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Acer Aspire AS8951G-9600 Notebook Intel Core i7 2630QM (2.00GHz) 8GB Memory 750GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 18.4" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

  • Intel Core i7 2630QM (2.00GHz)
  • 8GB Memory 750GB HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
  • 1920 x 1080
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • BD Combo
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Michael B.
  • 2/11/2013 2:15:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I liked the backlit keys when they worked and the gorilla glass screen.

Cons: The backlighting stopped working, it overheated till it would turn off with even mild use, and the screen is slightly out of the lid.

I took it apart and found out that the thermal grease was poorly applied... but it was too late as it continued to have heating and cooling issues after that point.

The worst part is I had just bought an SSD and another 8GB memory from newegg for it. So now it cost me even more money that I will never see again.

Other Thoughts: I loved it at first, but it was a quick downward spiral and now it is unfortunately no more than a paperweight. I wouldn't buy another Acer...

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  • Michael B.
  • 12/16/2012 11:15:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWas good... kind of.

Pros: Screen is nice and it runs things smoothly... for awhile.
I never had an issue with the touchpad.

I like the illuminating lights behind the keyboard as well as the reactiveness the keyboard has.

Its also nice to have a laptop that won't die as soon as you disconnect it from its power source.

Cons: I had to have mine replaced out of the box due to the screen not being fully attached to the rest of the frame. My replacement had the same issue in a different location, but I kept it because it was a hassle to get the first one and I needed a computer for school.

The computer was good to start out with. Not soon after, it would become increasingly hotter when dealing with computer games and as of not it all-together shuts down when I'm playing something even as mildly taxing as world of warcraft.

Computers shouldn't overheat and turn off.

Other Thoughts: It is heavy and large, not very good for trying to be portable but is good as a desktop replacement.

My family has owned 3 acers ranging from $800-2400 and this will be the last.

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  • Micah J.
  • 12/14/2011 8:07:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Laptop

Pros: Runs great. Good Power. Good graphics video. I run multiple applications at once. 3d CAD, Visual Studio and others. Battery is good not great. Battery held well first 2-3 charges. 3-4 hrs

Cons: Fingerprint reader is very irritating. Comes on for no reason with false reads even when idle. It takes several reads at times to work. Battery dies in remote even when plugged in. Needs to charge after system startup. System battery life dropped after approx 3 charges. It not very bad though. Still 1.5-2 hrs with high work load

Other Thoughts: I have not used many comparable laptops but I am definitely satisfied with performance.

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  • Gabriel D.
  • 10/24/2011 9:22:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsJack of All Trades...

Pros: Excellent overall package.

Classy understated aesthetics, with a nice brushed aluminum finish.
Solid construction, very rigid for it's size. Seems slimmer and smaller than you'd think for an 18.4" screen.

Keyboard ergonomics are good, keys are well spaced and have a nice tactile feedback.

The removable touch-pad works well and is actually more than a novelty. It works in both normal and landscape orientation.

System stays cool and quiet during normal use, and only gets a bit louder and warmer when running games.

Speakers are surprisingly good, for a laptop mind you...

The Hard Drive is formatted as just one partition (Yay!).

Came pre-installed with Windows 7 Ultimate!? Not advertised as such, but thanks!

Has a minimum of "bloatware". Took me about an hour to get everything the way I like it.

Pretty much everything you could want in a "desktop replacement". An outstanding value for this role. There is nothing it can't do, truly a Jack of All Trades.

Cons: Just a little shy in the memory dept. 1333mhz, or at least the option to upgrade would have been nice.

The video card is not top-of-the-pile, but it is a nice mid-level card with good battery and thermal performance.

The hard drive really shoulda been a 7200RPM. This machine has some serious horsepower but it somewhat hamstrung by it's slowish (but spacious!) hard drive.

Other Thoughts: I have owned many laptops over the last 20 years, this is the best one yet. I use it for CAD, 3D Scanning, 3D Printing, Office Apps, Internet, Games, Videos, etc... While not the absolute best at any one of them, it excels at all of them.

