The best gaming notebook at a budget price: That is the recommendation of the editors



The usual office notebooks are not designed for gaming. Because most laptops lack a powerful graphics card – and even if one is installed, the devices are often much too compact to be able to properly lead the enormous heat generated during gaming out of the case. The result is an extremely hot notebook that massively reduces its performance (throttling) in order to return to normal operating temperature. If you want to use the notebook to play complex games, you need a gaming laptop. However, the devices are in a different league in terms of price. Our test winner, for example, the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro, currently costs around 1,800 euros (to the test).

We have therefore selected a gaming notebook for you that costs no more than 1,100 euros, i.e. is hardly more expensive than a well-equipped upper-class office notebook: Thanks to the Nvidia Geforce RTX 3060 graphics card and the Intel core, the Acer Nitro 5 offers -i5-10300H good work and gaming performance. In games like FarCry 5, Forza Horizon 4 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the notebook always achieves an average of 70 fps, and in many games even 90 to 100 fps. You have to make compromises with the model in terms of battery life, which is usually not particularly good for gaming devices due to the power. In addition, the display is not particularly bright and the color reproduction is a bit pale. The device is therefore not suitable for graphic designers, but it is sufficient for the office and for gaming.

Our conclusion at the time of the test:

The Acer Nitro 5 AN515-55-521K shows in the test that a good gaming notebook does not have to be expensive. The device focuses on great performance and good input devices. The display and the battery life have to set back a bit. In terms of equipment, the device shows two different faces. It offers a generous range of interfaces, but only a very small 512 GB SSD for a gaming notebook. To be fair, the delivery includes the installation kit for an additional hard drive.To the full test

The Acer Nitro 5 in the price check

In order to be able to compare the price transparently with other shops, you can see the most exciting offers from the competition in the following list. If you are not sure whether the Acer Nitro 5 is the right device for you, we also offer you an easy-to-use advisor who will show you suitable notebooks based on a few questions.

Below you will also find an excerpt from the list of the best – so you can compare the Acer Nitro 5 with devices from other manufacturers at a glance.


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