Acer Ferrari 1100
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In this article we take a drip down to memory lane and talk about an Acer ultraportable launched in 2008. It is the Ferrari 1100 which for those days had pretty powerful specs, wrapped around in a car-themed package that will certainly be appreciated by Ferrari fans. We are dealing with a compact laptop as it measures 12 x 9 x 1.1 inches and it weighs 4.4 pounds (5.2 pounds with the AC adapter included).
At the heart of this mini laptop is an AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-66 processor running at 2.30 GHz and 4GB of DDR2 memory clocked at 667 MHz. For storage it packs a 250GB SATA hard drive spinning at 5,400 rpm while the graphics power is handled by the ATI Radeon X1270 with 256MB of VRAM.
It has a 12.1-inch widescreen display that has a native resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels which should be workable for day to day use but sometimes text will look rather small. The coating of the display will result in some reflections but the good thing is that the display is more suitable for watching movies. Above this screen sits a 1.3 mpx webcam that has a microphone for web conferencing.
Since it has a rather small case, it’s no wonder that the keyboard is on the compact size, but this doesn’t mean that it is hard to type on. On the contrary, it feels quite comfortable thanks to the fact that the keys are separated from one another and they have a satisfying spring. The touchpad too is compact but the good thing is that it has a compact surface that manages to provide sufficient drag to make it usable. This touchpad sports groovy metallic mouse buttons that are engraved with “Ferrari 1100” and are installed below the touchpad.
Above the mini laptop’s keyboard, next to a Ferrari logo, are three glowing light-touch keys, while on the upper left corner sits a generous power button along with a smaller one that fires up Acer’s custom setup and configuration software. You will notice a fingerprint reader below the keyboard.
Regarding connectivity, the Acer Ferrari 1100 comes with VGA out and S-Video, while for audio you get headphone and microphone jacks. For data it packs three USB 2.0 ports, mini FireWire, memory card reader and an ExpressCard. In the networking area we find Bluetooth, an Ethernet port and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. For an optical drive it has a regular DVD burner.
As far as the battery is concerned, it will last a little over two hours during a video playback test, which is not so good in comparison with similar models from those days, like the HP Pavilion tx2000 for example.