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REVIEW OF ACER ASPIRE V NITRO: A POWERFUL MULTIMEDIA NOTEBOOK
I believe that many users of Acer products associated with something that is not very expensive, companies offer a model to suit different tastes, balancing between price and functionality. Taiwanese manufacturer loves experiments, then we can not forget about the Acer Aspire R7, a hybrid with an unusual arrangement of buttons on the keyboard. Now, however, we are concerned with more than the usual format of the device.
Acer is launching a new series of notebooks, which will consist of models with 15- and 17-inch screens. Independently there are versions with the prefix “Black Edition”, which will boast a more powerful filling in the background of his fellow model lineup. At the same time, Acer will try to keep the price of their products at an acceptable level, if we draw an analogy with classmates.
Laptop and can be positioned as a universal media laptop, do not necessarily consider it only as a gaming model. Although the presence of discrete graphics needed for entertainment, just makes it an interesting proposition for those who love the game. I think that Acer V Nitro successfully fit between not very powerful 15-inch gaming laptops and high-grade solutions.
OS: Windows 8.1
Processor: Intel Core i7-4710HQ, 4 core, 2.5 GHz
Chipset: Intel HM86
RAM: 2×4 GB, DDR3
Graphics accelerator: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 2GB GDDR5
Screen: IPS, matte, 15.6 “, 16: 9, 1920×1080
Disk system: HDD 1TB 5400 r / min, SSD 8GB
Connectors: 3hUSB 3.0, HDMI, SD-card reader, 3.5-mm port, RJ-45
Data transmission: Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0
Dimensions: 389h257h24 mm, weight 2.2 kg
Battery: 52.5 Wh
Price: from 44 990 rubles
We recently tested the direct competitor in the face of Acer Lenovo IdeaPad Y50, the model characterized by the presence of aluminum trim body. At V Nitro in this respect all the easier, the body of plastic here, no there is no metal inserts. For the 15-inch model laptop turned out quite compact, it weighs 2.2 kg. Case has been thin enough so that it was possible to create a mobile laptop, with a very powerful stuffing.
The cover was embossed texture, it looks simple, but matte black plastic is not spoiled. Although it looks like a design decision once the budget. However, the design – it’s still a very subjective opinion, so everyone can decide independently evaluating the work of artists in the pictures.
The fact that Acer did not come up with some unique style to the notebook, which can rightly be attributed to a number of game models. There are no flashy inserts of bright colors, some protruding parts or irregular shapes. Perhaps, it is attributed to the pluses device because not everyone wants to get something in the style of an intergalactic spaceship.
Returning to the question used in the construction materials, we note that the screen bezel is made of rubberized plastic. It is a pleasant fact is often used easily soiled gloss collecting traces. The space next to the keyboard is made of exactly the same coverage. More you can feel it at the bottom of the notebook.
The top cover has been very thin, if you wish, you can easily bend the screen holding the display on both sides and pushing the fingers on the center panel. Of course, it is unlikely someone will experiment, checking laptop on strength, but clearly worth it to make the surface more rigid. Frame inner side, which surrounds the screen, adjacent to the surface is not very dense in certain areas. To work, as they say, is not affected, but the unpleasant feeling remains, nevertheless the laptop is not cheap. By the way, the cap can still make strange noises during the opening, as though somewhere beneath it lies a plastic bag.
The display is fixed a pair of loops silver is painted plastic, not metal as it may seem. Screen if desired can be opened with one hand, and the laptop will not break away from the surface. Loops themselves reliably fix the screen in the desired position, about the backlash can not survive. Below the screen you can see the silver lining is well engraved on it the words “Aspire V Nitro”. This is also plastic, stylized metal.
The keys are slightly recessed relative to the surface, the layout of the island type. All buttons are made of opaque plastic, the characters are printed in white. In addition attached contrasting red light. Alternatively, let’s say, an amateur, but it’s better this light, than none at all. The buttons are large, the size of 15×15 mm and the small, sharp, print-friendly. There is an additional numeric keypad on the right. Downstairs there is the navigation keys, which are located on a small isolated area, so it will be easier to click on them blindly.
The touchpad is shifted to the left and is located just below the gap. Its dimensions 106h78 mm, the sensitivity has a very good, smooth surface, working at a laptop comfortably and without a single click, while in games without it certainly can not do.
Despite the fact that the sides of the laptop for free space in excess, virtually all of the connectors on the right-handed crowd rim. For the user, this means that connecting a variety of peripherals is likely to have to suffer some inconvenience. On the left is only lock Kensington. Front closer to the right side there is SD-card slot. On the right side of the hole made for connecting the power supply, Ethernet-port, three USB 3.0 and headphone jack. Considering a lot of free space on the left, obviously would be worth adding additional ports, eg, USB, or DisplayPort.
Among other means to transmit data to the laptop has HD-camera, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11n.
