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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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External Mfg. Website: Acer Nov 08 2005   Mike Dowler  
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Vroom! A Geek's First Ferrari (notebook)

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 against.

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 6.3lb weight.

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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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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