Acer Aspire 8943G and 5943G (aka Acer Ethos) preview

Acer may have announced its new Aspire Ethos line a few months back, but this is the first time we have had the chance to catch a glimpse of the multimedia monsters in person, albeit these were lacking that special Ethos branding on the exterior. We've really got to hand it to Acer on the new aesthetic of the 18.4-inch 8943G and 15.6-inch 5943G -- the systems have a nice brushed metal coating and glorious-looking chiclet keyboards. Though obviously, the first thing that caught our eye was that black dual-mode touchpad which is pictured above -- it's a standard touchpad until you press the circular button between the buttons, after which it turns into the system's multimedia controls. When we tapped that movie button, it briskly launched Windows Media player, but we do fear that the glossy plastic coating on the pad will hamper everyday navigation. Both models on display were powered by 1.6GHz Core i7-720QM CPUs, but the 5943G had 4GB of DDR3 RAM and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics while the 8943G boasted 8GB of RAM and a Radeon HD 5850. In addition, they've got 8-cell batteries and Blu-ray drives, so three cheers for that. We'll be keeping an ear out for the arrival of these bad boys stateside, but until then feast your eyes on the beauty shots below. %Gallery-94344%