Acer, the grandaddy of inexpensive notebooks. What have they done this time? Released an expensive model, is that it? Yeah, looks like that. Their new prodigy, the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro (VN7-592G-71ZL), promises a lot: a very fast i7 processor, DDR4-type memory and decent gaming card, the GTX960 mobile version. But can this unit run the most advanced software, and is it really worth its price? I’ll tell you my professional opinion in a second…
Can it really run all the applications?
There is no question about the excellent performance of Acer Aspire V15 Nitro (VN7-592G-71ZL). The processor choice is Intel Core i7-6700HQ, a quad-core 2.6GHz CPU with a turbo up to 3.5GHz. For techies I’ll say the CPU Mark grade here is over 7500, close to heavyweight i7s found in desktops. Indeed, for a laptop such a score is wonderful, any program with ridiculously high system requirements would run here. The i7-6700HQ surely is an overkill for an Average Joe, but a power user or professional would like it, a lot.
Another nice thing is 8GB RAM. The type is DDR4, not the older DDR3, so some performance increase is expected however it’s uncertain if you can notice anything in real life. As far as I know, there’s now one 8GB stick in, but DDR4 supports 16GB sticks. Two memory slots are available, hence the maximum memory here is is a whopping 32GB!
The one terabyte hard drive (5400RPM) isn’t the best for running applications, in that its performance is poor compared to solid-state drives. You can remove the hard drive and put a 2.5″ SATA SSD in place if you want. Another option would be M.2 SATA drive, the notebook seems to support that.
How about games?
Yep, games work here, thanks to the GeForce GTX960M card that uses dedicated 4GB GDDR5 memory. Keeping Full HD resolution and medium-high settings with most games is reality, for example GTA 5 with such settings should get around 50 frames per second. The Witcher 3 will reach a good +30FPS, and the crowd’s favorite CS: Go gets +60FPS no matter what settings you use.
What can you tell me about the screen?
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro (VN7-592G-71ZL) seems to have a decent 15.6″ display, it supports 1920×1080 resolution (= plenty of screen estate) and IPS panel (= good color reproduction & viewing angles). A display meant for professionals, yes. Touch is not supported.
Four USB ports are included, two are USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0. Also HDTVs and other types of external monitors are accepted, the laptop sports an HDMI output. CDs and DVDs aren’t supported because there’s no built-in optical drive – luckily you can get an external one for cheap. You can also slip in memory cards to the notebook’s SD card slot.
Both LAN (Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45) and WiFi (dual-band 802.11AC) are available. Bluetooth 4.0 works as well.
Webcam is there for you to shoot a video or chat with your pals on Skype.
No user reports can confirm the battery life yet, but 3-cell unit on Acer Aspire V15 Nitro (VN7-592G-71ZL) is supposed to last around 5 hours. Power supply wattage is 135W.
The unit weighs 5.1 pounds, typical for a laptop of this size. It’s loaded with Windows 10 Home. Information whether keyboard is backlit or not is not available.
Summing it up
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro (VN7-592G-71ZL) is an expensive model from a manufacturer that’s mostly known from budget models. But a different approach from Acer was a smart approach, they seemed to build a decent professional/power user grade rig without the price tag being too much. The most essential things are the brand new i7 processor and GTX960M graphics card – if you think you can put those monsters to good use, this computer looks like a good deal and should be included on your shopping list if you ask me.