Acer Boundless 50 inch 4K LED Smart TV Review: Lost in the crowd

UPDATE: 28 December 2021: 4:20 PM: Acer has reached out to inform us that the restart issue with the TV is due to an Android update and will be fixed.

In our experience, the 50-inch TV space has a very specific audience. It’s for those that feel a 43-inch TV is too small while a 55-inch TV might be too big for their entertainment setup. That’s why the LG 48-inch CX (review) or even the C1 works so well as a gaming monitor/TV in the premium space and we have 50-inch TVs from Redmi, AmazonBasics, iFFALCON, TCL and more trying to fill the void for those looking for a 50-inch TV. Today we have the Acer 50-inch Boundless TV with us for review. As of writing this review, the TV is available online for Rs 32,999 but you can get it for as low as 29,999. The TV boasts of a 4K resolution and support for HDR 10 but misses out on Dolby Vision. Is it a good option to consider, or is it lost in the sea of budget 50-inch TVs?

Acer 50-inch Boundless TV specs at a glance

Panel Size: 50-inch (available in 43 and 55-inch screen sizes) 

Panel Type: VA with D-LED backlighting

Panel Resolution: 3840 x 2160 – 4K

Panel Refresh Rate: 60Hz

HDR 10 support: Yes

HDR 10+ support: Yes

Dolby Vision Support: No

Weight: 9.9 kgs

HDMI Ports: 3

USB Ports: 2

Bluetooth: Yes

Wi-Fi: Yes

Ethernet: Yes

Speakers: 24W 

Built-in storage: 16GB

Price: MRP: 32,999 (Price on Flipkart)

Acer 50-inch Boundless TV Display Panel and Picture Quality

The Acer 50-inch Boundless TV has DLED backlighting and no dimming zones. In our tests, we found the TV has a peak brightness slightly above 300-nits, which isn’t impressive when it comes to HDR content. However, as we said in our Realme 43-inch 4K TV review, HDR performance on budget TVs has reached a point where the experience can get acceptable, especially if it is your first experience, but it is recommended to consume content in SDR as much as possible on these TVs. Also, as we said in our OnePlus U1 (review) and Samsung QN90A reviews, not supporting Dolby Vision isn’t necessarily a con as long as the HDR performance is good. With a peak brightness of slightly more than 300 nits, we can’t expect to see detailed specular highlights in HDR content, but the content isn’t very dull either. We will elaborate below. 

Acer TV peak brightness

Above: Peak brightness of the Acer Boundless TV via Portrait Display Calman

Acer TV colorchecker analysis.

Above: ColorChecker Analysis in the Movie preset

Acer TV colorchecker analysis standard preset.

Above: ColorChecker Analysis in the Standard preset

An interesting thing to note is that in the movie preset the 2pt greyscale delta error is quite low but the RGB balance for this is all over the place. In the ColorChecker Analysis, the average Delta error is quite high in the movie preset and that translates to real-world performance as well, but we will talk about some settings that can help you get the best experience from the TV. 

Acer TV Grayscale 2pt

Acer TV Grayscale Multi.

Acer TV Saturation sweeps.

4K and HDR performance

Starting with the 4K and HDR performance, like we said above, the TV does not support Dolby Vision so our suite of content from Netflix, Apple TV and more played back in HDR 10. The performance from HDR 10 lacked the punch one would expect from the movie preset, with the content looking slightly duller than I’d like. Switching to the Standard or Dynamic preset punched up the colours, and the backlighting but changed the colour temperature to show a slightly cooler bias. This can easily be fixed by changing the colour temperature to Warm. For HDR content I recommend using the Standard preset with the warm colour temperature to get a slightly brighter image with decent colours. One more thing we noted was that for a lot of content the Standard and Dynamic preset has the same performance. 

The Acer TV supports HDR and not Dolby Vision.

