Acer Ferrari One: An AMD Ultraportableby Vivek Gowri on June 8, 2010 4:12 AM EST
Acer Ferrari One: General Performance
The Ferrari One starts with a roar, literally. The familiar Windows 7 boot noise has been replaced with a high RPM flyby of a Ferrari Formula 1 car. The performance is far from invoking anything about Ferrari. We'll highlight the single-core and dual-core CULV competition in gold, with Atom in green. Pay attention to the HP Mini 311 as well, which is Atom + ION.
Futuremark puts the Ferrari One just ahead of my single-core AS1410 (CULV SU3500 + GMA 4500MHD) and at times behind the Asus Eee 1201N (i.e. PCMark05), which has ION paired with a dual-core Atom processor. The encoding tests support the theory that the Ferrari One’s Athlon X2 L310 has just about the same amount of raw computing power as the dual-core Atom 330. Cinebench and Peacekeeper say that the L310 isn’t close to the dual-core CULV machines and falls pretty much square in between them and the Atom N450 systems. Overall performance feels faster than Atom 330, but it's a clear step down from the CULV laptops.
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taltamir - Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - linkGlossy red plastic with a giant logo in the middle...
this is probably the ugliest looking laptop I have ever seen.
VivekGowri - Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - linkI agree that it's a bit ostentatious, but I actually like how it looks. Maybe it's the Ferrari fan in me, but still. Compared to the regular version of this chassis (1410 and 1810T), the Ferrari definitely has a lot more character, and personally I prefer it (I say this as the owner of a black AS1410.)
Anubis - Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - linkits no more ugly then t white plastic laptops with a glowing fruit on them
Souka - Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - link+1 for Anubis :)
LoneWolf15 - Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - linkBashing Apple is like trying to teach a pig to sing.
It's a waste of your time, and only annoys the pig.
Plus, other people who see you doing it will wonder why you tried in the first place.
KaarlisK - Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - linkI had never thought that AMD has no asymmetric dual channel capability... Intel can run different sized memory sticks in dual channel, up to a limit obviously.
And removing the HDMI port was really unwise.
But I like the looks :D
Could you pleease add Starcraft 2 to your tests? It very much is a game I would casually play on a laptop.
I sure hope that AMD's new 45nm platform has better power consumption :)
DJMiggy - Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - linkSure they can. They just need to go into the future and swipe the game so they can test it.
therealnickdanger - Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - linkI'm always looking for a tiny gaming platform and this particular model (w/4GB RAM) always sticks out as a candidate due to its dual-core CPU and decent 3200 IGP... but your review has swayed me. The last thing I want is hot and loud. I'm just going to stick with my original thought and wait for 12.1-and-under Arrandales. If I can get one with a low-end Optimus part for cheap, I'll be a very happy consumer!
classy - Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - linkI usually look at the weight of these new laptops. 3.3 lbs is still heavy.
maniac5999 - Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - linkHmmm, I guess you have to review what you're sent, but the Ferrari One really looks like it's the overpriced turd of the Congo platform.
To quote your conclusion:
"At $449, the Ferrari One would be decent and would at least merit consideration over the 1410 due to the dual-core processor and increased graphics performance. At $499, the proposition gets more questionable, and at anything above that, the math just doesn't add up."
How about the MSi Wind U230? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8... Same size chassis, slightly bigger screen (12.1") and most importantly, a L335 processor, which runs at 1.6ghz, all for $490. add a 2nd 2gb of memory and you're good to go, or you could go for the Toshiba T115D, with a 1.5ghz x2 for $459.
Both of those are more powerful than the Acer (the U230 by a full 33%) and cheaper, and would probably be decent buys for someone looking to do casual gaming on the go. (WoW, SC2, etc. I even have BattleForge running pretty decently on my U230)