Budget Gaming Laptop: Acer Nitro 5 vs Nitro 7

Acer Nitro 5 vs Nitro 7 Comparision

We are going to compare the Nitro 7 all by itself but we thought it’s better just to compare it to the Nitro 5 because at the end of the day these are pretty much the exact same laptop. So let’s compare both and see which is better!

Acer Nitro 5 vs Nitro 7 Rear

Pros and Cons

Acer Nitro 5Acer Nitro 7
Gaming performance is greatImpressive graphics performance for the price
Excellent battery lifeSupports up to three storage drives
Fast NVMe SSDNice 144hz display
Wi-Fi 6 supportNoisy Fans Under Load
No SD card slot or Thunderbolt 3 portHDMI-only for display output
Keyboard layout is a little crampedNo Thunderbolt support

General Info

Acer Nitro 5Acer Nitro 7
SeriesNitro 5Nitro 7
Weight2.3 Kg2.5 Kg
OSWindows 10 Home BasicWindows 10 Home Basic
Display15.6 Inch15.6 Inch

Acer Nitro 5 vs Nitro 7 Open

The big difference is build quality. You buy the Nitro 7 because you want an all-metal build, you want the cleaner design, you just want it to look better the chassis is exactly the same as you look at the port situation and they are identical. On the left side, you have your RJ45 port, your Kensington lock, full-sized HDMI, USB type-c which is not thunderbolt for you on either laptop, two USB 3.0 ports, and then. On the right side, you have a barrel connector, that’s a 180-watt power supply, you have a USB 2.0 port and then your headphone jack.


Acer Nitro 5Acer Nitro 7
Display TypeLEDLED
Display Size15.6 Inches15.6 Inches
Display Resolution1920 x 1080 Pixels1920 x 1080 Pixels
Display TouchscreenNoNo

Acer Nitro 5 vs Nitro 7

The next difference is the display quality on the Nitro 7 you’re getting a better panel, they are both full HD they’re both 60 hertz, they both are IPS panels and they both have good color reproduction for gaming. But if you want to do any color correction or any creative work you’re better off with the Nitro 7 because the color accuracy is better and it’s also a little bit brighter overall.

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Acer Nitro 5Acer Nitro 7
Processor NameIntel Core i7-9750H (9th Gen)Intel Core i7-9750H (9th Gen)
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce GTX 1650NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1660 Ti
Dimensions363.4 x 255 x 25.9  mm363.4 x 259.5 x 23.1  mm
Storage1 TB HDD1 TB HDD


Acer Nitro 5Acer Nitro 7
Clockspeed2.6 Ghz2.6 Ghz
Graphic ProcessorGeForceGeForce
ProcessorGTX 1650GTX 1660 Ti
Graphic Ram4 GB6 GB


Performance is pretty much the same, We mean even though Nitro 7 has the i7 and Nitro 5 has the i5. When it comes to GPU performance both have the same GTX 1650 and we are not seeing a difference in our fire strike test. Even gameplay like if you buy all of these laptops you’re not gonna see that much of performance improvement you might see a few frames per second more on the Nitro 7 just because the model has the i7 but overall they’re pretty much identical.


Acer Nitro 5Acer Nitro 7
Web-cam720p HD Webcam720p FHD Webcam
SpeakersStereo SpeakersStereo Speakers
Microphone JackYesYes
Wireless Lan802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Memory SlotsYesYes
HDMI PortsYesYes
Ethernet PortsYesYes

The sound is coming out of the bottom of the laptop they have very similar sound profiles. They do get loud enough but they can get drowned out when the fans are kicking in. So carry a headset with you because you’ll just have a better gaming experience.


Acer Nitro 5Acer Nitro 7
Battery Cell4 Cell4 Cell
Battery TypeLi-IonLi-Ion
Power Supply135 W AC Adapter W180 W AC Adapter W
Battery LifeUpto 11 hoursUpto 11 hours

Which is better!

Both of these laptops are priced well but if you’re strictly gaming we honestly think no one should buy the Nitro 7 it just doesn’t make sense. Yes, you’re getting a better build and a slightly better display but you’re also paying extra money for stuff that we don’t think is worth the extra cost. At the end of the day, you’re gonna have pretty much the exact same experience on the Nitro 5. Now if you’re on a budget and you love to game, you also do design work then we think that an extra $200 is worth it for the Nitro 7 having that more color-accurate panel will help better.

Acer Nitro 5

Acer Nitro 5

Acer Nitro 7

Acer Nitro 7