Friday, July 8, 2011

Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G

Surround system. The new 18 inch flagship comes with the quad core processor, Intel Core i7-2630QM, and the Nvidia GeForce GT 555M graphics solution. Not only are the 16 GB RAM and the installed speedy SSD striking, but the touchpad as well. It can be removed and used as a remote control. The steep price for the notebook: 1699 euros.

Acer announced new models of the Acer Aspire Ethos range in June. The model Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G is available in the most various alternatives in the meantime. The predecessor of the previously reviewed Acer Aspire Ethos 8950G belongs to the heavyweight category with just under four kilos. Acer's 18.4 incher is available starting at 1300 euros, depending on the configuration. The Taiwanese manufacturer relies on Intel's quad core, i7-2630QM , together with Nvidia's Geforce GT 555M for this. The combination of the quad core processor, based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with a base clock of 2 GHz, and the fast midrange graphics card are to supply multimedia and game fans with the needed power.

Our test device, called 8951G-2631687Wnkk (LX.RJ202.059), has a price of about 1699 euros. The buyer gets a fast solid state drive, model Intel X25-M, with a memory capacity of 120GBs, though. And there is also quite a bit of main memory available because Acer has equipped its Aspire Ethos 8951G with 16 GB of DDR3 RAM. Acer has also installed a 750 GB hard disk (7200 revolutions per minute) from Western Digital for the other memory requirements. A BluRay drive has also not been forgotten. The manufacturer provides an optical drive from Matshita for this. The 18.4 inch sized Full HD display supplies a maximum resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The 5.1 sound system, which promises a great sound experience, is one of the special features. In addition, the touchpad can be removed and used as a remote control. Moreover, features like USB 3.0 or a fingerprint reader have also been installed.

System Performance
We simulate the test device's application performance with the benchmark tools PCMark Vantage and PCMark 7 from the software developers Futuremark. The Acer Aspire 8951G places itself in the front ranks with 11637 points in PCMark Vantage. The laptop, Alienware M14x with the same CPU and GPU, clearly achieves more points (14302 points) in PCMark Vantage. However, the Dell model, XPS 17-L702X, reaches considerably fewer points (7649). The system currently is on the 4th place in PCMark 7 (status: 06. 28. 2011). The Alienware Notebook M14x again achieves more points, even if only fewer (3595 points). Overall, a top performance in terms of application performance, which is mainly due to the installed SSD.

Specifications Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G-2631687Wnkk
  • Processor : Intel Core i7 2630QM 2 GHz
  • Mainboard : Intel HM65
  • Memory : 16384 MB, DDR3 SDRAM-PC3-8500-1066 MHz
  • Graphics adapter : NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M, - nVIDIA ForceWare 268.30
  • Display : 18.4 inch , 1920x1080 pixel, CMO1807, glossy: yes
  • Harddisk : INTEL SSDSA2M120G2GC, 120GB SSD
  • Soundcard : none
  • Connections : 3 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 Firewire, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: 1 line in, 1 line out, 1 S/PDIF, Card Reader: MMC, SD Memory Card, xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, SDXC, 1 Fingerprint Reader,
  • Networking : Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros AR5B97 Wireless Network Adapter (bgn), Bluetooth 3.0 + HS Bluetooth
  • Optical drive : Matshita BD-MLT UJ240AF
  • Size : height x width x depth (in mm): 39 x 440 x 295
  • Weight : 3.9 kg
  • Battery : Lithium-Ion, 8 cells
  • Price : 1600 Euro
  • Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
  • Additional features : Webcam: 1.3 Megapixel, 24 Months Warranty 

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