Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9630 review

Big and powerful, this desktop replacement is no joke

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How did it hold up in our tests

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Cinebench 11.5:
OpenGL: 33.01 fps
CPU: 5.16 pts
3D Mark '11: 1439
Battery Eater Pro '05: 1:07:54

After checking what's inside the Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9630, it was time to put it through its paces. Simply put, in addition to what it's been like to use this beast day in and day out, how did it perform against our standard suite of benchmarks?

Based on the specs alone it should come as no surprise that this baby performs extremely well. And not just for a laptop.

Dollars to donuts says that this laptop will outperform many desktop machines out there.

Shipping with Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit version), basic computing was super-fast. Whether browsing the web, watching streaming video content, we found nothing to complain about with this machine.

Ports galore

And while it ships with multiple HDMI ports, the screen is so large that we didn't even feel compelled to run the video to a larger screen.

Additionally, another task that really tends to test a system's might is using DRM removal software. With this in mind, we performed this task using Audials Tunebite, a memory and CPU hog and found this task to be nearly as fast as it was on most desktop machines.

Long story made short, this isn't something that you're gonna want to do on an ultrabook.

Boot-up from sleep on this machine was plenty fast, but since most users will use this machine more like a desktop than a laptop, we found ourselves putting it to sleep more than completely shutting down.

The Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9630 sports a full-size keyboard that is great to use. That said, this is also where the quirky touchpad tended to get in the way. The touchpad is both big and sensitive. In everyday use we found ourselves accidentally moving the cursor all over the place. This can be a major pain when composing large documents or email messages.

Being a big beast, we expected the speakers to be plenty loud, and in this case the Acer didn't disappoint. There are stereo speakers that were good for media playback. Of course, during gameplay we would suggest using a gaming headset.

Predictably, the battery life on the Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9630 was abysmal. So, because of its size, most people aren't gonna really use this on the go.

We squeezed a pathetic 67 minutes out of this system using Battery Eater Pro, our benchmarking program, that runs a looped 720p high-definition video in the background.

Of course, a machine with this kind of horsepower isn't designed to really be used on battery power for very long.

You can tweak the power settings to get as much battery life as you can. But that's like buying a Porsche and only running it on half the cylinders. If you want battery life, buy a different laptop.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity750 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturernVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 555M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Maximum Battery Run Time5.50 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
Solid State Drive Capacity120 GB
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyAspire 8951G
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-2670QM
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size46.7 cm (18.4")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory16 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.80 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM65 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots4
Optical Media SupportedDVD-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 4.0 + HS
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height38.4 mm
Width440 mm
Depth295 mm
Screen ModeHD 1080
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series8951G
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelAS8951G-2671687Mnkk
Product NameAspire AS8951G-2671687Mnkk Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.RJ202.157
Manufacturer Website Address
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-2671687Mnkk Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year