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Acer Ferrari 3400LMI NoteBook AMD Mobile Athlon 64 3000+ 512MB Memory 80GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 15.0" Windows XP Professional

  • AMD Mobile Athlon 64 3000+
  • 512MB Memory 80GB HDD
  • ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
  • 1400 x 1050
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Super Multi Write Plus (DVD -RW, +RW, -RAM) drive
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Mr. H.
  • 11/1/2005 2:11:34 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Machine

Comments: I've had my Ferrari 3400 for about six months now. I can honestly say I'm just as impressed with it as I was the day I got it. The bright Ferrari red cover inspires me every time. However, as everyone who owns one knows, it's very easy to scratch but a little care will keep it in pristine condition. I don't ever let anything harder than my finger touch it and always lay the silk bag that came with in on top of the cover when I put it in my computer bag. The screen is excellent, sharp and with a high resolution. The ATi graphics can handle just about any thing you can throw at it, though the games I play on it aren't the most extreme. There's very little, if any, ghosting or artifacts on this screen.
The keyboard is mostly without problems except for that some of the functions you may use frequently, such as home and end, you need to hit the function key first. Volume control doubles up on the up and down arrow keys and it took me a few days to notice that. Most laptops I've seen have some sort of trade-off when it comes to keyboard layout, though.
Heat is a big issue. The area under your left wrist gets really hot due to the hard drive, so it's most hot when there's a lot of drive activity. I've got myself a cooling pad, which puts a couple of fans under the laptop, and that does a good job of keeping the heat under control and doesn't add too much weight to the setup.
The WiFi antenna is very sensitive. I was picking up signals that people sitting next to me, esp when using a PCMCIA card, couldn't pick up. I haven't had the opportunity to use the Bluetooth yet. The card reader is very handy too and makes things convenient. I've fallen in love with the slot loading DVD drive. No more need to make sure there's enough room to eject that ugly DVD tray from the side of the laptop. The battery lasts a decent amount of time considering what type of hardware you're running, about 3-3.5 hours without WiFi and 2.5 hours with it. About as good if not slightly better than similar laptops. Plugging in a mic sucks almost as much as using the built in one but there are options available from Creative Labs if that's important to you.
Other than those minor points this is a very well rounded machine and performs as advertised and in style. It can be used as a desktop replacement or a gamer's laptop. Just be prepared when people start asking you about it and want to look at it.

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  • Paul H.
  • 10/13/2005 5:29:44 PM
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5 out of 5 eggs

Comments: Upside: I've had one of these since May and I've been happy with it. No dead pixels, everything still works fine. I'm running Gentoo Linux AMD64 version with great success. Sound, video, DVD burning etc pretty much everything works in 64-bit mode (for wireless LAN use the Windows X64 driver with ndiswrapper). Also, the Windows X64 situation is improved over what past commenters have said. I got the free Windows X64 upgrade and the 64-bit drivers for everything (including touchpad) now exist and seem to work fine. It also includes an international warranty. They have service centers in what looks like almost every country in the world. If you're an international traveller and don't want to get stuck in some far-off place for a few weeks with a broken laptop, this is a bonus.

Downside: It gets hot, and I mean HOT! You will seriously want to buy some sort of USB laptop cooling pad to place under this. If you use this laptop on top of your lap, you may need to consult a physician to see if you're still able to have children afterwards. Battery life is not great. The longest I've had it go is about 2 hours. Worst I've seen is when it went from full to empty in about 50 minutes (playing a 3D game the entire time with the S-Video output going to my TV). I love the screen size, but the footprint of the laptop in general is a little big, and it's not the lightest notebook in the world...

Overall I've been pleased with it. I'm going to buy more RAM and maybe try swapping the hard drive out with one that runs cooler (most of the extreme heat seems to be coming from the hard drive). If you travel with your laptop every day, you may want something smaller & less power-hungry. If you want a powerful laptop with a nice native 1400x1050 display and all the trimmings, I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/14/2005 12:40:07 PM
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5 out of 5 eggs

Comments: Pretty good laptop, my first. Here's the bad: runs VERY hot on AC, but not too bad on battery, beautiful top is very easy to scratch, the hard drive was stupidly partitioned at first, has bluetooth but they give you an USB mouse which is connected on the LEFT side of the laptop (??? right handed please). Also, could use a little more RAM if you plan to play games.

But those are really the only bad things I can say about it, most of which can be remedied and/or very minor. Runs very nice, Acer has some nice programs you can get off their site, runs games very well, battery has a good amount of life (about 3 hours on casual use) and charges very fast (couple of hours maybe).

I'm very happy with it!

