Acer aspire v15 nitro

Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition: Replacement Battery

So the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro B.E. can be (almost) fully disassembled (which is good):

So I'm just being a curious and concerned owner, that's all, so here goes:

Question 1: Can you still run the laptop (Acer Aspire V15 Nitro B.E.) when the battery is removed (e.g. powered via AC adapter without the battery inside the laptop enclosure) ? Just like those laptops sold in the past where you can still power up the laptop without the battery attached, so long as you plug in its AC wall adapter. I'm just used in the past when we had our first Acer Aspire laptop being used FOR MANY HOURS just using the AC adapter plugged in and the battery removed, without worrying about the battery being damaged from overcharging.

Question 2: Though we all know that it's becoming a trend that laptops nowadays have their batteries already built-in *booo* (unlike those oh-so-good laptops sold in the past which you can, by choice, just easily remove the battery from underneath and back of the laptop), I'm wondering if THERE IS ANY AVAILABLE  replacement battery specific for this model that I can order for my V15 Nitro in case it might prematurely not hold a good charge in the near future. I did try to check Acer's battery catalog and the website only showed those obviously removable replacement batteries from the olden aspire models (also some new aspire models that you can still easily remove their batteries underneath the laptop).

I hope I hear from you (Acer) as soon as possible. Thanks and Cheers!


I do (95% of the time) plug in the AC wall adapter most of the time. I don't really fancy the meager battery life of this laptop model so I don't bother using power from the charged battery, especially in gaming (although low battery life is to be expected from a quad-core i7 variant, plus a dedicated graphics card does eat up power when gaming).

Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-571G review with Broadwell hardware

By Andrei Girbea Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-571G , last updated on September 9, 2017 Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-571G


looks and feels nice, simple design, good screen, decent keyboard and trackpad, solid hardware configuration, loud speakers, long battery life


dim display, somewhat difficult to upgrade, too much bloatware preinstalled

If you’re in the market for a thin and light multimedia laptop with a full-size 15.6 inch screen, the Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro models should be on your list.

In this article we’re having a detailed look at the V 15 Nitro VN7-571G model built on the recently launched Intel Broadwell hardware platform, a device you’ll find in stores for the most part of 2015 (in a slightly upgraded configuration though, as you’ll see in the Prices and Availability chapter).

We are however talking about Broadwell U low-power CPUs powering this notebook and not full-voltage processors like on most other multimedia laptops (including Acer’s VN7-591G series), which means that this particular model is meant to strike a fine balance between solid everyday performance, an affordable price tag and long battery life, when needed.

Does it succeed? Well, stick with me till the end of this review and you’ll find out.

Keep in mind: This test unit is a media sample received from Acer and NOT the final release unit, that should hit the stores around March. Hence, there are a few configuration differences between this review model and what’s going to be available on shelves. Also, with Broadwell fresh on the market and immature drivers right now, expect somewhat better performance from those final units.

This post is about the Broadwell powered Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-571G

The specs sheet for the Acer V 15 Nitro

Asus V 15 Nitro VN70-571G-70MR
Screen15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 px resolution, IPS, matte
ProcessorIntel Broadwell Core i7-5500U CPU
Videointegrated Intel 5500 HD + Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M 4GB GDDR5
Memory12 GB DDR3
Storage256 GB SSD (M.2) and 1 TB HDD (2.5″ 7 mm bay)
ConnectivityWireless N, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Lan
Ports3xUSB 3.0, SD card reader, HDMI, RJ45, Kensington Lock, Optical Drive
Battery52.5 Wh 4605 mAh
Operating systemWindows 8.1
Size390 mm or 15.31 in (L) x 257 mm or 10.12 in (W) x 24 mm or 0.94 in (H)
Weightabout 2.2 kg (4.85 pounds)
Extrasred backlit keyboard, 4 speakers, Blu-Ray combo

Retail units will ship in several different configurations. The top model (which is also the  closest to the one reviewed here) will come with 16 GB of RAM, Nvidia GTX 950M graphics and a Wi-Fi AC capable wireless module. All the other specs will rest the same.

Design and exterior

I’m a big fan of simple and clean laptops and this Acer V 15 Nitro is to the most part, one of them. Its case is almost entirely made from matte, rubbery, black plastic, with a strip of chromed plastic used for the rear, around the screen’s hinges and the exhaust grill. There’s also an Aspire V Nitro engraving on this element, but that’s pretty much the only flashy part you’ll find on the laptop. That and the chrome Acer Logo on the hood.

On the other hand, some might say this laptop does not rise to its competitors when it comes to the choice in materials used for the outer shell. Well, there’s some truth in that, since most manufacturers rely heavily on metal these days. But really, that did not bother me at all, because Acer actually went for some good quality plastic on their machine, coupled with proper craftsmanship. As a result, the V 15 Nitro feels strong (there’s still some squeaking when grabbing the laptop a bit firmer though), grippy (especially the textured lid-cover) and is nicely polished, with no rough edges or sharp corners. And there are at least a few advantages to choosing plastic over aluminum: better heat management and reduced weight.

