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Hands-on with the new Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition

Acer announced quite the refresh for the Aspire V Nitro Black Edition at CES 2016, and we went hands-on with the laptop to get a feel for the improvements headed to this latest iteration.

As the bridge between Acer's high-end consumer range and its gaming range, the Aspire V Nitro Black Edition sports quite the capable spec sheet, including a range of 6th-gen Intel Core processors, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M graphics card, up to 32GB of RAM and an NVMe PCIe SSD. The laptop also carries a premium feel, and the red lighting on the keyboard is pretty unique.

Of course, one of the bigger highlights of the Aspire V Nitro Black is the inclusion of Intel's latest RealSense camera array, which works just as well with Windows Hello as you'd expect. You're not lacking for ports either, as the Aspire V Nitro Black comes packed with 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB Type-C port, 1 USB 2.0 port, HDMI out and an ethernet port that folds up when not needed.

The Aspire V Nitro Black Nitro Black will be available at some point in February starting at a price of $1,099.

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  • Nice thing, saw it this monday, ofcourse the previous gen. It was thinner then i expected. 
  • Why include a USB 2.0 connection? Isn't 3.0 backwards compatible? Are the 3.0 connections that much more expensive? Now the consumer is limited to plugging 3.0 devices on the right hand side, hindering flexibility.
  • If I had to guess...I would say that it is a motherboard limitation.  I do not design hardware, but I'd have to guess that there are some physical limitations where they couldn't quite get the board to 'cable' enough on the left hand side to include all it needs for 3.0? This is similar to how my V5 is set up (2012 model).  I have 2 USB 2.0s and 1 USB 3.0...  I can't imagine it is the cost of the physical port itself because the cost of scale for two parts would have to be worse than 1 of either.
  • Seems logical enough. I'll take it.
  • Does it have touch?
  • I don't believe, although I can't yet say with 100% certainty, that the screen is touch capable. I ordered one Sunday (the latest version that's currently available), from, and UPS is supposed to be delivering it, today. I can report back later if mine is touch capable (like I said, I don't believe they are, and I've no reason to believe this new version being reported here will have a different screen - but, I could be wrong). Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I'm 99% certain it's not touch enabled. Neither the last generation nor this one.
  • There's a touch version on the Microsoft store site, search "nitro" in the search box. I'm not sure it's the same as this new Black edition though.
  • The last model seemed to be pretty good value. What do you guys think of this one?
  • I can't help it...... It's either unique or it's not, there's no 'Pretty unique'.
  • It's pretty and unique, why can't it be? ;)
  • I really like the look of this laptop. The design is understated and premium, and its specs are solid. I might save up for this one.