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.
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.