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Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G

alaTest has collected and analyzed 180 reviews of Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the size and design are on the whole positive. The usability and screen are also appreciated. The touchpad and portability get less positive reviews.

performance, screen, usability, design, size

portability, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Reviewers really like the durability and design. The usability and performance are also appreciated, whereas reviews are divided on the sound. The touchpad and portability get critical opinions.

keyboard, performance, usability, design, durability

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83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G 18.4 inch Laptop (Intel Core i7-2630QM Processor, 8GB RAM, 2 x 750GB HDD, nVIDIA GeForce GT 555M, Blu-ray, Windows 7 Home PremAcer Aspire Ethos 8951G 18.4 inch Laptop (Intel Core i7-2630QM Processor, 8GB RAM, 2 x 750GB HDD, nVIDIA GeForce GT 555M, Blu-ray, Windows 7 Home Prem

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Loyd Case (

Acer Aspires to a Greater Ethos


The Acer Aspire Ethos wears its role of desktop replacement like an good, off-the-rack suit. It fits fairly well, but needs some alterations before approaching perfection.

Big, bright display good for getting work done ; Audio playback quality for movies is excellent

Viewing angles on the LCD are poor ; The detachable touchpad is terrible

Acer's Ethos is a good entertainment laptop with a few warts, particularly with the pointing device.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

Acer Aspire Ethos review: Acer Aspire Ethos


Few things surprise us more than when laptop shoppers tell us that though they are planning to keep their new computer permanently chained to a desk (to essentially act as a desktop PC), they intend to buy a 13-inch (or even a 14- or 15-inch) laptop....

The Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G has a huge 1080p 18-inch display, and gets points for inventiveness for its detachable touch-pad remote control. Battery life was also excellent for such a large laptop.

While it's a clever idea, the pop-out touch pad was frustrating to use at times.

The 18-inch Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G is a huge multimedia powerhouse laptop with a unique removable touch-pad remote control. It's a clever idea, but one that might be ahead of its time.

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Avram Piltch (

Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G


The Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G pairs strong multimedia playback with a unique removable touchpad that works as a remote.

The Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G has some things going for it: a full HD screen, Blu-ray playback, solid sound, and a unique removable touchpad. It's a good choice for those who crave the largest screen possible. If you can live with a 17-inch screen, the...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Rue Liu (

Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G Review


If you're looking for a desktop PC replacement that's stylish yet powerful when it comes to multimedia performance, then you might want to consider the Acer Aspire Ethos series notebooks. The latest revamp to this high-end series features a unique...

The Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G notebook is a worthy contender for your dollars if you’re looking to replace your desktop PC with something slightly more compact and portable than an all-in-one PC and also capable of delivering a high-end multimedia...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Konrad Schneid (

Review Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G Notebook


Surround system. The new 18 inch flagship comes with the quad cor

Good application performance; Removable touchpad; Fast SSD; USB 3.0 & Bluetooth 3.0 +HS

Weak display; CPU with Turbo problems; High temperature development; No GDDR5 VRAM

The removable touchpad that can be used as a remote control.

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G desktop replacement


A massive notebook with quad-core processing, an SSD system drive and expandable to 16GB of RAM

Performance ; SSD + hard drive ; Easily upgradable

Touchpad is a drag ; No dedicated volume buttons ; Glossy screen

It may be huge, but the Aspire Ethos houses plenty of good stuff, including a quad-core Core i7 CPU and a solid state drive, and it supports up to 16GB of RAM. It even has a nifty innovation: its touchpad is removable and doubles as a specific media...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (

Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G review


When you think of the word laptop, it's inevitable that certain words spring to mind: mobility, lightness, portability, slow. Not so with the Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G which is here to show you just how far we've come

Vibrant screen ; Tons of power ; Solid and attractive body

Speakers and touchpad ; Weight ; Steep price tag

The Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G may be an expensive beast of a machine, but it'll keep you entertained when the rest of the summer proves to be a washout.

