Meet Acer’s new 4K Ultra HD Gaming Laptop, the Aspire V Nitro Black Notebook

by on November 3, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – November 3, 2014

One more PC machine has entered the growing lineup of ultra HD gaming computers, this time in the form of yet another laptop.

Acer is another member of a still small group of companies that are all actively developing and releasing new laptops and desktop PCs with 4K resolution built into them. In this case, the newly released machine is called the Aspire V Black Edition.

It it presents a very powerful little UHD package that the company claims is good enough for the rigorous needs of gaming in 4K and not just the less processor intensive needs of UHD graphics display.

So what does the new Aspire V Black offer consumers? Well aside from the obvious feature of an Ultra HD 4K 3840 x 2160 pixel 15.6 inch screen, it also includes a high powered CPU, a serious, game-worthy graphics card and an overall design that comes with very little of the typical design flashiness of other 4K gaming laptops and PCs in general.

Specifically, the new Aspire V is available in both 4K and Full HD versions, depending on your budget. The 4K edition comes with a Intel Core i7 processor, a Nvidia GeForce 860M GPU, 16 GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD hard drive paired with a 1TB HDD storage memory.

In many respects, the new Aspire V is very similar to competitor 4K laptops such as the Lenovo Y50 and Toshiba Satellite P50t. The Lenovo model in particular shares almost all of the same features as Acer’s new 4K notebook. On the other hand, the Toshiba 4K laptop uses an AMD Radeon R9 GPU instead of Nvidia’s more gaming oriented graphics cards.

One problem that the Aspire V shares with the Y50 and Satellite P50t is the fact that despite the proclamation of 4K gaming worthiness, its GPU isn’t actually quite powerful enough for any really graphics intensive games at high detail settings.

Competitor models like the Lenovo Y50 offer similar specs and 4K resolution

Competitor models like the Lenovo Y50 offer similar specs and 4K resolution

Quite simply, the Nvidia 860 GeForce chip, much like its AMD Radeon R9 counterpart, is not quite strong enough to really push along full 4K graphics at smooth 60 Hz speeds. Instead 4K gamers can’t really expect more than 30 frames per second, which isn’t smooth enough for a genuinely high quality UHD gaming experience.

More commonly gamers really get Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel gaming that’s been augmented nicely by a 4K screen. Full blown 4k gaming with Nvidia’s GeForce 860 chips can usually only be done if in-game detail levels get pushed way down to their lowest settings.

Customers who want the new Aspire V Black to have enough GPU power to actually let the 4K game graphics flow at full speed would have to switch the built-in GeForce 860 graphics card for a more powerful (and expensive) Nvidia 980M GPU series.

In practical terms, the Aspire V Black as it’s sold in stores is much more of an ideal laptop for graphics design professionals and others who would love 4K resolution but don’t need it to process action packed PC gaming. Also, the Aspire V scales the Windows OS elements on the screen properly, which is also good to see in a 15.6 inch display.

Even the laptop’s highly subdued exterior design seems more geared towards this. This new notebook is not a flashy looking machine. Except for the red lighting that glows behind the keyboard, it could easily pass for a business laptop in every other sense.

The Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition will be available on sale in the U.S through numerous online retailers as of mid-November. The suggested retail price is expected to be $1,499 for the 4K screen version.

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