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Acer Ferrari 1100, One Large Disappointment 189

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from the resounding-thud dept.
PC Magazine was finally able to get ahold of an Acer Ferrari 1100 to review, and the results are less than stellar. With complaints about the 12-inch screen that isn't even LED-back-lit, a large clunky design, and underwhelming performance, it seems that the only redeeming feature is the integrated, slot-loading DVD burner. "The Acer Ferrari 1100 would be more attractive if its price ($1,860) wasn't higher than that of the more aesthetically pleasing Apple MacBook Air ($1,799) or the ASUS U6S ($1,699). For those who passed on the first-edition Ferrari ultraportable because it lacked an optical drive, the 1100 now has one built in. But in a world consumed by miniaturization, it will have to shave off a bit of weight and improve its performance scores for it to compete with thoroughbreds like the Sony SZ791N, the Dell XPS M1330, and the Lenovo X61."
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Acer Ferrari 1100, One Large Disappointment

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  • Re:12" screen? (Score:-1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 01, 2008 @06:12PM (#22611924)
    My laptop has a 12.1 inch screen at SXGA+ resolution (1400x1050 vs. 1366x768 for WXGA) so I don't think this is the 12 inch screen you are familiar with.
  • by PFAK (524350) on Saturday March 01, 2008 @06:26PM (#22612004)
    Troll.

    The X61 has excellent [notebookreview.com] reviews [tabletpcreview.com], infact I own one myself. Under "light" use (and I'm sure that Excel falls under light use), I can get 7 hours out of the battery with wireless enabled, if I'm watching XViD with VLC I can get about 4 hours out of the battery.

    The hard disk is not slow at all, I'm running Windows XP and boot time is under a minute on the machine and is sufficient for most tasks.
  • by langelgjm (860756) on Saturday March 01, 2008 @06:48PM (#22612126) Journal

    Seriously who needs a VGA, and a PS/2 port on their laptop nowadays?

    Lots of people need VGA out to hook up to projectors. Also, that's not a PS/2 port. Judging by the pin configuration, I'm guessing it's an S-Video out or something, for attaching to TVs, etc.

  • Re:12" screen? (Score:5, Informative)

    by SlashdotOgre (739181) on Saturday March 01, 2008 @06:49PM (#22612140) Journal
    You're missing the point, the people looking for an ultraportable notebook wouldn't even consider a model with a 15.4" screen, heck 13" is pushing it. While of course you could find a 15.4" model from Dell (or just about any other vendor) for under a grand, you can be gauranteed those things will weigh at least over 5lbs. The ultraportable notebook market targets people who carry a notebook with them all day and don't want something that will weigh them down or be cumbersome to open. What they want/need is something that you won't even notice you're carrying, that can be opened on a plane even when the jerk in front of you is fully reclined, something with enough battery to get you through your last sales call.

    I agree that $1800 is way too much to spend, but the fact of the matter is all the modern models that are under 3lbs cost around that range. Personally, when I needed a ultraportable, I bought a 2.6lb Portege 2000 for about $200 from eBay last year, and while it's by no means a powerful machine by today's standards, it has more than enough power for most people's ultraportable needs. It's a P3 750 w/ 256MB RAM, and it runs Fedora Core 6 with Fluxbox amazingly fast. The places I use this laptop, I wouldn't even consider bringing my 14.1" D610, and anything larger would be out of the question. At the same time, if I was doing CAD or art, or many other types of work, there'd be no point for a laptop this small or slow, and those larger models become really attractive.
  • by Jeremy Erwin (2054) on Saturday March 01, 2008 @08:07PM (#22612556) Journal
    PS 2.0?

    Excuse me, but on MacOSX, we use openGL and fragment shaders. None of this DirectX stuff, thankyouverymuch.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 01, 2008 @09:03PM (#22612812)
    Informative? Who did that? My X61 has a 7200rpm drive (last time I checked it was not slow) and my 4-cell (that doesn't stick out the back) lasts me 4-4.5 hours on average.

    Mod THAT as informative!
  • by SHaFT7 (612918) on Saturday March 01, 2008 @09:07PM (#22612826) Homepage
    the harddrive makes a huge difference in battery life. i had an HP laptop a few years back, and i went from 4200rpm to 7200rpm. it was super fast, but my battery life went from 2-2.25hrs to 45min.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 02, 2008 @12:57AM (#22613788)

    I did opt for a 7200RPM hard drive, but I doubt that makes that much of a difference..
    The reason most laptops come with a 5400 RPM (or even 4200 RPM) hard drive is not to save money, but to conserve battery life. Yes, it does make a difference.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 02, 2008 @08:39AM (#22614978)
    This is really a series question. I am an engineer not a laptop expert. Assuming the Sony, Dell, and Lenovo are in similar price range, why the would anyone spend $1800 for a laptop that probably has MicroCrap Vista installed? Are people seriously so stupid that they would buy a computer with the most horrible excuse for an operating system when they could have OSX, and better engineered hardware? I understand some that people are stupid but what the FUCK? I believe OSX is UNIX based which should be end of comparison and has stuff like SSH, telnet, ping, c, c++, java, bash, perl, python, ruby, tcl and a really good window system. Vista has that stupid fucking paperclip that pops up when you type, Seriously WTF? What excuse would an intelligent person have for buying a MicroCrap laptop for a higher price than Mac?

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