A stunning In addition to top-notch performance, this desktop replacement packs in some pleasant and useful surprises. But the laptop looks and sounds good, and movie playback is superb. Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.
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It has an This allows it to last a surprisingly long time away from a power outlet — it lasted over four hours in our rundown test, in which we disable power management, enable Wi-Fi, maximise screen brightness and loop an Xvid-encoded video.
The operating system and applications are installed on a GB Intel SSD, and there is also a GB secondary hard drive installed for extra applications and data. Both drives sit in 2. In our tests, the SSD screamed! It managed a record rate of megabytes per second MBps in our file transfer test in which we copy files from one location on the disk to another and its CrystalDiskMark read and write rates of It even has a built-in fingerprint reader for security, but this sometimes gets in the way while typing — if your palm swipes it by accident it will make an alarming noise and ask if you want to enrol a finger.
One feature the Aspire Ethos lacks is an integrated digital TV tuner. However, the screen is very glossy and reflections off it can be annoying. The keyboard is good though — its keys are soft and have good travel and response.
The touchpad also pops out of its little area in the chassis and can be used as a remote control for the pre-installed Clear-Fi software. One thing we wish the Aspire Ethos had is dedicated volume controls. For serious listening you are better off plugging a good set of external speakers or connecting to a home theatre amplifier.
That said, you can always plug in your own mouse and monitor if you want. Join the newsletter!
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