Acer ConceptD 5 Pro (first look)
The new Acer ConceptD 5 Pro is the latest addition to the line. It ticks all the boxes and offers some unique features.
Acer’s ConceptD line of laptops is for creative professionals and power users. It offers supreme performance for running demanding apps and top-quality displays with accurate colour reproduction, all in a portable package.
Acer ConceptD 5 Pro first look
After opening the box, the first thing you’ll notice is the solid build quality and nice materials. Turning on the laptop focuses all your attention on that beautiful display. It has an attractive, understated metal chassis and premium-feeling keyboard.
Screen – Pantone validated
As one of the main selling points of these laptops, the screen is just about unmatched by other laptop models. The ConceptD 5 Pro display is a 16-inch 3K (3072×1920) unit with a 16:10 aspect ratio. This gives you more vertical working space than conventional 16:9 displays. It is also Pantone validated – meaning it passes calibration tests for working with print. What you see on the screen is what you’ll see on paper.
Internally, there’s plenty of power for just about any task you can throw at this machine. The review unit includes an 11th Gen Intel i7, 32GB of memory and a discrete NVIDIA RTX 3060 laptop GPU. Memory is upgradeable to 64GB, and the hard drives come in options of 512GB, 1TB or 2TB.
Lots of expansion
On the sides of the ConceptD 5 Pro, there are plenty of ports for plugging in your peripherals. This includes a dedicated microSD card slot and a full-size Ethernet port for low-latency networking. These are good ports to have and eliminate the need for carrying around extra adapters.
Portability – just
It is a heavyweight at 2.4kg, tiresome if you’re carting it around all day. The power adapter is quite sizeable, too, so you’ll need a proper bag. Weighing that up with this much processing performance on the go is worth it.
Portability is the main reason you’d buy a laptop like this instead of a desktop/. The strong appeal is the ability to create and edit your work wherever you are. The Acer ConceptD 5 Pro has a lot of use cases in the creative industries. It can edit video or photos on location or render rushes on the set to check camera settings.
Using the laptop is a great experience. It has snappy performance, a huge and responsive touchpad, and the screen is an absolute treat.
However, the speakers are tinny, although with good stereo separation for a laptop. Use a nice pair of headphones instead.
It’s easy to recommend the Acer ConceptD 5 Pro to any creative professional. Just remember its weight as that is what you need to take that work on the go. The highly accurate display, high-end processing power, and attractive design all combine to make a fantastic experience.