Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G review

An excellent home entertainment laptop with a detachable remote

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Acer aspire ethos 8951g

When we saw the specs list for the Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G, we certainly weren't disappointed. Acer has stuffed in one of Intel's latest Sandy Bridge processors, the Core i7 2630QM, which runs at 2GHz.

Backed up by a mammoth 8GB of RAM, it was obvious that the Ethos would destroy our benchmarking tests.

And destroy it did. We didn't think the Dell XPS 15z's CineBench score of 11,474 would be beaten any time soon, but the Ethos 8951G topped it with a score of 12,633.

The Intel CPU's eight cores are perfect for multi-tasking, while software loads up almost instantly. No matter what we were doing, this laptop provided a smooth, fast experience.

Since the Ethos 8951G was built for enjoying media, Acer has included a dedicated nVidia GeForce GT 555M graphics card.

Most modern games that we tried ran fine, although we had to turn down detail levels on more demanding titles. HD films ran smoothly as expected, as well as video editing software.

The dedicated graphics make full use of nVidia's Optimus technology, powering down when you're doing basic tasks such as bashing out an email.

In these cases the basic integrated graphics on the motherboard take over, to save power. As a result, the Ethos 8951G's battery lasts for a full three hours when you aren't playing games, and even longer if you turn down brightness levels and performance settings.

This was much longer than we expected considering the high specs and huge screen. Okay, so the battery life isn't really a significant factor considering the size of this machine, but at least you won't have to drag the charger as well as the laptop when you shift to another room.

Benchmarks

CineBench: 12633

3DMark 06: 9989

Battery Eater: 185 mins

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