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CES 2021: Acer notebooks get AMD, Intel and Nvidia refresh

CES 2021: Acer notebooks get AMD, Intel and Nvidia refresh

Acer Predator Triton 300 SE

Acer was the latest PC maker at CES 2021 to announce hardware refreshes for its gaming notebooks. The most eye-catching of the Acer laptops revealed is arguably the Predator Triton 300 SE, a portable gaming notebook with Intel's latest 11th gen H-Series processor and Nvidia's new GeForce RTX 3060 graphics chip. Like many PC makers this year, Acer will use AMD's just-announced Ryzen 5000 Series mobile chips in several of its latest notebooks.

In a nutshell

  • 14-inch Acer Predator Triton 300 SE with 144Hz screen
  • Predator Helios 300 refreshed with Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
  • New 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch Nitro 5 notebooks get AMD Ryzen 5000 chips and Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 graphics
  • New Aspire 5 and Aspire 7 models with AMD Ryzen 5000 chips
  • No local pricing and availability yet

At around 1.7kg, the thin-and-light 14-inch Acer Predator Triton 300 SE is ideal for gamers on the go. Its GeForce RTX 3060 graphics offers more than adequate horsepower, especially given the laptop's full-HD, 144Hz screen. When not used for gaming, Acer says the Triton's battery can last up to 10 hours.

Acer's mainstream Nitro 5 series gets new AMD-powered models using the latest Ryzen 5000 mobile chips. Available in 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch sizes, these notebooks can be configured with up to an Ryzen 9 5900 HX and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 for a “no-compromises gaming experience”. Users can also choose between 360Hz full-HD and 165Hz QHD screens. Meanwhile, the Intel-based Nitro 5 laptops have been refreshed with the new 11th gen Intel H35-Series processors. The more affordable notebooks in the lineup use Nvidia's lower-end GTX 1650 graphics, while the top models will come with the RTX 3080.

Acer Nitro 5
Acer's Nitro 5 gaming notebooks. Credit: Acer
Acer Aspire 5
Acer's new Aspire 5 notebook uses AMD Ryzen 5000 Series mobile processors. Credit: Acer

AMD's new Ryzen 5000 Series mobile chips will power Acer's new 15.6-inch Aspire 5 and Aspire 7 models. The Aspire 7 lineup is targeted at power users, thanks to its GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, while the more affordable Aspire 5 models rely on integrated AMD graphics.

Besides notebooks, Acer also launched three gaming monitors, including a 27-inch model with a 275Hz refresh rate (Predator XB273U NX) and a 31.5-inch Nvidia G-Sync compatible 4K display (Predator XB323QK NV). Finally, there was a new AMD-powered 14-inch Chromebook 2-in-1 convertible, the Acer Chromebook Spin 514. It is Acer's first Chromebook to use an AMD processor.

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