If youâ€™re one of the people who finds car-brand-badged laptops garish and the sole domain of wankers, well, Iâ€™m with you. It seems we might just be in the minority though, judging by Acerâ€™s latest addition to its long line of Prancing Horse laptops.
Successor to the outgoing 1100 model, the Acer Ferrari 1200 sports a carbon fibre lid, an anodized metal touchpad, and vents inspired â€“ they say â€“ by the exhausts on Ferrariâ€™s F1 car. Under the hood lies a
4.3 litre V8 AMD Turion X2 Ultra CPU and 4gb of DDR2 RAM. Forgive me, Iâ€™m not sure what that equates to in kilowatts and Newton metres.
The display is a 12.1 inch LED-backlit unit, and an exclusive Bluetooth mouse is included in the deal. A slot-loading DVD drive is included, as is a â€œlarge capacityâ€ SATA hard-drive, Dolby Home Theatre sound, and WiFi. And because you want a Ferrari laptop, youâ€™ll probably also be stoked to know thereâ€™s a built-in webcam.
Acer hasnâ€™t advised yet what the retail on this thing is (â€œmore than you can afford, pal: Ferrariâ€), but you can bet itâ€™ll (figuratively) blow away just about any other equivalently outfitted unit.
The UK will get it first, in the first half of 2009, with the rest of the world to follow.