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Acer Unveils Stunning New Ethos Desktop Replacement Line

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Acer Unveils Stunning New Ethos Desktop Replacement Line

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.

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via Engadget

Tariq Pugh

March 25, 2010, 3:00 pm

Acer really do seem to be hounding Sony at the mo. I'm waiting on the TimelineX series. Reports suggest you can spec a Core i7 and ATI HD5650 in a 13.3" slim chassis. Which I reckon makes it the most powerful ultraportable around (should beat a Vaio Z by around 1,000 3D marks).





It should be under a grand too. If Acer'll sell me one with a carbon fibre lid and maybe a smaller logo (yeah, i'm really tha vain) i'll be first in line.

Lee Moorhouse

March 25, 2010, 3:10 pm

I agree that it looks nice, but whats with the trackpad being all the way over to the left? I'll never understand why they do this, it's an awful design.

Steve

March 25, 2010, 5:55 pm

Looks like a poor mans Vaio E series.

DrDark

March 25, 2010, 7:59 pm

@Lee: My powers of squinting have identified that picture shows a model with a full keyboard including numpad, unlike many laptops. So I guess compared to most laptops that touchpad's actually in about the same place. Not that I'm siding with them entirely either, I'd probably prefer it in the middle too as trying to access 'WASD' for gaming would be annoying if my palm kept hitting the pad.





@Steve: Or you could see the Vaio as an overpriced Acer Ethos :P.


Joking aside, I've usually found Acer's products to be cheap but reliable.

ffrankmccaffery

March 25, 2010, 8:25 pm

@Lee: The trackpad is always located on the centre-left and underneath the 'home keys'. Placing it in the centre would though allow the laptop to look better on billboard advertisements as a certain other manufacturer chooses to do.

pimlicosound

March 25, 2010, 9:40 pm

@Steve: The Vaio E series is slower, fatter, and looks cheap and plasticky. This is powerful, slim and looks like it's made from premium materials. And it will probably still be cheaper. I'm guessing the only thing about this laptop that makes you think "poor man's..." is the Acer badge.

HarryGlass

March 25, 2010, 11:39 pm

@pimlicosound: As someone who plans on getting a Vaio E very soon, I agree and don't agree. Firstly the 15.6 Vaio has 1900*1200, Acer only have that in the 18 inch, the 15 incher is only 1366 x 768. That's my main reason for sticking with the Vaio.





The E series might not have the class of the Z series, but it's still a well built premium machine. I've had an ACER in the past and it was cheap and plasticky and fell apart within months. I bought it because it was cheap, I should have known better. Admittedly this new one looks lovely and perhaps they've sorted out the build materials and quality, but I doubt it. Acer are cheap for a reason.





Sony used to be massively overpriced, but the Vaio E is I think a great machine at a good price. Well i'll find out soon enough when I get it anyway - I'll wait a year before long term reviews come out on this Acer before I'd risk buying another.

ph22pd

March 30, 2010, 1:12 pm

SOny has Z series and Dell alienware has Mx11. They both are portable powerhouses. Its odd that acer, a company which traditionally has delivered in power: performance sector i yet to produce a portable powerhouse. Looks like finally acer has settled down from its madness called aspire 5920g in the looks department.If only they could squeeze in a good screen and reduce weight of these so that the desktop replacement becomes more portable. That IMHO will be a killer laptop.

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