[Specs and Info] Acer joins in the Tiger Lake gamng party with its new Nitro 5 (AN515-56)

Acer’s Nitro and Predator brands are some of the most recognizable in gaming. Acer in itself is one of the pioneers in the laptop industry, beginning its journey as Multitech in 1976. Ever since then they have strived to bring premium features to the budget market. Nowadays, they enjoy a 5.7% share of the whole PC market, which is far from where they would want to be.

Following a major reorganization in 2013, they are coming strong to satisfy mainly the budget market, where the competition is fierce and the possibility for income is the largest.

Today we will take a look at their attempt to grab a hold of the entry-level gaming market, with their new Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-56).

Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-56): Full Specs


Being a budget entry into the gaming segment, the laptop doesn’t feature premium materials for its build. You could hope for an aluminum lid, but the chances are really low. The design is typical for any gaming laptop, with some aggressive body lines, and red plastic, which we can see on the rear end of the notebook. The heat vents are all around the laptop, with some on the backside and on the left and right sides. They provide ample airflow, which is needed, in order to keep the temperatures cool. The weight and height sit at the somewhat portable 2.20 kg and 23.9 mm, respectively.


There are a total of two displays, which you can pick from. The base configuration is equipped with a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS panel, with the standard 60Hz refresh rate. After that, there is another Full HD IPS panel, this time with a higher 144Hz refresh rate. You shouldn’t expect wide color coverage or accurate colors, as this laptop isn’t made for the purpose of handling color-sensitive work.

Specifications and features

Despite being budget-oriented, the laptop offers decent performance, which is ideal for the entry-level gamer. There are two choices for a processor, with either the Core i5-11300H or the Core i7-11370H. Both chips have 4 cores and 8 threads, with the Core i7 sporting a higher boost clock of 4.80 GHz, and more cache. We were surprised by the lack of GPU choices. The only available graphics card is the GTX 1650 (Laptop), which is now two years old. However, with the lack of hardware, due to both the pandemic and the silicon shortage, many manufacturers are looking at slightly older leftover hardware, that still has the necessary amount of performance. Most of the time, we don’t need crazy framerates to enjoy a game, so the GTX 1650 can still serve a purpose.

As this is a gaming laptop, it can’t exist without a backlit keyboard. Yes, the setup is pretty barebones, as the backlight is only white, but the RGB madness that is going on right now honestly needs to get dialed back a bit. The white backlight tones down the overall aggressiveness of the design and looks really good. As always, we can’t forget about the stereo speaker setup, which while may not be front-firing, can still offer great sound thanks to the DTS:X Ultra Audio technology.

All Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-56) configurations:

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