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Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9630 review

Big and powerful, this desktop replacement is no joke

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Processor Core : Quad-core

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For

  • Powerful as many desktops
  • Beautiful 18-inch 1080p display
  • Full-size keyboard
  • Reasonably priced

Against

  • Big and heavy
  • Removable touchpad is quirky
  • Poor battery life

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.

Not so much a portable, this model is more transportable - meaning it's more like a desktop that's easy to move. Because of its size, you won't want to bring this along on business trips or even to the local cafe. But we'll get back to that.

With its large, 18-inch 1080p display we expected this machine to be great with multimedia. But the design touch that was most intriguing is the removable touchpad that also doubles as a wireless media controller.

Touchpad meets media remote

Using a slider on the front of the laptop, you release the touchpad. Once you pop it out, the touchpad acts as a media remote.

The problem with it though, is that the touchpad, was quirky when connected to the laptop. And, it was even more quirky when being used as a media remote.

What's worse, is that the media controls on the remote are designed to use Acer's proprietary Clear-Fi technology.

While that's all well and good, we don't necessarily use media that's stored locally. Rather, we use Hulu+, Netflix, Pandora and Zune (which does store media locally but it's designed to work with Microsoft's Zune player).

The media control buttons on the remote control don't work with these applications. So seeing these cool-looking backlit buttons is more like cool technology that we just can't use.

However, criticisms of the media remote and Clear-Fi aside, the Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9630 is a formidable desktop replacement that at around $1,499 is a great machine for anyone who's computing needs require power but aren't necessarily wedded to the idea of a cumbersome desktop rig.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity750 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturernVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 555M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Maximum Battery Run Time5.50 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
Solid State Drive Capacity120 GB
FireWire/i.LINKYes
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyAspire 8951G
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-2670QM
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size46.7 cm (18.4")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory16 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.80 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM65 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots4
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 2 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0 + HS
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height38.4 mm
Width440 mm
Depth295 mm
Screen ModeHD 1080
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series8951G
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelAS8951G-2671687Mnkk
Product NameAspire AS8951G-2671687Mnkk Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.RJ202.157
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Acer's Aspire Series offers a diverse range of notebooks with the performance, graphics and communication tools to maximize your digital entertainment, complete your daily tasks, and keep you in touch with friends and family, whether you're at home or on the go.

Maximum Memory16 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire AS8951G-2671687Mnkk Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year