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Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G 18.4in laptop

Full HD desktop replacement with plenty of poke

With the large screen taking its toll on the eight-cell 55Wh battery, the Ethos managed 1hr 45mins when looping PCMark Vantage. Considering the laptop weighs a hefty 4.8kg, portability isn’t high on the agenda and this relatively short battery life is to be expected.

Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G

Shininess aside, certainly a worthy contender as a desktop replacement

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that the Ethos isn’t averse to a bit of upgrading. Unscrewing the two back panels reveals two spare memory slots and a 2.5in drive bay.

Verdict

Acer’s done a good job with the Ethos – it looks great and performs well. Of course, the fast processor, large screen, Blu-ray drive and fancy design don’t come cheap, and many will baulk at the price tag Acer’s slapped on it. That said, it’s in line with similar 18.4in offerings, such as HP’s dv8-1110ea that retails for around the same price. If you want to ditch your desktop and can afford it, Acer’s Aspire Ethos 8943G is definitely worth a close look. ®

Thanks to SaveOnLaptops for the loan of the review sample.

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Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G

Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G 18.4in laptop

High performance, big screen notebook with easy upgrade access.
Price: £1200 RRP