NEW DELHI :
As far as gaming notebooks are concerned, brands have been conforming to a singular design of thin bezels and compact form factors.
Take the new Acer Nitro 7, for instance. It has a full metal chassis that adds to its sturdiness and slim bezels that look smart and also keep the size in check. At 2.5kg, it isn’t the lightest gaming notebook, but fits easily into a regular-sized bag. Its edges are a bit sharp and makes carrying it in your hand a tad uncomfortable.
The side panel is endowed with a wide array of connectors, including a LAN port that is still very relevant in India though it is becoming obsolete overseas.
The speakers are placed at an angle on the base, so even if you put it down the audio quality doesn’t get muffled. The speakers however lack punch, the headphones are more useful.
The keys are a bit small, but you are getting a full keyboard, which also happens to be backlit with ample space between keys for a comfortable typing experience. The position of the power button feels awkward though and may lead to it being accidental pressed.
It doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor or face recognition login.
The 15.6-inch display is big and bright and has a refresh rate of 144Hz, which will come in handy for fast paced action games. Colours stand out very well and the IPS panel ensures they don’t lose their lustre even if you tilt the screen.
The Nitro 7 runs on the Intel 9th gen Core i7- 9750H processor with 8GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and Nvidia GTX 1660Ti (6GB) graphics card. Barring the 8GB RAM, which is a bit on the low side, the laptop impresses with its handling of games such as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey at maximum graphics settings. Priced at ₹1.3 lakh, the Nitro 7 is a dependable gaming notebook.
It does not really stand out, but is almost at par with rivals such as the Asus ROG Strix III ( ₹1.3 lakh), which has similar specs and screen size, but offers twice the RAM and thinner bezels.