For the movie preset, the backlighting is bumped down to 60 and while we did try and bump it back to 100, the performance wasn’t the same as the Standard preset with the warm colour temperature. Just so you know, the backlighting is at 100 in the standard preset. 

Acer TV can playback HDR 10+ content from Prime Video.

All the content we consumed in HDR looked decent enough except for content like The Dark Knight Rises and Altered Carbon, where the details in a lot of the dark sequences were lost especially if there were some specular highlights in these dark sequences. So, if you feel the HDR performance in the TV lacking, I recommend connecting an external device like the Fire TV Stick (review) and switching HDMI settings to 1.4 and consuming content in SDR for a better experience. 

SDR playback

Speaking of SDR content, the TV can do a good job of representing it. Put simply, use the Movie preset for movies as it does a decent job of representing the colours well. So, in movies like Spider-Man Homecoming and Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, you get good colours and skin tones. In some cases, it may look a tad warmer than required, but that’s ok considering the price. We have seen TVs like the Philips PUT8215 (review) give very good performance in SDR for colours, especially with skin tone reproduction.  

Acer TV SDR playback

In some SDR content like Young Sheldon and other TV shows, the Standard preset with a neutral colour temperature does a better job. So, if you watch the news and everyday TV shows, then the Standard preset works better. 

Gaming

The Acer Boundless TV does not have a dedicated game mode in the picture settings, but the TV recognised when a PS5 (review) was connected to it. For the picture preset, I recommend going into the settings, choosing the ‘Personal’ profile and switching off all forms of post-processing and switching the colour temperature to warm. In my opinion, this made the colours in the games look the best, albeit slightly warmer than I’d like. But the overall performance of the TV can be described as decent. 

Acer TV HDMI input

PS5 settings on Acer TV

In a game like Spider-Man Miles Morales (review), you miss the punchy highlights found on slightly more expensive TVs, but the experience isn’t bad on this TV. However, it has weak contrast. So, if you are swinging towards the sun in-game, and dark shadows are being cast, the shadows look darker than they should. But then again, in a game like Ghost of Tsushima (review), there are slightly elevated black levels to make the content in the dark easier to see, which for this price, is ok. 

Acer TV PS5 gaming.

The TV may not be ideal for gaming, but gets the job done for casual gamers. 

Acer TV details

Audio Performance

If there is one place the TV suffers, it is with the sound output. You have 24W of sound output and while vocals are clear mixed audio and high octave chance sequences or even the orchestral scores in movies left me wanting more. For everyday activities like news and TV shows, you should be fine. The channel separation is also weak, especially if you watch the race at the 12-minute mark in Ready Player One. The TV supports ARC output from HDMI port 1, but it isn’t labelled which is also a miss. 

Acer TV has 24W of sound output.

UI

Let’s get the worst out of the way. There were many times the TV randomly restarted on me when consuming content from streaming services. This happened often enough for me to mention it. Apart from this, the UI worked as intended. Running on Android TV 9 out of the box the TV gives you access to the Play Store for all your streaming needs. Switching between apps worked well enough and we faced the standard slew of stutters and slowdowns one would expect from a budget TV but nothing that broke the experience (except for the random restarts).

Acer TV runs on Android TV 9.

There is a dedicated button for the Google Assistant on the remote control and while it did take a heartbeat longer than I’d like to respond, it’s in line with what we’ve experienced from TVs in the 30K price range. 

Remote control

Acer 50-inch TV remote control.

The remote control that comes with the TV has a slightly concave design giving it a good grip. The remote control is compact and easy to use with dedicated OTT hotkeys for Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube and TikiLive. You get the standard directional buttons, Google Assistant, Home and more. There is a volume rocker as well and I wish the mute button were closer to the rocker, but hey, at least there is a dedicated mute button.  

Build and design

The Acer TV has 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports for your connectivity needs.

