Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-791G-730V) is an expensive laptop. It might make you wonder who ever pays this much for a notebook? Well, gamers might because they need a lot of performance. Indeed, the laptop features an extremely powerful Core i7 processor and a dedicated GTX 860M card to speed up your games big time. But let’s not announce winners yet, we must take a closer look at this laptop to determine if it’s really golden…
Intel Core i7-4720HQ is one of the highest performing laptop processors as of mid-2015. And good news for you, that chip is also installed in Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-791G-730V). The processor itself contains four cores, a 2.6GHz clock frequency and a nice 3.6GHz turbo. In real life, it gets a solid 8200+ points in CPU Mark benchmarks. That number alone tells very little, but in comparison to common mobile Core i3s (around 2500 points) or Core i5s (~3500 points) you’ll see the huge difference. There’s virtually no program or game this CPU couldn’t handle. As such, it’s a great choice for very demanding users.
There are two 8GB DDR3L Kingston (PC-12800 1600MHz) memory chips installed in Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-791G-730V). As such, the total memory is 16GB. You can’t add more, but at a whopping sixteen gigabytes RAM I don’t think that’s a real issue for anybody.
For storage the laptop offers a terabyte 5400RPM hard drive and a 256GB solid-state drive. Those are two different physical drives, so you can swap whichever out and put a new drive in if you want. Again, I don’t know if that’s necessary because with this dual drive setup you have both huge storage and excellent performance.
Screen and graphics
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-791G-730V) features a premium non-touch screen. The 17.3″ display offers a 1920×1080 resolution and IPS panel for sharp image and accurate colors. People said the screen is a high quality one which I can easily believe for this expensive price.
Now, the most important thing, the graphics card. It’s the GeForce GTX 860M 4GB unit based on Kepler core. True, it’s not the best graphics card there is, but still an excellent chip that can tackle the vast majority of games no problem. For example, the heavyweight GTA V would be playable (~30FPS) on high settings and Full HD resolution. Another fancy title, Assassin’s Creed Unity, would get similar frames at least on medium details. If you play games requiring less than these monsters you can pretty much keep ultra and 1920×1080 on at all times.
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-791G-730V) offers four USB ports, two of them being USB 3.0 on the right. Next to them, there’s an HDMI output allowing you to plug in an external display or HDTV.
The laptop has a 1000Mbps Ethernet (RJ-45) and a dual-band 802.11 A/C WiFi to get you connected. Bluetooth 4.0 works too, you can hook up a gaming mouse.
There’s a built-in 8X DVD burner in the laptop. No Blu-Ray drive is installed so you must get an external one (or swap the internal DVD drive) if you fancy BR discs. The SD card slot can be used to transfer data between the laptop and portable devices such as digital camera.
To video chat with your gaming pals the notebook features an HD (1280×720) webcam and microphone.
Other relevant things?
First and foremost, gaming laptops are fast, but they’re very seldom portable. Indeed, Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-791G-730V) weighs good 6.6 pounds and has the bulky 17.3″ frame so you’re not going to travel a lot with it. Again, for a notebook intended for gaming this shouldn’t be an issue – it sits on your table for the most part.
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-791G-730V) has a 3-cell 4605 mAh Li-ion battery. The advertised life is 4 hours, however if you’re gaming you won’t reach that, you’ll end up with hour or two at most. If you’re just web surfing you’ll get more than that but reaching four hours still seems improbable. The battery is integrated, so if you want to change it you have to disassemble the unit. This can be done by you if you know how to, or by a professional which of course costs a bit.
The keys are illuminated with a red light and you can turn the backlit feature off if you want. A numeric keypad is included on the right hand side.
Operating system is Windows 8.1 (64-bit). It boots from the solid-state drive, start up time will be around 15 seconds or less.
As said in the beginning, Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-791G-730V) is all about performance. And more precisely, gaming performance. It costs quite a bit, but in exchange you’ll receive a system that can run most games – even the 2015 ones – with higher settings and resolutions. To be honest, the vast majority of titles will work on high to ultra and Full HD resolution, including many heavier types like Battlefield 4. Other than that, the rig contains very powerful components such as Core i7 processor and 16GB RAM that won’t slow down even when running complex applications. This Nitro is an expensive laptop for sure, but if you can afford it you won’t be disappointed, I promise you that.