Acer Aspire Ethos AS5951G, AS8951G High-End Multimedia Laptops Announced

Acer has announced the Aspire Ethos AS5951G and AS8951G high-end multimedia notebook PCs, with 15.6- and 18.4-inch displays respectively, new Intel CPUs, GeForce graphics, and an interesting design feature.

Both the 15.6-inch AS5951G and 18.4″ AS8951G ship with the 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 quad- and i5 dual-core processors, the Nvidia GeForce GT 555M 2GB dedicated video card which is a decent mid-range gaming solution, up to 16GB of RAM, and DVD or Blu-ray drives.

The most notable difference between these two entertainment machines is the screen size. Not only that the 8951G has a larger display, but also the resution is full HD, whereas its smaller 5951G sibling has a 1366 x 768 panel. Both displays are covered with scratch resistant but glossy Corning Gorilla glass, giving an edge-to-edge frameless look.

In the audio department, there’s also a distinction: the 15.6-incher includes stereo speakers, while the big one accomodates five speakers, including a subwoofer.

Finally, the AS8951G has an additional internal hard drive bay, enabling dual HDD configurations with up to 1.5TB capacity versus maximal 750GB.

What differentiates these notebooks from their competition, such as the Dell XPS, HP Envy, Sony VAIO F, or Toshiba Qosmio, is a uniquely designed touchpad, which can be detached and used as a remote controller. It has LED buttons for multimedia content control and can be used in portrait and landscape position.

Acer’s new Ethos line sports an all-black Tuxedo design with a brushed aluminum-like magnesium alloy cover with hairline finish. The keyboard is isle-style and has backlight.

Other notable specifications include a 1.3MP webcam, USB 3.0 technology, HDMI output, and a new battery that can withstand “three times more” charging cycles than traditional notebook batteries.

The Acer Aspire Ethos AS5951G and AS8951G start at $1,399.99 and $1,599.99 respectively and will hit the US market in the next a couple of days.

Acer Aspire Ethos AS5951G

Written by Dan

On Laptoping, Dan writes about Windows-based laptop, 2-in-1, and tablet PCs.

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