Considering this is a budget TV, I didn’t expect anything outstanding from the build. It has 2 plastic feet that hold it in place. It has a plastic shell and relatively slim bezels on three sides. All the ports are facing the side. For connectivity, the TV has three HDMI ports, two USB ports, optical out, ethernet port, antenna port, 3.5mm audio and an AV in port. The port may not be easy to reach when the TV is wall mounted so cable management is something to consider in advance. The TV is held in place by 2 plastic feet.

Acer TV table feet.

Bottom Line

The Acer Boundless 50-inch TV does little to transcend the boundaries of the budget TV segment. It is yet another budget TV with good SDR performance, average HDR output and a decent smart TV experience. To put things into perspective, its HDR performance is better than what we saw on the Blaupunkt Cybersound TV (review). The audio output is acceptable for everyday content and the gaming experience is decent as well on the Acer Boundless TV. But then again, the overall experience is slightly better on the Redmi TV 50-inch which is slightly more expensive than the Acer. The Redmi TV also supports Dolby Vision. You can also check out the AmazonBasics 50-inch TV as well as an option, however, the AmazonBasics TV does not support ARC but it supports Dolby Vision. For Rs 3000 to Rs 5000 more you can get a 50-inch TV with a smoother UI and a better sound output along with a few more features.

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Punching above its weight class

Finding a budget-friendly, reliable work laptop that’s also packed with some good features for day-to-day usage can be quite difficult even with all the options that are out there. On top of that if you are also looking for a notebook with some gaming chops then your options are fairly limited.

Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop

But there are some exceptions and the Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop is one of them. This laptop costs less than Rs 60,00 but it’s powered by AMD’s Ryzen 5000-series chip, has an Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU, and plenty of storage. I have been using this laptop as my daily driver for a few weeks now and it has turned out to be a sweet surprise with the kind of value it offers in this price range.

This detailed review of the Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop should help you get a better understanding of the laptop and will hopefully help you make an informed purchase decision. Let’s dive in.

Acer Aspire 7 Gaming Laptop: Specifications

Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 5500U (2.1 GHz base clock, up to 4.0 GHz max boost clock, 8 MB L3 cache, 6 cores)

Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650

RAM: 8 GB DDR4-3200

Storage: 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD

Display: 15.6″ FHD IPS anti-glare panel.

Acer Aspire 7 Gaming Laptop: Performance

The Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop has a pretty good set of specifications on paper. The Ryzen 5 5500U, though not based on the newer Zen 3 architecture, brings some noticeable performance improvements over the older Ryzen 5 4500U processors. The Ryzen 5 5500U inside this laptop is clocked at 2.1Ghz and has a max turbo frequency of up to 4Ghz. For starters, this chip supports hyperthreading which essentially means that more threads can run on each core to maximize performance. This helps it put out some solid performance for both benchmark programs as well as day-to-day usage.

Coupled with the Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU, this laptop can actually handle gaming with pretty good numbers on the board. But before we jump into the gaming performance to see the kind of frame rates you can get, let’s quickly take a look at the benchmark numbers.

We ran a slew of benchmark programs on the Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop and it managed to give us some impressive numbers across the board. With 3DMark’s Time Spy test, we pushed the limits of the GTX 1650 GPU and it managed to give us a score of 3638, beating the more expensive Lenovo Legion 5i with a 10th gen Intel Core i5-10300H and the same GTX 1650. In fact, the Aspire 7 managed to beat more or less all the laptops with the GTX 1650 that we have tested so far.

3DMark Benchmark Acer Aspire 7

The Ryzen 5 5500U showed some significant performance improvement when I ran the PCMark 10’s extended test. Not only was it better than the last generation counterparts, but it also left behind some Intel chips on offer in the same price segment. The Aspire 7 gaming laptop’s score of 5168 was better than the Lenovo Legion 5i running on the 10th gen Intel Core i7-10750H processor that only scored 4091. I found very good results on the Cinebench R20 benchmark too.

