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Acer's Nitro 5 gaming laptop now packs a six-core Intel processor

Portable gaming just became more practical.

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Acer's Nitro 5 gaming laptop has never been particularly remarkable outside of its price, but you might have reason to sit up and take notice after today. The PC builder is launching a version of the 15.6-inch portable with options for shiny new six-core Intel Core i7+ processors. If you're playing CPU-heavy games or need some extra power for video editing, this might fit the bill without crushing your bank account.

Beyond that, the design is familiar -- although that's not entirely a bad thing. There's both Intel Optane memory and NVMe-based solid-state storage (up to 512GB) to speed up load times, and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics give you a modest amount of power for 3D games.

The refreshed Nitro 5 hits North America in May at $749 (€799 in Europe), although it's safe to say you won't be getting a Core i7+ at that price when there are more pedestrian processor options (including regular Core i7 chips) available. Regardless, this might reach your short list if you're looking for a down-to-Earth gaming machine with a little more power than usual.

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