More than a month has passed since they were introduced in Europe, and now they are ready to hit US and Canadian stores - we're talking about the 'new and improved' Aspire Ethos laptops from Acer which are based on Intel's Huron River platform.
Known as 5951G and 8951G, the updated 15.6-inch 18.4-inch Ethos laptops feature a brushed aluminum magnesium alloy cover, a Gorilla Glass-reinforced LED-backlit display (1366 x 768 resolution for the 15.6-inch model, 1920 x 1080 for the 18.4-inch unit), a backlit chiclet keyboard, a detachable touchpad that can be used as a media remote, the cross-platform media sharing system, and a PowerSmart long life battery that can retain 80% capacity for over 1000 charge cycles (that's 3 times more than 'traditional' notebook batteries).
Acer's machines also pack a 2nd generation Core processor, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 750GB (5951G) or 1.5TB (8951G) of storage space, a GeForce GT 555M 2Gb graphics card, a DVD or Blu-ray drive, a multi-in-1 card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, optional Bluetooth 3.0, USB 3.0 connectivity, a Crystal Eye HD webcam, two (5951G) or five (8951G) built-in speakers, and an even a fingerprint reader (optional).
The Aspire Ethos 5951G and 8951G start at $1,400 and $1,600, respectively.