Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9630 review

Big and powerful, this desktop replacement is no joke

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The Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9630 is an excellent desktop replacement that pulls no punches in the power department. And considering how much computing power you get for your money, it's a great machine for a gamer or anyone who needs a lot power in their laptop.

Compared to other laptops by folks like Alienware for example, the Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9630 may not be the most powerful laptop in the world, but the price is reasonable and the design features, even the quirky touchpad, make this machine worth checking out.

Perfect for gamers and users who crave power

We liked

The benefit of its 750GB of storage, super-fast CPU and 1GB of video memory mean that using this laptop poses few computing compromises. In plain english, this baby can do pretty much whatever you want.

Add to that, the extremely large 18-inch 1080p HD display and full-size keyboard, this is a very nice machine to use.

Not so much portable as it is

We disliked

Ironically, the very thing that makes the Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9630 an awesome machine is also its biggest drawback: its size.

We mentioned before that this machine isn't so much a portable as it is "transportable." Because of its massive size you'll find yourself reluctant to really move it around much.

We also hoped that the removable touchpad, which doubles as a media remote, was more versatile in that it could work with other media applications. But alas, hope springs eternal.

Final verdict

Acer has put together a great multimedia machine with the Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9630.

With its spacious, full-size keyboard, massive 18-inch 1080p HD display and laundry list of high-end components, this beast has what it takes to handle even the most daunting tasks.

Finally, although battery life was horrible, we expected that from a machine this powerful. And we're willing to sacrifice that in order to experience this level of raw power. And that reasonable price-point of around $1,500 means that you'll be happily computing for some time.

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