The black finishing does have one annoying gripe though: smudges and fingerprints are going to be a continuous pain, both on the belly and on the palm-rest, but that’s something you’ll just have to live with if you want a black machine.

Out of the box, the laptop’s overall beauty is somewhat hindered by all the stickers on the palm-rest and the display’s bezel. You can peel them off (carefully though, so you won’t scratch the smooth finishing), but I would have been happier if they weren’t there in the first place.

That aside, there’s little to complain here. There’s a full-size keyboard and trackpad, a spacious palm-rest and plenty of ports on the sides. In fact, there’s even an optical drive (a Blu-Ray combo in our case), which occupies most of the left edge, alongside a Kensington Lock, while all the other IO elements are on the right edge: the headphone/mic jack, 3 USB 3.0 slots, HDMI output, a Lan port and the PSU. There are also two discrete LEDs here, one showing the laptop’s current state (active, stand-by, etc) and one showing the battery’s charging state, when the power tip is connected.

There’s no type of DisplayPort, which means you’ll have problems driving a 4K monitor properly from this laptop, but that aside, you’ve got all the ports you’d need. Oh, there’s also a card-reader on the front lip, btw, covered by a protective plastic cap (doesn’t fit flush an SD card).

However, having all the ports on the right-edge can get annoying if you’re one of those users who connect multiple peripherals to their machine, as it will overcrowd this side where most of us usually keep our mouse (great for the lefties among you!). That’s not such a big deal, but it’s something Acer should have designed better imo.

I should also add that this laptop is fairly compact and light for a full-size machine with a 15 incher. It does not play in the same league as the premium 15 incher, like the Dell XPS 15 or the Asus Zenbook NX500, but it’s almost there, as it weighs just under 5 lbs and is less than an inch thick.

Now, flipping the laptop upside down, you’ll spot the air intake and exhaust grills, the proper sized rubber feet and the speaker cuts. Unfortunately Acer did not include a service bay on this laptop, which means that accessing the internals is a bit difficult. For that you’ll need to take care of a dozen of Philips screws on the belly, so again, not a big deal, just something that could have been easier. I didn’t have enough time to pry this open myself, but this post shows you how it’s done (that’s a dissemble guide of the 591G series, but the 571G can be opened in a similar way). Keep in mind that once you’ll unscrew the screws, you’ll have to open the laptop from the inside, lifting the keyboard and palm-rest area, unlike most other ultrabooks that are opened by removing the bottom shell.

Once in, you’ll find that the two storage drives are upgradeable. There’s the M.2 stick on the left, as you’re looking at the machine, and the 2.5 inch bay on the bottom right (careful on how you’ll remove that ribbon that goes over it). The 571G model relies on a single fan for cooling and the memory modules (there are two of them) are hidden behind the motherboard, so you’ll need to unscrew and take it out it in order to get to them.

Keyboard and trackpad

With all those out of the way, let’s get back to the keyboard.

You probably noticed by now that Acer went for a full set of keys, including a NumPad area. The layout is pretty standard, with proper sized keys (15 x 15 mm), big Shift, Enter and Backspace keys, slightly smaller Function and NumPad keys at the top and right side and a slightly taller row of keys on the bottom. This particular layout does opt for somewhat cramped directional keys though, which will take some time to get used to.

Decent keyboard and traxkpad

The typing experience is alright. Not great, just alright, and that’s mostly because the keys’ travel is short. Despite that, once I got used to the shallow stroke, I was able to type in this review easily, with very few typos.

The keyboard is also backlit with red LEDs and there’s no intensity setting, you can just activate and deactivate the illumination by hitting FN + F9.

The clickpad sits below the Space key and is both spacious and properly separated from the palm-rest around, slightly deepened into the frame. Its surface is a little rough and it seems to me like it’s made of plastic, and not glass like on most modern laptops. I might be wrong though. Despite that, the trackpad is fairly accurate and supports gestures, but it’s not always as precise as I wanted. It handled daily swipes and taps fine, but it somewhat struggled with very fine swipes and actions that require precision, like positioning the cursor on top of a small radio box or button. So you might end up using a mouse most of the time. I for one did.


The screen on the other hand is one of the laptop’s strong selling points, with two minor exceptions though.

First, the good parts: Acer went for a 15.6 inch IPS panel with a matte finishing and 1920 x 1080 px resolution. That means this is not a touchscreen, but also won’t have to deal with any glare or reflections in strong light. The panel offers solid contrast, decent brightness for indoor use and nice looking colors. The resolution is imo good enough for a mid-range 15 incher. Yes, you won’t get the increased sharpness of higher density displays, but you won’t have to live with their shortcomings either.

