At IFA 2015 this year, those from Acer has "rejuvenated" Aspire V Nitro series of laptops by introducing the new model Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-792G). Equipped with a 17.3-inch screen that supports an Ultra HD resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels), the new laptop enjoys, among other things, an Intel Core i7 Skylake and the newest operating system from Microsoft. Acer did not stop there, also includes new technologies and improving connectivity, but we will talk about these issues later.
For now, we will focus on UHD display and performance. Indeed, in terms of detail, there are few displays currently on the market which will do better. Also, the image quality is unbeatable at colors though at first they seemed a bit too pronounced. Neither the relatively high margins doesn't hurt the good impression created by the display.
Problems, however, arise when it comes to gaming. There are too few games you'll play at 4K resolution, so you have two options: either settle for a smaller number of frames per second, or return to Full HD resolution. Trying to test the notebook performance, we chose to keep UHD resolution and installed some older games: Total War Rome II, Assassin's Creed Unity and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Total War Rome II released more than two years ago, has fights that may be involved even tens of thousands of soldiers. In those circumstances, we check not only video card performance Nvidia GeForce GTX 960, but Intel Core i7 Skylake processor ability to control a large number of units. Also, Assassin's Creed is, in my opinion, one of the most poorly optimized games in recent years, being able to pose problems for even the most powerful systems. Star Wars: The Old Republic, however, was installed because we had not had the opportunity to try it before.
While Total War Rome II could be played at 4K resolution (do not expect, however, to ever touch 60 fps), the same could be said about Assassin's Creed Unity. The game moves downright horrible (given laptop components) and you can not simply opt for Full HD if you want the best experience. As for Star Wars: The Old Republic, all other menu items on the screen have extremely small dimensions, and indications are nearly indecipherable.
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-792G) Black Edition is not yet available, but we can look at a previous model to get an idea about the price it will have it. Currently Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition (VN7-591G-703V) is available at the price of about $1700. It has a 15.6 inch screen UHD resolution, an Intel Core i7-4720HQ at 2.60GHz, 12GB RAM, a 1TB hard drive with 128GB SSD and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 video card of 4GB.
The version we had in our tests, however, comes with some major improvements. The processor, as we said, is an Intel Core i7 6700HQ Skylake at a frequency of 2.6GHz and Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 video card has 4GB GDDR5. Also includes 16GB RAM and hard drive with 1TB 256GB SSD. Now, we do not have accurate information about the price yet. On Amazon, the device is listed with a price of 1437 dollars.
Performance, despite some aspects is for a pro laptop. You can open many tabs in Chrome and run any applications in the background, you will be able to do so on this laptop. Indeed, you will not be able to play too many titles known to 4K resolution, but you will enjoy them as much at 4K resolution.
Noise, most often, it was not a problem. As expected, it has become more pronounced during the games, but not while performing browsing or watching a movie. As we mentioned at the beginning, Acer incorporated in Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition few interesting technologies. First, we have the Qualcomm VIVE 2×2 802.11ac for WiFi, which can provide speeds up to three times higher compared to 802.11ac. We also have Acer DustDefender, a Taiwanese developed technology to remove dust inside the system.
Design. Acer managed to eliminate dust from the interior, but failed to succeed much in terms of exterior dust and striations does not help much when it comes to its removal. By the end of the test, the laptop has accumulated a large amount of traces and dust, but not a scratch, thankfully. Interior design is extremely successful. This includes a LED bar that stays on as long as the lights for the back keys are on.
Typing on the new Aspire V17 Nitro was one of the most enjoyable experiences of this kind for a gaming laptop. The attention to detail is observed not only in the spaces between buttons, but also we liked the way they pressed. Matte trackpad is probably good enough for most users.
As for connectivity, we are given 3 USB ports, a LAN port, a HDMI port and a USB port Type C also need to remember the Blu-Ray player included.
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition - Points Against
Battery life is very poor. Do you expect anything else from a gaming device with a screen of Ultra High Definition? With the battery to 100% without playing games, the battery often strives to withstand four hours. Do you fancy a race in NFS or some matches of FIFA 16? Then expect autonomy to fall up to two hours. Not a good enough reason not to buy your laptop (if you have the resources), but it is an important aspect that we must consider.
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition - Conclusion
Acer Aspire Nitro Black Edition V17 is among the most elegant gaming laptops that we've seen lately. It has a thickness of 25 millimeters and a weight of only 3 kilograms achievements of the Taiwanese side, given that we are dealing with a device for gaming. It is a shame that to get here, was sacrificed, most likely, the autonomy.