Display Analysis

Acer’s Nitro 5 offers a 1920x1080 15.6-inch display which is an IPS panel, which is great to see. Even though this is a value offering, it would have been disappointing to see a TN display, so well done Acer. That is about where the good qualities of this display end, unfortunately.

Acer Nitro 5 Subpixels with Anti-Glare coating

At 15.6-inches in size, the 1920x1080 resolution does allow you to run 100% scaling without the elements getting too small. That’s a benefit for sure, since you won’t get the artifacts that can still existing when using scaling in Windows 10. There’s been a lot of improvements to the OS to correct this, but not all applications have taken the time to ever deal with it. Luckily that won’t be a concern at 100%.

To test the display we use SpectraCal’s CalMAN suite with a custom workflow. Brightness and contrast readings are taken with the X-Rite i1Display Pro colorimeter, and color readings are taken with the X-Rite i1Pro2 spectrophotometer.

Brightness and Contrast

Display - Max Brightness

Display - Black Levels

Display - Contrast Ratio

The panel on the Nitro 5 doesn’t get particularly bright, topping out at just 246 nits. It also doesn’t get particularly dark either, with a minimum brightness of 16 nits. But both values are likely fine for use indoors on a desk. The black levels are quite good though, leading to a solid contrast ratio of 1258:1 at maximum brightness.


SpectraCal CalMAN

Display - Grayscale Accuracy

Here is where things start to get unravelled for the Nitro 5. The grayscale accuracy is terrible, thanks to the green part of the backlight being far too bright at almost any point in the range. The gamma curve is also well off the 2.2 value expected, falling increasingly under that point starting at around 35% brightness. This means there will be less of a dynamic range between highs and lows as you go towards greater brightness levels.


SpectraCal CalMAN

Display - Gamut Accuracy

Here we can start to see the problems inherent in this display. The greens are the only colors even close to hitting the sRGB gamut, with red well under and blue doing its best impression of Hawaii. The graph ranges had to be adjusted just to see on the chart how far blue is off the mark, and at almost a dE2000 of 25, it is very, very far from where it should be.


SpectraCal CalMAN

Display - Saturation Accuracy

Gamut is the primary and secondary colors at 100% brightness, whereas with the saturation sweep we test with 4-bit steps from 0% to 100%. It’s amazing just how far off the blue levels are, and coupled with the less than amazing reds, the magenta values are also dramatically impacted.

Gretag Macbeth

SpectraCal CalMAN

Display - GMB Accuracy

This graph also needed to have almost all of the charts adjusted to show just how far off the mark the colors are on this display. Considering the less than amazing primary colors, it’s no shock that every single color is pretty much terrible.


SpectraCal CalMAN

This image shows the intended color on the bottom, and the achieved color on the top, so it gives a nice representation of the previous tests. The whites are very green, and the colors are mostly terrible.

Display Conclusion

This display is possibly the least accurate IPS panel we have ever tested. The uncalibrated panel is coupled with a backlight that can’t even come close to covering the entire sRGB spectrum. The Acer Nitro 5 is an entry-level device, and the display is one of the ways they made it to their target price.

GPU Performance Battery Life and Charge Time


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  • zmatt - Friday, February 15, 2019 - link

    Acer ComfyView is the best name for a display ever. Get comfy lads. Reply
  • 29a - Friday, February 15, 2019 - link

    "doing its best impression of Hawaii"

    What does that mean? I've never heard that expression.
  • Midwayman - Friday, February 15, 2019 - link

    I'm guessing its supposed to be "Paint of map of hawaii" Which would sort of make sense, but maybe didn't make it past editorial? Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Saturday, February 16, 2019 - link

    The blue point is off the sRGB gamut triangle, well off to the southwest by itself. So it's like the state of Hawaii; this island far away from the continent.

    It's easier to see in the full size version of that graph: https://images.anandtech.com/doci/13957/Gamut.png

    (It's also a poke at AMD code names)
  • GreenReaper - Monday, February 18, 2019 - link

    I didn't get this either. The best I could come up with was "it's the colour of the ocean near Hawai'i". Reply
  • Fulkrum - Friday, February 15, 2019 - link

    Sorry but you comparing 17 w tdp CPU vs 35-45 w and conclude that it's not that fast but it's not bad. Ridiculous. Reply
  • GreenReaper - Monday, February 18, 2019 - link

    Well . . . it is? They need to work on being able to reliably enable all the power saving features of the chip, though. Could be it's a case of having to flip the kill-bit on that because it resulted in deadlocks. Reply
  • piroroadkill - Friday, February 15, 2019 - link

    Sorry, but Acer will always mean cheap and nasty. Reply
  • Annnonymmous - Friday, February 15, 2019 - link

    I bought one of these and couldn't be happier. It runs dead silent for me (though I don't play a lot of high end games). Also, it runs everything just fine. If you put the settings to medium/high most games will run at 1080/60 I'm sure.

    I added an SSD and a stick of RAM. I admit the screen isn't great, but it's good enough. Also, I plug it into another screen when I'm desktoping.

    Nvidia/Intel run louder/hotter. IMHO. This is a perfect budget gaming laptop.
  • Annnonymmous - Friday, February 15, 2019 - link

    I'm downloading 3Dmark to give results in Dual channel. Will update in a few hours hopefully. Reply

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