A normal thing for ultra-compact models, there are no lid latches here. You just push the lid up applying some effort and here it is – the racing style of the Ferrari 1005WTMi at its best:
It is felt everywhere beginning with the rubber pads at the top of the black screen bezel whose purpose is to ensure softer contact between the lid and the notebook body. These pads are shaped originally, angularly on this notebook.
The buttons and indicators look like they’ve been taken right from a real Ferrari. A steering wheel is missing, though. Rather unusually, the Power button is placed on the left above the keyboard. On the right, there is a block of instant-launch buttons together with system indicators designed in the same dashboard style. These include (from left to right):
- E-mail client launch
- Web-browser launch
- Button to launch Acer Empowering Technology
- User-defined button
- Caps Lock indicator
- Num Lock indicator
- HDD activity indicator
The instant-launch buttons can be reprogrammed by the user in the Acer Launch Manager.
The four remaining indicators, located on the notebook’s front edge near the touchpad follow the sports theme. These indicators remain visible irrespective of the position of the lid:
- Power indicator
- Bluetooth indicator
- WLAN indicator
- Battery indicator
The display hinges stick out from the notebook’s body, allowing to unfold the notebook by a full 180 degrees and somewhat more.
The Ferrari 1005WTMi is equipped with a 12.1” LCD matrix that has a maximum resolution of 1280x800 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:10 (WXGA). The viewing angles are quite wide both vertically and horizontally. The display features Acer GridVista technology for organizing multiple windows on the Desktop. The LCD matrix was manufactured using Acer CrystalBrite technology that improves image quality and saturation. On the other hand, the “glassy” coating of the display reflects every brightly lit object behind your back, so you have to take care about proper ambient lighting before you sit down to work with this notebook.
We measured the brightness and contrast of the notebook’s display using a Pantone ColorVision Spyder with OptiCAL version 3.7.8 software. We selected the highest brightness setting before this test and it remained almost unchanged when the notebook switched to its battery. The contrast ratio didn’t change much, either:
AC power source:
- 109.7cd/sq.m brightness, 33:1 contrast ratio
DC power source:
- 108.9cd/sq.m brightness, 34:1 contrast ratio
The measured level of brightness is lower than declared. The lower value of the contrast ratio is partially due to the glare of the glassy matrix which increases the level of black under bright lighting and, as a result, lowers the contrast ratio.
This notebook’s 84-key keyboard lacks Acer’s characteristic FineTouch “smile”. The keys move quietly and softly and do not rattle. They are almost normal size notwithstanding the notebook’s form-factor. The Arrow keys are shifted below the keyboard’s baseline, reducing the risk of your pressing them accidentally.
PgUp and PgDn (they are duplicated as Fn+Home and Fn+End) are placed above the Arrow Right and Arrow Left buttons. The Fn button is located in the bottom left corner, second after the Control. This should be convenient for people who are used to shortcuts involving the Control key. Numeric buttons and two Windows keys are available: the Context Menu key is placed over one key to the right of the spacebar; the Windows Logo key is over one key to the left of the spacebar. The functional keys are smaller than others. Volume and brightness adjustments are made with the Arrow buttons. Num Lock and Screen Lock are combined with F11 and F12, respectively. Print Screen, Pause, Insert and Delete are placed in the same row with the functional keys. The letters are painted white and the functional keys are painted blue (you should press them in combination with Fn to access their additional functions).
The touchpad of the smallest of the Ferrari family of notebooks is yet another sample of the car manufacturing art implemented in a portable computer. The touch-sensitive panel is painted a classic black color and is not sunken deep into the notebook’s case. It has a special dedicated scrolling zone on the right with two white arrows. The two metallized buttons, working instead of the ordinary mouse’s ones, successfully imitate car pedals. The name of the product series is engraved at the top of the buttons where they are not yet separated. A scrolling joystick is missing here. There are rubberized surfaces on the sides of the touchpad that prevent your wrists from slipping off. They get dirty too easily, so you’ll have to clean the notebook often (using the included napkin).