Acer Ferrari One 200 netbook review

Are most netbooks too dull for you? Want to attract some attention? Like cars? Then the Acer Ferrari One could be for you.

The processor is backed up by 2GB of RAM, which powers Windows 7 Home Premium along quite nicely. In fact, this is the first shipping Windows 7 machine we've looked at, and is a decent showcase ahead of the operating system's launch next week, with everything feeling snappy and responsive. HD content from YouTube played smoothly, but the higher quality streams from BBC HD prove a little too much for it.

Storage is handled by a generously sized 250GB 5,400rpm hard disk. Unfortunately, battery life was less impressive.

You'd think the larger chassis would enable it to hold a hefty battery, but we got less than five hours from our light use test, and less than two under heavy use around half of what you see from class leaders such as the NC10.

Despite its garishness the Ferrari One has appeal, but the fact that, like a real Ferrari, it requires regular fuel top up, means it's only really suitable for occasional use away from the power socket.

For those that want a bit of motorsport-inspired style, in a typically understated Ferrari way, it's a winner, but if you need a serious business machine we'd look elsewhere.

All in all, this is a very interesting machine. But, in all honestly, it's really just a small, relatively inexpensive laptop there's not really anything netbook-like here.

Verdict

The Acer Ferrari One 200 lives up to its motorsport branding well as it’s the fastest netbook we’ve tested, though it pushes that definition to breaking point. It’s really a well-featured, relatively inexpensive laptop, but the lack lustre battery life and other issuettes mean that it’s not really suitable for business use.

Processor: AMD Athlon X2 L310 Memory: 2GB DDR2 Storage: 250GB hard disk Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 3200 Display: 11.6in 1,366 x 768 Ports: 3 x USB, VGA, SD memory card, Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity: 802.11bg +, Bluetooth OS: Windows 7 Home Premium Warranty: 1yr return to base Dimensions: 329 x 229 x 29mm (WDH) Weight: 1.5kg

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