Acer Nitro V gaming laptop (i5-4210H, 8GB ram, Geforce GTX 960m, 1TB HDD, 15.6" Full HD IPS screen) - £719.98 @ Laptops Direct
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Acer Nitro V gaming laptop (i5-4210H, 8GB ram, Geforce GTX 960m, 1TB HDD, 15.6" Full HD IPS screen) - £719.98 @ Laptops Direct

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Found 15th Jun 2015
Tired of those Goose chase Medion deals that have you staying up until midnight for out of stock items? Tired of those knackered second hand 5 year old Thinkpads from Ebay? Time for some fun and performance!

Very good price for a mid level gaming laptop.

Don't be put off by the Core i5 - it's a full power dual core 47W CPU that offers the same/similar performance to that of a Haswell i7 "U" processor. The difference between the i5 and i7 in many FPS games isn't that big:
gaminglaptopsjunky.com/i5-…0m/

Fairly decent screen - full HD 1080p IPS panel. Panel could be brighter in my opinion but it's not bad and better many of those washed out TN panels you see on laptops these days.

Graphics performance comes from the Geforce GTX 960m which has only started to appear in laptops within the last couple of months, so it's up to date and offers another 10% or so in performance compared to the 860m whilst using the same 'Maxwell' architecture. It will play modern current / recently released games in medium detail at 1080p. Completely different level of performance compared to integrated graphics.

Keyboard is backlit. The typing action is 'okay' rather than exceptional. I actually find the keys more widely spaced that I'd like but that's personal preference.

The laptop also runs fairly quiet and doesn't have fans that sound like several hairdryers on maximum when you're doing basic tasks.

Obviously, there are more powerful gaming laptops out there but at £720 it's good value for a mid range gaming laptop in terms of the speed and performance it offers.

The same laptop but with a i7-4720HQ CPU is another £130. Up to you whether or not you think the premium is worth it!

i7-4720HQ version £849
amazon.co.uk/gp/…06U

Info about the i5-4210H (it's faster than the i7-3540M):
notebookcheck.net/Int…tml

BE AWARE - not sure if these reviews are representative but this retailer seems to have a reputation for poor customer services
uk.trustpilot.com/rev…net

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Original Poster

Review of this laptop (albeit with the more powerful i7-4720HQ CPU):

laptopmedia.com/rev…ls/

Nice deal for a middling spec gaming laptop. If it's easy to put an SSD it's worth a shout.

Not voting either way, but you can get a 960M laptop with the i7 for £687 at PC Specialist, though that's with a 500GB HDD and no OS. £766 with OS, but you can get that cheaper elsewhere.

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Anyone know what the H stands for I've seen processors with M or U but never seen H before?!

Original Poster

hardstylemw

Anyone know what the H stands for I've seen processors with M or U but … Anyone know what the H stands for I've seen processors with M or U but never seen H before?!



Not entirely sure. I think they're similar to the M CPUs except that they use a different socket (BGA1364 v G3) and have different max TDPs (47W v 37W). It does however, seem to be one of the more powerful of their i5 mobile CPUs with a max TDP equivalent to their i7 quad core CPUs.

http://i.imgur.com/fScXin9.png

Edited by: "Picard123" 15th Jun 2015

Whoever dares to put i5 into gaming machine deserves to be beaten!

nw104hh

Whoever dares to put i5 into gaming machine deserves to be beaten!


Clearly you know more than anyone else.

craigstephens

Clearly you know more than anyone else.



Thank you

nw104hh

Whoever dares to put i5 into gaming machine deserves to be beaten!



troll.....

reality is in a laptop you will struggle to get a graphics card that will max an i5 this seems a pretty well balanced machine

Original Poster

nw104hh

Whoever dares to put i5 into gaming machine deserves to be beaten!



All depends on the particular game. In terms of desktop parts, there doesn't seem to be a huge amount of difference between say an i5-4670k and a i7-4770k in Metro for example....

http://static4.gamespot.com/uploads/ignore_jpg_scale_super/332/3327979/2681933-0318879674-metro.gif

I always thought it was more about quad core v dual core and clock speeds rather than i5 v i7 given the vast number of different i7s out there including i7-Us.....

Heat to this. Price is pretty good in relation to the specs.

