Think the Sony Vaio F Series has the sophisticated, high-end desktop replacement sector sewn up? Think again. Making what looks to be its best challenger to date is none other than Acer, which has launched the new and rather exciting Ethos line.
Comprised of the 18.4in 8943G and 15.6in 5943G, the Ethos can support up to Full HD (1920 x 1080) native resolutions and it backs this up with full 5.1 surround sound (five integrated physical speakers and sub). On top of this is a choice of processors that scale all the way to a quad Core i7, there's ATI Radeon HD 5850 dedicated graphics and they can house dual 640GB HDDs.
Furthermore, I think it would be fair to say Acer has done a rather splendid job with the styling. The Ethos borrows some of Sony's Vaio aesthetic, perhaps a dash of old school Fujitsu Siemens and does well to steer well clear of the Aiwa stereo-esque flashing lights and gaudy colours of the Toshiba Qosmio range.
Sadly we don't know any more specs (USB 3.0?), pricing or availability at this stage, but if Acer can keep to its usual premise of 'soon' and 'aggressive' these models certainly have the potential to win us over. Very nice indeed.