Versatile, the Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-52ED is a creative gamer laptop with a 17-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare display that enhances smoothness in games with its 144Hz frequency, capable of running the latest games thanks to its high-end NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 ray tracing graphics card. This GPU also accelerates multimedia processing with its 16GB of RAM and high-performance Hexa Core i5-11400H Tiger Lake-H processor while the fast 512GB SSD storage boosts responsiveness. Discreet with its black design, this versatile Windows 11 laptop designed for gaming and creating benefits from a backlit keyboard or connectivity with USB-C and Wi-Fi 6.
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-52ED performance, battery life
The Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-52ED is for those who are looking for a versatile 17-inch laptop that performs well in both gaming and design.
It delivers solid all-around performance that will satisfy a wide range of users. This is because it relies on a good amount of 16 GB of RAM as well as a Hexa Core i5-11400H Intel Tiger Lake-H processor.
This core guarantees much faster processing than 8 GB DDR4 and a Quad Core processor. The difference is particularly noticeable with CPU- and RAM-intensive jobs that use multiple cores, such as photo editing, video editing or 3D rendering.
Creative people will be delighted, especially since this creative gamer laptop is equipped with the dedicated GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, which accelerates processing in GPU-intensive software such as Sony Vegas or Adobe Photoshop/Premiere.
However, the GeForce RTX 3060 ray tracing is a high-end NVIDIA Ampere dedicated graphics card that targets gamers above all. Because it is capable of running the latest games.
The GeForce RTX 3060 is enabled/disabled automatically and in real time by NVIDIA Optimus technology depending on the tasks performed.
Optimus favors maximum operation on the Intel Iris Xe graphics module integrated into the Hexa Core i5, even though it is much less powerful because it consumes little energy, which favors autonomy.
As far as autonomy is concerned, you can expect about 7 hours of battery life in light use for this creative gamer laptop that heats up and makes itself heard in the event of heavy use (e.g.: processing, games).
The GeForce RTX 3060 is in fact solicited by Optimus to perform graphics work deemed too heavy for the Iris Xe, typically for gaming. With either of these graphics solutions, one can obviously watch photos and videos but also indulge in modest games.
The heart of this versatile laptop designed for gaming and multimedia oriented creation also hosts a 512GB SSD storage, a capacity similar to the standard hard drives.
However, compared to hard drives, an SSD offers several advantages such as silent operation, greater shock resistance, lower power consumption and higher speed.
In everyday life, SSDs are much faster at launching games/software, processing and starting/stopping, for example, and you can get to online game maps faster.
In general, the SSD provides a much better responsiveness and fluidity than a hard disk.
Of course, if 512 GB is not enough, you can use an external storage device. Opting for a USB 3.0/USB-C device is then an interesting solution to obtain fast transfers.
If it is not the easiest to transport because of its weight and its large size, this designer gamer laptop is nevertheless comfortable for a mainly sedentary use (e.g. at home).
If needed, you can use a ventilated stand to limit the temperature (remember to check the dimensions!).
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-52ED Specifications
|Screen(s)||17.3” Full HD LED IPS 144Hz 45% NTSC 250cd/m² ComfyView thin edges (1920×1080, anti-reflective)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-11400H Tiger Lake-H (2.7 GHz, 6 cores)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel Iris Xe integrated in the processor and Optimus|
|Storage||512GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe, 2280)|
|connectors||3 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6 ax (2×2, Killer AX1650i ), Bluetooth 5.1 + Gigabit Ethernet (Killer E2600)|
|Audio system||2 Waves MaxxAudio speakers, TrueHarmony|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Announced autonomy / Battery||6 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 3560mAh 57Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.7 Kg / 403.5 x 280 x 24.9|
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-52ED versus the competition
The Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-52ED is currently on sale at Boulanger and meets few competitors in its category where it is one of the only ones to offer a graphics card and a processor as powerful.
If this Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-52ED doesn’t meet all your criteria, you’ll find other configurations to play with on a similar budget in our gamer laptop guide. With the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, as it will have the most impact on performance.
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-52ED chassis, connectors, screen
With its black design with angular lines and red accents, it has a gamer look.
Its cooling is ensured by CoolBoost technology via 2 fans controllable with the NitroSense application, heatpipes and air outlets.
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This designer gamer laptop has good connectivity including 1 USB-C, Bluetooth 5 and Wi-Fi ax wireless modules (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect remotely, a useful HDMI video output to easily connect this computer to a TV or monitor for example, Ethernet and audio ports or 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) ensuring transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if you plug USB 3.0 devices.
The keys of the chiclet keyboard can be backlit, of course, which is useful for better distinguishing the keys when the ambient light is limited.
To appeal to gamers, the screen adopts a 144Hz frequency higher than the standard 60Hz which enhances the smoothness in games. Thanks to its IPS technology, the screen offers large vertical and horizontal viewing angles. But its colorimetry is classic, inferior to that of high-end IPS panels. Treated anti-reflection, the screen also offers a better visibility in bright environments (eg: outdoor) than a glossy slab while being more relaxing for the eyes in prolonged use. It also lends itself very well to the display of High Definition content such as videos by its Full HD definition and its 16:9 format.