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New Acer laptop lets you take the mouse out of the computer

By Staff writers | 1:38 pm 04/07/2011

We love hearing about new notebooks, especially ones with features that grab our attention. This week, it’s the Acer Aspire Ethos, the first laptop we’ve seen to let you detach the trackpad and use it as a wireless remote.

Boasting five speakers, a subwoofer, and a battery life of up to 10 hours, the new Acer Aspire Ethos 5951G and 8951G might make the perfect entertainment laptop for an overseas flight. The new computers – available in both 15.6-inch and 18.4-inch sizes – feature 2nd generation Intel Core i7 processors using Sandy Bridge technology, Nvidia GeForce GT 500 graphics, Blu-ray drive, a backlit keyboard, and are equipped with the high-speed USB 3.0 technology.

But what makes them really stand out is the inbuilt mouse which can actually be removed from the laptop and used as a touchpad media remote.

We’re curious to see if this technology catches on, and what happens if the mouse accidentally gets lost.

Regardless, if the new Ethos grabs your attention as well, it’s heading to stores this week from $2,399.

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