3DMark Benchmark comparison

The Ryzen 5 5500U processes the Cinebench R20′ multi-thread test at 3.6Ghz, leaving some headroom before its max turbo frequency. On battery power, the CPU operates at 1.8Ghz only even while handling the multi-thread test to conserve power. On Cinebench R20, the Aspire 7 gaming laptop scored 3063 points, which is higher than a lot of laptops that we have tested under Rs 1 Lakh. We found similar results with other programs and the Aspire 7 gaming laptop scored some pretty good numbers overall in our internal scoring sheet.

Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop

So how well does the Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop handles gaming? To answer this question, I ended up playing a wide variety of games on this laptop including some benchmark favorites like Doom Eternal and Grand Theft Auto 5. Here, check out the benchmark graph below to get a better understanding of how the games will run on this laptop.

Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop

All the games tested for benchmarking we running at 1080p, at their High and Medium preset graphics settings. Most games, as you can see, hits the 60FPS mark even at max settings. Dropping down the settings a notch or tweaking things a little bit makes it put out better frame rates but the experience is limited due to the 60Hz refresh rate cap. The 99th percentile frame rates, in most cases, were close to the average frames, which means the performance is consistent and smooth. 

The Nvidia GTX 1650 was maxing out its usage. The CPU usage, however, stayed around 70% which means it had enough headroom left to be pushed further with, say, a better GPU.

Acer Aspire 7 Gaming Laptop: Thermals

We did most of our testing in 24-28 degrees ambient temperature, and the laptop managed to stay relatively cool throughout the process. Irrespective of the test that we were running, the laptop’s temperature remained well under bearable limits. I played GTA V for about 4 hours at a stretch to see if the GPU was able to handle the load and it stayed relatively cool while performing at its max potential.

Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop

I saw no signs of thermal throttling during the testing, which is always a good sign in gaming laptops that don’t have a huge chassis with sophisticated cooling solutions. Both CPU and GPU were performing optimally and managed to stay under 70-degrees throughout the test.

The keyboard deck did start to feel a little warm to touch but it wasn’t uncomfortable to use at any given point. The fans also kick in as soon as you start running a resource-intensive task like a game, and this can be controlled via the AMD Radeon software. The large perforations on the bottom lid allowed the fans to suck in as much fresh air as possible whereas the hot air was blowing out of the vents at the back of the laptop as well as on the side.

Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop

The hot air coming out of the right side of the laptop was causing a bit of an issue for me while using a gaming mouse but I don’t see it as a major issue that’s limited to just this laptop. 

Lastly, I also tested the 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD using the CrystalDiskMark program. I was able to record 3574MB/s and 2734MB/s sequential read-write speeds. It’s on par with most other gaming laptops that cost under Rs 1 lakh. Moving huge chunks of files from an external SSD to Aspire 7’s internal drive was also pretty consistent. This means the laptop should theoretically be able to boot both the OS as well as the games faster without any downtime. This will also prove useful to creative professionals trying to move files back and forth between drives and programs.

Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop

The Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop can also be used for creative workloads like photo and video editing. I already tested the laptop for both photo and video editing using Adobe Lightroom and Davinci Resolve software, and the laptop managed to keep up with the loads. You might have to put up with longer render times in both cases but it’s very much doable. I will be posting a separate story detailing the laptop’s performance for creative workloads soon, so stay tuned for that if you are interested. But long story short, the laptop can definitely handle those workloads with some compromises.

Acer Aspire 7 Gaming Laptop: Display

The Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop sports a 15.6-inch display that has a native resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. It’s got a matte finish that keeps hash reflections at bay and makes it easier on the eyes. It provides a decent contrast ratio of 1361:1 and has a peak brightness of 268.3 cd/m².

Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop

The brightness of the display, as you can see is a little on the lower side. Anything less than 300 cd/m² is considered to be low and can cause issues with visibility outdoors, especially under direct sunlight. This is something to consider as this laptop is primarily made for indoor usage. During my testing, I recorded an Avg CCT value of 7447K, indicating that the colour temperature is on the cooler side.

Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop Calman test

 Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop display tested on Calman Ultimate

Another important thing to note here is that the display only supports up to 60Hz refresh rate, which is again, not very desirable on a gaming laptop. I can let it slide for this one given its price, but it may prove unsatisfactory for gamers because most titles are best played at 144Hz. And the GTX 1650 GPU in the laptop can push a lot of titles to go beyond just the 60FPS mark, so it would have made it more appealing and easy to recommend.

That is, however, not even my primary concern with the display. Using the Portrait Displays C6 HDR2000 colourimeter I registered a DeltaE colour deviation of 6.21 with max DeltaE values touching as high as 20.59. So not only does the laptop misses the target of DeltaE values under 4, some colours like Blue are extremely off.

Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop

Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop display tested on Calman Ultimate

The Avg DeltaE value for the Greyscale test was also very high, which means the grey levels are also not balanced. Besides the colour ‘Black’, pretty much all colour showed extremely high DeltaE values and they all ended up looking pale due to the high luminance values. The DeltaL value for even colours like, say, ‘Pink’ was pretty high with both DeltaC and DeltaH values being disturbingly low. I doubt if even a manual colour calibration will do enough to give accurate colours on this panel. It also only covered 59.4% and 39.8% of the sRGB and the DCI-P3 colour gamut.

Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop

Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop display tested on Calman Ultimate

What all that means is that the display on the Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop isn’t suited for colour sensitive work. Even though the laptop’s performance can drive photo and video editing software, I highly go against using this display for any kind of professional work. In fact, I recommend an external monitor even for day-to-day media consumption like watching videos, movies, and TV shows. You will enjoy much better visuals and it will be a worthy purchase on the longer run.

Acer Aspire 7 Gaming Laptop: Battery Life

The Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop packs a 3-cell 48Whr in its chassis which the company claims has a maximum runtime of up to 11.5 hours. During our testing, we didn’t manage to mimic similar results, but the laptop still has surprisingly good battery life. The Ryzen 5 5500U with a max TDP of 25W is also at play here and it tends to be more forgiving on the battery life thanks to its 7nm architecture.

I tested the laptop’s battery life using PCMark 10’s battery benchmark and ended up with some promising results. In PCMark’s Modern office test which simulates battery life for everyday work, the Aspire 7 managed to last for 5 hours and 9 minutes. It lasted significantly longer than both the ASUS TUF Gaming A15 that’s powered by the Ryzen 7 4800H, and the HP Omen 15 2020 that’s powered by the Intel Core i7-10750H.

Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop

I also supplemented the PCMark test by getting some real-world usage out of the laptop. As I mentioned earlier, I used the Aspire 7 gaming as my primary notebook for a few weeks and during that period, the laptop was consistently putting up with me for over 5 hours at peak brightness. That’s quite an impressive number for a gaming laptop. The ASUS TUF Gaming A15 in comparison only last for about 2 hours or so during our testing. 

Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop review

Obviously, your mileage may vary depending on the kind of work that you will be doing on the laptop on a daily basis. With my usage, which involves researching and writing stories for the website, web browsing, listening to music over Bluetooth, watching some YouTube videos and Twitch streams, etc., I was pleasantly by not having to reach out for my charger more often. This makes me believe that this Aspire 7 gaming laptop can also be your go-to which you can rely on to last a good while when you are out for, say, a day of class.

Acer Aspire 7: Keyboard, Trackpad, and I/O

The Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop is equipped with a backlit chicklet keyboard with an integrated number pad. There are no adjustable brightness levels for the backlight, so it’s a simple white light that you can toggle on or off. The keys are flat and smooth and there’s a good amount of space between them. The keys provide a short stroke and clear pressure point, making them very pleasing to hit.

Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop

It’s a very comfortable keyboard with responsive keys that have more travel than I expected. You don’t get an audible click but you can feel them actuate unlike the ones with shallow or mushy keys. It’s very easy to get used to and it’s a great keyboard for typing. It’s also perfectly serviceable for gaming if you don’t plan on buying a dedicated gaming keyboard.

