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: 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.
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
27 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
Summary: Anyone whose mouth moistened at the recent news of Intel's $300m slush fund to help produce MacBook Air-style ‘ultrabooks’ can look away now. Acer’s latest luxury laptop, the Aspire Ethos 8951G, is a throwback to a more indulgent age. It's unapologetically out of step with the voguish preference for thin. It has to be.
Excerpt: Неприметный на первый взгляд однотонный черный корпус хорошо впишется в любую обстановку, матовая подставка для рук не даст отпечаткам пальцев остаться на ноутбуке, а глянцевый тачпад и разноцветные диоды, отвечающие за отображение состояния компьютера, прекрасно дополняют эстетичный внешний вид Ethos 8951G.