I would have paid another $200 for a better Hard Drive and Video Card.

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  • Hector R.
  • 9/19/2011 3:49:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice bright screen, like the additional upgradable 8GB to a total of 16GB Ram. Love the Media remote built in with the mousepad. Keys are nice and separated for ease typing. Very Plenty of USB ports. CD/BLUERAY drive very easy to open, convenient button unlike my HP is a pain to open. High end games run smoothly with the grafics maxed out even on my 47 inch TV, no lag. The hinges are very nice and big, "sturdy", unlike other laptop that seems they are going to break appart. Nice backlit keys. Good battery life under normal conditions with the screen brightness set low.

Cons: The fingerprint reader (Bio Protection) does not work from day one, have tried many things and the only reason I have found on the internet is because of non supported software (IE9), I do not see why this is not updated and fixed. The system is a smudge magnet, the HD should have been at least a 7200RPM for the money paid, cannot find the cable to add a 2nd hard drive, the installed 8GB ram is intragrated so you cannot update to a better quality ram. The media remote (mouspad) does not turn off with the system, you have to turn it off manually so this is a wear on the remote battery. the left and right mousebutton are unnintentionally clicked if you are in bed with the laptop over your legs (they stick out too far). Sound is good quality but kinda low. cannot replace battery because it is inside the laptop (not under the cover) so you cannot travel with additional battery if needed. Screen is not antiglare. Cannot have a replacement mediaremote, Software only accepts the factory one

Other Thoughts: wish they made these systems fully upgradable, i would like to upgrade the 2GB videocard to a 5GB. The bluetooth does not connect to your phone, only transfers data from and to. overall the system is nice and it does what i was expecting it to do, however for the money I think they could have done a little better especially with the hard drive (maybe a mommentus XT). Maybe i should have gone for that overpriced alienware but nah, this system will meet what I need as soon as I upgrade the hard drive and hopefully add a secondary hard drive, already upgraded the Ram. Hopefully acer will get the issue with the fingerprint reader fixed but i do not count on them doing so. Keep windex wipes handy in your laptop bag, maybe ones with smudge repellant like plege does with furniture, you will need them. "ACER not too bad of a job but you can do a little better".

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  • Bob A.
  • 9/13/2011 12:46:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPowerful desktop replacement, but poor secondary HDD support

Pros: Came installed with Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit not Home Premium as listed. Memory easily upgradable to 16GB. Dual graphics gives you performance where you need it, and saves battery when you don't.

Cons: As a laptop built for performance it's odd that they chose a 5400RPM drive that bottlenecks that performance. We purchased an SSD to use in place of the OS drive.

"Dual Hard Drive Support", really? Any normal person would consider "support" to mean if you purchase a second hard drive the laptop supports the installation of said drive. No, you must purchase the HDD Connector Cable at the very least and there is no bracket to mount the drive.

Several reviewers have commented on the difficultly in finding these parts. There is also some misleading information given. The HDD Connector Cables for the 8950G are NOT interchangeable with the 8951G. Reviewer dezypher has posted what appears to be the correct part numbers.

It would only have cost Acer a few cents to include the cable and bracket for the second drive, but instead we are left hunting for parts.

Other Thoughts: If you take the bottom cover off be sure to slide the orange switch into the unlocked position prior to removal.

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  • Keith W.
  • 9/12/2011 5:43:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsIt's a Monster (but a good one)!

Pros: Battery life - 7.5 hours under normal "office-type" use. Core-i7 CPU - Quad-core with dual threads each. Never did get the CPU utilization above 37%! And she'll "burst" to 2.9+ GHz. But surprisingly cool for such a heavyweight CPU. The 'removable' touch pad is a nice touch. Very useful for doing presentations with PowerPoint. 18.3" screen is razor sharp and super bright. Had to knock the brightness down a notch or two. The backlit keyboard can be switched off to conserve battery when it's not needed. In a darkened room (or airplane cabin) this makes it easy to see the keyboard. Although not clearly listed as such, the web cam is HD at 720p. It looked really good using Skype. The built-in speaker system sounds awesome. The USB 3.0 port is nice, as is the eSATA port. This thing does everything but pop out hot buttered toast.

