Notebook Acer Aspire Ethos 8950G Review

When I pulled out of the Acer Aspire 8950G by backpack, I almost abandoned - not because it was heavy, but because it was lighter than expected. This massive, a POS system sports 18.4-inch, true 1080p LCD panel. At 8 pounds, 5 ounces without the power brick, it is lighter than some of the smaller systems, which are passed through the laboratory here. While 120 watt power supply, weight loss of just under 10 pounds.

The system includes an Intel Core i7 2630M quad-core CPUs clocked at 2GHz, and maxing the Turbo Boost 2.9 GHz clock speed. CPU 8GB DDR3 DRAM has been completed and 64-bit Windows Home Premium. Driving the big bright LCD panel is an AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6850M discrete graphics card 2GB GDDR5 video RAM. From the pedigree of the GPU, I expected the size of the gaming performance and reasonably good quality of video playback.
The Aspire 8950G is a cut above many of the laptops, for gaming performance overall, but it is still necessary to invoke the graphics settings to "medium" to get a good frame rate of the current generation of games. Far Cry 2 runs at 44 frames per second, while the recently released DiRT3 collected 20 fps, and Total War: Shogun 2 earned only 16 fps.

Performance in desktop applications have proven to be reliable, however, with the unit for a strong WorldBench 6 score of 128. The battery life of the unit of mass was a pleasant surprise to 4 hours, 41 minutes. The 750 GB 5400 RPM Toshiba hard drive is great, but it seems a little slow in starting. A system like this deserves a Blu-ray, and Acer offers, as a unit of Panasonic, which does not generate much noise to distract the search.

The keyboard has a good idea, well done, with tactile, but the design could be better. navigation arrow keys are very small and closely grouped. The dedicated keypad, however, offers very remote keys, so its use as a simple 10-key remote control.

While the keyboard is generally good, the trackpad is essentially evil. Is very sensitive, and often see the mouse cursor flying wildly around the screen. This is partially cured by the configuration control panel. However, someone from Acer has decided that building keys for media control in the glass surface of the trackpad is a good idea.

You can use the trackpad as a pointing device or as a set of media control touch buttons, but not simultaneously. This feature is activated by a giant button located between the two main mouse buttons. This means you can accidentally activate the media control buttons too easily, and suddenly the mouse is not responding. Unless you look at the trackpad, you will not know why. Fortunately, the wheel volume directly under the trackpad works if the media control function is activated.

Treatment of standard-definition video scaling up to 1080p resolution on the screen is a mixed bag. DVD playback seems noisy, but the increase is fortunately small. Blu-ray HD movie looks much better, but overall the video quality is still a little 'soft.

The sound is quite good in the built-in speakers. Acer ships this model with Dolby audio enhancement software that allows playback of movies significantly - virtual surround sound works very well, even if surround speakers "is further ahead than behind. You do not always serious, but also the effects of low frequency are often lacking. Playing music is less robust. In stereo mode, take the vote on a dirty, edgy quality even if the speakers very good in the pop and rock.

Acer 8950G is capable of digital media can handle the current generation of DirectX 11 games, if you're willing to tone down the settings a bit 'as well. high-definition playback is usually pretty good but not exceptional. Approximately $ 1,500 as configured (price, June 7, 2011), is a balanced set of compromises that will be perfect, but it gets the job done.

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