Acer Nitro 5 AN517-55-54EK, 17″ 144Hz Intel Gamer Laptop with RTX 4060 for Playing Latest Games + Thunderbolt 4 – LaptopSpirit

Our review of the Acer Nitro 5 AN517-55-54EK

Large 17-inch format for the Acer Nitro 5 AN517-55-54EK, a gaming laptop with a Full HD anti-reflective IPS screen and a 144Hz refresh rate that improves fluidity in games. Recent titles are supported by the high-end NVIDIA Ada Lovelace RTX 4060 ray tracing graphics card, which also accelerates multimedia processing. This is also the case with the fast 512GB SSD storage, which enhances responsiveness, as well as the 16GB of RAM and the high-performing Intel Alder Lake Core i5-12450H processor. This versatile black Windows 11 gaming and creative laptop also features a backlit keyboard and connectivity with USB-C Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6.

Specifications of the Acer Nitro 5 AN517-55-54EK

Screen(s) 17.3” Full HD LED IPS 144Hz ComfyView Acer BluelightShield thin bezels (1920×1080, anti-reflective)
Processor Intel Core i5-12450H Alder Lake-H (8 cores: 4P 2.0 GHz, 4E 1.5 GHz, 45W)
Installed memory (max) 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200MHz (32GB), 2 slots (occupied)
Graphics card NVIDIA Ada Lovelace GeForce RTX 4060 8GB GDDR6, integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics in the processor and Optimus
Storage 512GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe, 2280)
Connectivity 3 USB 3.2 (Gen2, 1 powered) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2) Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.0
Network Wi-Fi 6 ax (2×2, Killer AX 1650i), Bluetooth 5.2 + Gigabit Ethernet (Killer Ethernet E2600)
Backlit keyboard Yes, RGB 4 zones
Numeric keypad Yes
Windows Hello
Audio system 2 speakers Waves MaxxAudio, TrueHarmony
Operating system Windows 11 64-bit
Announced battery life / Battery 6 hours / 4-cell Li-Ion 90 3560mAh 57Whr
Weight / Dimensions (mm) 3 Kg / 400.5 x 294.5 x 27.85-18.6

The Acer Nitro 5 AN517-55-54EK compared to the competition

The Acer Nitro 5 AN517-55-54EK is currently on sale at E.Leclerc and is positioned as one of the cheapest in its category to offer such powerful Intel processor and graphics card in such a large format (17 inches) with Thunderbolt connectivity.

If this Acer Nitro 5 AN517-55-54EK does not meet all your criteria, you will find on our gaming laptop guide other configurations for gaming with a similar budget. At the same budget, prioritize the model with the most powerful graphics card, as it will have the greatest impact on performance.
You can also check out our student laptop guide.

Chassis, connectivity, display of the Acer Nitro 5 AN517-55-54EK

This versatile gaming and creativity laptop has a resolutely gamer look with its black design with angular lines and rear-positioned connectivity, with cooling ensured by CoolBoost technology via 2 adjustable fans (adjustable via the NitroSense application), heat pipes, and air grilles.

This gaming and creative laptop offers good connectivity with its USB-C Thunderbolt, Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6 ax wireless modules for communication and remote connection, audio and Ethernet ports, HDMI video output useful for easy connection to a TV or monitor, and three USB 3.0 ports (USB 2.0 compatible) allowing for transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 devices are connected.

The backlit chiclet keyboard can be activated to better discern its keys in low light.

Acer Nitro 5 AN517-55-54EK

Players will appreciate that the screen has a 144Hz refresh rate, as it clearly enhances general fluidity including in games compared to the standard 60Hz. As it is anti-reflective, the screen is less tiring for the eyes over a long period than a glossy panel and is more readable in bright environments (e.g. outdoors). The screen is also suitable for Full HD content such as videos due to its 16:9 format, while its horizontal and vertical viewing angles are important thanks to its IPS technology.

Performance, battery life of the Acer Nitro 5 AN517-55-54EK

The Acer Nitro 5 AN517-55-54EK may interest those looking for a powerful, gaming-oriented and creative large format laptop.

As it features the GeForce RTX 4060 ray tracing, the high-end NVIDIA Ada Lovelace dedicated graphics card, this gaming laptop is capable of running recent games. The GeForce RTX 4060 will therefore interest gamers, but also creators, as it accelerates multimedia processing under software that takes advantage of the GPU’s computing power, such as Sony Vegas, Adobe suite, or VSDC.

The GeForce RTX 4060 is practically used by the NVIDIA Optimus technology to perform graphic workloads deemed too heavy for the Iris Xe graphics module integrated into the processor.

For both the GeForce RTX 4060 and the Iris Xe, it is possible to view photos and videos as well as play lightweight games. The Iris Xe is especially energy-efficient, which favors battery life. The battery life is around 6 hours in light use, which will be appreciated by those looking for a versatile and high-performing student laptop.

Optimus automatically switches in real time based on the needs between the Intel Iris Xe and the GeForce RTX 4060.

The Core i5-12450H, which houses the Iris Xe, is an Intel Alder Lake processor with 8 hybrid cores paired here with 16GB of RAM. This core delivers good overall performance to satisfy many users.

This core, which complements the GeForce RTX 4060 in games, unleashes its potential in areas that exploit multi-core and RAM, such as photo editing or video editing. However, for tasks that often require resource-demanding processor treatments, it is advisable to choose a PC with a processor offering a higher number of performant cores.

For storage, it comes as no surprise to find a 512GB SSD, a capacity similar to the standard of hard drives. Compared to hard drives, an SSD is more robust, energy-efficient, silent, and much faster.

When used intensively (e.g. gaming, processing), expect this versatile gaming and creative laptop to heat up and operate noisily. If needed, an additional ventilated support can be used to limit its temperatures (make sure to check the dimensions carefully!).

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