July 17, 2006

New Acer Ferrari 1000 & 5000 notebooks

The newest products of the collaboration between Acer and Ferrari are set to hit the market at the end of the month. This time around, Acer decided to go with two parallel models: the 5000 desktop replacement with a 15.4ā€ widescreen display, and the 1000 ultra-portable with a 12.1ā€ display. The new Acer Ferrari notebooks are set to be among the first on the market to utilize the new AMD Terion dual-core 64-bit processor.

The new laptops feature a slick carbon-fiber case with the Ferrari logo and red stripe. The 5000 comes packed with all the latest features, including a 160GB hard-drive, trick slot-loading HD-DVD optical drive, wireless a/b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, multi-format memory-card reader, and bundled VoIP phone. Meanwhile the Acer Ferrari 1000 itself packs an impressive features list into a compact 3.7- pound package.

The new models replace the 4000-series currently on the market, which in turn replaced the 3000-series. Some dismiss the Acer-Ferrari collaboration as a mere sales gimmick, but my experience has been otherwise: Iā€™m writing this entry, like every other, from my Acer Ferrari 3200, which I acquired two years ago, having found its impressive features list a good value and the overall package a unique purchase. My experience has been a good one, and it turns heads like nothing else on the market (which can, mind you, be a liability).

The Acer Ferrari line has been around longer than the Asus Lamborghini or the Itronix HUMMER, and in my humble opinion, presents a better package.

Read the Acer press release at Rideroom, or view more pictures at LaptopLogic.com.