First Look: Acer Ferrari One FO200
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First Look: Acer Ferrari One FO200

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Acer's auto-branded Ferrari One FO200 may look like an 11-inch Netbook, but it sports a dual-core AMD CPU and a mainstream laptop price to match.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> I'm Dan Ackerman, and we are here taking a look at Acer Ferrari 1 F200. Now, you don't really see a lot of overtly branded laptops out there. You may occasionally run into kind of a World of Warcraft paint job or something from a major league baseball team. Automotive laptops is something we have seen a few times. Asus has a series of Lamborghini laptops. Acer has the Ferrari brand. This is the latest. It's packed into an 11-inch model right here. And you can see, it's got kind of a glossy, automotive red paint job on the back with that familiar Ferrari logo. There's another little logo or two here and there, and some kind of car theme desktop backgrounds. Other than that, the branding is not too overt. Now this is one of those laptops that make you think, you know, is it a netbook? Is it not a netbook? It's an 11-inch screen, which is pretty standard for netbooks these days, but it doesn't have the standard Intel Atom single-core processor in it. Instead it has a low-power AMD dual-core processor in it, and that actually puts it in a whole 'nother performance class, even though it still looks and feels like a netbook. We really like the HD screen, 1366 x 768. You got to have that on an 11-inch netbook or non-netbook. The keyboard, very wide, easy to hit keys right there, really one of the better netbook-size keyboards we've used. The touchpad, it's a little strange. It's wider at the top, and then it kind of tapers in at the bottom. I guess it kind of looks fancy and maybe Ferrari-ish, but a little difficult to use. What really made the Ferrari F200 stand out, though, is its performance. Now, it's not going to be as fast as a regular Intel Core 2 Duo laptop, or even one of those Intel ultra-low-voltage laptops, but compared to the standard Intel Atom that you're gonna find in a lot of 11-inch systems, the thing was positively speedy, and it really felt much more like a regular laptop and less like a netbook, but again, you do have to keep your expectations in check with the hardware. Using the dual core AMD chip inside instead of the standard Intel Atom, really a cool move. Unfortunately, it also prices the system kind of outside of the netbook mainstream. At, like, 600 bucks, you might as well just buy a regular laptop. That being said, it being small and light and reasonably powerful, this quickly became one of our favorite travel laptops. I'm Dan Ackerman, and that is the Acer Ferrari 1 F200. ^M00:02:16 [ Music ]

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