In late December 2006 Acer Inc and Windows Vista (Microsoft) delivered review units to a group of 90 bloggers from the Windows Communities requesting their thoughts on the system and the new operating system in particular. I was fortunate to be a recipient of one of these units, an Acer Ferrari 5000. Of course, I did not receive my review unit as quickly as other’s did since DHL had problems getting clearance on the machine at the AirPort because of the cost, US $5,000. Because shipments over US $3,000 in Jamaica are considered to be Business shipments, a 2% customs duty needs to be paid on such items. Of course, all of that was taken care of, but some how, the laptop still had problems getting delivered to me. Just to prove how difficult, the laptop was shipped to Jamaica on December 29th, and had clearance problems from then on and was not cleared for delivery until today (January 15, 2007). DHL, please do a better job next time, and follow the instructions on the AirWay Bill instead of looking at the cost of the product, and tell your employee’s to mind their own business; they are hired to deliver, not to wonder why I don’t have to pay any duty.
Unpacking the Ferrari 5000 is very straight-forward, just open the box and pull it out then remove the protective Styrofoam handles. After looking at images of the laptop on the web I am surprised to note how thin and light it is in person plus attractive. I opened it, hit the power button and it booted it up, the BIOS screen displays a Formula One Ferrari racing car then begins loading the OS. It’s nice to see something different for a change instead of the standard boring OEM logo or BIOS manufacturer logo. The laptop comes pre-loaded with the new Windows Vista probably one of the first, I’ll talk more about that a little later.
AMD Turion X2 2.0 GHz Dual Core processor (64-Bit)
160 GB Serial ATA Drive
2 GB of DDR2 667 MHz memory
ATI Rage X1600 Graphics (256 MB)
15inch Wide Screen Display
DVD + RW Dual Layer drive (Slot loading)
Wireless Bluetooth Mouse with rechargeable batteries
Windows Vista Ultimate x64 Edition
Office 2007 Enterprise Edition
I should have the entire review up on ActiveWin.com soon so stay tuned, in the mean time, check out some early pics I took.