If you’ve been watching my live stream this past week, you’ve likely seen the red laptop sitting on my desk. It is an Acer Ferrari One – part of the 200 series. It was sent to me to review by my friends at AMD, and I have to thank them for it. This notebook is part of the new Vision program set forth by AMD. Vision tries to make it easier for consumers to understand if the computer they are about to buy will do the things they want to do… gaming, email, Internet browsing and productivity apps. I’m all about productivity, so I am looking forward to really putting this machine through its paces.
The notebook is running Windows 7 on top of AMD M780G chipset, and is running an AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core processor. This is a beefy notebook. It’s not a netbook. Netbooks are typically cheap and slow, and don’t have enough power. The Ferrari is powerful and portable, weighing in at only about 3.3 pounds.
I have an 11.6 inch screen with this gorgeous little monster, with a 16×9 aspect ratio widescreen. The Ferrari packs 3 GB of RAM inside the case, with Wireless-N networking capabilities built in. You’ll also find a 2.5″ hard drive inside, along with hi-def audio functionality. Thankfully, the built-in card reader will read almost any type of removable media you might have lying around.
The reason why AMD has sent this particular unit is to show off part of their Eyefinity project. This port will let me connect to up to three different screens. Yes, it will run all three of them. How many notebooks can do that? When you’re at school or work, you want to be portable and save space. But at home, you want to hook up to larger monitors. Hook up the Ferrari to them, and you’re good to go. They will be treated as one screen by the machine, and will work flawlessly for you. There’s no need for a separate desktop to use with all those home monitors – the Ferrari has more than enough power and speed to handle nearly anything you would need it to do.
I don’t have to configure anything in software to make three screens work. It’s seamless, making it appear as though it is one giant screen. This is an important technology, fellow Geeks. You really NEED multiple screens these days.
I’ll be testing the Ferrari itself in the coming weeks, along with checking out just how well Eyefinity works. Stay tuned to see video reviews.
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