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Acer Nitro 5 Laptop: i5-9300H, 15.6" 1080p, 8GB DDR4, 512GB SSD, GTX 1650 EXPIRED

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Micro Center has Acer Nitro 5 15.6" Laptop (AN515-54-5659) for $499.99. Select free store pickup where stock permits, otherwise shipping is $19.85. Thanks delz4stelz

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  • Intel Core i5-9300H 2.4GHz Processor
  • 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Display
  • 512GB PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
  • 8GB DDR4 2666 Memory
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6 Graphics
    • 2x USB 3.1 Type-A
    • 1x USB 3.1 Type-C
    • 1x USB 2.0
    • 1x HDMI
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 9560 + Bluetooth 5.0
  • Windows 10 Home
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Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop: Intel Core i5-9300H Quad-Core, 15.6" 1080p IPS, 8GB DDR4, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB, Type-C, Backlit Keyboard, 4-Cell, Win 10 (Obsidian Black) $499.99
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Model: AN515-54-5659
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NItro 5 owner here. Allow me to spray some truthiness in your direction about this laptop.

I have the older model of the Nitro 5 (i5-8300+1050ti). They are good gaming laptops and easily expandable. But you people might be missing out on the fact that this thing is a TANK and weighs a ton. Also the touchpad is just horrible, you will need to use a mouse. And the fans are LOUD AF when gaming.

I like the screen on mine, 1080p, plenty bright. With a GTX 1650 you will be playing 1080p games on medium depending on the game. Mine has a 1050ti and I played BF1 @ 1080p medium no problem. Also some fallout 4, Borderlands 3 (1080p mix of medium/low), and Outer worlds (medium). Be warned though, when the game time starts, the fans kick into hyperdrive. It is really loud. I wear earphones so I don't care, but those sitting nearby might make a comment.

The bottom has removable panels for the ram and 2.5" hdd. No need to take the whole back panel off like on most laptops. Upgrading is easy. My suggestion is to search ebay for the exact make/model of dimm that is already in there on ebay. I scored another 8gb sodimm for 25 shipped. Lots of people upgrade and sell the remaining dimm. It comes with a m.2 drive (mine was 256gb, this one looks to have 512gb) but you can stick in a 2.5" SSD easily. I bought a separate 500gb just for games (I now realize I should have bought the 1tb one)
*EDIT - being reported this newer model does not have the bottom upgrade access panels and might need to remove the whole bottom. Still shouldn't be a huge problem if you're handy with a screwdriver.

The keyboard is "ok" and backlit but only in red. The right side of keyboard has a strange layout because of the 10 key numpad. Delete, backspace, etc etc are all in wierd places. My wife hates it and uses an external logitech mouse and keyboard.

Forget gaming on battery, if it works at all you might get 20-30 mins. So you will be hauling around the biggest AC adapter I have ever seen for a laptop. Easily 3 times the size my work Dell laptop AC adapter.

This is a gaming system, not a travel laptop. You will not be busting this out on a plane/train or automobile. It is huge. I can *barely* get this thing into my laptop backpack with the AC adapter. All together it's got to be near 7 pounds. I just weighed mine and it's almost 6 pounds, just the laptop. *edit - just weighed the adapter and it is a pound. 7 pounds not counting external mice/keyboard/cords etc. Once I get all that jammed in my backpack it hits 10.

Do not buy this for your kids for school, it is super duper overkill. High school kids might appreciate the gaming though. College kids will not want to haul this beast to classes.

The touchpad. OMG it is so bad. The entire pad "clicks" and moves as one piece, no buttons. So if want to right click on something, the entire thing clicks and moves. We use external logitech mouse + keyboard 99% of time at home (and I never travel without a mouse).

It has 1 full size hdmi for output, and we hook up to TVs and such all the time when we reach our destination. It will output 4k desktop over hdmi but you won't be playing 4k games unless you want a slideshow. Stick to 1080p. It does have a USB-C port on it, but I do not thing it will output video natively. You could buy one of those USB-C to hdmi docking station things ($50+) if you need multiple screens for office work I guess. NO you cannot charge from USB-C.

So yeah I'm bagging on it a bit, but for $500 it's a great gaming "laptop" with a few compromises. I'm fairly happy with it, since real gaming laptops cost $1500.

If anyone has questions just let me know and I will try to answer. I actually bought mine refurb from the Acer store on ebay. No problems.
"3d hentai games" 😳
using this now. both ram and ssd are upgradable. screen is 75 by default but can overclock to 95.

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sold out in houston and dallas. might send a cousin to go grab one in ohio
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Great deal thanks for sharing
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I almost didn't look because most good deals from microcenter are in-store only but this looks like it will ship. The screen won't be the greatest but this is hard to beat at $500. Nice.
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This is getting into console price territory, wow. Imagine playing modern games w high settings (maybe not ultra but still) on a $500 laptop. Is there a catch?
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I almost didn't look because most good deals from microcenter are in-store only but this looks like it will ship. The screen won't be the greatest but this is hard to beat at $500. Nice.
I about did the same. Triggered my alert and I was like damn microcenter. I'm not driving 2 hours to Philly. But $20 for shipping I can handle
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Is the ram upgradeable ?
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Is the ram upgradeable ?
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Is the ram upgradeable ?
Looks like it is.

https://laptopmedia.com/review/ac...ot-better/

edit to add: The display in this review is 144hz and is not the one you'll get on this microcenter laptop. Expect a 60hz, 250 nit unit at this price.
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Looks like it is.

https://laptopmedia.com/review/ac...ot-better/

edit to add: The display in this review is 144hz and is not the one you'll get on this microcenter laptop. Expect a 60hz, 250 nit unit at this price.
If this thing had the 144hz display I'd be waiting in line tomorrow morning
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Looks like it is.

https://laptopmedia.com/review/ac...ot-better/ [laptopmedia.com]

edit to add: The display in this review is 144hz and is not the one you'll get on this microcenter laptop. Expect a 60hz, 250 nit unit at this price.
Another review, different SKU but this is probably the display you'll get. Still a great deal for the price.

https://www.notebookcheck.net/Ace...481.0.html
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Ordered one awesome!
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using this now. both ram and ssd are upgradable. screen is 75 by default but can overclock to 95.
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did anyone get the email for the order?
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