Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro (VN7-593G-73KV) Review

     
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Acer, the manufacturer of notebooks that usually offer great bang for your buck, has taken notice of the lucrative gaming laptop market. Indeed, it’s very good idea from the company’s point of view to create rigs for players because the profit margins are high. However, what actually matters for the gamers is the raw performance – in this review, I’ll try to clarify if Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro (VN7-593G-73KV) packs enough oomph to earn the gaming laptop title like it’s advertised!

Throw a Game at It, Enjoy Smooth Frame Rates

The important factor deciding the fate of a gaming notebook is the graphics engine. No manufacturer worth their salt would include integrated graphics in such a computer; neither does Acer, as they have configured GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB video memory on this laptop. This unit is the low-end version of GeForce GTX 1000 series, made available to public in mid 2016. As you can see, the GTX 1060 does well with Full HD gaming: the popular Doom and GTA 5 hover around 90 frames per second. The card also supports Virtual Reality so you can hook up Oculus Rift to the system. As far as graphics card is concerned, everything is in check!

The other components that make or break the performance are well thought, as well. The Intel’s heavyweight Core i7-7700HQ processor offers a snappy quad-core configuration with a clock speed of 2.8GHz. Turbo boost, when activated, will momentarily increase the clock speed up to 3.8GHz. The storage drive section enjoys two units, a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive plus a 256GB M.2 SATA 3 solid-state drive. The SSD has Windows pre-installed, with 240 gigabytes free space. Both of these drives are replaceable, with the M.2 interface also supporting PCIe/NVMe technology. The standard 16GB DDR4 system memory should be all you need, yet 32 gigabytes with two sticks is achievable and supported.

Full HD Display, Decent for a Modern Gamer

It’s a 15.6-inches 1080p display this Acer is sporting, giving a large enough diagonal and resolution for most gamers. While 1080p is soon old technology and Ultra HD is the new Full HD, it still makes sense to use 1920×1080 screens. See, the entry-level GTX 1060 graphics engine manages to run games at that resolution just fine. Going beyond 1080p might be too much for the GTX 1060!

The panel itself is either LG LP156WF6-SPP1 or BOE NV156FHM-N43. The most interesting specifications of these screens are 72% color gamut and 60hz refresh rate; the former translating to okay color reproduction. The display uses PWM, pulse width modulation, for controlling brightness. The undesirable effect of this might be flickering. However, I have not seen any complaints about the screen expressing this kind of behavior – so flicker with Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro (VN7-593G-73KV) isn’t probably that common issue.

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Connections Include USB-C Like any Modern Laptop

The new USB Type-C has been much advertised and touted as being the connector of the future. Undoubtedly, at some point, it might take over the standard USB and become the Port Everybody Wants To Use. Now, the vast majority of devices and peripherals still only have those standard USBs, meaning that USB Type-C is not yet as useful as it could be. Anyway, to make this laptop a tad future proof, one USB Type-C has been included. It also doubles as Thunderbolt 3, with up to 40Gbps transfer speeds. Unfortunately, you can not charge the laptop through the USB-C. In addition, two much-needed regular USB 3.0 (and two USB 2.0) are found on this machine.

Do you want to connect an external monitor? Possible. Want to connect two monitors at the same time? Possible as well. The Acer Aspire V 15 features a full-size HDMI 1.4a port as the dedicated video output. However, in addition you can use the USB Type-C with DisplayPort-enabled monitors as long as you have the right kind of an adapter. The handiness of USB-C brought to life, say!

The laptop’s WiFi receiver should offer you stable connection. It supports the dual-band 2×2 MIMO antennas and 802.11ac technology for larger bandwidth and longer range than older wireless-N adapters. Bluetooth 4.0 is handled as well, and the Gigabit Ethernet port can be used if cable is your preferred way of connecting to Internet.

As a bonus, the notebook has a full-sized SD card reader. With that, it will be easy to slip in memory card from your camera and upload photos – if you are into photography, that is. Optical drive is not included which is understandable, because who uses CDs or DVDs anymore?

Good Battery Life – But Keep Charger at Hand if You Are Traveling

There is a 4-cell 70Wh battery giving the much-needed power for laptop. For a gaming notebook, it’s not that bad. There has been user reports of 4-5 hours battery life for non-gaming use. This, of course, drastically drops when you fire up a game, with battery lasting an hour or two. Nonetheless, most laptops designed for gaming get the same or less, so the battery life is one of the Acer’s strong points.

Keyboard, Other Benefits

This Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro (VN7-593G-73KV) has a backlit keyboard like all gaming laptops, yet you can not change the default red color to anything else. The touchpad supports Microsoft Precision which makes using the pad thousand times more comfortable than on older laptops, in my opinion.

Pros:
Great config for gaming - Everything a gamer wants, the GeForce GTX 1060 can do. Especially when it's about Full HD gaming, as it is with this Acer laptop.

Good battery - For this kind of heavy-component notebook, the battery life of five hours (non-gaming use) is rather long.

Cons:
Fingerprints all over - I have read from several users that fingerprints on the lid and elsewhere will be very visible. This, of course, is purely aesthetic issue.

The Acer Aspire should not disappoint people seriously interested in gaming. First of all, the core performance suffices not only for players, but also for full-blown multimedia use, including video editing. The notebook sports a beautiful screen, and as far as I know, there hasn’t been complaints about flickering occurring. For reproductive use the battery life is also something to be proud of, yet if you’re under intense gameplay keep charger at hand. If you can stand the visible fingerprints, you should get a well-rounded laptop to keep your games running day in, day out.

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