Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G review

  • £1199

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

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While the Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G is certainly a stunningly designed, well equipped and capably performing laptop, at such a large price we can't help but feel that it should have been better.

Despite its high-quality design, glorious HD screen, great usability and suitably future-proofed specification, the fact that you can buy an equally powerful laptop for a third of the price is a tough pill to swallow and is a great hindrance to this otherwise impressive laptop.

If you're seeking one of the best-equipped laptops you can buy and money is no option, then there's a lot to like here, but more cost-conscious consumers can get far more for their money by looking elsewhere.

We liked

With its stunning combination of brushed metal and black plastic, the Acer's huge chassis looks every bit the high-end media centre. Coming as close to matching the quality of Apple's MacBook Pro range as any laptop we've seen, this is a luxurious laptop for the money.

The high-definition resolution and vibrant 18.4-inch screen provides the perfect canvas for enjoying movies via the integrated Blu-ray drive. Brightness, colour and contrast all impress, bringing photos and videos to life and making this a great home entertainment machine.

By packing almost every conceivable feature you can think of into its surprisingly light chassis, the Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G is a great machine to future-proof yourself against the years ahead. If you're after one of the most feature-packed laptops around, this is the one for you.

We disliked

At such a high price, we expected a level of performance to put all other laptops to shame, but the Acer fails to deliver. While there is no doubt that this is a very powerful machine, the fact that equally capable laptops can be bought for a third of the price is a huge blow to its value.

While the Acer's powerful components inevitably need frequent cooling, the constantly running fan on the chassis' left-hand side is a slight irritation. Although it is not the loudest fan we've heard, it does run even when the laptop is sitting idle, which can prove quite distracting.

Verdict

As a stylish, big-screen media centre for enjoying high-definition entertainment, the Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G is a fantastic laptop and effortlessly puts many of its rivals in the shade. At such a high price, however, we expected an equally unbeatable level of performance and, unfortunately, the Acer failed to deliver.

If you're seeking a feature-packed desktop replacement to future-proof you against the years ahead, there's no denying that this is a great laptop to choose – just bear in mind that you can get similar power for far less money.

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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