The touchpad, too, is very simple. It’s got a smooth surface which makes it easier for your fingers to glide on. It’s not the largest touchpad out there but it doesn’t have dedicated keys either, so you get a one-piece patch to work with. What I really like about this touchpad is that it also responds to inputs in the corners without showing any signs of flimsiness.

Coming to ports, Acer has managed to give us plenty of them on this chassis. On the left side, you’ll see two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a USB Type-C port, an HDMI output, and an Ethernet jack. It’s worth pointing out that the Type C port here doesn’t support DisplayPort over USB-C or Power Delivery 3.0.

Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop

On the right side, you get another USB Type-A port along with a combo headphone/microphone jack and a power connector. As you can see, we are looking at a decent selection of ports, but what’s missing here is an SD card reader, which could have been a nice addition.

Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop

Acer Aspire 7 Gaming Laptop: Design And Build Quality

Despite being a gaming laptop, the Aspire 7 isn’t built to look like one. If anything, I’d say it looks plain and very generic, which is something that makes it easier for it to fit in most environments without looking overly obnoxious. Acer is selling the matte black variant of the laptop here in India and it just looks clean without any RGB or flashy lighting whatsoever.

The chassis is made entirely of plastic, which is unsurprising at this price point. However, it doesn’t feel overly cheap. Of course, it is not as nice as a lot of other notebooks in this price range from the competitors but I wouldn’t take this to be a bad thing. At 2.15Kg, it’s not exactly the most lightweight machine in the world, but it’s on the right side of travel-friendly and it’s super portable.

Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop

Overall, I would say the Acer Aspire 7 gaming laptop is an unremarkable machine when it comes to looks. It’s not going to turn any heads but that doesn’t necessarily make it a bad choice. The laptop is well made and it doesn’t have any serious stability issues albeit the noticeable flex on the lid and the substantial dips you’ll experience if you push too hard on the keyboard deck. It’s got a serviceable build quality and it should be just fine as long as you don’t handle it roughly.

Verdict

So to sum up this review, I can say that the Acer Aspire 7 gets a lot of things right. For the price of Rs 57,000, you are essentially getting a very functional laptop that’s perfect for day-to-day workloads and it’s got the gaming chops to handle FHD gaming. Acer could have definitely used a better display on this laptop though. It’s highly uncalibrated out of the box, doesn’t have enough brightness for outdoors usage, and the limited 60Hz refresh rate leaves me wanting more. But barring that, I don’t have much to complain about. Yes, it’s not an ultraslim laptop and it doesn’t have eye-catching looks, but it certainly makes up for that with its performance and value.

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Acer Predator Triton 300, Predator Helios 300, Nitro 5 Get Updated With 11th-Gen Intel Core H-Series CPUs

Acer on Tuesday unveiled its refreshed Predator Triton 300, Predator Helios 300, and the Nitro 5 gaming laptops with the newly launched 11th-generation Intel Core H-series processors and Nvidia GeForce RTX 30-series GPUs. The presence of the new Intel Core processors enable faster computing out-of-the-box. The new Acer laptops also carry other updates, including improvements to the displays, to deliver an upgraded experience. Additionally, you’ll get the latest Wi-Fi 6E and Thunderbolt 4 connectivity as well as features such as a 3D fan and a proprietary thermal management system. Acer has interestingly brought its new Predator Triton 300, Predator Helios 300, and Nitro 5 models nearly four months after their last upgrades.