Diagonal screen size is 15.6 inches, is also a model with 17 inches. Resolution in any case will be the same, it will be 1920×1080 pixels. IPS-matrix with a good supply of brightness, viewing angles are also worthy of this type of display. Matte screen does not occur very often in laptops in the Acer V Nitro used just such a coating, so this fact should be added to the advantages of the model. Also, there is a laptop 17-inch version. In addition, the expected appearance of modifications with 4K-resolution screen.
Detailed testing screens spent our expert Mikhail Kuznetsov:
Screen Acer Aspire V15 Nitro uses IPS LCD matrix with a diagonal of 15.6 inches and a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels (Full HD). It provides good image clarity, as well as the absence of any problems with the interface Windows. Still, Full HD is currently the most common standard.
The maximum brightness was 310 cd / m 2. The stock is not so high, but most of this will be enough. The contrast ratio reached 912: 1 – a good result for the IPS, although there are higher. Matte finish screen partly helps to suppress glare, but at the same time reduces the viewing angles. Picture angle quickly loses contrast and legibility. Laptop it looks like a reasonable compromise.
The average gamma – 2.2. But rejoice early: a real non-linear scale, in the shadows allowed “rubble” and loss of detail. Naturally, this is not good for the image.
The average color temperature is close to 6500K.
Color balance, however, is not very good. In the image there is a pinkish impurity which is quite visible to the naked eye. The average error Delta E on a scale of gray – 3.16. Deviations are not that high, but this is already enough to unnecessary distortion tone made itself felt.
Color gamut is distorted relative to the standard sRGB. This is especially true green color, which is offset by the shade.
The situation inside the gamut, too, is not happy, many gradations significantly distorted.
The final grade of 24 templates ColorChecker color gives an average error in the Delta E value of 4.89. However, many have high color deviation Delta E value to from 6 to 10 units. In general, the colors are left untidy.
As a result, the only advantage of the screen Acer Aspire V15 Nitro is the fact of the use of matrix IPS. Vertical viewing angles are, of course, broader than that of models equipped with matrixes TN + Film. This, in fact, end with distinctive properties. The other characteristics (brightness, color) do not offer anything special against the background of a typical TN-display laptop in this price category. Budget matrix IPS (6 bit FRC) copes with the task of displaying information, but the quality, in my opinion, could be higher.
BENCHMARKS AND PERFORMANCE
The laptop is available with the Intel Core i5 and i7, we have proved to be the last option to i7-4710HQ. RAM varies, can be 8, 12, or 16 GB in a standard version.
To work with the data offered by hard disk rotation speed of 5400 rev / min for 1 TB. There is also a version where there is a SSD-drive paired with a hard drive, there is the speed of the system will be much higher, but for the price it will certainly affect.
Talk about the integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 4600 makes no sense, it is only used in standard light loads. But in games will help the discrete card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M. Even if it is not top-end card for a laptop, but nevertheless, we can safely count on the fact that the favorite game run at native resolution at high or maximum settings. The frame rate in games stable at 35-40, there are better results, it all depends on the selected parameters and specific application. In any case the owner of the laptop can be sure that the device will cope with any game.
Given that the recently tested Y50 from Lenovo offers almost the same components, it is not surprising that the performance in the tests and get almost identical.
Futuremark PCMark 07 scores
Dell XPS 15
Razer Blade 2014
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
Futuremark 3DMark 11 scores
Razer Blade 2014
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
Dell XPS 15
Cooling handle the load without interruption, in the stress tests, the temperature did not rise above the usual in such cases 90 degrees. With moderate use, for example, working with documents, or watching a video, the fans do not make themselves felt, they are almost inaudible. Of course, in games coolers work in full, but the buzz is hard to call intrusive, laptop so fan noise is acceptable, the temperature is about 50-60 degrees. The laptop can be safely left for the night in the bedroom, downloading something in the background, it will not interfere. Surface itself is heated moderately, if you just work and do not download the laptop to work. However, in games laptop gets warm very noticeable, bottom temperature reaches about 60 degrees, so sit with V Nitro will be on his knees uncomfortable. But hardly anyone will play in that position, rather, putting the laptop on the table. Air is drawn from the bottom, so you should take into account such a moment, leaving, for example, a laptop on the bed.
The model is available with four speakers, that by the standards of notebook a real rarity and exotic. Listening to music is very nice, rich sound, well-designed low-frequency range. The speakers are located at the bottom of the laptop, so when playing music will sound peculiar, somewhat hollow. Of course, it depends on the surface, but it is unlikely someone will always listen to music with a laptop on your lap or put him on a special stand. By the standards of notebook’s V15 plays a very impressive and will compete with simple columns.
The laptop battery is worth 52 Wh, which gives results comparable to peers. In the games of the order of hours of work in other modes comes at 4:00. It’s a little, but for the powerful stuffing have to pay time work. The model is a bit smaller than the Lenovo Y50 with similar characteristics. Moreover, in some modes, the difference of about an hour, which is extremely important.
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