The screen one of the laptop’s selling points

However, once you put a colorimeter on this screen (I’m using a Spyder4Elite), you’ll notice that the colors are a bit skewed. That’s hardly visible with the bare eye, but a calibration will really make a difference if you need an accurate panel, as you can see from the numbers below.

  • Panel HardwareID: LG Philips LGD0443;
  • Coverage: 91% sRGB, 68% NTSC, 71% Adobe RGB;
  • measured gamma: 2.2 ;
  • max brightness in the middle of the screen: 189 cd/m2;
  • contrast at max brightness: 720:1;
  • white point: 6200 K;
  • black on max brightness: 0.26 cd/m2;
  • average DeltaE: 6.09 uncalibrated, 1.58 calibrated .

They also prove something you can actually notice yourself if you take the laptop in a bright room: this display is rather dim, with a max brightness of just around 200 nits. As long as you keep it inside with no direct light coming onto the screen, that’s going to be enough, but if you need to take it outside, expect to struggle.

As a final note, the screen leans back to 160-170 degrees, which is great, especially since colors and contrast degradation is noticeable when you’re not looking at it straight-on, despite it packing an IPS panel. The screen-ensemble is hold in place by two hinges, which seem sturdy enough, although a bit undersized for my liking. Hopefully they’ll handle the test of time well.

That’s how much the display leans back

To wrap it up, I believe most of you will be more than happy with the display on this Aspire V Nitro. Just keep in mind these shortcomings mentioned above and make sure you’re OK with them before buying the laptop.

Hardware, performance and upgrade options

We have the Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-571G-70MR version here for this review, a model sold in Europe that might have a slightly different code name elsewhere.

The reviewed configuration includes an Intel Core i7-5500U Broadwell processor (2.4 GHz, 3.0 GHz TurboBoost), 12 GB of RAM (one 4 GB DIMM, one 8 GB DIMM), Nvidia GTX 850M graphics with 4 GB of video memory and a dual-storage solution (one M.2 80mm LiteON L8T-256L9G stick and one 2.5″ 9.5 mm Western Digital WD10JPVX-22JC3T0 1 TB 5400 rpm HDD).

The reviewed configuration

This bundle is more than capable of handling everyday activities and all sorts of multimedia content. It boots from cold in under 10 seconds, thanks to the fast SSD inside, and resumes from sleep in under 2 seconds. It also loads programs and apps fast and can handle games fairly well.

However, there are two important things you must understand if you plan to buy this laptop.

There’s only a 15W Broadwell U processor powering it, so if you do need solid performance in demanding applications (like Photoshop, Premiere, Eclipse, VMWare, etc), don’t expect this to perform as fast as a laptop with a full-voltage hardware platform would. The 45W Broadwell line hasn’t been released yet at the time of this review, but will be available later this year. So if you do like this laptop but need more processing power, you should either wait for that update or go for one of the Haswell models available right now (the Acer V 15 Nitro Black Edition VN7-591G models).

The Intel Core i7-5500U is still a capable CPU, but as part of a low-power platform it can only do that much, so make sure you get that and adjust your expectations accordingly.

On the other hand, opting for such a platform allows this Acer laptop to run fairly cool and quiet in everyday use, while lasting longer on a charge than a laptop with full-voltage processors would. But more about those in a sec.

The second aspect you should consider regards the Nvidia graphics: the GTX 850M chip is only a mainstream solution and not a high-end performer. That means it can handle most games, even the latest titles, but not on the highest detail levels. And that’s proven by the results I got in several different titles, listed below.

19 x 10 Medium19 x 10 Medium on battery19 x 10 Ultra / Very High
Dirt 367 fps33 fps
Grid 276 fps34 fps
Tomb Raider66 fps45 fps20 fps
NFS Most Wanted44 fps30 fps
Bioshock Infinite49 fps46 fps25 fps
Metro Last Light36 fps30 fps13 fps
Farcry 432 fps18 fps

I also ran a couple of benchmarks on this Acer V 15 Nitro laptop and the numbers are below.

  • 3DMark 11: P3988;
  • 3DMark 13:  Ice Storm – 44042, Cloud Gate –9515, Sky Driver – 8486, Fire Strike – 2608;
  • PCMark 08: Home Conventional – 2659;
  • CineBench 11.5: OpenGL 51.25 fps, CPU 3.07 pts, CPU Single Core 1.41 pts;
  • CineBench R15: OpenGL 78.69 fps, CPU 278 cb, CPU Single Core 122 cb.

These are about 10% lower than those recorded in my previous test of the i7-5500U processor and I’m not exactly sure why this happens, but I have a few things in mind: immature drivers, an early implementation (don’t forget this is a sample, not a final retail unit) or the amount of bloatware onboard.

The inner components do tend to reach rather high temperatures under load, but even so, minor throttling only occurs when playing very demanding games, and even in that case, it doesn’t lead to frame drops or any noticeable effects whatsoever.

