Acer has just announced the new Aspire Ethos AS5951G and AS8951G high-end multimedia notebooks. The AS5951G is a 15.6-inch device with the AS8951G coming in at 18.4-inches. Both notebooks also contain new Intel CPUs, GeForce graphics and a very interesting design feature.
Both the 15.6″ AS5951G and the 18.4″ AS8951G come with the second generation Intel Core i7 quad-core and i5 dual-core processors as well as an Nvidia GeForce GT 555M 2GB dedicated video card that allows for pretty good mid-range gaming performance. In addition to that, both devices come with up to 16GB of RAM and a DVD or Blu-ray drive.
One of the most notable differences between these two devices is the size of the screen. The AS8951G has a larger screen size as well as support for full 1080p HD. The smaller AS5851G only supports a 1366 x 768 panel. However, both devices’ displays are covered by scratch resistant, glossy Corning Gorilla glass allowing for an edge-to-edge frame-less look.
When it comes to audio, the two devices differ slightly. The AS5951G includes stereo speakers whereas the AS8951G comes with a total of five speakers and a Subwoofer. The AS8951G also comes with an additional internal hard drive bay that allows for dual HDD configurations with up to 1.5TB capacity versus maximal 750GB.
Both the AS5951G and the 8951G also come with a uniquely designed touchpad that can be detached and used as a remote controller. The touchpad comes with LED buttons for multimedia content control and can also be used in portrait or landscape positions as well.
The new Ethos line from Acer sports an all black design with a brushed aluminum-like magnesium alloy cover that has a hairline finish. The keyboard is also stylish and has an isle-style design as well as backlighting. Other features of note include a 1.3 megapixel webcam, USB 3.0, HDMI output and a new battery that is said to withstand “three times more” charging cycles than your traditional notebook.
The Acer Aspire Ethos AS5951G and AS8951G will be available within the month for a base retail price of $1,399 and $1,599 respectively.
Source: Laptoping – Acer Aspire Ethos AS5951G, AS8951G High-End Multimedia Laptops Announced