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
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
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
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
||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
|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