The Ultimate Racer Netbook: Acer Ferrari One 200 Review
1 October 2010
Summary: Today we are going to introduce to you the smallest of the racing and the most racing of the smallest portable computers – Acer Ferrari One 200. Its exterior is not its only appealing feature. It also boasts high performance for solutions of its class and supports an external graphics card with an ATI XGP connector.
Pros: Eye-catching Ferrari design, High performance for a netbook, Comfortable keyboard (except for the cursor keys), ATI XGP port for connecting an external graphics card, Conveniently placed interface ports
Cons: High price, Glossy coating of the display, Short battery life (compared to the Atom platform), No recovery discs, High temperature of the case, No Bluetooth or WiMAX, Scanty accessories for a premium-class product, No optical drive and no HDMI connector
Conclusion: Netbooks are the been there, bought that phenomenon of 2007-2009. There’s only so much you can do with a portable computer that has only 1024 x 600 resolution and not enough umph to play Flash video well. Enter the 11.1” to 11.6” class of smarter netbooks that have higher resolution displays, larger keyboards and better CPU + graphics combos to handle YouTube and Hulu (though still not as fluidly as full size notebooks).
Pros: Nice looking notebook, good multimedia power by netbook standards., Pro: Nice looking notebook, good multimedia power by 11.6” notebook standards.
Cons: Keyboard keys are too flat, battery life could be better., Con: Keyboard keys are too flat, battery life could be better, fan is noisy.
Conclusion: There’s much to like about the Acer Ferrari One and despite the fact that it’s quite a pricey netbook, it has enough power and features to satisfy most needs. There are other netbooks, and indeed notebooks, on the market that are more expensive and offer less. The Ferrari design may put some of you off, but, styling aside, you’re left with an effective, powerful and adaptable portable computer with most of the trimmings – it’s just a shame that Acer didn’t include an...
Excerpt: Ferrari - best known for their expensive high-performance road machines. Acer - best known for their value positioned computer products. So what happens when you combine an expensive car brand with a company known for making rather inexpensive PC systems?
Conclusion: Overall, I am extremely impressed with the Ferrari One. It costs about AED 2,999 (US$800) which is somewhat between netbooks that cost about 1,400 to 1,800 and decent notebooks that are in the range of 3,500 to 4,000. Atom based netbooks have often left me frustrated because of their sluggish performance while bigger laptops are often a bit heavier and larger than I like to lug around. The Ferrari One proves to be a perfect middle-ground.
Summary: Just as with many sports cars, owners of the Acer Ferrari One will pay more than they would for a comparable, but less sexy system, and trade in better mileage for a sleek design. Most will choose this ultraportable because of the Ferrari brand and because it offers souped-up graphics, and the $599 price tag—$200 above the Aspire 1410—gives owners the aura of luxury.
Pros: Sleek design, Good graphics performance, Excellent keyboard, Good multimedia experience,
Cons: Runs a bit hot, Not as fast as dual-core ULV notebooks, Lacks standard HDMI port, Relatively expensive,
Conclusion: The light and small case scores with a harmonious look and excellent workmanship . However, stability or smudge resistance do not belong to the advantages of the Ferrari One 200. Despite some very small keys, the keyboard could convince by its good pressure point . The touchpad is also rather small and so are the short wrist rest areas. Furthermore, the supported gestures are sometimes unintentionally triggered.
Pros: Respectable performance for a subnotebook, Good battery life, Elegant Ferrari-like design, Light and small case, XGP-port for external video adapters, Keyboard with convincing feedback, Good display quality, Nice details such as feet in wheel-look, Ferrari fans get their money worth: Flame red display lid, Ferrari logos, wrist rests in carbon-style, feet with wheel-like texture, Ferrari sound at system start, etc., etc., etc...
Cons: Display reflects, No HDMI or DVI, Small touchpad and short palm rest areas, Palm rest area gets rather warm, Not really quiet under load, Moderate sound, Some keys are rather small, Case dirties quickly, A matte display would improve the outdoor capabilities of the Ferrari One 200.