Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition (VN7-792G-79LX) Review

November 27, 2015
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Acer Aspire V17 (VN7-792G-79LX) looks like a gaming laptop that doesn’t cost a lot. That, on one hand, sounds very good: who’d like to pay a lot for a product? On the other hand, a cheap gaming laptop is sometimes an oxymoron, since heavy-duty components are expensive. So, let’s take a look at this curious case and determine if it’s really a good notebook for players…

First, a word or two about general performance

I want to emphasize the fact that at least for any non-gaming heavyweight use, this Acer is perfect. Its processor is top of the line Intel Core i7-6700HQ, a quad-core 6th generation beast offering 2.6GHz clock rate and 3.5GHz turbo. If that is not enough to convince you, let me tell you the processor scores a nice 8100 points in CPU Mark. That’s a lot more than regular processors, such as i5-5200U with score of around 3500 in the same test.

The notebook features one 8GB memory module, and it’s the newer and faster DDR4 type. The motherboard houses two memory slots, and since DDR4 supports 16GB sticks, the maximum memory would be a whopping 32GB here. Storage drive is a bit disappointing 1TB 5400RPM SATA hard drive, but fear not, the notebook has a M.2-2280 PCIe slot in case you want to add in SSD.

So, how’s gaming?

The graphics are brought to you by the GeForce GTX 960M card, it uses dedicated 4GB GDDR5-type memory. You’re good to play most games with high settings and 1080p and receive a solid 50-60FPS. Games fitting in that category include the popular GTA 5, although The Witcher 3 is likely to reach bit less, 30-40 frames per second.

Ports and connections

There are in total three USB ports available, two are USB 3.0 and one is the USB 3.1 C-type, a new USB generation that also supports Thunderbolt. In addition to that, HDMI-out is available, plugging in a normal HDTV or PC monitor there works.

Wireless networking is commanded by a 802.11ac (Qualcomm Atheros) WiFi card. It also supports Bluetooth 4.0. You’ll also find a Gigabit Ethernet LAN port in the machine so you can connect to Internet with cable too.

An internal DVD writer is provided, so is a media card reader that supports at least SD type cards. The notebook also has HD webcam for Skype calls and filming short videos.

What else to keep in mind?

The screen is a nice 17.3 incher with Full HD and IPS panel. It won’t respond to touch, but that wouldn’t be important feature for gamers I guess.

The included battery has 3-cell and 55Whr specifications, in ad copy it’s said to last up to 7 hours. In real life, you’ll reach around four if not gaming, and even less than that when playing.

The system, compared to regular laptops, is quite heavy at 6.8 pounds. That being said, it’s a normal weight for gaming rigs.

Keyboard has backlight feature. Operating system is Windows 10 Home (64-bit).

Final thoughts

There’s nothing Acer Aspire V17 (VN7-792G-79LX) couldn’t do for a gamer. The computer is able to keep smooth frame rates of +50 on any game, and in most cases, when a lot of eye candy is turned on as well. In addition, any software use will be a piece of cake, even heavier stuff like Photoshop or video editor isn’t going to slow this laptop down. However, you might want to install a solid-state drive to speed up the OS and program/games start up a lot. Anyway, if you can do with this kind of set-up, it might be in your best interest to get this (rather) affordable gaming Acer.

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