Here are the specifications:
|Screen size:||15.6 inches|
|Screen type:||In-plane Switching (IPS)|
|Screen resolution:||1,920 x 1,080|
|Processor:||8th Gen Intel Core|
|Graphics:||GeForce GTX 1050|
|Memory:||Up to 16GB DDR4|
|Storage:||Up to 512GB PCI Express-based SSD|
|Connectivity:||Wireless AC (MU-MIMO)|
|Ports (right):||1x USB 2.0 Type-A
1x SD card reader
1x Headphone jack
|Ports (left):||2x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C
|Audio:||2x Front-facing speakers
|Bonus features:||Keyboard with red backlighting
Fingerprint scanner supporting Windows Hello
|Dimensions:||15.01 (W) x 10.16 (D) x 0.70 (H) inches|
|Battery:||48 Wh 3220 mAh 15.2 V 4-cell Li ion|
As the specs show, the Nitro 5 Spin isn’t exactly out to compete with the big boys in the PC gaming market – that’s what Acer’s high-end Predator family is for. But there’s plenty of oomph here to get decent visuals and framerates in League of Legends, DOTA 2, and according to Acer, even Overwatch. The 2-in-1 can definitely power the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets too, but meeting the 90 frames per second requirement for barf-free VR experiences likely won’t happen.
Unlike the regular Nitro 5, the Nitro 5 Spin has a special hinge to accommodate different ways to play PC games. It’s classified as a 2-in-1 PC, enabling you to switch its form factor between four modes: Laptop, Tent, Display (Theater), and Tablet. This should prove useful when you don’t want a gaming notebook heating up your lap. The Nitro 5 Spin includes the same all-aluminum chassis, black brushed hairline finish, and red accents found on previous versions.
Other features packed into the Acer Nitro 5 Spin include BluelightShield, which blue light emissions, an omni-directional ExoAmp Antenna maximizing the Wireless AC connection, and several technologies that provide “improved bass and multi-dimensional sound.” The sound will reverse too, during Tent and Tablet screen modes.
Taken as a whole, the Acer Nitro 5 Spin is arguably the perfect example of what Intel hopes the 8th gen Core will make possible. An entry-level gaming notebook that’s also a 2-in-1 wasn’t feasible with the more powerful 7th gen quad-core chips, but with the more efficient 8th gen models, it’s possible.
We’re eager to see how the Acer Nitro 5 Spin stacks up in the real world, but we’ll have to be patient. It won’t be made available in North America until sometime during October for a starting price of $1,000.