By Dan Ackerman
At CES 2024, Acer's most accessible new gaming system is the Nitro 17. This mainstream-priced gaming laptop includes both 14th-gen Intel CPUs and Nvidia 40-series GPUs, offering decent gaming performance at a surprisingly reasonable price, sitting below Acer's more-expensive enthusiast Predator gaming line.
Like other new laptops at CES 2024, the Nitro 17 plays up AI, with the inclusion of a dedicated Microsoft Copilot key for the OS maker's upgraded AI tools.
The Nitro 17 has a -- you guessed it -- 17.3-inch display. This one is a QHD screen with a resolution of 2,560x1,440, a 16:9 aspect ratio, and 165Hz refresh rate. It supports Nvidia Optimus for switching between integrated and discrete graphics, potentially saving power and extending battery life.
Big gaming laptops generate a lot of heat, so Acer says thermal management is a big part of the design here, using a dual fan quad-intake/exhaust system, heat pipes, and liquid metal thermal grease on the CPU, all to keep temps down as much as possible.
The system supports up to 32GB of RAM and 2TV of NVMe storage, working alongside up to an Intel Core i7 14700HX processor and up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 GPU, which are the components you'd look for in a midrange gaming laptop right now.
In terms of connectivity, the Nitro 17 offers a variety of ports, including USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 and HDMI 2.1. The inclusion of Killer DoubleShot Pro Ethernet E3100G and Wi-Fi 6E compatibility ensures a stable and speedy internet connection, good for online gaming and streaming.
The Nitro 17 is coming later in January, starting at $1,249, a price that positions it as a budget-friendly option for casual gamers, students and anyone looking for a bigscreen laptop that can handle both work and play. Acer is also updating some of its premium Predator laptops, including Predator Helios 18, Predator Helios 16, Predator Helios Neo 18, and Predator Helios Neo 16. These will cost between $1,499 and $1,999 and be available in March.
Micro Center Editor-in-Chief Dan Ackerman is a veteran tech reporter and has served as Editor-in-Chief of Gizmodo and Editorial Director at CNET. He has been testing and reviewing laptops for almost 20 years and is the author of The Tetris Effect, a Cold War history of the world's most influential video game. Contact Dan at [email protected].
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