Acer Launches Ferrari 1200 Ultra Portable Laptop

Taiwanese laptop manufacturer, Acer, and Italian fast car specialist, Ferrari, have teamed up once more to deliver another expertly build sub-laptop featuring the legendary prancing horse albeit at a hefty price.

The Acer Ferrari 1200 is a souped-up version of the Acer Ferrari 1100 launched in February 2008 and is built to "look and feel like a F1 racecar".

The checklist includes the carbon-fibre cover, a material used in racecars that's lighter and stronger than magnesium alloy, a popular alternative used in contemporary laptops.

There's also the unique ventilation design that's engineered to mimic the exhaust pipes of F1 cars plus the anodized-metal touchpad resembles the brake and acceleration pedals of a Ferrari car.

The rest of the laptop is unfortunately, slightly less exciting: you get an AMD Turion X2 Ultra processor backed by the AMD M780G chipset, up to 4GB memory, a SATA HDD protected by Acer's own DASP system, Dolby Theater Audio, a slot in DVD writer, an integrated webcam, a 12.1-inch Acer CrystalBrite LCD monitor and Acer's fingerprint security solution.

Additionally, the laptop will come with a bluetooth wireless mouse emblazoned with Acer and Ferrari Racing shield logos as well as a host of applications including a Windows Vista OS. No news as to whether there will be a discrete video card.

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The laptop will be available sometimes in the first half of 2009. Expect the laptop to cost at least 50 percent extra on the price of similarly configured laptops. The Acer Ferrari 1100 can be had for around £920 while the Aspire 2930 can be purchased for around £610.

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