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/13/2005 10:04:29 PM
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5 out of 5 eggs

Comments: This is the first laptop i've purchased and after many hours of research and comparison, i am fairly sure that this is the best notebook under $2000. The screen is absolutly stunning as well as the power. The only gripes i have are the standard 512mb of ram, how you have to wrap the usb mouse around the back of the computer, how warm the computer gets, and how easily that beautiful red finish scrathes. Other than that it's a grade A product!!

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  • Nicholas L.
  • 6/21/2005 2:45:29 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Laptop

Comments: As mentioned by others, the default RAM (512mb) could be higher, but it definitely gets the job done. The machine as a whole is very sleek. Pretty much everything about it is solid. The only gripe I have with it is while playing some graphic intensive games, some areas of it get really hot while plugged in. However, if you take out the battery, it not only helps the battery life, but it also runs cool.
I'd also like to note that tihs is one of the few machines that has a battery life that really is what it says. I usually get just under 3 hours of battery life from it on normal use, or about 2.5 during gaming.
And of course, every game and application I've run on it has run very smooth.

If you're looking for a gamer's laptop, look no further.

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  • Jared H.
  • 5/23/2005 1:34:52 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsExcellent laptop but could use more RAM by default

Comments: Overall, the Ferrari is an excellent laptop. However, I originally only had 512 MB and its performance was almost unbearable at times. All UI would just hang when attempting to do a few things at the same time. I purchased an additional 1GB stick of RAM, and left one of the 256 sticks in the machine too. So now I'm running with 1.25 GB of RAM and it's made a *HUGE* difference. I can now honestly recommend this laptop.

Only other issue: Don't plan on running it with XP X64 edition unless you're ok with a degraded experience with the hardware drivers and bios. The touchpad driver scrolling doesn't work yet, and the bios never clears the RAM on resume from hibernation/standbye so you get regular WIM error messages. Other than that, it seemed to run fine with x64 edition but I'll stick with XP x86 until they come out with updated drivers.

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  • Robert W.
  • 5/14/2005 3:51:17 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsGot my Ferrari

Comments: Overall a very nice piece of work. Nice attention to detail with the custom backgrounds and the excellent mouse, special cleaning cloth and silk protective bag. The speed is good, except for the hard drive, and 1 Gig of RAM would've been a nice extram though 512 is sufficient. The wireless hardware is very good, the antennas are very sensitive. Only real gripes are how easy it is to scratch the (beautiful) case, it is just like a fairing on a motorcycle or anything else and it is very shiny and smooth but the slightest brush against anything harder than your skin leaves a hairline scratch. The silk bag would help protect against this, but with my backpack 'case' and a lot of the others I've seen, having the laptop in the bag when you try to put the thing in the case makes it almost impossible to get out (friction), so you end up having to just slide it in which is OK until you scrape a zipper (innevetable). You almost need a special "Acer Ferrari" case, specially designed not to scratch. Anyway, I'm very pleased. I was a little worried about Newegg at first, it was my first experience with them and I got a little bit of a runaround with all the callbacks and worries over whether I would actually recieve the device next day or not, but in the end I did so all's well. Enjoy

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/23/2005 4:25:51 AM
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4 out of 5 eggs

Comments: I actually have the 3200 (purchased 3/8/05, but no longer available?). Well made, and well equipped. Latest touchpad driver (from Acer's website) seems to conflict with bluetooth and wireless devices (screen displays "No Device" when front panel buttons are pushed). Deinstall touchpad driver and all is well. Recover CD set was missing disk 2 of 2. No response from Acer's tech support (they are real real bad). As long as you don't need them, it's a great buy.
Newegg, as usual, rocks.

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  • Roger D.
  • 3/16/2005 10:03:15 AM
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4 out of 5 eggsGood, but some things annoying

Comments: THere's so many great things about this laptop, and only a couple of annoying things.

Great screen - surpases the IBM T42 screen in clarity.
Great speed - very quick response. ATI 9700 is quick and powerful.
Good mouse. Included USB mouse is good, so is the touchpad onboard.

THe bad:
* I just hate the keyboard. If you use the HOME or END keys much then you're going to get frustrated because you have to hit the FN key to access them. I wanted this box to do some 64bit development. Get an IBM if you want a great featured keyboard.
* HOT. Running on AC gets hot! On battery it's not too bad.

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  • Peter B.
  • 2/28/2005 11:38:05 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsInsane is right

Comments: Sure..we all paid a tad more then most laptops with roughly the same configuration but the Ferrari 3400 is hands down..one of the best products I have ever bought. Video is top notch with high resolutions(that card alone is worth $199) . The DV-RAM is incredible...I can burn DVD's in 18-45.minutes I bought 2 PMCIA cards, Audigy 2ZS for TX and 24bit Sound which is simply amazing and a 2 DVI out PMCIA card for adding 2 more monitors for my Bizness. Also bought 2 1 gig memory. Its insane. Makes everyone Jealous.

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