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
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.
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 18-inch Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G is a huge multimedia powerhouse laptop with a unique removable touch-pad remote control. It's a clever idea, but one that might be ahead of its time.
Pros: The Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G has a huge 1080p 18-inch display, and gets points for inventiveness for its detachable touch-pad remote control. Battery life was also excellent for such a large laptop.
Cons: While it's a clever idea, the pop-out touch pad was frustrating to use at times.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: For all the features hidden inside, it's the screen on the Aspire Ethos 8951G which really stands out. Measuring in at 18.4 inches, it makes this laptop one of the largest currently on sale, and it's a fantastic proposition if you want to watch movies or carry out intensive photo or video work. The screen features a high-definition 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution, and HD movies look glorious. Previous high-end Acer Aspires offered outstanding colour reproduction, and the...
Cons: The Aspire Ethos 8951G may be a laptop in name and design, but it's definitely a breed apart when it comes to portability. Weighing 4.2kg, it's a lot heavier and bulkier than most machines, and we wouldn't want to carry it much further than the next room.
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: Touchpad/remote has limited range, requires learning curve, Slow hard drive, Limited viewing angles
Summary: Surround system. The new 18 inch flagship comes with the quad core processor, Intel Core i7-2630QM, and the Nvidia GeForce GT 555M graphics solution. Not only are the 16 GB RAM and the installed speedy SSD striking, but the touchpad as well. It can be removed and used as a remote control. The steep price for the notebook: 1699 euros.
Pros: Good application performance, Removable touchpad, Fast SSD, USB 3.0 & Bluetooth 3.0 +HS, We especially liked the 5.1 speaker arrangement in the test.
Cons: Weak display, CPU with Turbo problems, High temperature development, No GDDR5 VRAM, A proper display would enhance the Acer Aspire 8951G considerably.
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
28 August 2011
Summary: It may be huge, but the Aspire Ethos houses plenty of good stuff, including a quad-core Core i7 CPU and a solid state drive, and it supports up to 16GB of RAM. It even has a nifty innovation: its touchpad is removable and doubles as a specific media remote. All up, a good option for anyone after a powerful desktop replacement.
Pros: Performance, SSD + hard drive, Easily upgradable
Cons: Touchpad is a drag, No dedicated volume buttons, Glossy screen