A couple of years ago, I got really excited for an all-AMD gaming laptop from Lenovo, but that fizzled out when they took several wrong turns which resulted in an unappealing product. ASUS did their thing with the ROG Strix GL702ZC, but it’s unwieldy and a tremendous battery hog.
Late last year, AMD put the laptop issue to rest when they officially announced Raven Ridge, a new family of Ryzen-based APUs with Vega graphics inside, along with mobile variants suited for low-power use. At the time, the accompanying announcements from HP, Dell and ACER weren’t all that inspiring to the mid-range gaming segment.
Thankfully, Acer’s finally thrown their hat in the ring and announced a new variant of the Nitro 5, an all-AMD gaming notebook for the mid-range market, and I think I can finally allow myself to get excited again.