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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
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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Filed under: Notebooks Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Acer Nov 08 2005   Mike Dowler  
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Acer Ferrari Trial Run

As you would expect from a high-end laptop with a powerful processor, Windows XP runs well on the Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi. Applications load quickly and the 64-bit capable AMD Turion 64 mobile processor seems to handle multi-tasking well.

Game play is also rewarding, as the large LCD and decent speakers combined with the powerful processor and videocard make for a great combination.

The onboard ATI Radeon X700 certainly kicks butt compared to Intel's current integrated video solution. The screen showed some of the typical LCD 'tearing' tendencies when presented with quickly moving 3D scenes, but this has been a characteristic of almost every LCD monitor and laptop we've ever tested, so it didn't strike us as odd.

Watching DVDs was a pleasure, as you might expect with this portable's wide aspect screen. The sound was also good on headphones, and even decent on the internal speakers.

The wireless networking and Bluetooth internal adaptors are both enabled by the switches on the front of the unit, though if the adaptors are disabled within Windows, the switches cannot re-enable them. The WiFi button lights up orange and flashing when wireless is enabled but not connected and straight orange when connected. In our testing, wireless range was more than adequate.

Audio and brightness controls are available on the keyboard via a function key. Other 'function activated' alternate keys include a numlock and numeric keypad. As you might expect, the Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi runs quite hot, though in normal desktop mode the AMD PowerNow! technology helps keep the speed of the processor (and thus heat) down to a minimum where possible. This is not a notebook you'd want to have on your lap for a long period of time, but it's not going to burn you either.

The slot loading DVD player was slightly noisy when reading disks, and occasionally failed to autorun CDs in a timely manner, but overall its performance was satisfactory. Sliding disks into the drive on the side of the laptop has a satisfying feel to it, especially when they are grabbed out of your hand and into the drive with an audible *clunk*.

Acer includes few software utilities and extras with the Ferrari 4005 WLMi, the only ones installed being help files and the handy 'Gridvision' program which allows you to designate a grid on your desktop which will organize and lock open program windows.

Notebook Test Group
Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi:

AMD Turion 64 2.0GHZ, 1GB, Mobility Radeon X700 128MB

Gigabyte G-MAX N512:

Intel Pentium M 1.7GHz, 512MB, Mobility Radeon 9700 64MB

Gigabyte G-MAX N203:

Intel Pentium M 1.6GHz, 256MB, Intel Extreme Graphics 2 64MB

Sony VAIO VGN T-140P/L:

Intel Pentium M 1.1GHz, 512MB, Intel Extreme Graphics 2 64MB

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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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