The same laptop but with better spec is £20 more from PC world: pcworld.co.uk/gbu…tml

bEENZ1

The same laptop but with better spec is £20 more from PC world: … The same laptop but with better spec is £20 more from PC world: http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/acer-aspire-vn7-591g-15-6-laptop-black-10104730-pdt.html

this one has a860m gfx card

http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/images/V-Nitro_Mid-Ports.jpg

Picard123

All depends on the particular game. In terms of desktop parts, there … All depends on the particular game. In terms of desktop parts, there doesn't seem to be a huge amount of difference between say an i5-4670k and a i7-4770k in Metro for example....I always thought it was more about quad core v dual core and clock speeds rather than i5 v i7 given the vast number of different i7s out there including i7-Us.....


Those are desktop CPU results. This won't even come close in terms of speed.

hardstylemw

Anyone know what the H stands for I've seen processors with M or U but … Anyone know what the H stands for I've seen processors with M or U but never seen H before?!


Haswell, probably.

This only has a dual core, HQ would indicate quad.

This laptop or the Asus g551?

Original Poster

Here's another alternative for £700. Not familiar with this brand but I understand that they're built by Box Ltd and based on the Clevo barebone laptops.

saveonlaptops.co.uk/CB-…tml

Very slightly slower GPU but faster CPU (basically a quad core i7)

Original Poster

Ozziecane

This laptop or the Asus g551?



If they were the same price, I'd go the G551 as it has a more powerful quad core CPU even if it has a slightly slower 860m. However, given that the G551 is about £800, it's up to you as whether you'd want to pay the extra.

Picard123

If they were the same price, I'd go the G551 as it has a more powerful … If they were the same price, I'd go the G551 as it has a more powerful quad core CPU even if it has a slightly slower 860m. However, given that the G551 is about £800, it's up to you as whether you'd want to pay the extra.




Well it's 750 where I would buy it from but I'm just stuck to which one to get, what other difference is here except the better processor in the g551, is there anything better on this laptop than the g551?

Original Poster

Ozziecane

Well it's 750 where I would buy it from but I'm just stuck to which one … Well it's 750 where I would buy it from but I'm just stuck to which one to get, what other difference is here except the better processor in the g551, is there anything better on this laptop than the g551?



If it's £750, the G551 is a no brainer. The Acer is lighter and slightly thinner (and probably quieter) too but that's about it IMO.

Ebuyer: ebuyer.com/696…97h

Edited by: "Picard123" 18th Jun 2015

Picard123

If it's £750, the G551 is a no brainer. The Acer is lighter and slightly … If it's £750, the G551 is a no brainer. The Acer is lighter and slightly thinner (and probably quieter) too but that's about it IMO.Ebuyer: http://www.ebuyer.com/696590-asus-g551jm-gaming-laptop-g551jm-dm197h


Okay thanks, I can't decide from different laptops so this is off the list haha

Sorry I'm not an expert so need help, isn't the g551 with an older graphic card. And how much is that of a factor as compared to higher processor speed when it comes to gaming. Thnx

Isn't the g551 with a slightly older graphic card?

Original Poster

hitandrun3d

Sorry I'm not an expert so need help, isn't the g551 with an older … Sorry I'm not an expert so need help, isn't the g551 with an older graphic card. And how much is that of a factor as compared to higher processor speed when it comes to gaming. Thnx



hitandrun3d

Sorry I'm not an expert so need help, isn't the g551 with an older … Sorry I'm not an expert so need help, isn't the g551 with an older graphic card. And how much is that of a factor as compared to higher processor speed when it comes to gaming. Thnx



hitandrun3d

Isn't the g551 with a slightly older graphic card?



Without going into tons of detail, it's virtually the same chip ie Maxwell but with a slight mhz speed bump and a name change. Most benchmarks have it up to ~ 10% faster than the 860m which is useful but not massive. For the same price (or £30 more), personally I'd go for the quad core CPU over the slightly slower GPU but that's me. Besides, once Nvidia released their non-locked drivers, I suspect that you should be able to overclock the 860m to 960m levels.

laptopmedia.com/rev…12/

gpuboss.com/gpu…60M

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A1RN

Might as well get a quad core if you're going for this form factor, this … Might as well get a quad core if you're going for this form factor, this spec with dual core can usually be had for a lot less than this.



What would you recommend then?

djdope

this one has a860m gfx card



​and has 13"
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