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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  
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Ferrari Monogrammed Bluetooth Mouse

Acer bundles a few extra goodies with the Ferrari 4005 WLMi, as you might hope given the price. The most notable addition is the Bluetooth wireless mouse. This Acer and Ferrari branded rodent matches the colour scheme of the laptop and comes with a set of rechargeable AA batteries as well as a USB charging cable.

The mouse has the same soft rubbery feel to it that the rest of the notebook shares. We might have liked to see a smaller mouse than this full-sized one, but the Ferrari 4005 WLMi is more of a desktop replacement than a road warrior, so this is forgivable.

The rest of the bundle is more prosaic and includes a set of three system restore CDs, a copy of Norton AntiVirus 2005, manual, quick start guide, warranty and international warranty, power adaptor, phone cable and Windows XP Professional license. As is sadly typical with modern 'big-box' computers, no original Windows XP CD is present. The OS is part of the set of system restore disks. Remember to burn a set of backup CD's first thing!

The Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi comes with a one year limited international warranty that as far as we are aware covers all components, including the battery.

Upgradeability

The Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi can be upgraded to a maximum of 2GB of DDR memory. Unfortunately, both RAM slots on our test model were occupied by 512MB DDR SO-DIMMs, meaning that upgrading would be an expensive proposition. I'm assuming that the relative rarity and high price of 1GB SO-DIMM memory modules is to blame for this, but it still seems like an unfortunate decision in such an expensive laptop.

The hard disk is easy to access and could be removed and replaced if desired. This means that hard drive repairs should be simple to achieve after the warranty expires, which is good to know. There are no other user-serviceable parts on the Acer Ferrari 4005 WLMi.

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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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