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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.
 87% Rating:   
Filed under: Notebooks Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Acer Nov 08 2005   Mike Dowler  
Home > Reviews > Notebooks > Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi

First impressions and upgrading

The Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi certainly looks fast out of the box. The black sparkly carbon fiber top and blood red stripe make for a striking first impression, and the whole laptop has a reassuringly solid heft to it. It is hefty though (6.3lbs). This is no lightweight traveller. It'll be bearable in a notebook bag, but much better on your coffee table.

The positive impressions continue when you fold back the 15.4" LCD screen of the Ferrari 4005 WLMi. While there are no fancy decorative touches inside besides the Ferrari logo, the screen is huge, the layout is sensible and the hinges are reassuringly solid and smooth. The rubberized finish of the typing surface is warm and comfortable to the touch, making using the Ferrari 4005 WLMi quite inviting.

The keyboard is laid out with a slight arch, the far keys at each end bending away from the user. This has the effect of spacing the keys a little more, making typing that much easier.

We found ourselves wishing that the keyboard was a little more pitched towards us though, as the almost completely flat pitch of the keys made typing slightly difficult at first.

Turning the Ferrari 4005 WLMi on gets you a loading screen of Michael Shumacher's F1 car in full zoom, which is better than a POST screen in our opinion.

Predictably, the default Windows XP 'welcome' sound has been replaced by the sound of the same car zooming by, which at the default system volume is enough to make everyone in your office look at you strangely.

The Ferrari theme extends to the desktop, with a somewhat messy looking backdrop and integrated calendar. Large fonts are used, which makes the 1680x1050 resolution more comfortable to those with less than perfect vision at the cost of some crispness.

Our preferences led us to enable ClearType and change to small fonts, resulting in breathtakingly clear and crisp (but teeny-tiny) text.

The 15.4" WSXGA+ screen is predictably great, with good brightness, great crispness and clarity and a wide viewing angle. This is all well and good, but what's fancy notebook without its fancy mouse!

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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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