I try not to put to much of my opinion in my articles, however, I have to comment on how Acer has grown over the last few years. I rememeber about four years ago, when I owned an Acer desktop and laptop. After discovering that their computers were made of cheap plastics and the parts were from the bottom of the barrel, I vowed to never by another Acer product. And even considering the price point of their netbooks, I gave them a pass on build quality.
After the Acer Iconia Tab was released, my eyes were opened again to their products. The materials that Acer are currently using are comparable to the Asus and HP laptops; maybe even better. My friends, these Ethos Laptops are evidence that Acer isn’t going anywhere and they are ready to compete with the big dogs.
Acer has finally confirmed pricing and specs for AS8951-9600 18.4-inch and the AS9591-9696 15.6-inch notebooks. They will be sold through online stores, so expect Newegg and TigerDirect to have some ready to ship soon. There isn’t word of any retail locations, but Best Buy has carried Acer products in the past.
The specs of the AS8951 are comparable to any high end laptop out there. It also has a high end price. It will sell for $1,599.99. This gets you an LED backlit 1920 x 1080 resolution screen, Windows Home Premium 64-bit, 8GB of RAM, and has Acer CineSurround Sound system.
The AS5951 is basically the little brother of the two with a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 resolution screen, 6GB of RAM, and normal sound system. Specs between both units are the same. Both will use the Intel Core i7-2630QM processor running at 2GHz.
Both will have 750GB HDDs and use the Intel HM65 Express chipset. They both will also have Blu ray, 1.3MP webcams, fingerprint readers, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi with Bluetooth. The graphic cards are no slouches, either. Both will rock a GeForce GT555M with 2GB of dedicated RAM. Last, but not least, the track pads on both machines are also removable and can be used as a media remote.