I did notice there’s a fair amount of bloatware installed on the computer and that might take its toll. So if you do decide to buy this Acer laptop, make sure to clean up all that nonsense (the Acer apps should go, the CyberLink programs, and the McAfee and Office trials as well).

Last but not least, I’ve stressed the computer with Prime95 and Furmark as well, just to see how the hardware handles extreme loads, and I’ve noticed no throttling at all, corroborated with correct inner temperatures, as illustrated by the following images.

Noise, Heat, Connectivity, speakers and others

However, the laptop does get hotter when playing games for hours, especially demanding titles like FarCry 4 or Metro Last Light, which leads to both higher inner and outer temperatures, but also some throttling, like I already mentioned above. Check out the case temperatures measured in several different conditions.

*Daily Use – 1080p Youtube video in IE for 30 minutes; *Gaming – Need For Speed: Most Wanted on High for 30 minutes

*Load – Prime 95 + Furmark for 30 minutes

The fan inside spins fast under load and can get a bit noisy as well (47-48dB at 50 cm from the laptop, with my iPhone app). But as long as you don’t push the laptop too much, nor the noise or the temperatures are going to pose any problems. In fact, with light load the fan will turn OFF completely and the only thing you’ll hear is the mechanical hard-drive’s occasional rumbling.

The speakers are able to cover all this noise easily. Acer went for 4 speakers on this laptop, placed on the belly, and they produce loud and fairly good quality sound. Don’t expect anything sensational, but for  movies and gaming, the audio system will do fine. If you want more though, you’ll have to rely on some proper headphones.

Connectivity wise, there’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and Gigabit Lan on this V 15 Nitro. Not much to comment on the latter two, but I do have to add a few words on the first. Acer went for an Atheros module that only supports up to 802.11N speeds and as long as you’re close to your router, you’ll have nothing to complain about signal strength and download speeds. However, once I got a bit further away from the router (about 30 feet – 10 m with 2 walls in between, the place where I test all the laptops), the signal dropped to only 2 bars in Windows and I could only get transfer speeds of up to 40 mbps. That wasn’t bad enough to influence my browsing experience in any noticeable way, but if you have dodgy Wireless signal in your home, this is something you must be aware of.

Last but not least, the laptop comes with a 720p webcam, placed on top of the screen, which produces very muddy pics. Will do for an occasional Skype call, but that’s about it.

Battery life

Acer went for a 52.5 Wh battery on this machine, which is of course encased, but can be easily removed and replaced once you gain access to the internals. On the other hand, if you’re one of those persons who disconnects the battery when having the device plugged in, you won’t be able to do it in this case.

Regardless, this Broadwell powered V 15 Nitro is able to last for quite a long while on a charge. Check out some numbers below (the screen’s 60% brightness equals about 120 nits):

  • 3.6 W (~14 h of use) – idle, Power Saving Mode, screen at 0%, Wi-Fi OFF;
  • 7 W (~7 h 30 minutes of use) – light browsing and text editing in Google Drive, Balanced Mode, screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 7.5 W (~7 h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Internet Explorer, Balanced Mode, screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 9 W (~5 h 40 min of use) – 1080p fullscreen .mkv video in VLC Player, Balanced Mode, screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 10 W (~5 h 15 minutes of use) – medium-heavy browsing in Internet Explorer, Balanced Mode, screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 37 W (~1 h 30 minutes of use) – running the Metro Last Light benchmark, scene D3 on a loop, High Performance Mode, screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON.

Battery life while gaming can be further tweaked by activating Battery Boost from the Nvidia GeForce Experience application.

The Broadwell U platform shows its strength when it comes to battery life

Overall the V 15 Nitro with this Broadwell i7 processor will last for between 5 to 7-8 hours on daily use, but this greatly depends on how and what you’re running on it. Even so, that’s definitely not bad.

Acer bundles the laptop with a 90W power brick that charges the battery completely in just under 3 hours. The brick is paired with very long cables, so you shouldn’t have any problem getting the needed juice even if you’re a bit further away from the wall.

Price and availability

The Broadwell U versions of the Acer V 15 Nitro will be available in stores around the world by late February – early March and the configurations will range from 800 to 1300 euro over here. That should translate in somewhere between $800 to $1300 in the US.

The top configuration is going to be slightly different that the version tested here from what I’ve been told by Acer’s officials, as it will come with Nvidia’s newer GTX 950M graphics (better performance, lower temperatures, more efficient), 16 GB of RAM and a Wi-Fi AC capable wireless module.

I’ll update this section as soon as the final release models will become available. In the meantime you can follow this link for updated configurations and prices at the time you’re reading this post.

Update: Acer has the VN7-571G-769P model listed on their US site, with the i7-5500U processor, 16 GB of RAM, Nvidia 840M graphics and 1 TB HDD for $1099. That’s a fair price, but I for one would rather wait for that 950M model, which hopefully will be available by the end of this month, as initially announced.

