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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 AS8951G-9630 breaks the mold.Not so much a portable, this model is more transportable - meaning it's more like a desktop that's easy to move. Because of its size, you won't want to bring this along on business trips or even to the local cafe. But we'll get back to that. With its large, 18-inch 1080p display we expected this machine to be great with multimedia. But the design touch that was most intriguing is the removable touchpad that also doubles as a wireless media controller. Using a slider on the front of the laptop, you release the touchpad. Once you pop it out, the touchpad acts as a media remote. The problem with it though, is that the touchpad, was quirky when connected to the laptop. And, it was even more quirky when being used as a media remote. What's worse, is that the media controls on the remote are designed to use Acer's proprietary Clear-Fi technology. While that's all well and good, we don't necessarily use media that's stored locally.
The Acer Aspire Ethos 5951G is the 15.6-inch little brother in this top of the line entertainment and multimedia laptop series that also includes a super-sized 18.4-inch Aspire Ethos 8951G, which we reviewed previously. If you liked the performance along with the sleek and sophisticated styling of that one but need a more portable size, then this is it. Continue after the cut for our full review. The Aspire Ethos 5951G sports a black metal lid with subtle striations for a finish that’s sleek and sophisticated. Opening it up, you’ll find the same material used as the bed for the chiclet style keyboard. The black isolated keys are backlit and have a very reassuring resistance about them that provides a solid and comfortable typing experience. The palm rest area is all black as well but is a matted surface that seems fingerprint-proof, which will keep it looking nice and grease-free. There’s a fingerprint reader located at the right side of this area, but what really stands out is the removable trackpad. The trackpad has a nice smooth finish with a satin sheen that helps prevent fingerprint smudges.
If you thought powerful laptops all have to look like they've been hewn from stone by a drunk man in the dark, think again -- the Acer Aspire Ethos 5951G provides some serious performance in a stylish black metal suit. It may not have the best screen we've ever laid our peepers on and it's far from light, but you're definitely getting a lot of laptop for your lolly.Our review sample came from Save On Laptops, which is selling the 5951G for £893, and it's also available elsewhere online. There's no denying the Aspire Ethos is a good-looking hunk of minerals. Acer describes its aesthetics as 'black tuxedo design' and for once we see what it's getting at. The black, brushed metal finish is very stylish and would certainly fit in at even the swankiest of awards ceremonies -- although questions may be raised as to why you've brought a computer to an awards do. The Acer logo is carefully embossed on the shell, a premium touch. Be careful of that lid though -- it may look like a Monte Carlo casino when it's clean, but get your fingerprints all over it and it quickly becomes a bingo hall in Bognor Regis. The isolated keys are a comfortable size. We used this cunning pound to prove it. It feels as though it could take a Bond-level beating too.