Acer goes after casual gamers with upcoming Nitro 5 Spin convertible laptop

Acer has unveiled a new convertible gaming laptop, the Nitro 5 Spin. But rather than going after the hardcore crowd that as the mention of the word "gaming" might imply, Acer is instead going squarely for casual gamers.

The 15.6-inch laptop sports an all-aluminum build with a black exterior and red accents. Inside, the laptop's graphics oomph is powered by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, which should be powerful enough to run things like Dota 2 and Overwatch, Acer says.

The other highlight of this particular machine is Acer's choice of processors: The Nitro 5 Spin can be equipped with up to an Intel Core i7 processor from Intel's eighth-generation Core processor family. Intel only just unveiled its eighth-generation processors, which it says will pack a 40 percent performance increase over their predecessors.

Nitro 5 Spin Tent

Other notable tidbits include up to 512GB of SSD storage, Windows Hello support, and up to ten hours of battery life.

As for pricing and availability, Acer says you'll be able to grab the Nitro 5 Spin in North America starting in October starting at $999. European countries, meanwhile, will also see the Nitro 5 Spin in October starting at €1,199.

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  • Touchscreen and I'm in
  • Given the tent pic, I would say there is a touch screen option.
  • It has a touchscreen. Just don't forgot that only the basemodel is 1000 dollars probably, so expect to spend a bit more if you want more ram/storage or a better cpu. 
  • Is there some kind of racing Nitro game included with it?
  • Windows ink and I'm in.
  • No real "gamer" even casual one would be satisfied with a GTX 1050, its just not a gaming GPU; Unless you want to have a bad time gaming save a bit more and buy one with at least a GTX 1070;  
  • For the price its different. You dont have to have a $2000 pc just to be a real gamer. Why do people like you make gamers look like ********?
  • Actually it's more than sufficient for gaming. You aren't going to be running everything at max but you can still get games looking great with a 1050.
  • Using 'gamer' like that makes you sound like an ass. A 1050 will run tons of titles. Just because someone doesn't the latest games at 4k doesn't mean they aren't a 'real gamer'
  • Like it . A great mix of power and portability
  • It can do some gaming, unlike other convertibles, so this is the first convertible that can truly replace an ipad pro 12.9 2017 IMO! At least now I can have a normal sized ipad.
  • I would say that even an Surface 3 (non-Pro) has better gaming options than an Ipad. Dwarf Fortress, Empire Earth, SimCity4, SuperNintendo-Emulators ... all run on a Surface 3, non of them on a iPad.
  • I haven't been on iOS in a while, did they stop allowing emulators in their store?
  • There is already Yoga 720-15, so this is not new. Yoga has windows ink.