The top configurations should sell for around $1300


There are very few laptops similar to this Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-571G out there these days, as most manufacturers chose not to pair an ULV processor with Mid-range dedicated graphics, but instead went for full-voltage CPUs. Acer covers that segment with the V Nitro Black Edition models, but also pushed this model tested here, which is, at the end of the day, an interesting device.

You should have it on your list if you’re in the market for a a device with a 15 inch IPS screen, a compact and light body, able to handle your everyday activities well-enough, which can include some occasional gaming. On top of that comes the solid battery life. However, if you do need a powerful multimedia 15 incher, this particular model won’t be cut it.

Long story short, with the Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-571G you tend to somewhat sacrifice performance for the increased battery life. It’s up to you if that’s what you want from your machine or not. But the price will make or break it, cause unless Acer manages to get this in stores slightly cheaper than the Full-voltage CPUs – Mid level graphics laptops already available out there, they might have a hard time convincing us it’s worth our hard earned buck. With the right price though, this has the potential to become a bestseller. Time will tell.

With the right price, the V15 Nitro VN7-571G could be a bestseller

Anyway, that’s about it for now. Let me know what you think about this Broadwell update of the Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-571G and get in touch if you have any comments, questions or anything to add to this article.

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Acer Skylake laptops: Aspire V13, R13, R14, V5, V15 Nitro and Predators

Acer’s Skylake lineup is rolling out in the next few weeks and as expected, the Taiwanese manufacturer is updating most of its popular series to the latest Intel hardware platform while also launching several brand new models.

This post will take you through the important Acer Skylake laptops that will be available in stores from the 4th quarter of 2015 onwards. There’s a wide range of devices for you to choose from, starting with the portable Aspire R13, V13, or the Switch 12 2015 hybrids, and all the way up to the new Acer Predator gaming machines. Follow the links in each section for our more detailed reviews as we test these products, or for potential discounts (if you find any of these worth your hard earned buck).

You should also check out this post about that explains what Skylake is all about as well as  our list of the best available portable laptops of the moment, which is the best place to start the search for your next ultraportable.

Acer Aspire V13 V3-372

Acer will update their mainstream 13-inch ultraportable this Fall, but this remains primarily a budget laptop, one that is bundled with the latest Intel hardware, but compromises on screen and build-quality. Check out the complete specs sheet below.

Screen13.3-inch, 1366 x 768 px resolution, TN, non-touch, matte
ProcessorIntel Skylake Core i3-6100U, Core i5-6200U, Core i7-6500U CPUs
Videointegrated Intel HD 520
Memoryup to 16 GB DDR3 (2 SODIMMs)
Storage2.5″ storage bay (HDD or SSD options available)
ConnectivityWireless AC, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit LAN
Ports2xUSB 2.0, 1xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 3.1 gen1, HDMI, RJ45, headphone/mic,
Battery4Cell 48 Wh
Operating systemWindows 10
Size327 mm or 12.87 in (L) x 228 mm or 8.98 in (W) x 20 mm or 0.77 in (H)
Weightabout 1.6 kg (3.5 pounds)
Extrasnon backlit keyboard, available in White or Black

The Aspire V13 2015 will be available in a bunch of different configurations. The big novelty compared to last year’s model is the Skylake hardware and also the addition of a USB 3.1 port, though it unfortunately does not support Thunderbolt.

All the other aspects and features remained unchanged, and that unfortunately includes the screen, which is bad by today’s standards. It lacks touch and only gets a TN 1366 x 768 px panel, thus colors, contrast and viewing angles are lacking, but at least it’s not glossy, so reflections are not going to be a concern. The case is still mostly made from plastic and weighs roughly 3.5 lbs, with a sheet of metal on the lid cover. The keyboard isn’t backlit and the device is still built in a clamshell form-factor.

These points aside though, the Aspire V13 is a pretty good device as long as you’re aware it’s a budget option and adjust your expectations. It looks fine, lasts for a long time on a charge, packs solid performance and is affordable. The base Core i3 model starts $499, but Acer plans to offer a Pentium N4405U model later this year, which is going to be both cheaper and lighter.

Acer Aspire R13 R7-372T

The Aspire R13 is Acer’s premium 13-inch convertible series and we reviewed the previous version a while ago.

The late-2015 iteration is similar to its predecessor in most ways, aside for packing Skylake hardware, an USB 3.1 gen2 port with Thunderbolt 3.0 support and a redesigned keyboard. Check out he full specs below.

Screen13.3-inch, 2560 x 1440 px resolution, IPS, touchscreen, glossy
ProcessorIntel Skylake Core Core i5-6200U or Core i7-6500U CPUs
Videointegrated Intel HD 520
Memoryup to 8 GB DDR3 (soldered)
Storage80mm M.2 SATA slot (RAID0 support)
ConnectivityWireless AC, Bluetooth 4.0
Ports1xUSB 2.0, 2xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 3.1 gen2, HDMI, headphone/mic,
Battery4Cell 48 Wh
Operating systemWindows 10
Size343 mm or 13.5 in (L) x 230 mm or 9.1 in (W) x 18 mm or 0.71 in (H)
Weightabout 1.55 kg (3.5 pounds)
Extrasbacklit keyboard, 2-in-1 form factor

The keyboard is actually an important update, as this model now includes a 6th row of Function keys, something the previous version’s layout lacked. On the other hand, it looks to me like Acer shortened the other keys in order to accommodate this extra row, and that could have a significant negative impact on the typing experience. We’ll see.

