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Acer refreshes its Aspire Ethos lineup with two new models

The 5951G and 8951G will reportedly house powerful CPUs, NVIDIA discrete graphics and USB 3.0 connectivity

The Aspire Ethos Series was first announced and officially unveiled back in March 2010 at an event in Italy. According to the manufacturer, this new line of notebooks is aimed both at multimedia enthusiasts and professionals on-the-move, offering much power and a new design, feel and look.

Reportedly, the Taiwan-based company has now updated its Ethos family and will soon start selling two new items – the 5951G and 8951G. Customers will supposedly be provided with an eco-friendly and energy-saving displays, second generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA discrete graphics controllers.


Apparently, the new models will be powered by Intel’s Sandy Bridge high-performance central processing units. Furthermore, Acer has equipped the 5951G with a 15.6-inch LED-backlit frameless widescreen display, whereas the 8951G packs an 18.4-inch one. The latter will reportedly let you watch and enjoy Full HD 1080p content.

Graphics are taken care by an NVIDIA GT500 Series chip with plenty of graphics power that will presumably fulfill the needs of even the most multimedia-conscious users for years to come. Moreover, Acer’s new laptops will house spacious mechanical hard drives with the 8951G sporting an additional Solid-State Drive (the SSD is optional). A Blu-Ray drive is also available.


The somewhat futuristic configuration of the new Ethos Family members will be complemented by 802.11-n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. Data can be easily exchanged and transferred thanks to a multi-in-1 card reader and a USB 3.0 port. A charging station in form of a blue USB port (works even if the laptop is not powered on) is also integrated.

Customers are also provided with an HDMI interface (for watching HD content on an external TV) and a built-in HD webcam for high-definition video conferencing.

Other specs, pricing and availability

The new notebooks will ship with a pre-installed copy of Windows 7 OS. Reportedly, these systems sport an integrated subwoofer and either five (8951G) or two (5951G) built-in speakers.

Further features include an InstantOn Arcade key for fast booting, Dolby Home Theater v4, a chiclet keyboard with a detachable touchpad that can be used as a remote control.

Pricing and availability are yet to be confirmed.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2011-05- 7 (Update: 2012-05-26)