At the front you’ll find the two hard switches for the Bluetooth and WiFi adapters, a headphone socket, a mic socket, an infrared port and a memory card reader. The reader will accept SD/MMC, XD and MemoryStick/MemoryStick Pro cards.
The left hand side sports a Type II PC Card slot, which unfortunately has a removable blanker rather than a spring loaded door. I far prefer the latter since it leaves you with nothing to lose while you’re using the slot. Also in evidence is a four-pin FireWire port, another USB 2.0 port, a modem socket, an Ethernet port and a D-SUB port for connecting an external monitor via an analogue signal.
The rear is dominated by the battery, but there’s still room for a docking connector, a TV-out port and a DVI output for connecting digitally to an external LCD screen.
Comparing the Ferrari 4000 directly to the Samsung X50 shows that you’re getting a lot for your money, despite the fact that the Ferrari branding must have cost Acer a far bit. Running the DVD battery rundown test in Mobile Mark 2005 showed that you can watch a three hour long movie on this machine before it runs out of steam. The battery life proved to be equally impressive when running productivity applications, with the Ferrari 4000 turning in a time of 201 minutes, beating the Samsung by 12 minutes.
When it came to raw power under SYSmark 2002 I expected the Acer to trail the Samsung slightly, after all the Samsung had a 2GHz Pentium M chip compared to the 1.8GHz Turion in the Acer. However, I was proved wrong, with the Ferrari 4000 edging ahead of the X50 with a score of 252 compared to 241. The X50 did seem to have the edge when it came to PCMark 05 though, turning in an overall score of 2791, while the Ferrari 4000 could only manage 2661.