Acer's latest Ferrari-themed notebook is sure to turn heads, but the outrageous price will make most users roll their eyes. It also had us shaking our heads. For one shiny dollar shy of $4000 you expect a lot more laptop for your money, and we're not just talking about the physical size of this sub-notebook. We simply can't work out what makes this worth the asking price.
Yes, there's a limited production run of which Australia will get only 99 individually numbered models, but that's more a marketing stunt to artificially generate demand. The hardware specifications are pretty solid, but unlike its motoring namesake, this Ferrari is no bitumen-burning mean machine. It's merely "fast enough" rather than "wow". This is due partly to the choice of an AMD processor rather than Intel's Core 2 Duo powerplant.
And while battery life is typically paramount in choosing an ultra-portable notebook, our informal tests indicate you'd be lucky to hit three hours running wireless networking and a usable level of screen brightness.
The overall design is harder to fault. The Ferrari motif has been extended beyond the "prancing horse" badges to mouse buttons that mimic foot pedals, a racing check pattern on the lid and the trackpad (which gives the trackpad a pleasing texture) and a power switch cheekily styled to look like a big red starter button. Inclusions are a comfortable notebook mouse and a compact VoIP handset, both of which are wireless.
The keyboard is one of Acer's best and overall the Ferrari 1100 has a solid feel. That's not surprising, as it weighs a rather hefty two kilograms, whenmost sub-notes with a 30-centimetre screen shave at least 500 grams off that. Acer's trumpeted carbon-fibre assembly is limited to an insert on the exterior lid, making no difference to the overall weight.
Yet as smart as the overall package is, the Ferrari 1100 struck us as a little more flash than dash for a whole lot of of cash.
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