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Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G review

A feature-packed, high-end media centre but performance falls short of expectations

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1920 x 1080
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Stunning high-quality design
  • Glorious high-definition screen
  • Feature-packed specification
  • Great usability
  • Impressive, cutting-edge performance

Against

  • Not as powerful as the price would suggest
  • Cooling fan runs far too frequently

While Acer has yet to become a high-street name in the UK, the Taiwanese manufacturer currently sits atop the European PC market, fending off strong competition from the likes of Dell and HP.

Offering a range of high-quality laptops at all price points, the Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G is its flagship high-end media centre and combines stunning design quality, cutting-edge performance and high-definition compatibility, making it ideal for the whole family.

Designed in a similar vein to the Toshiba Qosmio X500-128 and Sony VAIO VPC-F12M0E/B this huge, 18.4-inch Blu-ray-equipped powerhouse has been carefully built to provide the most bang for your buck.

Fitted with almost every conceivable technology currently available in the laptop market, this feature-packed desktop replacement is by far one of the best-equipped laptops you can buy.

At almost £2000, this is not a laptop for everyone, though, and our expectations were very high at that price. So, does the Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G justify its eye-watering price tag and live up to its lofty goals?

Unfortunately, results are mixed and while this cutting-edge laptop is certainly one of the best multimedia machines you can buy, it falls somewhat short of expectations, making the extravagant price a little hard to swallow.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity1.28 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 5850
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Maximum Battery Run Time3 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
eSATAYes
FireWire/i.LINKYes
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAspire 8943
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-740QM
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed1.73 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size46.7 cm (18.4")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory16 GB
Weight (Approximate)4.60 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots4
Optical Media SupportedBD-R/RE
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports5
Height43.8 mm
Width440 mm
Depth295 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series8943
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelAS8943G-774161.28TWnss
Product NameAspire AS8943G-774161.28TWnss Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.PUG02.027
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

The handsome 18.4" Aspire 8943G is a first-class multimedia center that delivers the ultimate high-definition personal-theater experience. Movies played on Blu-ray Disc shine with razor-sharp visuals, accompanied by eloquent Dolby surround sound. Behind the curtain is a top-of-the-line Intel Core i7 processor running the show, while encore-deserving usability technologies put you in the director's chair.

Maximum Memory16 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire AS8943G-774161.28TWnss Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year