There's no denying
that the Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi is an eye-catching laptop. Ferrari fans will
lust after this carbon-fiber topped beauty, while those who are not Formula 1
fanatics may wonder what the fuss is about.
Whatever you think of the decoration though, Acer's
designers did a good job building this machine.
The 64-bit AMD Turion64 ML-37 processor proved a little less
powerful than we had hoped, given the prowess of the Athlon64, but it was more
than capable of crunching through our gaming and software benchmarks. It also
compared favorably to the slightly slower Pentium M processors we tested it
It's just that we were hoping for close to desktop
Athlon 64 performance, and the Turion64 doesn't have that... I'd imagine this is
mainly due to the single channel interface and lower bandwidth of the ATI Xpress
200P chipset and Acer's odd choice of using DDR-333 instead of DDR-400 memory.
The Acer Ferrari
4005 WLMi is best suited as a portable desktop replacement machine, given its
It's a little too big and heavy for a true road warrior
PC, and the battery will not stand up to long trips, but its admirable game
playing and multimedia capabilities coupled with its powerful mobile processor make it a great choice for a coffee
table near you.
This Ferrari will set you back about $2400CDN ($1950USD) at a showroom near
you, but I think it's safe to expect that it is priced a little above what you'd
expect from its feature set.
The price premium takes Ferrari branding into account,
and that swift little carbon fiber panel on back of the 15.4" LCD. If you want a
unique notebook that you can play games on, with a full compliment of wireless
technologies, the Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi certainly delivers sharp looks along
with its solid performance.
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