Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9630 review

Big and powerful, this desktop replacement is no joke

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Acer spared nothing when equipping the Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9630, opting for an Intel Core i7-2670QM 2.2GHz Processor (that with Turbo Boost technology can run at up to 2.9GHz), 8GB Dual-Channel SDRAM and an 18.4" 1080p HD LCD display (with a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080).

Being a desktop replacement, this processor has what it takes to handle pretty much anything that you throw at it.

Gamers will no doubt welcome all of this processing power. Power that along with the 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 555M graphic processor enabled us to play everything from Star Wars: The Old Republic and World of Warcraft to Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 with ease.

Users will no doubt appreciate the full size keyboard

Gaming aside, a machine with this much power had no problem dealing with everything from Netflix and Hulu+ to Adobe Photoshop.

Additionally, our test machine ships with Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit version) as well as a 750GB hard drive. While terabyte drives are commonplace with desktops, most users will be hard-pressed to max out this machine's 3/4TB storage option.

Lastly, this model sports a 4X Blu-ray Disc/DVD±RW DL, built-in stereo speakers, Dolby Home Theater Audio Enhancement, webcam, Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint Reader, 802.11b/g/n WLAN (gigabit LAN), HDMI, USB, Multi-in-1 card reader.


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