Is Acer Nitro 5 a good gaming laptop for Fortnite?
How well does the Nitro 5 run Fortnite?
I played a few rounds of Fortnite on Epic and Medium graphics settings to get a feel for performance. I used a model containing an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor (CPU), 8 GB of RAM, a 1 TB hard-disk drive (HDD), and an AMD Radeon RX 560X graphics card (GPU),
The Nitro 5 was able to hit an average of 37.9 frames-per-second (FPS) on Epic and 78.5 FPS on Medium, which is excellent considering the 15.6-inch 1080p display maxes out at 60 Hz. I didn't notice any significant dips in FPS, and performance was smooth through all rounds when playing on Medium. On High, you'll likely notice a few dips below 60 FPS during frantic action.
I likewise played some Dying Light and Path of Exile to get an average FPS on games that require a bit more power. On "Best Performance" settings, the Nitro 5 averaged 34 FPS in Dying Light, while in Path of Exile it averaged 69 FPS with a mix of Low and Medium settings.
Where's the best place to buy an Acer Nitro 5?
Acer teamed up with Best Buy to offer a bunch of Nitro 5 configurations — including a couple of exclusives — starting at $600 and going up to about $720. You can choose from Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA hardware, there are price-match guarantees, and you can take advantage of financing and free delivery.
Which hardware should you choose at checkout?
I tested Fortnite on a Nitro 5 with Ryzen 5 2500U CPU and Radeon RX 560X, which costs about $660. Fans of AMD will be able to get solid Fortnite performance, but there are cheaper models available. A $600 option has an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8300H CPU and NVIDIA GTX 1050 GPU inside, which combined should offer performance similar to the AMD hardware.
For the best performance possible, you'll want to take a look at the $720 model with a Core i5-8300H CPU and a NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti GPU that will outperform the standard GTX 1050 and the Radeon RX 560X.
Thanks to a couple of easy-access panels on the bottom of the Nitro 5, RAM and 2.5-inch storage upgrades are about as easy as possible. All models come with a single 8 GB stick of RAM which leaves a second slot open, and there's also room for adding an M.2 SSD if you buy a model with HDD.
Acer's Nitro 5 is a relatively affordable gaming laptop that can easily handle Fortnite
Even if you opt for the cheapest Nitro 5 model available, you should still be able to hit 60 FPS at 1080p with Medium settings selected. Going with a model that has inside a GTX 1050 Ti should propel you to a smooth ride on Epic settings, which makes the game look as good as possible.
Cheap way to play Fortnite on the go
No matter which hardware you choose, the Acer Nitro 5 is a good gaming laptop for Fortnite. At 1080p you can get smooth performance, and the price is certainly reasonable.
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Cale Hunt is formerly a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full-time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.