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Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi AMD Turion64 ML-37 Laptop Review

Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi AMD Turion64 ML-37 Laptop Review - PCSTATS
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Abstract: Acer's Ferrari 4005 WLMi laptop is the latest in a line of high-end gaming notebooks bearing the Italian motor company's signature.
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External Mfg. Website: Acer Nov 08 2005   Mike Dowler  
Home > Reviews > Notebooks > Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi

Acer's Ferrari 4005 WLMi laptop is the latest in a line of high-end gaming notebooks bearing the Italian motor company's signature. You don't have to be a Ferrari fan (I'm partial to Sato myself) to appreciate this notebook's features though... Starting with the AMD Turion Athlon64 mobile processor purring away at 2GHz, the Ferrari 4005 WLMi represents the state of the art in notebook technology, including its own carbon fiber panel and Ferrari emblem.

This laptop walks a fine line between being a desktop replacement and a portable powerhouse. It's not a small device at 6.3 lbs, and boasting a large 15.4" LCD screen, but it is still vaguely portable and less demanding of battery power than it might be due to AMD's Turion64 processor power-saving technology. The Acer Ferrari 4005 also looks great, whether you like Ferrari or not.

Drivers ready!? Let's run through the details.

Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi Notebook
Quick Specs

Speed: 2.0GHz
CPU: AMD Turion64 ML-37
L2: 1MB
Core: 90 nm
Chipset: Radeon Xpress 200P

Includes:
Quick start guide, power cord & AC adaptor, battery, bluetooth wireless rechargeable mouse and accessories, microfiber polishing cloth.

Further Technical Details:


- AMD Turion 64 ML-37 processor: 2GHz, 64KB L1 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache
- ATI Radeon Xpress 200P chipset with Mobility Radeon X700 GPU and 128MB video memory
- 1GB DDR333 SO-DIMM (2x 512MB), upgradeable to 2GB maximum
- 15.4" WSXGA+ TFT LCD display (1680 x 1050 resolution)
- Broadcom (802.11b+g) wifi, Gigabit wired Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth
- 2.5" Ultra DMA 66/100, 100GB (5400rpm) hard drive
- 8x DVD-RW/CD-RW slot loading combo drive (Panasonic Model: UJ-845-C)
- Audio AC'97 2.2, built-in dual speakers and microphone, speaker/headphone
- I/O Ports: 1x PCMCIA, 4x USB 2.0, VGA, DVI, S-video, IEEE 1394a, Mic in, Headphone, RJ11, RJ45, 5-in-1 media reader
- 56K v.92 Fax/modem
- 2-3.5 hrs battery life w/h 4800mAh battery
- Weight: 6.3 Lbs
- Size: 14.3" x 10.5" x 1.4"

Contents of Package:


The Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi notebook is powered by an AMD Turion64 ML-37 processor running at 2.0GHz (with 1MB of level 2 cache memory), 1GB of DDR-333 system memory, an integrated ATI Mobility Radeon X700 video card with 128MB of dedicated video memory and a large 15.4" LCD screen. Storage comes care of a 2.5" 5400 RPM 100GB hard disk. Network connectivity goes in four directions, with a Gigabit Ethernet adaptor, 802.11G wireless, Bluetooth and a 56K modem all available to the user.

The Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi measures 14.29" x 10.46" and about 1.36" thick. Without the battery it weighs in at 6.3lbs. Part of the top cover is made of real carbon fiber, lending the notebook a unique appearance and putting it in touch with its Ferrari heritage.

The Turion64 processor is AMD's newest mobile CPU, combining the power of the Athlon64 with several methods designed to improve battery efficiency. The Turion64 provides compatibility with both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems and programs, and has the same performance advantages that AMD's successful line of Athlon64 desktop processors boast. The processor uses AMD's PowerNow! technology to dynamically shift speeds between 800MHz and 2.0GHz depending on the requirements of the operating system and notebook power settings. A fast processor is all well and good, but what about the videocard?

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Contents of Article: Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi
 Pg 1.  — Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi AMD Turion64 ML-37 Laptop Review
 Pg 2.  Videocard for Gaming?
 Pg 3.  Mesmerizing 15.4" LCD Screen
 Pg 4.  Front of the Ferrari
 Pg 5.  Race Bread Exhaust, or Hot Processor?
 Pg 6.  Keyboard layout and more
 Pg 7.  Acess to Memory and other Components
 Pg 8.  First impressions and upgrading
 Pg 9.  Ferrari Monogrammed Bluetooth Mouse
 Pg 10.  Acer Ferrari Trial Run
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: MobileMark2005, Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: Sandra 2005, SuperPI, PCMark04
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 14.  Benchmarks: Aquamark3, X2: The Threat
 Pg 15.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, UT2003, Doom3
 Pg 16.  Vroom! A Geek's First Ferrari (notebook)

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