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Acer launches Aspire V Nitro Black Edition 4K gaming laptop

by Mark Tyson on 4 November 2014, 11:05

Tags: Acer (TPE:2353), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), Windows 8

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Acer has launched a 'black edition' to flesh out its Nitro range of gaming laptops. As you might expect from the moniker, this special edition sits at the top end of what Acer offers to gamers on the go. The headlining features of this newly launched laptop include a 4K IPS screen, an Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor and an Nvidia GTX 860M mobile GPU.

According to CNet Acer's Aspire V Nitro Black Edition laptop is very similar to a couple of others previously released by Lenovo and Toshiba, thereby cementing a high-end 4K laptop trend. However while the components in these laptops might be able to power 4K screens for duties such as productivity and media consumption, your modern 3D games are probably better played at 1080p.

Acer has tried to balance the styling of the Aspire V Nitro Black Edition so as not to be either too flashy or too subdued. However no one seems to have told the marketing copywriter about this, as the YouTube video description boasts; "The Black Edition takes the sexy Aspire V Nitro and throws a supercharger into the mix, creating a muscled monster that jumps off a cliff and shouts 'This is Sparta!'"

Key specs of the Aspire V Nitro Black Edition are as follows:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4710HQ
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 860M
  • Screen: 15.6-inch 3,840x2,160-pixel IPS display
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD/1TB HDD
  • Connections: 3 x USB 3.0, HDMI, SD card reader, headphone jack, HD webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, dual-antenna 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • MSRP: US$1499 (directly converts to £940 or AU$1720)

The Aspire V Nitro Black Edition is released in the US in mid-November and will be available from retailers including Amazon and the Microsoft Store. We don't have any details about launch schedules and pricing for other regions.



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Well at least you can run it natively at 1080p, that's all it's going to be capable of anyway!
WA WA WA WA this is the best acer I have seen so far, it does not have a plastic feeling like the rest!the fans is a good effort and the speakers better off with Sony home theater!
What a stupid idea…a 4K display with a GPU that can't run it?
Am I reading this correctly? A GTX 860M for a 15.6" 4K screen??
They should have put in a GTX 970m at least if they really gamers to play on this at 4k.

But it does look like a nice laptop. And the price is strangely convincing…
Looks pretty damn good. If you want to play games in 4k, don't buy a laptop?? You can't play in 4k at decent quality reliably with a single desktop GPU let alone laptop, so why you'd expect a laptop to manage it is beyond me.

Clearly this is thoughtfully designed to allow increased productivity and a beautifully crisp display for normal work, plus allowing 4k films should you so wish, while letting you play games essentially natively, without dodgy scaling/aliasing effects, at 1080p - which realistically would otherwise be the resolution of this panel.

If you don't like it for some reason, go off and buy one of the dozens of laptops offering a 1080p panel - there's no shortage.