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Acer revs up dual-core Ferrari laptops

Racing against Asus and Lamborghini

Acer has thrown down the gauntlet in its racing-car rivalry with Asus, launching the latest upgrades to its Ferrari series of notebook PCs, the first dual-core additions to the family.

The Ferrari 5000 laptop and smaller Ferrari 1000 are based on Turion 64 X2 mobile processors from AMD, and are designed to compete with Asus' Lamborghini laptop, which is based on a dual-core Pentium M by Intel.

The main difference between the new Acer laptops is size. The Ferrari 5000 comes with a 15.4in screen, while the ultra-mobile Ferrari 1000 sports a 12.1in screen.

The 5000 is housed in a thin and light carbon-fibre casing and comes in black and Ferrari red, the same colours as all of Acer's Ferrari laptops. It includes a VoIP (voice over IP) handset that connects to the laptop wirelessly via Bluetooth, as well as a 1.3Mp webcam mounted just above the LCD (liquid crystal display) screen.

It's wireless LAN-ready for 802.11a/b/g, and has a high-capacity, 160GB hard drive, as well as a choice for users between a DVD super multi-double layer drive or an HD-DVD drive.

The Ferrari 1000, which comes with a webcam, is designed for mobility, weighing in at 1.7kg. Both laptops come with Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition or Microsoft Windows Professional x64 Edition installed, as well as Adobe Reader, Norton AntiVirus, and CyberLink PowerDVD and Power Producer.

Details about pricing and availability are expected at the Computex trade show in Taiwan this coming week. The Ferrari 4000, an earlier model with a single-core Turion processor, sells for between £799 and £1,279, depending on the model, according to Acer's website.


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