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Acer Ethos AS8951G/AS5951G Owners Lounge

Discussion in 'Acer' started by Shyte, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Shyte

    Shyte Notebook Enthusiast

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    US Acer Ethos Release date: 6/17/2011
    AS8951G/AS5951G Specs:
    18.4″ Full HD (1920×1080) or 15.6″ HD (1366×768)
    CineCrystal Full HD and HD displays
    HD discrete graphics solutions
    DirectX 11
    Dolby Home Theater v4
    detachable touchpad that doubles as a MediaRemote
    orientation sensor allows the touchpad to be used either horizontally or vertically
    allows seamless media sharing via clear.fi
    InstantOn Arcade key
    Blu-Ray Disc or DVD optical drive
    HDMI
    frameless displays, Corning Gorilla Glass
    brushed aluminium-magnesium alloy cover
    back-lit chiclet keyboard
    second generation Intel Core™ i processors
    Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
    NVIDIA GeForce GT500 series discrete graphics
    USB 3.0 port
    PowerSmart long life battery
    HDD or SSD
    Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 (optional) and Gigabit LAN
    Aspire Ethos 8951G comes with Acer CineSurround with five Dolby-tuned built-in speakers and Acer Tuba CineBass subwoofer
    Aspire Ethos 5951G True5.1-channel surround sound output, two built-in stereo speakers and the Acer Tuba CineBass booster



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  2. chriscatt

    chriscatt Notebook Evangelist

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    Hi, nice, any news on the UK?
    Chris
     
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    notebook303 Notebook Consultant

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    It would be nice to have a 17.3 inch version of these also.

    Does the 18.4 inch have 2 USB 3.0 ports?

    I have check the SSD options on that also
     
  4. Orlbuckeye

    Orlbuckeye Notebook Evangelist

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    I bleive it has 1 USB 3.0 port but also a eSata port and firewire. I believe its also the same mobo as the 8950 and I added a SSD drive to it.
     
  5. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope.

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    The AS5951G needs a FHD display option. What's Acer thinking?

    Bronsky:cool:
     
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    usz Notebook Enthusiast

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    mookill Notebook Geek

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    hopefully a better panel than the 8950 series.
     
  8. Shyte

    Shyte Notebook Enthusiast

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    acer updated their site today.
    AS5951G-9694 | Product Model

    and I found out that the laptop has a embedded battery. thats a definite down =/
     
  9. OC-Freak

    OC-Freak Notebook Deity

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    Another down is using DDR3 video memory rather than GDDR5 which would give an real boost to the GFX performance of GT555M
     
  10. Meaker

    Meaker Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    The GDDR5 version uses a weaker core and a narrower bus meaning performance will be the same.

    They should have used 1.5GB of memory over a 192bit mem bus rather than 2GB over a 128bit bus though.
     
  11. lukalukaluka

    lukalukaluka Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey, there's an interesting info on Acer site:

    Software Included

    Microsoft Office Starter 2010: Includes limited-functionality Microsoft® Word and Excel with advertising; no PowerPoint or Outlook. Buy Office 2010 to use the full-featured software.

    Bing™ Bar

    Windows Live™ Essentials

    so, does that mean that Acer ePower Management and other Acer bloatware that was on eg. 8943G isn't needed and can be safely uninstalled? (especially ePower management) ?
     
  12. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope.

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    I disabled ePower on my 1410T and did not reinstall it on my 3820TG when I did a clean install. I don't miss its glitchy performance.

    Bronsky:cool:
     
  13. Meaker

    Meaker Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    That's funny because it really helps my machine squeeze out a few extra minutes and I have not had any problems. Strange =/
     
  14. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope.

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    ePower would shut down my Broadcomm Wifi card when ever my 3820TG went on battery. It drove me nuts. No matter how I reset the parameters, it would still do the same thing. When I had to replace my first 3820TG (industrial accident), I tested out the ePower with the Atheros adapter in the new 3820TG and there was no problem. Strange indeed.

    Bronsky:cool:
     
  15. pmbellis

    pmbellis Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hmm ... this thread reads "owner's lounge", but the comments I read are all by non-owners. Am I the only actual owner around?

    I'm not a gamer or multi-media buff ... I chose this laptop for the i7 multi-threaded CPU & 8Gb RAM (I work with VMWare a lot) & so far it's more than delivered on my expectations.

    The 1st thing I did was to resize the system partition to 100Gb & create a 2nd one of 100Gb & then installed Windows 7 Ultimate ... much better for my purposes.

    Likes:
    The keyboard & backlight
    The clarity of the screen
    Battery life (have got 4.5 hours continual usage!) ... I usually don't bother shutting down, I just "sleep"
    Dislikes:
    HDD is a bottleneck (5400 rpm!)... will be buying a SSD as soon as I can afford it.
    Chassis shows fingerprints easily
    It's REALLY big! (the mass isn't THAT much greater than other laptops, so that's not an issue.)

    My Windows Experience Rating is:
    Processor: 7.4
    RAM: 7.6
    Graphics: 5.9 (Really expeced this to be higher!)
    Gaming Graphics: 6.8
    Primary HD: 5.9 (This is rediculous ... definitely upgrading soonest)

    Overall, very happy.
     
  16. Orlbuckeye

    Orlbuckeye Notebook Evangelist

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    Well it's not available yet in the USA. I recently bought the 8950G. I moved the HD to the second bay and installed a 128 GB SSD. I was told by Acer I couldn't do it yet the parts I purchased were Acer parts. My Windows experience went from 5.9 to 6.7 after adding the SSD drive. I then removed the page file and the score went to 6.9.
     
  17. Meaker

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    Ohh, just because my GPU is faster :p

    We were talking about global issues across all models.
     
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    Is the 8gb in 2 sticks or 4? ie do I need to toss the memory to upgrade to 16gb, or just add 8gb.

    Also, what does internal batter mean - not removable/replaceable - like a (horror) macbook????

    Also, does this have the dumb "need a new cover for a 2nd drive issue"?
     
  19. pmbellis

    pmbellis Notebook Enthusiast

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    1. RAM ... mine has 2 x 4Gb ... but there are 4 slots, so adding another 2 would do the trick. (Not sure what the max RAM is ... can't find that) Edit: I see that 16Gb is max ...
    2. Yes, Battery is non-removable. According to the blurb this is bacause the "new" technology is so much better that you'll never need to change it ... we'll see (so far I'm happy .... 4.5 hr battery time ... tested, not estimated)
    3. Not sure what you mean by this ... mine has 2 x 500Gb HDDs ... there's just one huge "cover" on the underside that covers the battery, the RAM & the HDDs ... simple to open with a philips .... perhaps if you could rephrase I'd understand the issue.
     
  20. Orlbuckeye

    Orlbuckeye Notebook Evangelist

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    Well the product wasn't available in the USA until like this week. Buy.com has it for around 1700.00. The model they have has 1 - 750 GB HD. I bet it's the same setup as the 8950 sold in the USA where the 2nd bay cover that comes with it will not fit with a second drive. I also assume a cable will be needed to added a second drive. in the link below the 7.0 MM cover is the one used with an empty drive bay and the 9.5MM cover is needed if a second drive is used.

    Buy.com link:
    http://www.buy.com/prod/acer-aspire...-core-i7-i7-2630qm-2/q/loc/101/221775671.html

    Acer outlet link:
    Acer Store by Jtec - Search Results for "8950"
     
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