Change of oil, lick of paint.
It was the link up that started it all. We’ve may have since witnessed Asus cuddle up to Lamborghini and Itronix hitch a ride with Hummer but Acer bonded first with Ferrari and its ready to rev up yet another generation.
The Ferrari 5000 (above) Ferrari 1000 (below) both sport carbon fibre cases and are based on AMD’s new Turion 64 X2 processors but target very different drivers. The 5000 is a relatively portable desktop replacement (364 x 271 x 26.3/38mm and 3Kg) that sports a 15.4in WSXGA+ (1680 x 1050) display, a maximum of 2GB DDR2 RAM, a 160GB hard drive, an ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB VRAM (or up to 512MB using HyperMemory) and a 1.3MP integrated camera. Impressively, an HDMI port with HDCP support is available along with more typical connections such as S-video, a 5-in-1 card reader, WiFi, Bluetooth, 4x USB2.0 and FireWire.
As for the 1000 it romances mobile users weighing just 1.55Kg (1.7Kg with a six cell battery) and is a 12.1 incher with 1280 x 800 widescreen display. As you would expect graphics are of the integrated variety (ATI’s Xpress 1150) but can still pack up to 512MB via HyperMemory. 2GB of DDR2 RAM is again the max as is a 160GB HDD. There’s no HDMI here, but the rest of the connectivity is all present and correct, while a second battery can be interchanged with the slot loading DVD rewriter to provide up to five hours of battery life.
Prices and dates for these prancing horses have yet to emerge from the pit lane, but Acer isn’t usually one to announce kit months ahead of release so expect them to belt past the chequered flag any minute.
(Now will someone please show just a smidgen of marketing nous and snap up the Aston Martin licence?!?!)