Acer Mini Laptop – Acer Ferrari 1004WTMi

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Today we have a look at one of those Ferrari-branded mini laptops launched by Acer, the 1004WTMi model which came out back in 2006 for the steep price tag of $1,999. There was only one fixed configuration of this compact laptop that measures 11.9 x 8.7 x 1 inches and tips the scales at 3.9 pounds or 4.8 pounds if we consider its AC adapter. This makes it a bit heavier than Dell Latitude D420 which has a similar size and a lot heavier in comparison to the LifeBook Q2010 from Fujitsu.

Much like all of the ultraportables of those days, the Acer Ferrari 1004WTMi features a compact keyboard but even so you shouldn’t have any problems typing on it for an extended period of time. One of the reasons why the keyboard is so comfortable is due to the satisfying spring of each key. “Compact” is the perfect word to describe the touchpad but we like its width as it makes it usable while many users are going to appreciate that on the right side it has a vertical scroll zone. As for the rather groovy metallic mouse buttons, these curve downward the laptop’s bottom. The top corners of the keyboard are framed by four app quick-launch glowing buttons.

Acer Ferrari 1004WTMi (Source: i.i.com.com)

Acer Ferrari 1004WTMi (Source: i.i.com.com)

The Acer Ferrari 1004WTMi has been fitted with a 12.1-inch widescreen display that has a maximum resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels which is suitable not only for web surfing but also for word processing. Some users will certainly not like the glossy coating of the screen as it will show reflections. While this might not be recommended for an office environment, home users that want to watch a movie will like this glossy coating.

Sitting above the display is a 1.3 mpx webcam can be rotated at up to 225 degrees, which is quite a rare feature among laptops. Aside from this webcam, the mini laptop boasts a lot of connectivity and multimedia features, such as the VGA port, three USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, as well as headphone , mic-in, line-in jacks with S/PDIF support. In addition, the Acer Ferrari 1004WTMi comes with a Type II PC Card slot and a 5-in-1 memory card reader.

Acer Ferrari 1004WTMi (Source: notebookcheck.net)

Acer Ferrari 1004WTMi (Source: notebookcheck.net)

On the networking front we find 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, modem and Bluetooth. Just like most of the ultraportables out there, this model does not come with a built-in optical drive but when Acer launched this model it offered an external double layer DVD burner. Bundled with the laptop came a Bluetooth VoIP phone which sits in the PC Card slot, along with a Ferrari-branded travel mouse.

Acer Ferrari 1004WTMi (Source: salestores.com)

Acer Ferrari 1004WTMi (Source: salestores.com)

As we were saying earlier, the laptop was available only in a fixed configuration for $1,999, which for those days was the average price tag in the ultraportable segment, but it came with some hardware components that made it a high-end system. At the heart of the laptop is a dual core AMD Turion 64 X2 processor clocked at 1.80 GHz, working together with 1GB of RAM running at 667 MHz and a built-in ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 graphics solution. For storage it packs a 160GB SATA HDD rotating at a speed of 5,400 rpm and came with both a three- and a six-cell battery.

With the smaller battery, the Acer Ferrari 1004WTMi will survive for only an hour and a half during a video playback test, while with the six-cell battery it is capable of providing juice for almost 4 hours, which is a lot less than the 7 hours offered by the Dell Latitude D420 and the Fujitsu LifeBook Q2010.