Conclusion: From its size to its screen to its double-identity touch-pad/remote, the Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9600 is one impressive beast. It has the performance to satisfy all but the most ardent gamers, plus the multimedia chops to please just about anyone. If you're in the market for a big-screen laptop for general media use and light-to-moderate gaming, this is a strong machine with a few surprises.
Pros: Packed with features, Slick combo touch pad/remote, Huge 1080p screen, Decent 3D-gaming abilities, Surprising battery life
Summary: The Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G is a devastatingly capable multimedia laptop. It won't suit everybody, due to the huge dimensions and heavy weight, but it really is a powerful, well made choice with a fantastic screen. If a big screen is necessary, it's more than worth a look.
Summary: There's a good deal of technology located within the cavernous chassis of the Aspire Ethos and it makes for a very powerful and versatile desktop replacement computer. We like its keyboard and the amount of connectivity that's on offer (including dual-band Wi-Fi), but we wish the screen wasn't so glossy and that the touchpad didn't feel so resistive. That said, you can always plug in your own mouse and monitor if you want.
Summary: The Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G has some things going for it: a full HD screen, Blu-ray playback, solid sound, and a unique removable touchpad. It's a good choice for those who crave the largest screen possible. If you can live with a 17-inch screen, the similarly-priced HP Pavilion dv7t Quad Edition offers much stronger overall performance due to its SSD and 7,200-rpm hard drive, though it lacks Blu-ray.
Pros: Strong performance, Quality HD webcam, Touchpad doubles as remote, Long battery life
Cons: Touchpadremote has limited range requires learning curve, Slow hard drive, Limited viewing angles
Conclusion: The Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G notebook is a worthy contender for your dollars if you're looking to replace your desktop PC with something slightly more compact and portable than an all-in-one PC and also capable of delivering a high-end multimedia experience. Retail pricing for the 18.4-inch 8951G is $1599 while the smaller 15.6-inch 5951G model comes in at $1499. At those prices, you are getting a lot of notebook for your money.
Excerpt: When it comes to unique laptop design, Acer is no slouch. From super-slim ultrabooks to multimedia powerhouses, the Taiwanese company that was acquired by Gateway has been cranking out laptops like crazy. That said, the company's Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9630 breaks the mold.
A massive notebook with quad-core processing, an SSD system drive and expandable to 16GB of RAM
Good Gear Guide.au
30 August 2011
Excerpt: The Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G (8951G-2638G87Wlkk to be specific) is a behemoth of a notebook that's perfect as a desktop replacement. It has an 18.4in, Full HD screen, a comfortable backlit keyboard and its guts are full of Intel Core i7 quad-core goodness. It's a computer that can be used for anything, including gaming, and it has a strong focus on multimedia.
Pros: Performance, SSD + hard drive, Easily upgradable
Cons: Touchpad is a drag, No dedicated volume buttons, Glossy screen