Acer Aspire V 15 (VN7-593G-73KV) Black Edition Review

Acer continues to claim its spot among equals in the world of gaming with the release of Aspire Nitro V15 VN7-593G Black Edition. The notebook targets a more mature audience that will find a home in a powerful system with a blend of bold and elegant design. The 15-inch display laptop maintains the overall build, design lines, screen options and keyboard that were present in the 2014 and 2015 models. The new system comes with some improved features including a bigger battery and an updated hardware.

The Nitro V 15 features the 7th generation Kaby Lake Intel core i7-7700HQ processor alongside 16 GB of DDR4 RAM. It also sports NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM and 512 GB SSD storage space. As the demand for desktop PCs continues to fade, the demand for such a high end laptop continues to grow. The Acer Aspire packs plenty of high end hardware that an ideal gamer and a user after running demanding applications would want to consider. It plays in the competitive league where it has to beat the big players such as Dell, Lenovo and Asus.

Design and Features

The Acer Aspire V15 Nitro does not come with the flashiness of traditional laptops and the fancy designs that expensive Ultra-books are known for but it strikes a balance between the two. The Acer does not waste time hyping its design with colorful accents, weird geometrics and sharp edges but chooses to maintain a breath of “old air.” It maintains a simple design with black and silver elements that will only resonate well with users who have come of age.

The laptop is made of mostly plastic for the outer shell while the underbelly enjoys a soft rubberized finishing. The lid cover is textured which feels nice to touch while offering a good grip. On the downside, both the interior and exterior show smudges easily therefore you will have a hard time keeping the laptop clean. The interior sports dark brushed aluminum but the air exhausts and hinges break this dark scheme pattern since they are made of a silver plastic.

The Acer Nitro V boasts of a strong build up quality. The solid feel of the laptop can be experienced when lifting it up as there is little to no flex on the lid or keyboard. You will hardly experience any squeaks or bends in this machine despite the fact that it made out of plastic.

The laptop measures 15.39 x 10.47 x 0.98 inches and weighs in at 5.5 pounds which is rather heavy for a 15.6-inch laptop. Its weight makes it a good candidate for indoor use, it will actually feel right at home on your desk as opposed to carrying it around. It is slightly heavier than the HP Pavilion 15 gaming laptop which weighs 5.1 pounds and measures 15.1 x 10.4 x 1.1 inches. It is however lighter than the HP Omen 17, a monster on its own right which measures a 1.3 x 16.38 x 10.98 inches and weighs a massive 7.1 pounds.

Performance

The Acer Aspire V 15 (VN7-593G-73KV) does not seem to have any flaw, and if there is any, you can be sure that it won’t be the processor. The laptop packs the latest 7th generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-core processor clocked at 2.8GHz that can run up to speeds of 3.8GHz with Turbo boost. The four cores installed and the high clock frequency makes this system ideal for multitasking. It is able to run power demanding applications such as Photoshop while multiple tabs are open without shading a sweat.  The capability of the processor is evident with its high score of 9000 points in the CPU mark.

The notebook comes installed with 16GB of DDR4 RAM that is capable of handling most games and programs. Most users will find the memory installed enough but then if you want to push the machine a little harder, then there is room to expand the memory to 32GB.

The storage configuration in this gaming rig is quite interesting and amazing. It comes with the traditional 1TB 5400RPM SATA hard drive to offer you ample storage space. Now this should not send jitters down your spine, since there is an M.2 SATA SSD drive with 256 GB storage available to take care of the booting and loading speeds. The system runs on Windows which is wisely installed on the SSD thereby leaving you with 240 GB of usable space. Luckily, the M.2 slot can as well support PCle x4 and SATA but it is incompatible with NVMe.

Gaming laptops have a reputation of having poor battery capacity. Well, the Acer Nitro V is not any different. It comes with a four-cell Li-Ion 68wh battery that promises to deliver up to 6 hours. In real life you will get less than 2 hours with serious gaming. It is however better than the 52wh battery we saw in its previous iteration.

