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Acer Shows Aspire Ethos Laptop With Removable Touchpad

Acer has released a new laptop, the Ethos, that comes with a classy accessory, a removable touchpad that doubles as a groovy remote control.

We have dreamt of something like this for years now, but with a smartphone like the iPhone used as a touchpad; check our April fools article for a taste of our vision.

The Aspire Ethos - which will be available within weeks - will be Acer's top of the range desktop replacement with an 18-inch display and a 1920x1080 resolution and choice of either the Nvidia Geforce GT555M or the GT540M graphics cards.

As expected, it will be powered by second-generation Intel Sandy Bridge processors, ranging from an i3 to an i7, up to 16GB RAM and either one or two hard disk drives.

There's also a Blu-ray writer but no 3D capabilities or dual SSD option available. The rest of the configuration reflects what you'd expect from a laptop that carries a suggested retail price of £999; this includes Wi-Fi, BT 3.0. a card reader, a 1.3-megapixel webcam, a fingerprint reader, Firewire, HDMI, USB 3.0 & 2.0 ports, support for Dolby Home Theater technology and Windows 7 Home Premium.

At nearly 4Kg and with an estimated battery life of nearly six hours, the Aspire Ethos is not a bad product. However, it is expensive and if you don't need the raw power of Sandy Bridge, you might be better off with a cheaper but older laptop.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.