Cons: Weight - she's a heavy bugger with that 18.3" screen. The 5400 RPM drive makes the system drag a little. I may opt for a 7200 RPM or SSD upgrade later on. The wireless card is 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz only. Come on Acer, spend the extra coin and put a dual-band 2.4/5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless card in here. This is your top line machine.

Other Thoughts: The Newegg listing says Windows 7 Home Premium x64, but mine came with Ultimate x64. Nice! Another user commented there was no case that fit. But my wife's Mobile Edge ScanFast 17.3" (MESFBP2.0) fit it fine, and this case is a dream going through TSA. I'm not sure I would ever use the fingerprint scanner, but it's a nice option to have just in case. A facial recognition option with the built-in web cam may be a better option (hint, hint). There's a 'subwoofer' underneath (I'm not even kidding). IMHO, the USB 3.0 and eSATA ports should be swapped for the 2 USB 2.0 ports on the right.

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  • Robert B.
  • 9/11/2011 5:44:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery powerful laptop.

Pros: Great screen.
Easy access to HDD bays and the 2 open RAM slots.
Crapware very easy to remove.
Backlit keyboard is a nice addition.
Best sound quality and volume I've ever had on a laptop.
Fingerprint scanner working fine. You just have to make sure you scan your finger properly (not at an angle).

Cons: HDD began to fail within the first few days. Acer wanted me to ship the entire laptop back to have the drive replaced.
Hardware to install 2nd HDD very hard to find. I couldn't find anywhere in the US. I ended up getting it from a small company in Canada. $75 with shipping and insurance.
Touchpad is a bit wonky but I don't use touchpads much so it isn't really bothering me.

Other Thoughts: Even taking all the cons posted on the reviews here as well as my own, I'd still buy this laptop again. The performance you get is well worth it.

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  • Shonith M.
  • 9/5/2011 9:03:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat PC, Could be much better

Pros: Agree with all the reviews posted. Excellent screen, very responsive, lots of features.

Cons: Terrible trackpad. Need external mouse. Hard to get parts for second HDD. Costs about $100.

Other Thoughts: Need better documentation for upgrades. Had to return extra memory because incompatible. Little documentation of memory currently installed (Brand, Speed, cas latency etc)

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  • David P.
  • 9/3/2011 10:20:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExactly what I expected

Pros: 18.4" 1080p - What more could you want, unless it's too big.
core i7 - I'm an AMD enthusiast, but have prefered intel for laptops for years. This is perfect for VMware and multiple virtual servers and server farms.
8GB RAM – Expandable by “adding” 2 SODIMMs. No need to replace the existing 8 GB.
eSATA & USB 3; 802.11 n & Gigabit Ethernet; 5.1 surround; fingerprint reader; backlit keyboard for nighttime, with an off switch; multi-card reader; Blu-ray; Price and value.

Cons: Can’t find a backpack that fits.
750 GB drive is slower than I want…why not 1TB 7200?
How do I add a second drive? Still looking for that “How to” video.
Only thing really missing is Blu-ray writer, but I probably wouldn’t use it anyway.

Other Thoughts: This was a personal purchase for business, customer facing consulting, software development, remote work and a desktop replacement. When traveling it does everything I need it for. I’d like to remedy the Carry bag issue first, then add a second drive for performance. I also had extra RAM lying around because I needed to replace 4 GB from a Toshiba I bought last year to upgrade to 8 GB. Now this runs with 12 GB. Video and movies look great, but I haven’t taxed it with anything yet. My VMs run great and it is very stable so far. I almost bought another brand, which also has the highest reliability rates for laptops (as does Acer,) but were missing many of my requirements.

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