Pros: I've been very impressed so far. It's very powerful and fast and yet surprisingly slim and light considering. It has a high quality "solid" feel to it. The display is beautiful, and the battery life is surprisingly good considering the processor and gpu as long as you take some minor measures to conserve it.
Cons: The only thing I've noticed so far is that the touch pad feels a little difficult to use with precision compared to my girlfriend's ASUS.
Overall Review: I love it so far. It's exactly what I hoped it would be. I'll update further if I discover anything new.
Pros: Sleek, lightweight, powerful
Cons: Intel GFX issues
Overall Review: I was long overdue for a replacement laptop as my Samsung RC512 was a refurb from 2011 (which, bless its dated little circuits, was still able to run Elite Dangerous the week before my replacement purchase arrived), so the Nitro was a welcome step up in processing power.
Originally I was looking at the Lenovo Y700 range, which is at a similar price point and spec, but after reading about apparent GFX card issues I opted for the Nitro. A good price on Cyber Monday coupled with Sean M.'s review swung it for me. I use my computer for work and gaming, so something powerful yet portable was needed, and the Nitro meets these requirements nicely. The 256 SSD was a real bonus too, and has sped up my workflow considerably.
Unfortunately, whilst browsing I'm getting 'graphics driver stopped working' errors on occasion, which sounds suspiciously like those reported on the Lenovo. Hopefully it's a driver issue rather than hardware related. It's not that big of a deal as far as I'm concerned, so I'm willing to put up with it.
It's a great looking case too; thin, sleek, and surprisingly portable given the spec. All in all I'm very happy with my purchase so far.
Pros: Ease of use: This is basically plug and play. Windows 10 is actually pretty nice. Last PC had Windows 7 and I held off upgrading due to horror stories from friends with Windows 8. Boots up in 8 seconds! This thing is blazing.
Screen: Beautiful 1080p HD. I still use a gaming monitor but this screen is truly gorgeous. I can game in-between classes (and sometimes in class) and hardly notice a difference.
Size: Shockingly thin and lightweight. Fits in the laptop pocket of my backpack nice and snug. Case feels solid. It's plasticy, but a very smooth matte black. I think it looks really slick and feels pretty comfortable on the wrists. Don't really see how Acer fits all that hardware into this shell. You'd think there'd be heating issues, right? Wrong.
Heat: Even plugged into the charger and gaming on medium to high settings, the "CoolBoost" technology plastered all over the box must actually do a superior job of cooling. Some people mentioned the fans were noisy--I have no idea what their threshold for "noise" must be. This thing is silent to me. For the first few days, I thought the fans weren't running at all.
Hardware: Of course, for the price I'm not sure this hardware can be matched. Core i7 6th gen, 16gb DDR4, Dedicated 4GB NVIDIA Graphics card, 256 gb SSD and 1TB HD.
Ports: Some people said the ports were all on the same side--Not sure which laptop they're looking at. The V15 Nitro comes with an audio port, SD Card reader, and USB port on the left. While the right houses HDMI, two additional USB ports, an Ethernet port.
Keyboard: Feels pretty nice. Backlight is nice and can be quickly disabled by holding the function key + f9. Would be cool to change the colors but that's a little nitpicky. Keys are very responsive and pretty normally spaced for a 15.6 inch laptop.
Service: Price dropped $50 10 hours after my purchase. Chatted NewEgg and they gave me a giftcard for the difference. Plus their free Premiere service for students is a really nice bonus. Saved me $12 and the priority shipping was quick and laptop arrived in mint condition.
Cons: Clock issues: I had similar problems with another user about the clock not syncing correctly. Took a few tries but eventually I disabled the "auto-sync" feature and set the time myself. It still wound up 20 minutes ahead. One final manual reset and a week into use and the issue hasn't reappeared. Spent a very worrisome 10 minutes debugging the issue, but all seems good now.
Bloatware: Fair amount of bloatware. Takes maybe 30 minutes to uninstall everything
Overall Review: Would absolutely recommend to students/gamers. PC can handle large software. It's thin, light weight, and a beast. I don't believe there's a better budget gaming laptop on the market.
Pros: - Nice design and relatively lightweight.
- Good performance - processor and SSD.
Cons: - Bloatware
- Black wrist rest is a fingerprint magnet.
- Trackpad is suboptimal - even when adjusted for maximum cursor speed it still takes several swipes to get across the screen.
- Video glitches - I get black flashes of the screen when playing World of Warcraft.
Overall Review: I bought this laptop specifically to play WoW, a game that is not exactly the biggest user of GPU power. But when I play, at random intervals the screen flickers to black and then goes back to normal. Sometimes I can play for several minutes without a flash, then a few in quick succession, then none for another while. There seems to be no rhyme nor reason to it. I've tried updating to the latest drivers for both the Nvidia card and the Intel graphics, BIOS is up to date, Windows 10 is up to date, I've used the Nvidia control panel to force World of Warcraft to use the Nvidia GPU - nothing seems to fix the black flashes. No problems are listed in the Windows system event log, either. Doesn't seem to be temperature related, either, since it sometimes happens just as I'm starting the game, other times when I've been playing for a while.