That aside, my specs sheet no longer mentions the FHD touchscreen as an option for the R13, although that’s what the lower-end models got with the previous generation. The 2560 x 1440 px panel is overall sharper and brighter, so a better choice, but it’s also going to be more expensive. Still, with the base versions of the Aspire R13 R7-372T scheduled to start at $899 once the laptop becomes available in October, I’d expect the FHD display to still be an option.

It’s worth noting that I did have a few other nits with the previous R13, which packed poor speakers and got hot under load. Whether these have been addressed on the updated model or not remains to be seen, but even so, it’s obvious Acer listened to complaints and addressed at least some of them with this 2015 iteration of the Acer Aspire R13.

Acer Aspire R14 R5-471T

Update: I’ve reviewed the Aspire R14 R5-471T in the meantime, and you can find all about it in this post.

The Broadwell version of the Aspir R14 was mainly an affordable 14-inch convertible with low-end specs. The Skylake update is still a convertible with a 360-degress flipable screen, but has significantly stepped up its game when it comes to features, build quality and display.

Screen14.0-inch, 1920 x 1080 px resolution, IPS, touchscreen, glossy
ProcessorIntel Skylake Core Core i5-6200U or Core i7-6500U CPUs
Videointegrated Intel HD 520
Memoryup to 8 GB DDR3 (soldered)
Storage80mm M.2 SATA slot (?)
ConnectivityWireless AC, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit LAN
Ports1xUSB 2.0, 2xUSB 3.0, HDMI, RJ45 headphone/mic,
Battery4Cell 48 Wh
Operating systemWindows 10
Size344 mm or 13.5 in (L) x 245 mm or 9.65 in (W) x 18.5 mm or 0.73 in (H)
Weightabout 1.9 kg (4.19 pounds)
Extrasbacklit keyboard, 2-in-1 form factor

In fact, the R14 R5-471T has a lot more in common with the new Aspire R13 mentioned above, than with its predecessor. The two share the same hardware specs and battery, the same interior design and the same keyboard design, from what I can tell based on the available pictures.

Of course, the R14 is a larger and heavier device, since it’s built on a different form-factor and packs a larger 14-inch display. Speaking of it, buyers will now get a FHD IPS panel with this laptop, although a FHD TN option might also be available in the lower-end configurations. Should you order this model, make sure you order the IPS option, not the TN.

With the improved specs, fancier design and the metal used for the outer and inner case, the updated R14 is definitely not going to be as affordable as the previous version was, which started at $599. In fact, I’d expect it to sell for $800 to $900 and up once it becomes available in October. Stay close for updates.

Acer Aspire V15 V5-591G

Update: My thorough review of the Aspire V15 V5-591G is available in this post.

Acer plans to revive the Aspire V5 series this year, after ditching it back in 2013. The Aspire V5-591G is a 15-inch multimedia laptop with powerful hardware, but and old and plain design and poor screen options. It shoudl be quite affordable as well once it reaches the stores in October, although I don’t have a starting price for the time being and I will update this part as soon as possible.

Screen15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 px or 1366 x 768 px resolution, TN, touch or nontouch
ProcessorIntel Skylake Core i5-6300HQ or Core i7-6700HQ CPUs
Videointegrated Intel HD 530 + Nvidia GTX 950M 2/4 GB
Memoryup to 32 GB DDR4 (2 SODIMMs)
Storage2.5″ storage bay (?)
ConnectivityWireless AC, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit LAN
Ports1xUSB 2.0, 2xUSB 3.0, HDMI, RJ45, VGA, headphone/mic,
Battery6Cell 56 Wh
Operating systemWindows 10
Size382 mm or 15.04 in (L) x 260 mm or 10.24 in (W) x 30 mm or 1.19 in (H)
Weightabout 2.4 kg (5.29 pounds)
Extrasbacklit keyboard

As you can see from the specs sheet, this laptop is powered by Intel Skylake-H quad-core processors, can take up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM and can be bundled with either a 2 or 4 GB version of the Nvidia 950M graphics chip. These specs will allow it to easily churn through everyday tasks, but also handle of sorts of multimedia content, demanding programs and even some games, as long as you don’t expect to run the latest titles at max details, and with the help of the 56 Wh battery, you can also expect around 4 hours of daily use on each charge.

I’m a bit concerned about the cooling system though, as the bundled hardware will require a proper implementation. If not done properly, it could lead to high case temperatures and throttling, but that’s something we’ll only be able to test in a future review. Still, keep it in mind and check it out of you plan to buy one of these.

