Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G review

An excellent home entertainment laptop with a detachable remote

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Acer aspire ethos 8951g

Since the Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G is a multimedia machine at heart, we were keen to test out the huge 18.4-inch screen by kicking back with a sack of Blu-rays and a vat of popcorn.

That's right, we said Blu-rays, not crummy old DVDs. Acer has included Sony's HD technology so you can enjoy films the way they're meant to be seen, with ultra-crisp visuals.

Of course, you can still play DVDs on the drive, so you don't need to part with your collection just yet.

The Ethos 8951G's display features a sharp 1920 x 1080 WUXGA resolution, making it perfect for taking in Full HD 1080p movies and shows.

HD films really do look amazing on this machine. Contrast levels are excellent, blacks actually look black, as opposed to grey, and colours are rich and vibrant.

Viewing angles aren't too bad either, so you can happily enjoy a movie with your family, spread out on the sofa. You don't even have to get up thanks to the detachable touchpad/remote control.

A good chunk of space above the keyboard is dedicated to the built-in speakers. Although laptop speakers are usually as powerful as a gnat's fart, we were expecting great things from the Ethos 8951G. Those expectations were sadly dashed on the rocky plateau of disappointment.

The sound quality is fine, but there's a serious lack of power. Even on top volume, we were straining to hear over ambient office noise.

This is especially disappointing considering how powerful the Dell XPS 15z's speakers were. If you want to truly enjoy a movie or some bass-heavy music, you'll definitely want to attach some USB speakers.

Those with enormous media collections are well catered for by the 1.5TB hard drive, which provides enough space for hundreds of thousands of songs and photos, and hundreds of HD movies.

If you need even more space or simply wish to back up your collection, you can attach an external drive using the eSATA port, or slip a memory card into the multi-card reader.

You also get four USB ports, one of which is USB 3.0, in addition to VGA and HDMI connections for hooking up external monitors or televisions. Acer has even included mini-Firewire, which we rarely see on laptops these days.

Rounding off the features is the almost-obligatory fingerprint scanner, which provides a satisfactory alternative to remembering ridiculously complex passwords.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity1.50 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 555M
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBD-Reader/DVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Maximum Battery Run Time5.50 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
FireWire/i.LINKYes
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyAspire 8951G
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-2630QM
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed2 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size46.7 cm (18.4")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.80 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots4
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM/DVD-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 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height38.4 mm
Width440 mm
Depth295 mm
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series8951G
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelAS8951G-2638G1.5TBnkk
Product NameAspire AS8951G-2638G1.5TBnkk Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.RJ202.074
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-2638G1.5TBnkk Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year