Saturday, December 12, 2015

Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro in review: Gaming and multimedia notebook

Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro in review: Gaming and multimedia notebook

In the test, the multimedia and gaming notebook Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro leaves (VN7-572G-72L0) a good impression. This is not only because of the rich performance, but also on the suitable for prolific writer keyboard and other details, such as an anti-reflective 15-inch display and Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M graphics. With the Aspire Nitro Series Acer has a promising gaming laptop in the program, which can be configured in a variety of ways. We ask at this point, the version VN7-572G-72L0 at the price of 1,200 euros to the test.

Specifications Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-72L0

CPU: Intel Core i7-6500U (Skylake) (2.5 gigahertz)
RAM: 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM (up to 32 gigabytes)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M
Memory: 128 GB SSD + HDD 1 Terabyte
Display: 15.6 inches (39.6 centimeters), no glare, IPS
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
Connectors: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB-C, HDMI output, Gigabit Ethernet, SD card reader
Optical Drive: DVD burner
Wireless: Wi-Fi (802.11ac)
Weight: 2,360 grams
Operating system: Windows 10
Battery life: 6 to 7 hours
Price testing facilities: 1,200 euros
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-72L0 in Test

The housing manufactures Acer entirely of plastic. That this is not a disadvantage, the V shows 15 Nitro. The cover is slightly fluted, but unfortunately not quite as stable as we would have liked this. Selective pressure on the center of the lid can yield fast. The display can be opened with one hand. The interior welcomes us a tidy layout, including a generously sized keyboard along with a separate numeric keypad. Acer largely dispensed Gamer Kitsch as illuminating additional strips or illuminated vents. Only the deep red illuminable keyboard is not found in an office notebook more.

The rear notebook part, where there is also the 'Aspire V Nitro "logo, has met with us but to little criticism. For what clearly looks like metal, turns out on closer inspection to be quite fast cheaper plastic. Even the display hinges Acer dressed in this manner. Noticeable gaps we can not determine at us asked to review copy available. Ever affects the Acer notebook defies plastic housing proportionate robust. The ridged lid top dirt accumulates, which can be removed quickly with a soft cloth.

The gaming notebook rests fairly solid on four thick rubber feet. With our test model we found that the lower left side of the case establishes only minimal contact with the flat desk (there can be almost a piece of paper underneath slide), while the right side full and satisfied rests on the desk. We lift the lid on with one hand, the lower left corner of the housing stands out a bit with.

Keyboard and Trackpad
Except for the FN and the spacebar all 104 handles are illuminated in red. The brightness you can not influence, unfortunately; the nitro-keyboard controls only the state on or off. The keyboard can also be tedious office work done. Stroke and tactile feedback are very well chosen. (Source: Network World). The crisp pressure point and the relatively long stroke are excellently chosen. During spirited Tap falls on us that the key buttons (G, H, Z, T) initiate something else, subjectively better feedback at the fingertips. This lies in the fact justified that the remaining buttons were arranged over a cavity in the housing -. And accordingly may sound different when you eindrescht in "ten-finger search system" on a spot, but meticulous contemporaries as the tester will interfere with it.

On the keyboard, it can be still very good writing, which is also true for writing longer texts. For a gaming suitable notebook the arrow keys are unusually close together. The WASD keys are delimited optically from the remaining keypad. With a diagonal of just 13 centimeters, the multitouch-capable trackpad offers enough space. The input assistance can be pressed relatively deeply into the housing with an appropriate pressure. At the gliding properties can not be faulted.

Display
To make it short: The display of Acer Aspire Nitro leaves a very good impression. It is effective glare, so that window seats, obliquely incident sunlight or unfavorably placed Desk lamps represent hardly a problem. Also contributes to the high maximum brightness. Disturbing halos we could not discover.

The viewing angles are generous and therefore absolutely practical. Disturbing color distortions do not exist. Even from acute angles can be personalized with the naked eye, no color inversions or a drop in the brightness notice. Contrast and color fidelity fall subjectively also very good. The Full HD resolution fits well to the model. Alternatively, the Acer notebook even equip with a UHD display. Then cavort held 1,920 x 1,080 pixels x 2,160 pixels whopping 3,840 on the 15-inch model. We see a need for it but only partially.

Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro in review: Gaming and multimedia notebook
Performance and battery life
An expected powerful package: The Intel Core i7-6500U in conjunction with eight gigabytes DDR4 SDRAM, Nvidia graphics and snappy SSD from LiteOn ensures fast program start and gaming grade performance. Ambitious players should, however, better access to the more expensive version of the model with the label VN7-592G. Then Acer installed among other NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M.

But even with the test equipment can not get the feeling on being "underpowered". Video editing, Photoshop? No problem. The startup time can be seen. For a complete cold start, the tester needs only just under eleven seconds for the installed Windows 10 becomes responsive to inputs - a peak value. Folds her the lid easily and at a later time again (warm start), there is almost no delay. The subjectively fleet pace of work is also reflected in the benchmark results again. Under Cinebench R15 the tested version scored 304 points (multicore). After completion of the OpenGL tests were 43.77 frames per second on the clock. Similarly good falls out of the assessment in Cinebench R11.5. There are 3.61 multicore points with 38 video frames per second.

The battery life fall from typical for this class. At medium screen brightness and enabled wireless connections we made in a typical mix of surfing, video viewing and composing e-mails on average a period of just over six hours. Unfortunately, the 52.5-watt-hour battery can not change.

Fan and temperature
The cooling concept of the Acer Apire Nitro works effectively. Often the built-in fan is completely silent and only the clicking of mechanically operating HDD can be heard. Under load, about playing, the fan turns on audible, but without being perceived as disturbing. This is because it does not come to the dreaded high-frequency whistling in the fact.

A striking development of heat on the housing we could not notice during the test period. The waste heat is discharged to the outside mainly through slots beneath the display on the back.

Multimedia
As many as four speakers (two tweeters and two woofers, but no subwoofer) installed Acer Aspire in this model. HiFi Feeling comes so do not act on, however, make it the mini speakers establish a stereo link within their means. The speakers sit near the front rubber supports and have enough room to "breathe" for. By design, it lacks the speakers on bass foundation. Closes therefore better at reasonable headphones. In a trial basis carried out video call via Skype, the peer praised the good Audioqualtität of the built in microphone. For video calls, the built-in webcam provides an acceptable quality, provided sufficient ambient light.

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