I’m certainly no expert to the latest technology, so imagine my surprise when I finally upgraded from using an ASUS X455L laptop to a higher-tier affordable gaming laptop. It has taken me a week to adjust to my new Nitro 5 Ryzen 7 laptop. It is so different from my previous one, and it makes me realize how much I’ve missed out for the past years. However, as I’ve said, I’m no expert with the latest technology. Instead, I’m reviewing this product with the view point of a customer for having it for a month.
What is the Acer Nitro 5 Ryzen 7 2700U with Radeon RX 560X Laptop?
Acer Nitro 5 Ryzen 7 2700U with Radeon RX 560X is a gaming laptop. From what I’ve researched, it has the design to be the answer between “affordable” and “high-tier” components. If you read it on paper, it’s certainly impressive for a laptop that costs around ~40000PHP (~800USD) with the Ryzen 7 upgrade. You can configure it for a boost of speed, thanks to its massive storage and a maximum of 32gb of DDR4 RAM. Its graphics card can easily handle graphic-heavy games. However, in comparison to other laptops, it just falls short in terms of performance. You can continue reading the specs about it here.
What’s it like to have an Acer Nitro 5 Ryzen 7 2700U with Radeon RX 560X Laptop?
Ever since the posts with pictures of the new laptop, my classmates have asked me what’s it like. Its keyboard layout is very different. In fact, it’s so different that I haven’t even touched the numpad on the right. My brain just doesn’t register that it’s there. It just feels awkward to have the numpad in that spot. The resolution of the screen is so “HD” that it’s blurry to me. Now, that’s a good thing, since I have relatively poor eyesight.
We haven’t upgraded my laptop since we’ve first bought it. It still has 4GB of RAM, and I haven’t put in an SSD yet for the OS. I’ve had zero upgrades, and only upgrading the drivers and Windows Updates. I’ve installed five games into the laptop, and here’s what I found:
- It can barely run God Eater 3 with its base specs. GE3 has affordable minimum requirements; Even then, the laptop still struggles to play the game. I had to put everything to the lowest quality in order to even play, and there are still frame drops.
- Minecraft, as usual, still eats the laptop’s RAM until I turned off the Mipmapping. Even then, the laptop struggles in the form that it still drops a few frames once in a while. Fortunately, games like Terraria and Stardew Valley don’t seem to be an issue.
- League of Legends at the highest quality is certainly runnable, but frames still do drop and the screen freezes while switching in between qualities.
- Soul Worker has rare frame drops, and the screen freezes for a second in some parts of the playthrough (especially the opening sequence).
- Apex Legends crashes at the selection screen (obviously since the game requires 6GB RAM in its minimum requirements).
With these things in mind, you can guess that the problem lies in the RAM. The graphics card and processor have no problem rendering the games. However, even then, it still runs the games at a relatively smoother pace than my previous laptop at a higher quality too! I’m positive that if my laptop were to have more RAM, most of these games would be playing at the highest quality with no issues in between.
What are the issues with the laptop?
Despite all my praise for my new laptop, there are still issues that plague it. My old laptop is no gaming laptop, but it can run Minecraft, League of Legends, and Soul Worker completely fine. It has nearly no difference in its performance; only the Nitro 5 can dish out better graphics and looks better thanks to its screen resolution. In fact, I can even say that Minecraft runs better on my previous laptop.
The laptop is marketed as an affordable and performance-oriented gaming laptop; however, it just keeps pushing its Disk Usage to 100%. Even if I had no software running, it still pushes it to 100%. Thankfully, I’ve managed to fix this by turning off Windows Updates after updating Windows again. I’ve also fixed something in the registry; but even then, one simple action pushes it to nearly 100%. I’ve decided to start deleting the multitude of bloatware from both Acer and Windows. Unfortunately, the games I run on it still suffer some frame drops.
However, the issues of frame drops aren’t limited to games. Video editors like Filmora, Camtasia, and Sony Vegas Pro, and Web Browsers, especially Google Chrome, also experience some form of “frame drops”. Sometimes, the videos from YouTube are covered by the colour green.
This made me realize in order to make the most out of this laptop, you better max out its RAM first before anything else. The Windows OS simply eats up the entire RAM; even with just Google Chrome, it’s already at 70-90% Memory Usage. Perhaps, get an SSD so the OS runs smoothly and the system doesn’t crawl into a snail’s pace. It happens all the time, especially with the random spikes of memory and disk usage that freezes a game out of nowhere. In a sense, the laptop suffers the most thanks to the bulk of Windows 10.
Acer’s Nitro 5 Ryzen 7 with 2700U with Radeon RX 560X Laptop is more of a foundation of a gaming laptop than anything else. It’s “casual” in the sense that it can still play games and offer a high performance in those games. However, if you want it to become an actual gaming laptop, you have to fill in a few missing pieces in between to make it work. It is affordable, but the drawback is the components you’d need to buy to make the laptop actually have a punch.
Do I regret purchasing this laptop though? No, and never. It is still a good laptop nevertheless. The unit satisfies my needs to play games, and it’ll certainly become better with higher RAM, and with an SSD. The price is well within the range for an average gamer. However, for hardcore gamers, you may need to look at other high-end gaming laptops instead.