Gaming Performance

The Geforce GTX 1060 (Pascal) is part of the latest generation from Nvidia. In fact, it is the third fastest graphics card in the series that exclusively comes embedded with a fast 6GB GDDR5 video RAM. According to Nvidia, the GPU is capable of clocking between 1506 MHZ and 1708 MHZ with boost. However, when it comes to acer, they set their range between 1405MHz and 1671 MHZ which is still a decent performance.

Having had a look at the GPU, it goes without saying that this is a gaming monster. The GTX 1060 appears to be flawless with the capability to play all the latest games in the native Full HD resolution. Gamers will find this system future proof as it will be capable to handle new titles coming in the next 2-3 years. As such, a gamer investing in this system will find value for the money.

The system is capable of offering decent frame rates. For instance you will get +90 FPS with battle field 4, GTA 5 delivers +80 FPS, Doom +80 FPS and you can the run the Witcher 3 at +50FPS on 1080p and high settings. As such, playing older games will be a walk in the park for this machine as it will deliver better frame rates. The fact that the laptop is Virtual Reality ready adds up to it many niceties.

Connectivity

The connectivity department in this system offers a plethora of options reminiscent with its class and standard. There are two USB 2.0 ports for connecting your devise such as mouse and two USB 3.0 ports for faster connections and transfer of data. The notebook also comes with the latest USB Type-C connector that also supports Thunderbolt 3 offering maximum transfer speeds of 40Gbps.

Additionally, there is an HDMI 1.4a video output port that you can use to extend the display to an external monitor to enjoy your gaming experience in a larger screen.

You will not find an optical drive in this system but this is not a deal breaker in any way. If you may still want to use your old DVDs and CDs, then you can go for an external DVD burner. Most importantly, there is a memory card reader slot that you may use to transfer your photos from a digital camera.

Internet access is available in this system as it supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi featuring 2×2 MU-MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz). There is also Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port if you prefer cabled internet connection and Bluetooth 4.0 is available.

Display

The gaming laptop comes with a 15.6 inch non-touch display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels with In-plane Switching IPS technology. You got wide viewing angles on this laptop with the capability of recognizing a photo clearly without distorted colors and with high contrast from every position. The display offers vivid colors combined with a high contrast and strong brightness. This is similar to what you will find in its competitor the Asus’ Strix GL502VM. It offers 85% of the sRGB space therefore not good for professional editing but can be good for outdoor activities thanks to its matte surface.

Keyboard

The Nitro V comes with a backlit keyboard with the keys offering a limited travel of 1.2mm that offers a nice click and feedback. Typing on this keyboard is fast with a few mistakes here in and there. It also has a well-sized trackpad that is slightly recessed into the frame. The plastic trackpad feels smooth and nice and performs well when swiping or gesturing. Clicking is a little too firm and it produces a hollow sound if you tap it firmly, which is common among plastic trackpads.

Heat and Noise

The laptop is packed with two fans inside that are always at work even when you are handling the basic of tasks such as opening a window or playing music. The noise can barely be heard if you are playing some music on the background or watching a movie so it is negligible. But if you are doing other stuff like browsing or typing in a quiet place then be sure to hear the noise of the fans running. This is common with such a gaming rig that combines the best hardware around so it does not come as a surprise.

Interestingly, Acer Keeps her laptops clean by installing the Dust Defender Technology which occasionally spins the blades anticlockwise to push any accumulated push out though the intake grills. When handling power demanding applications the fans spin faster with top noise levels. When playing games some parts of the chassis can get hot but then again this is a common occurrence.

Conclusion

The Acer Aspire V 15 (VN7-593G-73KV) is a gaming laptop that hits more than it misses. The acer looks like your normal office laptop, but houses a very powerful gaming component that will turn heads among the gaming fraternity.  It combines a fast-solid state drive with a powerful processor that will keep all your programs running smoothly without lagging. The inclusion of the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 with 6GB of dedicated DDR5 RAM makes the system a great choice competing with the likes of the HP Pavilion 15 gaming laptop and HP Omen 17 in gaming. Acer got it right with the inclusion of a USB-Type C port and a decent battery. The Acer Aspire V 15 (VN7-593G-73KV) fits into the bill of a user after a reliable gaming laptop at a friendly price.