Acer Predator Triton 300, Acer Predator Helios 300, Acer Nitro 5 price

Acer Predator Triton 300 (PT315-53) price starts at $1,699 (roughly Rs. 1,24,800)/ EUR 1,499 (roughly Rs. 1,33,900). The laptop will go on sale in the US from July, though its availability is set for June in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region. The next in the series is Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-57) 15-inch model that is priced at $1,099 (roughly Rs. 80,700)/ EUR 999 (roughly Rs. 89,300). The 17-inch Acer Nitro 5 (AN517-54), on the other hand, comes at $1,299 (roughly Rs. 95,400)/ EUR 1,299 (roughly Rs. 1,16,100). Both new Acer Nitro models will go on sale in the US, EMEA, and China from June. Details about the pricing and availability of Acer Predator Helios 300 are yet to be announced.

Acer Predator Triton 300 (PT315-53) specifications

Acer Predator Triton 300 (PT315-53) offers an all-metal chassis and features 165Hz QHD and 360Hz full-HD display options both in 15.6-inch sizes. The laptop also comes with a 19.9mm thick build that carries the company’s 5th-generation AeroBlade 3D fan, resulting in 55 percent better airflow than a regular plastic fan. To help gamers speed up their performance, there is a backlit 4-zone RGB keyboard, along with coloured WASD and aero key caps. It also includes DTS X:Ultra audio to deliver a 360-degree surround sound via headphones and speakers.

Acer has provided the 11th-generation Intel Core H-series processors with a maximum clock speed of 4.6GHz, along with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Series Laptop GPU and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. The machine also has Intel Killer E2600G Ethernet, Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i, and Control Center 2.0 for less latency and a range of I/O options, such as HDMI 2.1, a pair of USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 port, Mini DisplayPort 1.4, and a USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 4).

Acer Predator Helios 300 specifications

Acer Predator Helios 300 comes in 15.6- and 17-inch sizes and offers 360Hz full-HD and 165Hz QHD display options. The laptop is powered by up to latest 11th-generation Intel Core H-series processors, along with Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPU and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM. The new silicon is supported by Acer’s 5th-generation AeroBlade 3D fan. The 17-inch model additionally includes the company’s Vortex Flow Design concept that is claimed to generate aerodynamic flows to enhance cooling on the CPU and GPU alongside maintaining the chassis’ temperature.

acer predator helios 300 image Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300 comes in 360Hz full-HD and 165Hz QHD display options
Photo Credit: Acer

 

Similar to the new Predator Triton 300, the latest Acer Predator Helios 300 comes with a gaming keyboard that has four RGB zones and see-through concave-shaped caps on the WASD keys.

The new Acer Predator Helios 300 also includes Intel Killer E2600 ethernet controller, Intel Killer Wi-FI 6 AX1650i, and Control Center 2.0, as well as DTS:X Ultra. You’ll also get USB 3.2 ports, including the Thunderbolt 4 USB-C with support for DisplayPort functionality and power delivery, and an HDMI 2.1 port. Further, there is 2TB HDD storage.

Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-57)/ (AN517-54) specifications

Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-57) comes in a 15.6-inch size, while the Nitro 5 (AN517-54) has a 17.3-inch size. Both versions feature a QHD IPS display with up to 165Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time, and 80 percent screen-to-body ratio. The laptop also has up to 11th-generation Intel Core-H series processor, along with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 series GPU and 32GB of DDR4 RAM. Further, the laptop includes a pair of M.2 PCIe/ SATA SSDs slots to support up to 1TB Raid 0 SSD or 2TB HDD.

acer nitro 5 image Acer Nitro 5

Acer Nitro 5 offers a QHD display with up to 165Hz refresh rate
Photo Credit: Acer

 

Acer has provided its Coolboost technology along with dual fans on the new Nitro 5 that is claimed to offer up to 10 percent improved fan speed and a nine percent increase in CPU/ GPU cooling when compared to auto mode. The laptop also comes with a dedicated NitroSense key that lets users monitor the system performance and select from the preset cooling modes.

The new Acer Nitro 5 also has the keyboard with four-zone RGB lights and 1.6mm travel. In terms of connectivity, there are options such as an RJ45, HDMI 2.1, USB 3.2 Gen 2, and two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, as well as a USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 4) port.


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