Acer is set to launch a new Ferrari-branded netbook later next month, with the company celebrating the launch of the Acer Ferrari One at a recent high-profile launch event at Ferrari's legendary Monza racetrack.
Acer's Ferrari One is a decent enough netbook and is sure to appeal to boy racers in the market for a mini-computer when it launches in October, with an (un-Ferrari-like) price-tag of £393.
While it is far from a premium model netbook, the specs are decent enough for the price, with the Acer Ferrari One boasting a dual-core AMD Athlon X2 L310 1.2GHz CPU and 2GB of memory, an 11.6-inch screen with 1366 x 768-pixel resolution and an ATI Radeon HD 3200 GPU graphics chip.
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In addition to that famous prancing horse badge and liberal splashes of red gloss on its bonnet, Acer's latest netbook also packs in a 250GB hard drive, a multi-format memory card reader, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity.
Dual-core netbook power
What Laptop – part of the TechRadar network – were treated to the first hands-on with the new Acer Ferrari One, noting that it is the first netbook they've seen to feature the dual-core processor AMD Athlon X2 L310 chip.
"Running at 1.2GHz, it's broadly in line with Atom-based rivals when running single applications, but should prove noticeably better when carrying out multiple tasks, such as carrying out a virus check while browsing the internet," adds What Laptop.
"The relatively large screen creates enough space for a keyboard that's pretty much full-sized, and it provides great usability. With a decent amount of travel, and firmly attached keys, it's easy to type at speed, and it adds a feeling of quality often lacking on netbooks.
"The touchpad supports gesture control, letting you rotate and zoom into images and documents – as with several of Acer's other netbooks."
For further details on the new Acer Ferrari One, head over to What Laptop's hands on review.