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Jun 17, 2011

Acer Aspire Ethos: A Detachable Trackpad Is a Pretty Good Idea

Acer's new Ethos Laptop isn't the world's craziest lappy when it comes to guts—Core i5/i7 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M graphics—but it has one interesting feature: a detachable trackpad. that not only detaches from from the laptop, but also functions as a media remote.

The card-sized trackpad functions exactly the same while detached, but then with the touch of a button, LEDs appear from beneath the trackpad's surface and it gains a second life as a media remote with music, movie and presentation control capablities. Useful if you have your laptop plugged into a TV.

The rest of the laptop's feature set skews towards entertainment purposes, with edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass in 15.6-inch and 18.4-inch sizes, instant-on media mode and Dolby sound. The Ethos is available now, with prices starting at $1600.
 
 

8 comments:

Brandon said...

That's a really neat idea!

TIMMYTHEROBOT said...

looks pretty cool

braumaman said...

Thats pretty cool.

Hot New Music Today said...

Starting at $1600... damn. All the cool stuff outdoes my price range instantly.

Athanasian Complexio said...

Wow, that's such a simple, but GREAT idea. I always found the placement of touchpads kinda inconvenient but that's just...genius.

Carm said...

That is an ingenious idea. Will be great for movie watching.

Agent 001 said...

Now that's a great idea! now they just need to work on better battery times! sitting on 75% after 15mins!

LadyS said...

Laptops are useless what with the incredibly low battery capacity they have.