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Ferrari Speeds Into Netbook Race

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 32 comments

Acer will release a Ferrari-branded netbook next month without the sports car price.

Taiwanese manufacturer Acer plans to release a Ferrari-branded netbook next month based on its Intel-powered Aspire One netbook. Acer revealed the device at a recent launch event held at Ferrari's Monza racetrack, and admitted that it won't cost consumers and Ferrari fanboys the hefty pricetag associated with the infamous sports cars: it will instead cost around $727 USD on October 22. Splashed with hot red and branding the familiar prancing horse badge dead center, this netbook should raise a few eyebrows both visually and performance-wise... for a netbook, that is.

Under the hood, the netbook sports decent horsepower for the price, its engine consisting of AMD's 1.2 GHz dual core Athlon X2 L310 processor--backed by the M780G chipset--and AMD's ATI Radeon HD 3200 GPU graphics chip. The Acer netbook also provides a generous 11.6-inch display offering 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, and ATI XGP technology for external graphics expansion. Along with a six-cell rechargable battery to keep this sporty netbook revved for hours, the Ferrari One comes installed with 2 GB of memory, a 250 GB hard drive, a multi-format memory card reader, Bluetooth, Draft-N Wi-Fi, and 3G connectivity.

According to ITProPortal, the upcoming Windows 7 OS will come pre-installed (Premium or Starter) in addition to Dolby Home Theater, and will feature other notable bells and whistles like a chiclet keyboard, multitouch mousepad, and a stylish textured palm rest branded with the infamous Ferrari crest mounted on the right. Unfortunately, fans will still have to put up with the Windows and AMD Vision stickers on the palm rest however, glaring at consumers like ugly bumper stickers mounted on the left.

Look for the Acer Ferrari One to race onto store shelves next month just in time for Microsoft's debut of Windows 7.

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    zendax , September 15, 2009 12:28 AM
    Between the price, the size, and the performance, it's not really a netbook anymore... especially considering the price.

    I'd consider it more an ultra-portable laptop that chooses a small footprint over being super-thin.
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    zendax , September 15, 2009 12:28 AM
    Between the price, the size, and the performance, it's not really a netbook anymore... especially considering the price.

    I'd consider it more an ultra-portable laptop that chooses a small footprint over being super-thin.
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    Montezuma , September 15, 2009 12:29 AM
    Ummm...no.
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2009 12:49 AM
    I guess Acer missed the memo. This product is not a netbook as it breaks a number of netbook specifications, making it a laptop:

    http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2009/05/5-22-09win7start.jpg
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    FoShizzleDizzle , September 15, 2009 12:51 AM
    TacoBellAssassinI guess Acer missed the memo. This product is not a netbook as it breaks a number of netbook specifications, making it a laptop:http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadge [...] 7start.jpg

    You're forgetting that Ferrari has enough money to break the rules just like they do in F1.
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    Nik_I , September 15, 2009 1:00 AM
    FoShizzleDizzleYou're forgetting that Ferrari has enough money to break the rules just like they do in F1.


    i'd have to argue that other teams break the rules rather than them. *cough*mclaren*cough*
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    iquark , September 15, 2009 1:20 AM
    I always wondered when we'd see this after noticing the acer logo on the Ferrari F60 formula 1 car. Not suprised that it's AMD based as Ferrari is also sponsored by AMD in F1 as are a good portion of the other teams. I think BMW-Sauber is Intel sporsored though.
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    xenon aniki , September 15, 2009 1:38 AM
    Its a super pricey netbook!
    opss.. its an affordable small laptop
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    falchard , September 15, 2009 1:57 AM
    It would have been funny if it cost $200.

    I think the bulk of the $200 price overhead from a similiarly speced Acer model comes simply from the painting. Getting a nice auto finish can be a time consuming task if you don't have access to certain things.
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2009 2:02 AM
    A LADA logo would have made more sense! :-)
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2009 2:04 AM
    I would buy it if it costs $299 streetprice!
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    The_Blood_Raven , September 15, 2009 2:20 AM
    If it gets 5-8 hours straight battery life, I would have to say that it is one kick ass notebook.
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    carlhenry , September 15, 2009 2:55 AM
    yikes, its size doesnt make sense (to me) to be considered a netbook.
    at least a 9-10 inch max would be, but 11? that has to be a notebook.
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    nitto555rchallenger , September 15, 2009 3:07 AM
    This is where some global organization like the IEEE comes out and says this is the requirements for netbooks vs. notebooks like they finally did with 802.11N. The only people who are capitalizing on this lack of public knowledge is netbook-driven manufacturers. I would say that 10 inches and below is netbook territory and not a blending of a non-standard 11.6".
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    tektek , September 15, 2009 4:35 AM
    How bout a Sportscar with a notebooks price!!
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    Tesla1483 , September 15, 2009 6:17 AM
    Did they miss the memo? Netbooks are for non-performance-oriented laptops. I'm not sure which demographic they're trying to reach with this one.
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    The Dark Wall , September 15, 2009 6:35 AM
    What's the difference in price with this and the sports car? They look the same 2 me...
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    cybrcatter , September 15, 2009 7:55 AM
    I'm going to buy this after I douse my self with some ever potent Axe Body Spray and hair gel. I always go by the golden rule: The more a company spends on marketing, the more they must have spent on R&D.
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    bachok83 , September 15, 2009 8:39 AM
    forget it. I have a few acer laptops and all of them are flimsy. Keyboard key broke down only after 3 months, touchpad button becomes touch sensitive button (you know, the kind that you dont have to click, a mere touch would make it clicks)...
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    Andraxxus , September 15, 2009 8:49 AM
    This is no longer a netbook.
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    doc70 , September 15, 2009 11:55 AM
    well, I agree this is not really a netbook given the specs, but it is still a decent machine.. I have a Ferrari laptop a few years old and still goes strong; I don't know about other acer laptops, but they made a good product with their Ferrari line so far..
    I am interested however when will any netbook manufacturer integrate the Pixel Qi screen (or something similar); that would be mmore useful than other bells and whistles.
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