There are a wealth of back-to-school deals on laptops, but if they all felt a little tame to you, this Acer Nitro 5 laptop is well worth a look.
A throwback to the slim look of Dell’s XPS or Apple’s MacBooks, the Nitro 5 makes a statement with its red keyboard, angular sides, and full-HD display. It also has power to back it up, making it a very capable laptop for work and play – and you can save $140 (opens in a new tab) (that’s 15% off the MSRP).
If you’re looking for one of the best laptops for coding or programming to take to school or college, this is a great option that won’t break the bank – especially at this discount. And because it’s primarily a gaming laptop, it’ll also fit your downtime, allowing you to squeeze in a few rounds of Fortnite around your studies… Okay, more than a few rounds.
The 1080p display offers a 144Hz refresh rate, meaning it can run games (and any other content you might have) at high refresh rates for smoother movement – and a competitive advantage in some fast-paced shooters .
It’s running Windows 11 straight out of the box and has an insanely powerful NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 inside. With 4GB of VRAM and 8GB of fast DDR4 RAM and superfast storage (512GB), it’s a fast machine that flies through work and lets you retire when the day is done.
In terms of ports, the power cable goes into the back, leaving extra room for three USB-A ports, a USB-C port, and an HDMI connection which means you can share presentations with ease. There’s even an ethernet port with smaller spots for more reliable connectivity, although the patented ‘Killer’ Wi-Fi 6 chipset is also used.
There’s even an option to enable Alexa mode that turns the laptop into an Echo Show, so you can keep an eye on the weather or ask the smart assistant for help with things. All this integrates into a powerful laptop that will help you get through college assignments and also set you up for all night gaming sessions.
User reviews (opens in a new tab) positive, with the laptop receiving high marks for its gaming capabilities, strong Wi-Fi connection, and high refresh rate display, although some have noted that it could do with stronger speakers to make it a better movie watching experience.
If this doesn’t sound like the laptop for you, we’ve got a few guides to help you find the right one. Our best student laptops guide is filled with reviews of the latest and greatest student laptops, and our student laptop deals page has offers to help you find a great deal.