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Acer Ferrari One 200 Review - More than a Netbook

Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Acer
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Video Quality

Most netbook displays are typically 10.1" with 1024x600 resolution, or
larger 12.1" panels with 1366x768. The display on the Acer Ferrari One 200 is
pretty unique in that it uses a 11.6" panel and has 1366x768 resolution.
This is an interesting combination as you gain the resolution of a
larger panel without the increased size and weight.

According to
Acer, the panel is rated at 200 cd/m2 which is fairly bright considering
most consumer desktop LCD displays are between 200 to 300 cd/m2.



Watching the 1080p Toy Story 3 trailer.

There are a few downsides with the
implementation of the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 on the Acer Ferrari One
200. First is the lack of HDMI output - this means you'll have to rely
on the old-school VGA output for any sort of external display. Second,
the ATI Mobility Radeon 3200 does not accelerate Flash video in any way.
This is a bit of a drawback since there is so much HD content available
using Flash these days, like Ryan's report on the Asus OC Summit ROG
Experience Tour filmed in 1080p
.



720p Flash video played back - CPU handles all the processing and get a bit bogged down.

Numbers
aside, how does the screen look?

Watching movies (Pixar's Up,
Star Trek, and other HD trailers available on the web), viewing still
images, and performing desktop activities was excellent on the Ferrari's
display. The display was bright while maintaining good colour
reproduction. The blacks were crisp and clean.

However, because
the resolution is relatively high for a display that is physically
small, text can be a bit hard to read especially on backgrounds that are
not solid colours (i.e. labels on desktop icons against the wallpaper).
This can be improved somewhat by going through the ClearText optimizer
or by increasing the desktop font size a little.



Editing photos in Adobe Lightroom was pure win on this display.

Having reviewed and used a
fair share of portable systems as an Editor and consumer, I have to say
that the display of the Acer Ferrari One 200 is one of the nicer ones I
have used. This is a bit of a surprise since I was not expecting a
display of this quality on a product branded as a netbook and at the sub $600 price point. For those of you who are picky about displays, I think the Acer
Ferrari will impress you.

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