Ferrari-branded ultraportable to feature external XGP graphics


— 10:45 AM on September 17, 2009

AMD's XGP external graphics technology hasn't gotten a lot of play since its June 2008 launch, but could it find new life in ultraportables? Acer is prepping a Ferrari-branded laptop based on AMD's latest ultraportable platform, and believe it or not, the machine features an XGP port.

According to What Laptop, the Acer Ferrari One will also have a 11.6" 1366x768 display, a dual-core Athlon X2 L310 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, up to 4GB of RAM (but only 1GB in the base model), 160GB of mechanical storage, 802.11g Wi-Fi, and Windows 7.

Like other Ferrari-branded Acer laptops, this one has an omnipresent sports-car theme. Acer has adorned the glossy red display lid with the car maker's logo, and it threw in another logo on the fake-carbon-fiber-mesh palm rest. Reportedly, the rubber feet are even "shaped like tyres, tread included."

The folks at Notebooks.com have shot an HD video of the system, which clearly shows the XGP connector sitting next to a VGA port. They add that the machine will hit store shelves "soon" with prices starting at $499.

In theory, the XGP port should allow users to purchase an external graphics processor and hook it up to the system when needed. The Athlon X2 processor may act as somewhat of a bottleneck in recent titles, though. Besides, if Acer based the Ferrari One on AMD's new Congo platform, it should already have relatively decent Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics.

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