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Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-55) vs Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-54) – what’s new?

Like many other new devices, the new version of the budget gaming classic Acer Nitro 5 has some updates under the hood and a few slight exterior changes. Expectedly, the new version can be picked with the latest Intel 10th gen Comet Lake-H processors. Acer has decided to not go too far with the video card options and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 is the most powerful GPU variant.

There are some small improvements here and there but this is the same good “old” Nitro 5 and it still looks up to date in 2020 despite the very minor changes on the outside.

You can check the prices and configurations of the Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-55) devices in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/acer-nitro-5-an515-55/

You can check the prices and configurations of the Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-54) devices in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/acer-nitro-5-an515-54/

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Design: carefully updated gaming look

The well-recognizable exterior is a bit changed. For example – the lid, which looks a bit flatter and has two new design elements on both sides. The back grill is totally redesigned and now has a “Lamborghini exhaust” look. The rest of the laptop is almost unchanged. The weight is the same – 2.30 kg but the new one has a slimmer profile (23.9 mm) which is good for portability and it can fit more easily in a bag.

Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-55) | Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-54)

It looks like the 2020 notebook uses the same backlit keyboard unit as the 2019 variant. That’s good news because it has keycaps with nice key travel and good feedback alongside highlighted WASD area and full-sized arrow keys.

Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-55) | Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-54)

Display: 1080p display with 144Hz refresh rate

The last year’s device offers plenty of display options but at least for now, we don’t have much info about the display choices, the new one has to offer. A Full HD panel with 144Hz refresh rate is confirmed and if it’s the same as the 2019 one we can confirm that it’s a great display but we have to test it first. There is a 120Hz 1080p panel as well.

Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-55) | Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-54)

 

Hardware: 10th gen Comet Lake-H processors and up to RTX 2060

The 2020 version of Nitro 5 features refreshed CPUs from Intel like the Core i7-10750H and the Core i5-10300H. These are the refreshed versions of the Coffe Lake’s i7-9750H and i5-9300H so you can expect a slight-to-modest bump in terms of computing power. The GPU options are almost the same – NVIDIA RTX 2060, GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650. Let’s hope for a better cooling too because the older has a scorching hot shell under heavy load.

 

Connectivity and ports: modest I/O

In terms of ports, the new Nitro 5 isn’t something special but it’s fine for normal daily usage – three USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A) ports, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-C) port, an HDMI connector, an audio combo jack, and an RJ-45 port.

 

Storage and other specs: NVMe, Wi-Fi 6, and the same battery capacity

The battery capacity is unchanged, and we don’t really mind it, given the great battery performance from the last year’s device. As far as upgradability goes, this laptop supports two NVMe drives – the exact same number as the 2019 variant. Moreover, the 2020 version of Nitro 5 supports Wi-Fi 6, meaning you can enjoy a fast wireless internet connection if you have an appropriate router.

Specs Comparison

Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-55)Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-54)
Display15.6″, Full HD, IPS 120Hz / 144Hz15.6″, Full HD, TN 60Hz, IPS 60Hz / 120Hz / 144Hz
GPUNVIDIA RTX 2060, GTX 1660 Ti, GTX 1650NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti, GTX 1650, GTX 1050
CPUIntel Core i7-10750H, Intel Core i5-10300HIntel Core i7-9750H, Intel Core i5-9300H
MemoryDDR4DDR4
Storage2xM.2 NVMe SSD2xM.2 NVMe SSD
Gigabit WiFi802.11ax802.11ac
Battery58.75Wh58.75Wh
Thickness23.9 mm25.9 mm
Weight2.30 kg2.30 kg
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Prices and Configurations

Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-55) configurations:

Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-54) configurations: