Acer Ferrari One ultraportable: no V12, just a 1.2GHz Athlon

Dec 9, 2009
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Acer Ferrari One ultraportable: no V12, just a 1.2GHz Athlon

Acer's latest Ferrari-branded notebook has pulled up, and it's an 11.6-inch ultraportable.  The Acer Ferrari One has a 1.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor under the hood, together with 4GB of DDR2 memory, a 250GB 5,400rpm hard-drive and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 graphics.  As with other Acer Ferrari models, there's plenty of fake carbon fiber together with a one-touch shortcut key to the supercar manufacturer's website.

While we're not sure exactly how often you'll actually be visiting the Ferrari site, at least the Acer squeezes in a little more than the regular CULV ultraportable.  As well as a full-sized keyboard there's WiFi a/b/g/n, a multitouch trackpad, three USB 2.0 ports and VGA output (though no HDMI, sadly).

Acer reckon the 6-cell 5,600mAh battery is good for up to 5hrs runtime, and the whole thing weighs 3.31lbs.  The Acer Ferrari One is available now, priced at $599.99; our review unit is expected any day now, so we should be able to tell soon enough if the performance matches the looks.

Press Release:

ACER REVS UP THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH NEW FERRARI ONE NOTEBOOK

The Latest Notebook Inspired by Racing Legend Scudetto Ferrari Exudes
Beauty, Power and Excitement

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 9, 2009 – Acer America, part of the world’s second largest PC vendor (Source: Gartner data, 3Q 2009), today debuted the new Ferrari One notebook PC to U.S. customers. An Acer exclusive, the Ferrari One is a full-featured, 11.6-inch notebook PC utilizing the same exquisite details and performance features celebrated by Scudetto Ferrari, the world’s most prestigious racing team.
Racing Performance in a Notebook PC

In the true spirit of the Ferrari racing team, the Ferrari One notebook combines performance and extreme portability. Fueled by VISION technology from AMD, the notebook delivers highly responsive, balanced multitasking performance via the AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 dual-core processor with low-power CPU designed for long-lasting battery power. ATI Radeon™ HD 3200 Graphics provides high-definition visual quality coupled with up to 4GB of DDR2 667MHz system memory to drive digital and multimedia features and other demanding applications with ease. The Ferrari One comes equipped with Windows 7 Home Premium, 250GB hard drive and a built-in optical drive.

Along with its 11.6-inch HD widescreen display, the Ferrari One notebook features a sleek, ultraportable design, measuring about one inch thin and weighing only 3.31 pounds. The look and feel of Formula 1 racing is shown throughout the notebook’s detailed design, including the checkered palm rest extending into a comfortable full-size keyboard, the metallic LED-lit power button and yellow prancing horse emblem that perfectly compliments the notebook’s red cover. Ferrari enthusiasts will also note the tire-shape grips underneath the notebook’s body, racing-inspired wallpaper and calendar, as well as a quick access key to Ferrari.com.

The notebook features enhanced stereo speakers and Dolby® Home Theater® Audio Enhancement, which deliver vibrant surround sound and bass effects to bring a true cinema-style experience to movies, music and casual games.

The Ferrari One notebook’s integrated 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N wireless technology and Gigabit LAN facilitates smooth and trouble-free emailing and web browsing. The Acer Crystal Eye webcam and Video Conference solution enables high-quality video chats and VoIP with friends, family and work associates, even in noisy environments. The notebook’s Ferrari-engraved Multi-Gesture Touchpad lets users pinch, flick and swirl fingers on the touchpad for intuitive navigation. It also allows users to scroll, zoom in and out and flip through of web pages, photos, spreadsheets and more.

“Both Acer and Ferrari have a tradition of designing products built on passion, innovation and performance,” said Chris White, senior director of U.S. business management for Acer America. “The new Ferrari One notebook blends the ideas of racing and technology into a superior PC product.”

Acer Ferrari One FO200-1799 Notebook Specifications
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 dual-core processor L310 (1.20 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB)
Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
11.6" HD Widescreen CineCrystal™ LED-backlit Display
AMD M780G Chipset
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3200 Graphics
4096MB DDR2 Dual-Channel Memory
250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
Acer InviLink™ 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N Wi-Fi CERTIFIED®
Integrated Acer Crystal Eye Webcam
Two built-in stereo speakers
3rd Generation Dolby Home Theater® audio enhancement
Full-size Acer FineTip Keyboard
Multi-Gesture Touchpad supporting circular-motion scrolling, pinch-action zoom and page flip
3 - USB 2.0 Ports
1 – VGA port
6-cell Li-ion Battery (5600 mAh), up to 5-hour battery life
3.31 lbs. (system unit only)
11.2 x 8.03 x 0.9/1.2 inches
MSRP: $599.99

Availability and Pricing
The Acer Ferrari One FO200-1799 netbook is available now via Acer’s authorized resellers and at major retailers nationwide, with prices beginning at $599.99. The Ferrari One comes with a one-year limited warranty.

About Acer America
Since its founding in 1976, Acer has pursued the goal of breaking the barriers between people and technology. Globally, Acer ranks top 3 for total PCs and No. 2 for notebooks, with the fastest growth among the top-five players. A profitable and sustainable Channel Business Model is instrumental to Acer's continued growth, while the successful acquisitions of Gateway and Packard Bell complete the company's global footprint by strengthening its presence in the U.S. and enhancing its strong position in Europe. Acer is proud to be a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Movement in staging the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter and London 2012 Olympic Games. The Acer Group employs more than 6,000 people worldwide. 2008 revenues reached US$16.65 billion. See www.acer-group.com for more information.


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