Acer Ferrari One Has Lexus Design but Gremlin Performance
Acer's partnership with Ferrari to build laptops containing Ferrari design elements goes back at
least to 2004. The Ferrari One, however, is a totally different machine from the large and
expensive Ferrari laptops of the past. It weighs just 3.3 pounds with its standard six-cell battery in
place, and it measures roughly an inch thick; yet it contains an Athlon X2 dual-core low-voltage
CPU and 4GB of RAM. Is it a large and relatively high-powered netbook, or a small and
somewhat low-powered ultraportable? From here, it appears to straddle the line effectively and
The system's styling is great for fans of Ferrari Red. The laptop is quite thin and light, with a
smooth glossy finish and nice lines. Only the large cooling vent on the left edge breaks up the
sleek finish. Despite the svelte frame, Acer crams plenty of ports into the sides: three USB ports,
gigabit ethernet, a VGA output, mic in and headphone out, a multicard reader slot, and even a
slot for ATI's optional external graphics.
One of the best things about the Ferrari One is its low cost: The base price of $599 includes a
1366 by 768 backlit LED screen, which delivers nice contrast and color; a 250GB hard drive; 4GB
of RAM; and Windows 7 Home Premium.
Sounds Good, Feels Good
The Ferrari One's sound quality is excellent for such a small system, thanks to third-generation
Dolby Home Theater audio enhancements, including Dolby Headphone and Dolby Digital Live.
The laptop's lack of an optical drive cuts into the sound system's utility, of course, but still TV
shows on Hulu had surprising audio punch.
Other strong features include a large,comfortable keyboard; and a smooth and accurate
multitouch-gesture-capable touchpad. Though the touchpad button bar is slightly stiff, it makes a
satisfying "click" sound when activated and isn't susceptible to accidental pressing at the wrong
time. The main disappointments are the Ctrl and Function keys, which are so narrow and so close