Acer Ferrari One-200 review

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The rest of the Ferrari’s specification is good, with 2GB of RAM and a 250GB hard disk outstripping the 1GB of memory and 160GB disk offered by the recently reviewed Samsung N510. It’s disappointing there’s no 802.11n, though, which is included in the Samsung.

We like the screen though. Its 11.6in diagonal and 1,366 x 768 resolution are identical to the Samsung N510, and just like its rival this helps the Acer Ferrari’s screen pack a far greater punch than most netbooks. It’s bright, it’s sharp, and the higher resolution is much more readable on an 11.6in screen than when manufacturers try and squeeze all those pixels into a 10.1in display. Our single complaint is that the screen’s glossy finish proved distracting under bright office lights.

The keyboard, meanwhile, takes inspiration from Acer’s super-light Timeline laptops with tightly tesselated, broad, flat keys. The results are good and, while traditionalists may prefer the weightier action of the Samsung’s keyboard, there’s little to complain about.

The layout is sensible too, with a single-height Return key the only weak point. And, while the trackpad is an odd tapered shape, with plenty of space and a light responsive rocker button beneath, it’s still easy to use.

Unfortunately, the solid ergonomics are marred by mediocre battery life. While its six-cell power pack lasted 4hrs 46mins in our light-use benchmark, the Samsung N510 lasted considerably longer at over six hours in the same test.

It’s a powerful and well-built netbook, then, but we’re not convinced that it’s better than Samsung’s finest: with the N110 offering class-leading battery life, the NC20 with a larger 12in screen and the new Nvidia ION-based N510 able to deliver decent performance for less cash.

This leaves one main reason to buy the Ferrari, and that’s its styling. While its brash looks won’t appeal to everyone, you can’t argue that it makes an impact.


Warranty 1 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions 285 x 205 x 24mm (WDH)
Weight 1.400kg
Travelling weight 1.5kg
Weight with extended battery N/A
Travelling weight with extended battery N/A

Processor and memory

Processor AMD Athlon X2 L310
Motherboard chipset AMD M780G
RAM capacity 2.00GB
Memory type DDR2
SODIMM sockets free 1
SODIMM sockets total 2

Screen and video

Screen size 11.6in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,366
Resolution screen vertical 768
Resolution 1366 x 768
Graphics chipset ATI Radeon HD 3200
Graphics card RAM 256MB
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
HDMI outputs 0
S-Video outputs 0
DVI-I outputs 0
DVI-D outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0


Capacity 250GB
Hard disk usable capacity 232GB
Spindle speed 5,400RPM
Internal disk interface SATA
Optical disc technology N/A
Optical drive N/A
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0


Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a support no
802.11b support no
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support no
Integrated 3G adapter no

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switch no
Wireless key-combination switch yes
Modem no
ExpressCard34 slots 0
ExpressCard54 slots 0
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 3
PS/2 mouse port no
9-pin serial ports 0
Parallel ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
3.5mm audio jacks 2
SD card reader yes
Memory Stick reader yes
MMC (multimedia card) reader yes
Smart Media reader no
Compact Flash reader no
xD-card reader yes
Pointing device type Touchpad
Audio chipset Realtek HD Audio
Speaker location Base
Hardware volume control? no
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
Camera megapixel rating 1.3mp
TPM no
Fingerprint reader no
Smartcard reader no
Carry case no

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 4hr 46min
Battery life, heavy use 1hr 56min
Overall application benchmark score 0.48
Office application benchmark score 0.42
2D graphics application benchmark score 0.59
Encoding application benchmark score 0.49
Multitasking application benchmark score 0.44
3D performance (crysis) low settings 14fps
3D performance setting Low

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
OS family Windows 7

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