Acer’s new Aspire Ethos series

By Gabrielle Pickard,

If you are in the market for a new laptop and are willing to spend about a grand, you may be interested in reading about Acer’s new Aspire Ethos series. Being marketed as “multimedia enjoyment redefined”, the Aspire Ethos certainly has a lot to aspire to, and after reading its press release, Acer’s latest series unquestionably sounds impressive.

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Eye-popping visuals are becoming an inherent component of modern multimedia technology, and the new Aspire Ethos series, with its sleek frameless CineCrystal Full HD and HD displays, is most definitely designed to provide an eye-popping visual experience, whilst its full DirectX 11 creates a superior gaming performance with incredibly realistic effects and crisp, lifelike imagery.

In accordance with the Aspire Ethos stunning visual experience, is its audio capabilities. In featuring the professionally-tuned Dolby Home Theatre v4 , the volume output is maximised, whilst the Aspire Ethos 8951G audio quality is augmented further with Acer CineSurround with five Dolby-tuned built-in speakers and Acer Tuba CineBass subwoofer supporting low-frequency effects and vibrant audio for, as Acer puts it, “for the ultimate movie enjoyment”.

Whilst the emphasis on the eye-popping, immersive and wholly engaging multimedia experience of the new Ethos series may sound pretty impressive, what particularly impressed me whilst reading the Acer Aspire Ethos press release was the paragraph about the laptop’s detachable touchpad that doubles as a MediaRemote. Given that I was one of those sad individuals that was really impressed when TVs came out in the late 80s, which, when you pressed a button its remote control popped out, I have always been secretly partial to ‘surreptitious’ technology with dual functions. Not only can the MediaRemote, cunningly disguised as a touchpad, create a convenient multimedia and content experience at a distance, which takes control and ergonomics to a new level, but a built-in orientation sensor enables the touchpad to be used either horizontally or vertically.

Aesthetically, there seems to be a little less to celebrate compared to the new Aspire Ethos series internal functions, as judging by the photographs these new laptops just look like any ‘bog-standard’ black laptop, albeit with a glossy finish. Although Acer tell a different story insisting that the Ethos series flaunt a total black look with contrasting matte and glossy surfaces that “oozes style from every angle”.

There’s no doubt that if you are looking to buy a new laptop at the top end of the market, Acer’s new Aspire Ethos range, starting at £999.99, should be in the running. As by providing dynamic processing power we don’t doubt that these highly sophisticated laptops will make their mark on the concept of home entertainment and multimedia performance.