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Review: Acer Ferrari 3200

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The Ferrari brand has long been associated with quality and success and its prancing horse logo is instantly recognisable to all. Acer, having had its logo on the Ferrari F1 cars for a number of years, has taken the opportunity to make notebooks in the familiar scarlet livery.

Acer’s first Ferrari notebook was a success even beyond the company’s wildest dreams. It’s successor is slightly less red than its predecessor, but if you’re a Ferrari fan the unique design of this notebook should appeal.

Achieving a respectable 125 in our WorldBench 4 tests, the Acer is fast, but not incredibly so. We’ve seen plenty of Pentium M-based notebooks outstrip it in terms of speed but AMD has a close relationship with Ferrari so it’s understandable that Acer chose to use an Athlon 64 processor.

The battery life of this notebook isn’t much to write home about, which is a pity as at 3kg it’s not too heavy. Given the distinctive look of the Acer you may want to show it off on your travels, but when the battery isn’t going to last more than two-and-a-half hours your posing time will be strictly limited.

It has all the features you could possibly want, with a large 80GB hard drive and a multi-format DVD writer. The ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 graphics card is a great performer and the keyboard really impressed us as it’s slightly curved and feels comfortable to use.

  • Acer: www.acer.co.uk
  • £1,459 inc VAT

  • Build quality; 9/10
  • Features: 9/10
  • Value for money: 8/10

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