Best Back-to-School Laptops for 2011
Acer Aspire 8951G Ethos ($1,599)
For students who don’t have enough room for a notebook and a TV, this innovative 18.4-inch entertainment laptop pulls double duty. Uniquely, the Aspire 8951G Ethos’ touchpad can be removed and doubles as a remote control for when you want to watch Blu-rays on the 1080p edge-to-edge glass display. And this notebook can handle any game, thanks to a quad-core Intel Core i7-2630QM processor, 8GB of RAM, and Nvidia GeForce GT555M graphics with 2GB of memory. Five speakers (and a subwoofer) powered by Dolby Home Theater Audio provide plenty of audio oomph.