I've seen reports of other brand laptops with the same combination of graphics having similar problems which were fixed with BIOS updates, but there's no way of knowing if Acer will release a fixed BIOS before the return window on my purchase closes, so back to Newegg the laptop will go.
Pros: Crazy good hardware to price ratio ( I bought mine for $1080). the laptop has very good speeds and my boot time is like 3-5 seconds off the ssd. Fans keep it pretty cool even when gaming. Very sleek and light for the hardware. Tons of storage with the ssd and hdd
Cons: Very very bad battery when gaming, as expected from a laptop. Probably like 1hr play time on battery. Idk if it's my internet or what but the connectivity to the laptop is super slow. Screen is so thin that it is extremely flimsy and I fear that it could break with minimal force.
Overall Review: Good laptop for the price, good hardware and no real problems. Very pleased overall.
Pros: - Fast as all hell.
Ive never had anything as fast as this before. It will literally boot up to the log-in screen within 2 seconds of booting up, if not shorter. Immediate response, no complaints with speed. I originally bought this for AutoCAD and Solidworks, and wanted something I could bring around to school and whatnot, but have not yet tested that. Its literally the fasted thing I have ever owned. I totally dig it.
- Keyboard response
I dont use this laptop for gaming so much as I do for typing, and it does a very good job at it. I like the responsiveness and the fact that it has a seperate number pad on the side, and its not clicky-clacky like most keyboards, and the keys are not "loose".
Loooooooorrrrdddddd. I was literally jaw dropped by the speaker quality, and I fanboy'd inside to show my parents at how good these speakers were. I was blown that the sound wasnt coming straight to my face, rather from the sides, and we were trying to figure out the wizardry behind the speaker placement on this.
Like other people have said, this laptop comes with a stupid amount of software preinstalled. I mean yeah, you got plenty of psace and you have plenty of memory to run it, but its just annoying. McAfee is preinstalled, BUT only has a 15 day trial, and annoys the bonkers out of you saying that you're not protected etcetcetcetc. Annoying.
Oh. My. Gawwwddd. Tthis thing runs stupid hot. Right now, its like 15*C outside. Everything hovers around (roughly) 34-39*C, according to SpeedFan. Under load, no, USING GOOGLE CHROME will bring this thing to 60*C+. Im not talking about running 4K resolution (I'll get back to that in a second) VR 60FPS videos, Im talking about keeping two tabs of Google Docs open to type up a paper, and it gets stupid hot for no reason.
I originally thought I kept Steam open in the background or something, or McAfee was running in the background (this triggers the surge in heat as well), but it was literally not doing anything. at all. Elevating the laptop off the surface of the table helped....by like 1 degree. I was gonna open buy a pad cooler for this, but seeing as how I just spent nearly $1300 for this thing, $8 at Chipotle sounds like a million bucks right now.
This thing attracts fingerprints like mad, like everyone says in the reviews. My fingers literally have to be just washed in order to type on this keyboard and the inner soft-touch finish, otherwise it'll just get oil everywhere and smudged everywhere, especially the trackpad.
It sucks. The entire trackpad clicks like a Macbook. I dont know if its supposed to do that or not, but its kinda lame, and its difficult to use at times when you completely dont expect it to behave like that. I dont dig it.
When I first turned this thing on, I noticed that there was a very WARM temperature hue. After having my laptop being stolen, and sighing on with Windows 10 on that laptop, my background remained the same. Upon booting THIS laptop, with the same background photo, I noticed it was SUBSTANTIALLY yellower. Like, the whites were a warm honey-mustard yellow. I tried adjusting the settings to no avail. I've become used to it, but I still dont like it.
Overall Review: Make sure you really want to buy this laptop, not because it looks dope and the specs fit within it.
Its an alright laptop, its quick, but within a couple of months, this will just be the new standard.
It gets hot. That's all I gotta say.
Pros: Good quality good price very good performance. Love it
Cons: I don't know maybe a little bit quieter fans though they're pretty quiet.
Pros: Much needed upgrade. The M.2 SSD is well worth the extra $$$. I was debating about a cheaper unit, or a cheaper version of the V 15. The feature set on this was unmatched for the price range. Saved a little while it was on sale, but a great value either way. The stats speak for themselves, this thing SCREAMS!
Cons: Trackpad. Not enough to take off an egg. It is rather noisy and kinda wiggles when you use it. It is large though and does support gestures. Just clicking it is not as solid of a feel as I like.
Overall Review: Purchased the Logitech G602 to compliment this. Who needs the trackpad anyway. While I do not game on this machine, heavy office work and the occasional video or presentation, makes this thing shine. The battery life is much better that what I expected, if you are not needing the video card use power saving mode. With any kind of conscience power management, this thing lasts hours. With everything on it running full tilt, you get a little less than an hour. If you are doing that, find a plug. It is a portable powerhouse.