want to learn the basics of Photoshop or Illustrator, the notebook is a good base to start. The dE value doesn’t go below 3.1 and that is with our Design and Gaming profile applied (right). You can compare it to the stock settings (left).

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Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.


Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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4. Battery life

The laptop comes with a mid-sized battery pack of 57.5Wh. Here, you get 9 hours and a half of Web browsing or 8 hours and 8 minutes of video playback. Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.

1 reason NOT to buy the Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-45)

1. I/O

In terms of ports, you get a total of three USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, a single USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 2) port, a 3.5 mm audio jack, and HDMI and Ethernet connectors. Sadly, since the laptop uses AMD hardware, you lack Thunderbolt support, while a MicroSD card reader is also missing.

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