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Acer Ferrari One Laptop Hands-On

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Acer unveiled its latest Ferrari-branded laptop on ThursdayThe Ferrari One is billed as the most exclusive and exquisitely designed Netbook on the planet at Ferrari's Monza F1 circuit.

It's arguably the most attractive device of its type, sporting a "racing red" lid, contrasting black chassis and numerous other design details, including four tiny rubber tires molded to the underside, that set it apart from the competition.
Ferrari One has a core specification like the majority of its rivals. It uses a large, 11.6-inch, 1,366 x 768-pixel display and trades the commonplace Intel Atom CPU for a dual-core AMD Athlon 64 X2 L310 CPU, as well as 2GB of DDR2 800MHz RAM (upgradeable to 4GB).

Graphics come courtesy of a DirectX 10-capable ATI Radeon HD 3200 adaptor, so gaming and high-definition video playback are a distinct possibility.

Storage is provided by a 250GB hard drive, but Acer tells us it may ship versions of the Ferrari One with drives as large as 320GB. Further storage can be added via a memory card reader, which supports the SD, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro and xD-Picture Card formats. Connectivity is sorted, too, thanks to 802.11b/g and draft-n Wi-Fi and an optional surf-anywhere 3G module.

The keyboard is surprisingly good The Ferrari One has a relatively wide 285 by 24 by 204mm chassis, so the chiclet-style keys are large, and provide good travel and feedback. The mouse trackpad, meanwhile, is sensitive to multitouch gestures and reacts to the same stroking, pinching, stretching and swiping movements popularized on Apple laptops.

It'll go on sale on 22 October for a starting price of around €450 (£395; US$658). We have not received word on when the notebook will be available in Asia.