If you’ve been looking for a top-of-the-line laptop, and you have some extra cash, consider yourself lucky. Because those notebooks cost a lot; you must pay a lot more than Chromebook price to get one. The Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-792G-709L) is one of the newer “heavyweight champions”, and in this review we’ll take a closer look at it…
Under the hood
In the engine room it’s only high-end components, as you might very well guess from the price tag. The offered processor is Intel Core i7-6700HQ, with most interesting specs being 2.6GHz clock rate, 3.5GHz turbo and a quad-core setup. It’s not exactly a low-voltage unit with its 45W thermal design power, however this ensures high performance which is evident in CPU Mark grade of ~8000. Indeed, it’s a power user friendly processor which can’t get much better performance-wise.
You will never need to worry about memory on Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-792G-709L), it has 16GB DDR4 RAM installed. It’s there on two sticks (2x8GB), eating up the both memory slots. You are able to install a whopping 16GB sticks inside, so the maximum memory this laptop can take is 32 gigabytes.
The storage drive section is great, too. There’s a terabyte SATA hard drive for some serious data storing, and a 512GB SATA 3 SSD to keep programs starting up and running smooth & fast. The only bad thing would be that the HDD operates at 5400RPM (not 7200RPM) but considering you’re also getting a solid-state drive I would not complain. Both drives can be changed if you remove bottom of the system first.
What games run on it?
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-792G-709L) is a real multi-use computer, in that it’s a good choice for gamers too. It comes with the GeForce GTX 960M, a dedicated graphics card with 4GB GDDR5 memory. Such a chip can take quite a beating, for example GTA V with high settings and 1080p resolution runs at a nice ~50 frames per second. Video playback and encoding are, naturally, a piece of cake for this graphics engine as well.
Which devices can be plugged in?
It is possible to hook up three simultaneous USB devices here, as the Acer has three USB ports. Two of them are USB 3.0 and one the fancy USB 3.1 Type C connector with Thunderbolt 3 support. Dedicated video outputs include a full-size HDMI. SD card slot is available on the side.
Networking seems to be handled well, there’s a 802.11ac dual-band WiFi & Bluetooth 4.0 adapter and Gigabit RJ-45 port at your disposal.
You’ll also get a DVD burner in this laptop. If you don’t need it I guess you could remove the optical drive and install an extra storage drive on that slot.
There’s HD webcam embedded in the screen bezel, shoot videos for YouTube or chat in Skype with that if you want to.
Other features you might find interesting
One of the excellent things with Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-792G-709L) is the display. Its diagonal is 17.3 inches and the resolution not your average Full HD but 3840×2160 which also goes by the name Ultra HD. People working with graphics or hardcore gamers will find that useful thing to have. IPS is the panel type, touch is not supported.
A 3-cell 4780 mAh battery is included, ad copy talks about 7 hours but what people have been receiving is closer to four.
The keyboard has a backlight function.
Pre-loaded operating system is the Windows 10 Home (64-bit).
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (VN7-792G-709L) has an impressively high price tag, but as far as I can think of, the laptop rocks at everything. There’s huge processing and storage drive performance so hardcore & power users will find their applications running without issues. The same goes for players, you’re able to keep a lot of eye candy because of the beefy dedicated graphics card. Of course, the notebook is rather large and heavy, so for people on the move I can’t recommend it. But for those who want the best performance (and have enough money) this Acer should be well worth it.