Mobile PC gaming might seem like a straightforward affair, but it can be difficult to find the right laptop. The thing is, if you’re after top-grade specifications that can match or rival that of desktop computers, portability goes out the window. High-end components will definitely bulk up its form factor and drain the battery faster than normal. Ultimately manufacturers find it a challenge to balance performance and good looks. On the other hand, the new Acer Nitro 7 plans to offer the middle ground that so many consumers are looking for in a gaming laptop.

Before we go further, we just want to remind you that gaming on an ultra-thin laptop is possible with the right gear. However, the caveat is that you need an external GPU dock to boost its graphical requirements. In contrast, a slim gaming-grade laptop carries all that it needs on board. The Nitro series is Acer’s more affordable lineup of notebooks that provide impressive specs. The Nitro 7, in particular, is a 15.6-inch unit that abandons the plastic frame of the Nitro 5. This time, it sports a classy metal chassis that passes for a premium-tier model.

When the display folds down, you end up with a gaming notebook that measures 0.78 inches only. While it might not win awards for being the slimmest, it gets the job done just fine. Also, we love the menacing black brushed metal finish of the exterior. It will pack Intel’s 9th generation Core CPUs, which users can configure when they order, while the GPU details remain scarce. Sources are speculating that it might be the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660. The Acer Nitro 7 will carry a $999 price point for the base model when it comes out

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