The versatile Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-54T8 is a large format black gamer-creator laptop with 16GB of RAM and a Hexa Core i5-11400H Tiger Lake-H processor that accelerates multimedia processing as well as the NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3050 ray tracing graphics card that can run a variety of games. Featuring a 17-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare display that improves gameplay with its 144Hz frequency, this versatile Windows 11 laptop designed for gaming and creating benefits from a responsive 512GB SSD storage, a backlit keyboard and connectivity with USB-C and Wi-Fi 6.
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54T8 performance, battery life
The Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-54T8 is for those who are looking for a versatile 17-inch notebook with a gaming and creative focus.
Whether it’s the Iris Xe graphics solution in the processor or the dedicated GeForce RTX 3050 card, you can watch photos and videos, of course, but also play modest games. The GeForce RTX 3050 is enabled by Optimus technology to perform graphics work that is deemed too heavy for the Intel Iris Xe.
Optimus actually switches automatically and in real time between the GeForce RTX 3050 and the Intel Iris Xe. The latter is favored as much as possible to ensure the best possible autonomy because it consumes little energy.
In this regard, expect about 6 hours of battery life with light use.
The GeForce RTX 3050 will appeal to creative types because it accelerates processing in GPU-powered software like Sony Vegas or Adobe Photoshop/Premiere.
Gamers who are willing to make concessions in graphics-intensive games to achieve good gameplay will also appreciate the NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3050 ray tracing. Because in these conditions, it is capable of running many games.
The Iris Xe is based directly on the Tiger Lake-H Intel Hexa Core i5-11400H processor, which is coupled with 16GB of RAM to deliver solid overall performance for a maximum number of users.
Although the Hexa Core’s contribution to gaming is currently variable compared to a Quad Core, this core supports the GeForce RTX 3050 very well in this area.
It also guarantees much faster processing than a Quad Core processor and 8GB DDR4. The difference is particularly noticeable in CPU- and RAM-intensive jobs that take advantage of the multi-core capability, such as photo editing, video editing or 3D rendering.
On the storage side, there is an SSD, which makes starting/stopping, processing and launching games/software much faster, while online games, for example, arrive on the card faster.
It has to be said that an SSD is much faster than a hard disk, but at the same time more energy-efficient, shock-resistant and quiet.
The SSD thus ensures a much better fluidity and reactivity with the use than a simple hard disk. However, some may find the 512GB of the SSD limited. However, you can use an external storage unit such as a USB 3.0/USB-C device to benefit from fast transfers.
Finally, in the event of heavy use (e.g., processing, games), expect heat and noise from this versatile, creative gamer-oriented laptop, whose weight and large size do not make it very easy to carry around. A 17-inch model is nevertheless particularly comfortable for mainly sedentary use (e.g. at home).
If needed to limit the temperature, a ventilated stand can be associated with this computer (remember to check the dimensions!).
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54T8 Specifications
|17.3” Full HD LED IPS 144Hz 3ms 300cd/m² ComfyView thin edges (1920×1080, anti-reflective)
|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)
|NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3050 4 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel Iris Xe integrated in the processor and Optimus
|512GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe, 2280)
|3 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0
|Wi-Fi 6 ax (2×2, Killer AX1650i ), Bluetooth 5.2 + Gigabit Ethernet
|2 Waves MaxxAudio speakers, TrueHarmony
|Windows 11 64 bit
|Announced autonomy / Battery
|6 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 3560mAh 57Whr
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)
|3 Kg / 403.5 x 280 x 24.9
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54T8 vs. the competition
The Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-54T8 is currently available at ElectroDépôt and is positioned in the middle of its category where we can find competitors offering a more powerful graphics card.
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If this Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-54T8 doesn’t meet all your criteria, you will find other configurations to play with on a similar budget in our gamer laptop guide. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, as this will have the biggest impact on performance.
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-54-54T8 chassis, connectors, screen
With its black design with angular lines and red accents, this gamer-oriented and creative laptop has a decidedly gamer look.
It is cooled by CoolBoost technology via 2 fans controllable with the NitroSense application, heatpipes and air outlets.
This designer gamer laptop is equipped with good connectivity including 1 USB-C, Bluetooth 53.1 and Wi-Fi ax wireless modules (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect remotely, a practical HDMI video output to easily connect 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 USB 3.0 devices are plugged in.
Of course, the keys of the chiclet keyboard can be backlit to better distinguish them in low-light environments.
To seduce gamers, the screen adopts a frequency of 144Hz higher than the standard 60Hz to strengthen the fluidity in games. In addition, thanks to its IPS technology, the screen displays colors more faithful than average with large viewing angles, both horizontal and vertical. As it adopts a Full HD definition and a 16/9th format, the screen is also well suited to High Definition content such as videos. With its anti-reflective coating, the screen also offers better visibility than a glossy panel in bright environments (e.g. outdoors) while being more restful for the eyes in prolonged use.