Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-730V

The Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-730V (Black Edition) is a spectacular gaming laptop with enough features to make it stand out from the crowd, as well as powerful specs to guarantee a smooth gaming experience.

The Acer features an Intel Core i7-4720 processor, and although it’s not the most recent iteration of the legendary i7 series, it’s still very potent, clocking a great CPU benchmark. It remains one of the top 20 fastest mobile processors to date. With 6MB of cache, even the most recent and most demanding games will run on this monster machine without any issues. However, having such a powerful CPU means compromising battery life: at 47W Thermal Design Power, this thing will heat fast and will require fans working overtime during game play or other intensive activities. Fortunately, the Acer V17 Nitro comes with dual fans, one for the CPU and one for the GPU to dissipate heat more efficiently at the cost of noise increase some users report. Also, Acer introduced DustDefender, a technology that reverses the fan rotation every three hours to avoid dust build up and vastly increase the time intervals between cleaning the air vents. Another helpful feature to address the issues we’ve mentioned above is the CoolBoost technology: it greatly increases both fan units rotational speeds during heavy use in order to avoid latencies due to thermal fatigue.

The laptop also comes with a good amount of system memory installed: 16GB of RAM. It isn’t user upgradeable, but you likely won’t need more of it. 16GB is enough to render advanced graphics and edit special effects without waiting an eternity, so while gaming you won’t have any issues with it being insufficient. Storage-wise, the Acer comes with great specs as well: a 1TB Hard Disk Drive for storage and a hefty 256 GB SATA III Solid State Drive for your operating sysyem and programs or games that require fast access times. This laptop will boot in seconds and run everything almost instantaneously thanks to this incredible CPU – RAM – SSD trifecta.

The graphics card, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, although having 4GB of DDR5 GRAM, doesn’t perform so well in benchmark tests. See the benchmark results here, compared with other video cards. It’s a bit disappointing they’ve decided to fit this graphics card, considering all the other specs. However, the GTX 860M will play most games at good framerates, even while setting the details to high, though we expect to lose its edge in the coming months/year.The 17.3 inches LED screen is good, but nothing out of the ordinary: good viewing angles thanks to IPS, good brightness and full HD resolution. Four speakers with Dolby Sound complete the audio/video experience. One thing that we and most users liked is the quality of the materials Acer used for the chassis of this laptop: soft touch Nano Imprint Lithography gives a nice, soft and comfy feel to the cover when touched.

Technical Specifications



Product Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-730V
Details Click to find out more on Amazon
PROCESSOR
CPU Name Intel Core i7-4720HQ
CPU Type Quad Core
CPU Speed 2.6 GHz up to 3.6 GHz (turbo)
Chipset Haswell
CPU Cache 6MB L3 Cache
SYSTEM MEMORY
Installed Memory 16 GB
Maximum Memory 16 GB
Memory Type DDR3L SDRAM
Total Memory Slots 2 slots
STORAGE
Storage Capacity 1 TB + 256 GB
Storage Type HDD + SSD
Storage Technology Serial ATA HDD + Seriarl ATA/600 SSD
DISPLAY
Screen Size 17.3″
Screen Type Active Matrix TFT LCD
Screen Technology ComfyView IPS
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Touchscreen No
GRAPHICS
Graphics Processing Unit NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
Graphic Card Type Dedicated
Graphics Memory 4 GB GDDR5
AUDIO & VIDEO
Audio Technology Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater
Speakers 4 speakers
Webcam Yes
NETWORK AND COMMUNICATION
Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11ac
Ethernet Gigabit
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
INTERFACE
USB Ports 2 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
Sleep-and-Charge USB Unknown
HDMI Yes
VGA No
Headphone/Mic Audio Combo
Multi Card Slot SD Card Reader
LAN (RJ45) Yes
INPUT DEVICES
Touch Pad / Track Pad TouchPad
Number of Keys 104 (Full Keyboard)
Backlit Keyboard Yes
BATTERY
Battery Type 3 Cell Lithium Ion
Battery Capacity 4450 mAh
Maximum Battery Life Up to 4 hours
Other Features 8x DVD Drive
Operating System Windows 8.1
Dimensions (W x D x H) 16.7″ x 11.6″ x 1″
Weight 6.61 pounds
Warranty 1-Year Parts and Labor

Scores


90% Complete
65% Complete
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Pros:

  • Good CPU, RAM and HDD + SSD combo
  • Dual fans, anti dust buildup technology
  • Good build quality
  • Backlit keyboard

Cons:

  • GPU could have been better
  • Heavy (6.6 pounds)
  • Poor battery life

 

While there aren’t many cons, and two of those are understandable since we’re talking about a gaming laptop, the Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-730V remains a very good device with high quality hardware. It’s not that portable, the screen is big and it’s heavy, but if you want a reliable gaming machine, the Acer is a viable option to consider.


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