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Acer Aspire Ethos 5951 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £999
inc VAT

A few very clever features that aren’t well suited to a laptop of this size make the Ethos poor value, despite the powerful hardware and excellent gaming performance


15.6 in 1,366×768 display, 3.1kg, 2GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM, 8.00GB RAM, 750GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

If it wasn’t already clear that the Ethos is designed for multimedia, the extra-large touchpad has a touch-sensitive LED backlight that can activate shortcuts and media controls with a single press. It can also be used as a wireless remote control; flick a switch and the whole thing pops out of the laptop, so you can sit back and still be in control. We occasionally ran into some issues with sensitivity after replacing it back in its charging cradle, but for the most part it was very responsive.

Acer Aspire Ethos 5951 keyboard

The keyboard isn’t quite so flashy, but it is backlit and very comfortable to type on. The Chiclet-style keys are all full-size and have crisp actions in spite of their incredibly short travel.

We aren’t convinced that the 15.6in screen is large enough to warrant a removable wireless touchpad, particularly as it lacks a Full HD resolution. The 1,366×768 resolution is fine for web browsing and 720p video, but it would have been nice to have a higher resolution to see more detail in 1080p content. Viewing angles were slightly better than average and there’s lots of screen tilt, but colours appeared slightly overblown and contrast was lacking.

Acer Aspire Ethos 5951

In spite of its stellar gaming performance and powerful hardware, the Ethos slightly misses the mark as a multimedia laptop by not including a higher resolution display. We loved the removable touchpad, but it’s far better suited to its 18in sibling rather than with this 15in display. Here it feels more like a gimmick than a useful tool. The HP dv7-6051ea might not be in the same league for gaming performance, but it’s a better all-round multimedia laptop – with a 17in, 1,600×900 screen – for around £100 less.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core i7-2630QM
Processor clock speed 2GHz
Memory 8.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 16GB
Size 39x381x27mm
Weight 3.1kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 15.6 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce GT 555M
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 2,048MB


Total storage capacity 750GB
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL BD-ROM

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 4
Total Firewire ports 1
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g/n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SDHC, Memory Stick Pro, xD
Other ports eSATA (shared with USB socket), minijack audio output/S/PDIF (shared), minijack audio input, minijack microphone input, 1x USB3


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, NTI Media Maker 9
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £999

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