CNET First Look
Acer's Aspire V Nitro Black Edition a 4K gaming laptop in disguiseWith its understated looks, powerful processor and discrete graphics, the V Nitro can ably handle work and pleasure -- and you get a beautiful screen to boot.
[MUSIC] It wasn't long ago that getting high performance processors and discrete graphics in a laptop would require a big and heavy chassis, and they typically weren't attractive. But now, thankfully we're here. I'm Josh Goldman with cnet and this is the Acer Aspire V Nitro black edition, a thinnish, lightish 15.6 inch laptop. With a Haswell based Intel Quad Core, Core I-7 processor. And Invidia G Force GTX 850 M graphics that's used to push pixels around a UHD 3840 by 2160 resolution matte LCD. But before I dive into more about the components. Let's take a design tour since available configurations vary by region. The chassis is coated in a nice grippable soft touch material. Inside and out. And all the ports are lined up on one side, save for an SD card slot up front. The keyboard is full size, with a number pad and backlit in red, which is really the only edgy part of the design. The click pad is good and big but maybe not the most responsive. And since it doesn't have a touch screen you may find yourself packing a mouse if you're doing a lot of work. The screen is a winner here though. Looking great at it's full 4K resolution or dialed down to 1080. And actually, because of the midrange graphics, demanding games are only really playable at reduced resolution. Though games where frame rates are lesser concerned can be played at 4k. Also with 16 Gb's of memory a 256 GB SSD, and 1 terabyte hard drive. This can handle multimedia. Will work too. However, you won't want to stray too far from an outlet as we only got about two and a half hours from the battery. You can read the full review on CNET.com, but outside of the battery life and if the subdued looks appeal to you, this is an excellent laptop. I'm Josh Sculman and that's is a look at the Acer Inspire V nitro black edition. [MUSIC]