The Ethos line features a large, detachable backlit touchpad that can be removed and used as a remote control.
America has designed its latest notebook PCs-the
Aspire Ethos AS8951G and AS5951G-to deliver a high-definition personal theater
experience for a range of activities, including graphic-intensive gaming, video
streaming and viewing of high-definition DVDs, photography and videos. This is
aided by the notebooks' detachable touchpad that doubles as a remote control.
Ethos AS5951G has a price of $1,399.99, while the AS8951G comes in at
notebooks feature edge-to-edge frameless displays available in two sizes. The
AS8951G includes an 18.4-inch full HD widescreen (1,920-by-1,080) display,
while the AS5951G includes a 15.6-inch HD widescreen (1,366-by-768) display.
Models are equipped with either a Blu-ray drive or a DVD optical drive for
viewing movies on a widescreen, scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla glass
display. The experience can be extended to a big-screen TV via an HDMI port,
the company claimed.
Ethos 8951G comes with Acer CineSurround with five Dolby-tuned built-in
speakers and Acer Tuba CineBass subwoofer supporting low-frequency effects and
vibrant audio. In addition, the 5951G sports True 5.1-channel surround sound
output, two built-in stereo speakers and the Acer Tuba CineBass booster for
supporting low frequency effects.
Ethos line also features a large detachable touchpad that can be removed and
used as a remote control, enabling consumers to control their music, movies or
a slide show from across the room. It includes LED buttons that launch music
and videos, and can be used vertically or horizontally. In addition, the
backlit, chiclet-style keyboard makes it possible to navigate in low-light
conditions. With the InstantOn Arcade key, the notebooks can be fast-booted,
allowing users to watch movies, play music and view photos without waiting for
the entire PC to start up.
on configuration, users will find either a second-generation Intel Core i7
Quad-Core or a second-generation Intel Core i5 Dual-Core processor, up to 16GB
of memory, and Nvidia GeForce GT 555M graphics with 2GB of dedicated DDR3 VRAM.
An integrated PowerSmart long-life battery is designed to provide prolonged
battery performance. The company said the new battery with the long cycle life
formula can retain 80 percent capacity for over 1,000 charge cycles (about four
years of charges).
drive sizes range from 500GB to 1.5TB, and the Ethos 8951G provides even more
storage capacity with support for dual hard drives. A Firewire port and a combo
USB/eSATA port are also included, as is a USB 3.0 port, which can charge USB devices
when asleep, in hibernation mode or turned off completely.
addition, a 1.3-megapixel HD Webcam provides high pixel density for enhanced
video image quality at 24 frames per second, and the notebooks come preloaded
with Acer Clear.fi, a cross-platform solution for media enjoyment and sharing
with DLNA-compliant devices. Lastly, a bio-protection fingerprint reader
prevents unauthorized use of the PC.