Buying anything gaming-related with the Acer logo slapped on the front is always going to be an expensive procedure. That’s… just how it is. You’re paying for some substantial tech, a (usually) massive display and a power brick big enough to replace your gym membership. Its latest gaming notebook – the Nitro V 15 – sees the company return to the ‘budget’ gaming realm, arriving in SA in December with a starting price of R20,000.
Whip out the Nitro(us)
Don’t get us wrong, R20,000 is by no means cheap. Even so, it’s a far cry from, say, Razer’s latest Lamborghini-fied offering that’ll run you back R95,000. Sure, Acer can’t promise, uh, *checks notes* a chassis milled from a single block of aluminium, but it’ll try to make it up to you in other ways.
Like with the 15.6in FHD IPS display that comes with all the usual specs to try and bump up your CS scores, such as a 165Hz refresh rate and a 3ms pixel response. It’s also giving the sound a boost with the inclusion of DTS X: Ultra for improved “sound placement, acoustics and fine-tuned sound modes,” Acer said in a release.
The Nitro V 15 brings with it the company’s own “AI-backed solutions” such as Acer Purified View and Purified Voice tech that’ll supposedly make your video calls pop. The less said about that, the better.
If you’re in the market for the best of the best when it comes to internals… what are you doing looking at a budget machine? The RTX 4090-packing 17in behemoth is over there and you’ll need a lot more than R20k.
Back in the real world and judging from Acer’s US site, a fully kitted-out Nitro V 15 will arrive with a 13th-Gen Intel Core i7-13620H CPU and an RTX 4050 GPU with 6GB of dedicated VRAM. It’ll come with 16GB or RAM already inside and can take as much as 32GB in total. There’s a 1TB NVMe SSD inside and a spot to put another if you’re so inclined.
On the lower end of the spec sheet, the entry-level Nitro V 15 (the one that’ll probably cost R20k) steps things down to a still-modest Intel Core i5-13420H CPU and a geriatric RTX 2050 with 4GB of VRAM. System memory is halved to 8GB as is SSD storage, down to 512GB.
Keep in mind those builds are from a US page so Acer could make changes to the models coming to SA between now and when the Nitro V 15 is slated to launch in December. But we wouldn’t get our hopes up.