Budget notebooks might be Acer’s forte, but it’s not just the cheap laptops they produce. Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-791G-79RV) is an example of a splurge computer of theirs, boasting powerful components such as i7 processor, 16GB memory and a solid GeForce GTX960M graphics engine. Nice, indeed, but this thing costs a lot so the logical question is: are you getting enough value for your money? That’s what we will try to answer in the post below.
As you might guess from the price, the performance of Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-791G-79RV) is top notch. The system runs on Intel Core i7-4720HQ, a high end quad-core processor with 2.6GHz clock speed and 3.6GHz turbo. In CPU Mark, it receives excellent 8200 points. To put things in perspective, a common laptop with Core i3 gets around 2700 points in the same benchmark. Indeed, the i7-4720HQ is one of the fastest processors currently in the market, and it’s safe to say that no program (or game) whatsoever would bring it to its knees.
The laptop has two 8GB DDR3L memory chips installed, so the memory totals at 16GB. That’s the maximum this system supports, but not a single person I know would really need more than sixteen gigabytes. The storage choice is a hybrid hard drive, consisting of a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive and 256GB solid-state drive. It’s not as quick as a real SSD but should get you well started with this notebook.
Display and graphics
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-791G-79RV) features a 17.3″ display with Full HD support. Being IPS panel you should also get prettier colors and wider viewing angles compared to cheaper, cookie cutter TN screens. Bear in mind the display doesn’t support touch, so it’s no good for using in tablet mode.
Graphics are probably the best part of this laptop. The card is called GeForce GTX 960M (4GB) and it shouldn’t let even the demanding gamers down. Currently, any game will run on it, and most with Full HD and maximum settings on. For example, GTA 5 gives nice 45-50FPS when played on such details. To get similar on The Witcher you might want to drop settings to medium. Older titles, such as Thief, Battlefield 4 and Sims 4 will work no matter how much eye candy you have.
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-791G-79RV) offers similar connectivity to other big laptops – a.k.a. good. There are two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports available, also HDMI output is featured for your HD television or PC display.
Getting access to Internet and starting surfing is going to be effortless. The laptop has a Gigabit RJ-45 port for cable and a great 802.11ac WiFi for those who prefer wireless. Bluetooth works, too.
There’s a DVD burner in the unit, so feel free to install games from discs (besides downloading them from Internet). There’s also SD card reader which you can use to upload data from several handheld devices.
The laptop has Intel RealSense 3D 1080p webcam, it should allow great picture quality for video chats.
Anything else to keep in mind?
A thing to keep in mind about these gaming laptops is the size. Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-791G-79RV) weighs 6.61 pounds, so it’s not too friendly for road warriors. Also the 3-cell battery won’t last very long, you might just reach 4 hours web surfing but when you fire up your favorite game, expect only 1-2 hours battery life.
The notebook features a backlit keyboard and a 10-key pad on the right.
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-791G-79RV) is a real heavy-duty laptop. Its most obvious target group are the gamers, who would most probably find the GTX960M graphics and 4th generation i7 processor enough for their needs. Any game as of Summer 2015 will run, and 99% of them on high details I’d dare to say. The big 17.3″ Full HD screen is indeed good news for gamers too, although portability is reduced due to bulky size. In addition to games, all the software you could think of will be handled without issues, but I wouldn’t get this rig for non-gaming use – the graphics card only helps players and it ups the price. So if you’re a power user who also has a knack for gaming, this kind of “premium” Acer might be very well worth it!