These aside, Acer compromised on the aesthetics and display options. The design is chunky and rather cheap, and plastic is used for the entire case, so the build-quality isn’t stellar either. The interior seems to get a glossy coating, similar to last year’s Aspire R14, which will probably catch smudges and scratches easily. The poor choice in screens is however my biggest gripe with this series, as buyers can only opt for non-touch or touch TN panels, in FHD or HD variants, thus the viewing angles, contrast or color accuracy are going to suffer.

Acer Aspire V15/V17 Nitro series

Update: My detailed review of the Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition is available here, while the 17-inch Nitro Black Edition was tested here.

The Nitros are Acer thin-and-light multimedia laptops with full-size screens. The previous generations have been well received, especially because they had excellent price points, and the Skylake updates promise to maintain that, while improving on a few aspects.

There will be a couple of different Nitros on the market and Acer’s code-naming is confusing, but I’m going to explain the available options here, and

  • Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-572T – 15-incher with Intel Skylake U hardware and no dedicated graphics
  • Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-572G – 15-incher with Intel Skylake U hardware and Nvidia 945M or 950M graphics
  • Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-592G – 15-incher with Intel Skylake H hardware and Nvidia 945M or 950M graphics
  • Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition VN7-592G – 15-incher with Intel Skylake H hardware and Nvidia 960M graphics
  • Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-792G – 17-incher with Intel Skylake H hardware and Nvidia 945M or 950M graphics
  • Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G – 17-incher with Intel Skylake H hardware and Nvidia 960M graphics

The VN7-592G and VN7-792G are especially confusing, because these are available with a few different dedicated graphics to choose from. If you have nay other questions, drop me a line in the comments section.

You’ll also find more about the V15 Nitros below.

Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-572TAcer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-572G
Screen– 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 px resolution, IPS, non-touch, matte – 15.6-inch, 3840 x 2160 px resolution, IPS, non-touch, matte, 100% Adobe RGB coverage

– optional touchscreen

– 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 px resolution, IPS, non-touch, matte – 15.6-inch, 3840 x 2160 px resolution, IPS, non-touch, matte, 100% Adobe RGB coverage

– optional touchscreen

ProcessorIntel Skylake Core i5-6200U or Core i7-6500U CPUsIntel Skylake Core i5-6300HQ or Core i7-6700HQ CPUs
Videointegrated Intel HD 520 + Nvidia GTX 945M 2 GB or 950M 4 GBintegrated Intel HD 530 + Nvidia GTX 945M 2 GB or 950M 4 GB
Memoryup to 32 GB DDR4 (2 SODIMMs)up to 32 GB DDR4 (2 SODIMMs)
StorageM.2 SATA SSD + 2.5″ storage bayM.2 SATA SSD + 2.5″ storage bay
ConnectivityWireless AC, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit LANWireless AC, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit LAN
Ports1xUSB 2.0, 2xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 3.1 gen2 with Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, headphone/mic1xUSB 2.0, 2xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 3.1 gen2 with Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, headphone/mic
Battery6Cell 52.5 Wh6Cell 52.5 Wh
Operating systemWindows 10Windows 10
Size390 mm or 15.35 in (L) x 263 mm or 10.35 in (W) x 24 mm or 0.94 in (H)390 mm or 15.35 in (L) x 263 mm or 10.35 in (W) x 24 mm or 0.94 in (H)
Weightabout 2.4 kg (5.29 pounds)about 2.4 kg (5.29 pounds)
Extrasbacklit keyboardbacklit keyboard

While the Nitro Black Editions series are detailed in the next table.

Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition VN7-592GAcer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G
Screen– 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 px resolution, IPS, non-touch, matte – 15.6-inch, 3840 x 2160 px resolution, IPS, non-touch, matte, 100% Adobe RGB coverage

– optional touchscreen

– 17.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 px resolution, IPS, non-touch, matte – 17.3-inch, 3840 x 2160 px resolution, IPS, non-touch, matte, 100% Adobe RGB coverage
ProcessorIntel Skylake Core i5-6300HQ or Core i7-6700HQ CPUsIntel Skylake Core i5-6300HQ or Core i7-6700HQ CPUs
Videointegrated Intel HD 530 + Nvidia GTX 960M 2/4 GBintegrated Intel HD 530 + Nvidia GTX 960M 2/4 GB
Memoryup to 32 GB DDR4 (2 SODIMMs)up to 32 GB DDR4 (2 SODIMMs)
StoragePCIe 3rd gen SSD + 2.5″ storage bayPCIe 3rd gen SSD + 2.5″ storage bay
ConnectivityWireless AC, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit LANWireless AC, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit LAN
Ports1xUSB 2.0, 2xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 3.1 gen2 with Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, headphone/mic1xUSB 2.0, 2xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 3.1 gen2 with Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, headphone/mic
Battery6Cell 52.5 Wh6Cell 54.5 Wh
Operating systemWindows 10Windows 10
Size390 mm or 15.35 in (L) x 263 mm or 10.35 in (W) x 22 mm or 0.9 in (H)423 mm or 16.65 in (L) x 296 mm or 11.65 in (W) x 25 mm or 0.98 in (H)
Weightabout 2.3 kg (5.07 pounds)about 3.1 kg (6.83 pounds)
Extrasbacklit keyboardbacklit keyboard

