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.