Acer Updates V Nitro Black Series with GeForce 960Mby Jarred Walton on March 12, 2015 3:23 PM EST
Like many OEMs Acer is updating their mainstream gaming notebooks with NVIDIA’s new GeForce GTX 960M mobile GPU. The V Nitro Black series is currently Acer’s highest performance gaming notebook line, with 15.6” V15 and 17.3” V17 models featuring a variety of components including 4K displays on the V15, SSDs, and of course the GTX 960M. The processors are still Intel’s 4th Generation Haswell parts (i7-4710HQ), and other features include 802.11ac WiFi and up to 16GB RAM.
Acer specifically mentions the 15.6” VN7-591G-729V and the 17.3” VN7-791G-79RV in their press release, though they didn’t list full details or pricing, only that both will feature the GTX 960M. The V17 models will be limited to 1080p displays (hopefully all IPS, though this isn’t specifically mentioned), and they also include Intel’s RealSense 3D camera and a new DustDefender fan design that uses a high-speed fan with thin metal blades to remove dust build-up, improve heat dissipation and minimize noise.
The 591G and 791G should be available this month from Newegg and other resellers with pricing starting at $1099, including the GTX 960M. I expect pricing on models with 256GB SSDs to be in the $1300 range, with the 4K V15 and 256GB SSD model going for around $1500.
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Meaker10 - Thursday, March 12, 2015 - linkShock story as Acer continues to put same chip in the same machine!
This rubbish is why Acer is dying a slow death, it used to be they offered 1 or two notches from top in performance for a decent price.
They should be making 15" machines with the 965M or even 970M in them.
When you can make a Core 2 duo era machine (their last of the MXM machines they made) as fast as the current machines in gaming it's just sad.
Kutark - Thursday, March 12, 2015 - linkRubbish? I did literally months of research before buying my most recent laptop. In the past i've owned high end clevos and Asus gaming laptops. This Acer is EASILY the happiest and best purchase on a laptop ive made in the past 15 years. EASILY. The build quality is fantastic, the screen is amazing, it was relatively cheap (about $1350 with IPS, 860m, 16gb RAM, 256gb SSD), it runs so SO much quiter and cooler than my previous clevo. And its barely over an inch thick.
Acer generally was a bad choice, but this laptop is an underground hit, and if people would pull their heads out of their asses they would be getting a smoking good deal. Comparing this with my friends 2014 asus g550 it was close to if not better in some areas in build quality, and had a far better screen, was cooler running and quieter.
I literally could not be happier with this purchase and its been ~4months and that feeling hasnt changed.
Meaker10 - Thursday, March 12, 2015 - linkYou see, $1350 is way too much for an 860M machine, sorry. The 860M is a lower performing energy efficient chip, it's easy to cool which is fine but lets not get too excited over doing so quietly.
Kutark - Thursday, March 12, 2015 - linkShow me a laptop that has a 870m in it for less than $1600 US. Doesn't exist. Also, the ones that do have 870m either ran stupidly hot (like the MSI's and Asus) or had to be REALLY thick and heavy, i.e. almost 2" thick and 9-10 lbs, instead of 5-6lbs.
This Acer is thin, reasonably light, has an excellent IPS 1080p screen, dual fan cooling in the 17" model, etc. I know you guys have perfectly good reason to believe Acer makes garbage, because in the past they have, but I 100% assure if you if you had a chance to actually handle this laptop in person you would change your mind real quick.
I'm really not kidding when i say the only laptop ive handled that has markedly better build quality is a MBP. The Asus's are nice, and they're roughly equivalent, but they run so much hotter and have terrible keyboards.
You should really go read some professional reviews. They all love it. The biggest complaint is the battery life. Which, for some people is a valid concern, i personally always have it plugged in, i almost never use it with just the battery, so battery life wasn't a particular concern for me. The Asus did fair better in that respect.
chetdnanawww - Thursday, March 12, 2015 - linkHow about one with a 970m for $1460? Spend another $100 on 250gb SSD of your choice and your there with a 1 TB HDD to boot (so puny). Weighs 5 pounds, has 75 wh battery, dual fan cooling, IPS screen. Seems to tick all the boxes.
Kutark - Friday, March 13, 2015 - linkUnfortunately that wasnt available when i bought mine, looks like a great option, course, to get it with 16gb is another ~80 bucks, adding a 250gb ssd is another ~150, so really its more like 1670, compared to 1350 is what i spent, so, paying 300 extra roughly for the 970.
xeroshadow - Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - linkI'll show you another. Amazon and Newegg are selling the same model for the same price. http://amazon.com/G751JT-CH71-17-3-Inch-GeForce-GT...
Newegg is out of stock and third parties are selling it for more but the base model was $1499. 1080p screen that is IPS, 1TB mechanical hard drive, a 970m video card, 16GB of RAM, etc. You get the idea. Only thing you would pay extra for is an SSD. They do exist...the laptops that is not aliens.
Kutark - Thursday, March 12, 2015 - linkAlso i forgot to mention, most other laptops that are roughly the same thickness as this have more issues cooling the 860m. While you are correct its a lower power part its not an 850, its still a proper gaming part. I run Diablo 3 at max settings with 4x AA and it rarely drops below 60fps. Just as a point of reference. Yeah, you're not gonna run Far Cry 3 at max settings at a high framerate, but to get that level of gaming in laptops you have to go with 10lb 2" thick beasts that can properly cool 870m and 880m's, etc.
If you look at the Asus and what not, they cool it ok, but they get can get uncomfortably warm after long periods of gaming, under the WASD keys. All the reviews i read prior to purchasing indicated (in the 17" version) that this didnt happen, and so far my own use has supported that.
I promise you i did extensive research when i bought this. For my particular needs it was a great choice, Asus may be better for people who use it with the battery more, or prefer the styling, etc. But this really is a good laptop, its the complete trash acer usually releases.
sabot00 - Thursday, March 12, 2015 - linkYou could have gotten a better deal with the Lenovo Y50. http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/lenovo/y-seri...
$1000 gets you a i7-4720, 860M, 16GB, and you can add a 250GB Samsung EVO 850 yourself for $100. Saves $250.
Or you could go for the cheapest model and upgraded both RAM and SSD yourself and saved even more.
Kutark - Thursday, March 12, 2015 - linkThe Y50 has quite literally the worst screen you can get on a laptop. Its a cheap POS chaimei screen. Seriously, its bad even by TN standards (53% of sRGB, had a bad yellow tint even after color calibrating, etc). Go look at sites like xoticpc.com and the customize options for it and you'll see right at the top of the list is screen replcements.