Sep, 2011

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Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G review


A massive media machine that wants to be all your computers in one

Big, powerful and can do it all, but the age of the giant laptop is ending

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : William O'Neal (

Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G-9630 review


Big and powerful, this desktop replacement is no joke

Powerful as many desktops ; Beautiful 18-inch 1080p display ; Full-size keyboard ; Reasonably priced

Big and heavy ; Removable touchpad is quirky ; Poor battery life

When it comes to unique laptop design, Acer is no slouch. From super-slim ultrabooks to multimedia powerhouses, the Taiwanese company that was acquired by Gateway has been cranking out laptops like crazy. That said, the company's Aspire Ethos...

May, 2012

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (

Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G review


An excellent home entertainment laptop with a detachable remote

Excellent performance Huge hard drive Sharp, colourful 1080p screen Interesting remote control gimmick Blu-ray drive

Crap touchpad Bulky and heavy Underpowered speakers

These days we're seeing a lot more slim and light ultraportable laptops. Rising up against these size zero models is the Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G.

Aug, 2011

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby / HD / HD Audio / HDA
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer:No / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery Capacity:6000
Battery life (max):5.5
Battery performance:6000
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:8 / 9


Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Swivel webcam: No


Energy Star certified: Yes
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes


Color of product:Aluminium, Black / Black / Black, Blue / Black, Silver / Blue
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium, Plastic
Product type:Notebook


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:220
Display Diagonal:18 / 18.4
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display response rise/fall:8
Display surface:Matt
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter power:120


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 2.024
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M / UMA
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3 / GDDR5
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.024 / 2.048 / 4
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.125
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Internal memory:12 / 16 / 4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1333 / 1600
Memory layout:1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 2 x 2 / 3 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 2 x 2 / 3 x 4
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM / 4x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1 / 2


3G:No / Yes
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 3.0 / 3.0+EDR / 3.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X) / 10/100Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:BD-ROM, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RAM / CD
LightScribe: No
Optical drive interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / Blu-Ray ROM / Blu-Ray RW / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other Features

Audio system:Dolby / HD / HD Audio / HDA
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab / IEEE 802.3/802.3u/802.3ab
Dimensions (WxDxH):17.3 x 11.6 x 1.55
Display:LCD / LED / TFT
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
External display:N
Graphics adapter family:Intel / Intel, NVIDIA / NVIDIA
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port:No / Yes
Internal modem: No
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power Requirements:100 - 240V / 100-240 V
Power supply type:AC / AC/DC
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:N / Y
Bag included:N
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control:N
Mouse included:N

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled:No / Yes
AC adapter included:N / Y
Bag included: No
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Mouse included: No


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2 / 3 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter power:120


Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM65 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):20 / 22 / 23 / 24
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM65 Express
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:I5-2410M / I5-2430M / I7-2630QM / I7-2670QM
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3 / 3.1
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-2xxx / Intel Core i7-2xxx
Processor frequency:2 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I5-2410M / I5-2430M / I7-2630QM / I7-2670QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023 / PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:D2 / J1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2,0 / 2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:52219 / 52224 / 53450 / 53470
Processor code:SR02S / SR02Y / SR04W
Processor package size:31 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington / N
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: Yes
Password protection:BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User / HDD, User / Yes
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD, Supervisor, User / HDD, User / Y
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): No


Bundled software:Bing Bar\nWindows Live Essentials / Microsoft Office Starter (Word & Excel), Buy Office 2010, Bing Bar, Windows Live Essentials / Microsoft Office Starter, Bing Bar, Windows Live Essentials / Microsoft Office Starter\nBing Bar\nWindows Live Essentials / Microsoft Office Starter\nWindows Live Essentials\nBing Bar
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Ultimate
Pre-installed software:Microsoft Office Starter


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, SD, SDXC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, MS PRO, SD, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MMC+, SD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD
Hard disk rotational speed:5200 / 5400
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 1500 / 500 / 640 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5200 / 5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2
Solid-state drive capacity:120
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1500 / 500 / 640 / 750 / 870

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Power supply type:AC/DC

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.6 / 12
Height:1.51 / 1.55 / 1.6 / 2
Height (front):1.21
Height (rear):1.51
Weight:8.38 / 8.6 / 9
Width:17 / 17.3