Study, work and play with this Acer Nitro 5 laptop, now $140 off

There are loads of back-to-school laptop deals out there, but if they all felt a little tame to you, this Acer Nitro 5 laptop is well worth a look.

Eschewing the sleek look of Dell’s XPS or Apple’s MacBook, the Nitro 5 makes a statement with its red keyboard, angled sides and Full HD display. It also has the 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, then this is a fantastic choice that won’t break the bank, especially at this discount. And because it’s primarily a gaming laptop, it’ll be great for your downtime too, letting you get a few rounds of Fortnite around your studies… OK, more than a few rounds .

The 1080p display boasts a 144Hz refresh rate, which means it can run games (and any other content you might have) at high refresh rates for smoother motion – and a competitive edge in some fast-paced shooters.

It runs Windows 11 right out of the box and features an incredibly powerful NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050. With 4GB of VRAM and 8GB of speedy DDR4 RAM and super-fast storage (512GB), it’s a speedy machine that will fly through work and let you relax when the day is done.

On the port side, the power cable plugs into the back, leaving additional room for three USB-A ports, one USB-C port and an HDMI connection, meaning you can share presentations with ease. There’s even a less sharp Ethernet port for more reliable connectivity, although the patented ‘Killer’ Wi-Fi 6 chipset is also used.

There’s even an option to activate an 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. It all comes together in a powerful laptop that will help you complete college tasks and also prepare you for late-night gaming sessions.

User reviews (opens in a new tab) are positive, with the laptop receiving high marks for its gaming capabilities, strong Wi-Fi connection and high refresh rate display, although some noted that it could be useful with more powerful speakers to make it an even better movie watching experience.

If that doesn’t sound like the laptop for you, we’ve got some guides to help you find the right one. Our guide to the best student laptops has reviews of the latest and greatest student laptops, while our student laptop deals page has deals to help you find a bargain.

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