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
Excerpt: Okay, so it might be a few weeks (months?) since we dragged ourselves to the gym, and we obviously need to start going again after heaving the Acer Aspire Ethos 8941G from its box. This behemoth weighs a spine-crushing 4kg, which wasn't good news to our flabby biceps. Certainly a nasty surprise after all the dinky ultraportables we've reviewed recently.
Pros: Vibrant screen, Tons of power, Solid and attractive body
Cons: Speakers and touchpad, Weight, Steep price tag
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.