Acer's Nitro 5 gaming laptop is a seriously affordable device, offering up AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA hardware options. It can certainly be used on its own for gaming and other tasks, but adding some worthwhile accessories to the mix will result in an even better experience. If you're wondering where to start, we've rounded up some of the best available now.
If you've been using budget mice up until this point, the Rival 600 from SteelSeries is going to make a huge difference to performance. The TrueMove3 sensor is worth every penny and the customizable lighting and removable weights are just an added bonus.
Room to move
If you're using an external mouse with your Nitro 5 (which you'll no doubt want to do), you might as well grab a mousepad to match the Nitro style. This one has a fiber surface that doesn't fight against your mouse, a grippy bottom to not slide around on your desk, and it measures 13.78 by 10.24 inches.
Upgrade your RAM
Your Acer Nitro 5 has two SODIMM RAM slots, but most models come with only one occupied. All you have to do is remove the quick-access panel on the bottom and slot this 8 GB stick of DDR4 RAM in for improved performance.
The Nitro 5 is best cut out for 1080p gaming, and if you need something larger than the built-in 15.6-inch display, ASUS can help. The VG248QE has a 24-inch, 1089p display with a 144 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time for outstanding gaming performance, all held up on a stand that adjusts for tilt, height, and rotation.
If you'd rather take control over your games with a gamepad, the Xbox wireless controller is no doubt what you want. It connects with Bluetooth, it handles headsets thanks to a 3.5 mm audio jack, and you can even customize your own at the Xbox Design Lab.
This sleeve from Amazon keeps thing cheap while providing slim neoprene protection for your Nitro 5. It has a single zipper to keep it in place, it's available in five different colors, and the price is certainly right.
Quality gaming headset
SteelSeries manages to keep the price down and quality up with the Arctis 5 headset. Its comfy earcups deliver outstanding sound, and the retractable microphone is Discord-certified for clear pickup without any background noise. Grab this if you want to hear your enemy's footsteps before they hear you.
This backpack from Acer in made specifically for the Nitro 5, with logo and color to match. Its exterior repels water if you get caught in the rain, it has a bunch of pockets inside for your accessories, and a large, padded sleeve keeps your laptop safe when on the go.
The built-in, front-facing webcam in the Nitro 5 isn't exactly great, so if you plan on streaming while you game, you'll want to check out the Logitech C922x external webcam. Stream in glorious 1080p and cut out the background with auto removal technology.
This mechanical keyboard is relatively affordable yet offers superb performance with anti-ghosting and Cherry MX Red switches. The red backlight matches your Nitro 5's accents, making this keyboard a great choice if you'd like to forego what the laptop offers and still game in style.
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All of the above accessories can complement your Acer Nitro 5, but we suggest grabbing the SteelSeries Rival 600 (opens in new tab) for superior pointing accuracy. If you want to stream gameplay with some personality, the Logitech C922x (opens in new tab) webcam is needed to replace the subpar built-in webcam, and a Nitro backpack (opens in new tab) is not a bad idea for anyone who wants to take their laptop with them wherever they go.
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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.
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