The Bottom Line
- Four Gigabytes Memory
- Very Large Hard Drive
- Heavy For Its Dimensions
- Glossy Screen Can Cause Issues In Bright Light
- No Productivity Software Included
- AMD Turion X2 TL-66 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
- 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 12.1" WXGA (1280x800) Wide LCD with 1.3MP Webcam
- ATI Radeon X1270 Integrated Graphics
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth 2.0
- Three USB 2.0, FireWire, ExpressCard/54, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 11.9" x 8.9" x 1.3" @ 4 lbs.
- Vista Ultimate, Norton Internet Security, PowerDVD, NTI CD-Maker
Guide Review - Acer Ferrari FR1100-5457 Ultraportable Laptop PC
2/25/08 – While most companies are going with Intel processors for their notebook systems, Acer has elected to use the high end AMD Turion X2 TL-66 dual core mobile processor. This certainly gives it a lot of performance but it does fall slightly behind the Intel processors. To make up for this, the notebook includes four gigabytes of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory. That is double what most companies offer and allows it to perform extremely smoothly with the Vista Ultimate operating system.
Another area that many ultraportable systems tend to sacrifice features is in the storage. Hard drives tend to be smaller and sometimes optical drives are left to external units. Thankfully Acer has included a large 250GB hard drive, allowing the Ferrari 1100 to be used as a primary computer system holding all your files. It also has a built-in dual layer DVD burner for handling all of the playback and recording of CDs or DVDs.
Playback of video on the screen is a real joy thanks to the glossy coated 12.1-inch widescreen display. The glossy coating has other drawbacks though. It limits the viewing angle of the screen and does have issue in brighter light conditions such as direct sunlight. The integrated ATI Radeon X1270 graphics are a step up from some solutions but it still won't really allow the system to be used for any sort of 3D gaming. Not a big issue for most ultraportables.
The other big area of contention with the Acer Ferrari 1100 is its weight. While the system has some very small dimensions, the systems tips the scales at 4 pounds (more with accessories) that makes it a good deal heavier than many other ultraportable laptops on the market. Definitely something to consider for those traveling frequently.