The Good Cool Ferrari styling will appeal to some; solid build quality will appeal to all; large hard drive and 4GB of RAM help justify high price; strong Photoshop performance; fingerprint reader; comfortable keyboard and trackpad; slot-loading DVD burner and Webcam; plenty of ports and connections.
The Bad Mediocre multitasking performance; disappointing battery life; weak speakers.
The Bottom Line The Acer Ferrari 1100 is a stylish, full-featured ultraportable laptop, but its disappointing battery life won't sustain users who spend a lot of time away from the outlet.
Acer Ferrari 1100
When we looked at Acer's first Ferrari-themed ultraportable, the Ferrari 1000, we liked its car-themed style and strong performance, but were disappointed by its mediocre battery life. We opened the box of its successor, the Ferrari 1100, with some anticipation--this is, after all, a well-designed, full-featured ultraportable laptop that ought to impress. But alas: Despite its strong components, the Ferrari 1100 posted mixed performance scores and less-than-stellar battery life. Though we're thrilled that Acer has managed to squeeze a DVD burner into the Ferrari's compact and solidly constructed case, we're not convinced that anyone but the most fanatical sports-car enthusiasts will be thrilled to spend $1,800 on the Ferrari 1100. Most people will be better served by the Lenovo 3000 V200 or even Acer's TravelMate 6292.
It's no MacBook Air, but the Acer Ferrari 1100 is an astonishingly compact laptop, with a footprint that's just a bit larger than a piece of paper. However, the wow factor diminishes when you pick it up: At 4.4 pounds, the Ferrari 1100 veers into the territory of a thin-and-light laptop. However, it's about the same weight as other bulky ultraportables, such as the Lenovo 3000 V200. As you might expect from a heavier-than-average ultraportable, the Ferrari 1100 feels solid and able to stand up to the bumps and knocks of frequent travel.
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