Compared to the Broadwell and Haswell versions, the new Nitros get Skylake hardware and DDR4 RAM, faster Wireless connectivity, a slight exterior redesign (the lid is covered with a metallic sheet now), more screen choices (including the UHD wide-gamut options for both the 15 and the 17-incher) and an USB 3.1 gen2 port with Thunderbolt 3 support. The Nitro Blacks also get faster PCIe 3rd gen storage options and an optional Intel RealSense webcam will also be available for them from December.

So while on a first look the new Nitros might seem very similar to their predecessors, the multitude of tiny internal changes do make the updated products a worth upgrade. All the series will be available in October, with the V15 Nitro starting at $899 and the V17 Nitro at $999.

Acer Predator 15 and 17 gaming laptops

Update: I’ve reviewed both Predators here on the site, and you can read more about the 15-inch Predator 15 in this post, or about the 17-inch variant in this one.

Acer’s first take at creating powerful full-size gaming notebooks looks more than just promising, at least on paper.

There will be two Predator series available at launch, a 15-incher (G9-591G) and a 17-incher(G9-791G), and they share a common design and most of their features. Both will be available with FHD or UHD matte displays, large 88 Wh batteries, dual-tone backlit keyboards and a complete selection of ports, including a ThunderBolt 3 connector.

Hardware wise, they are built on Intel Skylake-H quad-core processors, with Nvidia 970M or 980M graphics, DDR4 memory and various types of fast SSD storage. Of course, powerful machines do need a proper cooling solution, and Acer promises to have taken good care of this aspect, but that remains to be seen, as this could be the series’s major Achilles’s heel if done wrong. Hopefully that’s not going to be the case.

Acer’s Predators will be available in stores in November, with the 15-incher starting at $1499 and the 17-inch model at $1599. Check out this post for more details on the two versions.


Well, these are the Acer Skylake laptops you should have under your radar in the next few months.

I will update this post as new Skylake series are launched, and I’ll particularly keep my eyes peeled for the much awaited Acer Aspire S7-394 update, as well as the Switch 12 2015 (which might not become available this year).

Still, if you spot anything that should be in this list and it’s not, please tell me about it in the comments section below. And if you have any questions about these Acer ultraportables, drop me a line; I’m around and will help if possible.

Douglas Black contributed to this report.

Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Driver Download


Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Driver Download – The Aspire V15 Nitro keeps its cool amid ordinary utilize however gets hot on the base when playing amusements. Subsequent to gushing a full-screen Hulu feature for 15 minutes, the portable PC’s touchpad and undercarriage measured 74 and 87 degrees Fahrenheit, separately. The space between the G and H keys was much more sultry at 97 degrees, which is two or three degrees over our 95 degree solace edge.

The portable PC’s 720p webcam makes a strong showing of catching shading. Under office lighting, my orange shirt shined and the red in my colleague’s plaid shirt popped. On the other hand, my skin tone watched washed out and the photo was brimming with computerized commotion. In the event that you need more detail for feature visits or podcasting, it is best to look somewhere else.

You’ll discover a trio of USB 3.0 ports on the right half of the note pad alongside HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet and jacks for a headset and force.

 Download links Description Version Size
Intel AMT Driver 60.7 MB
Audio Driver 450.4 MB
Bluetooth Driver (NFA222 Liteon) 49.2 MB
Bluetooth Driver (NFA344 HAI) 68.4 MB
Bluetooth Driver (NFA344 Liteon) 68.4 MB
Bluetooth Driver 49.2 MB
Bluetooth Driver (NFA344) 68.4 MB
Bluetooth Driver (NFA 222) 49.2 MB
Bluetooth Driver 17.1.1527.1534 6.1 MB
Card Reader Driver 10.0.10586.31225 16.1 MB
Chipset Driver 4.7 MB
Serial IO Driver 2.9 MB
LAN Driver 10.1.505.2015 9.4 MB
ME (Management Engine)Driver 60.7 MB
Touchpad Driver 1.3 MB
VGA Driver 172.1 MB
VGA Driver 426.2 MB
Wireless LAN Driver (NFA222 Liteon) 49.2 MB
Wireless LAN Driver (NFA344 HAI) 68.4 MB
Wireless LAN Driver (NFA222 HAI) 49.2 MB
Wireless LAN Driver (NFA344) 68.4 MB
Wireless LAN Driver (NFA222) 49.2 MB
Wireless LAN Driver 186.5 MB
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