Better late than never, right? The Acer Ferrari One may have been one of the first mini-laptops on the market to sport an 11.6 inch display and a netbook-like design while using an AMD processor and ATI graphics instead of an Intel chipset. But it’s starting to look a bit dated now that we’re seeing a growing number of machines with similar shapes and sizes and newer AMD chips.
But if you happened to snag an Acer Ferrari One when it was still hot, you may have been wondering what ever happened to an accessory that Acer had promised would be available: The DynaVivid Graphics Dock.It’s still not available in the US, but Blogee noticed that you can pick one up in France for €199 (about $259 US).
The dock is an external graphics card that connects to the ATI XGP port on the Acer Ferrari One. While the Ferrari One has an Athlon X2 dual core L310 processor and integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics which are good enough to handle HD video playback, the external graphics card is basically an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670 GPU.
It has HDMI and VGA outputs and can handle resolutions of up to 2048 x 1536. It also supports DirectX 10.1.The dock also functions as a 6 port USB hub.
Of course, $260 is kind of a lot of money to spend on an accessory that gives some extra graphics capability to a relatively low power machine — especially since it’s really designed for use with an external display, which means the dock will probably hang out on your desk or near your TV most of the time. At that point, I have to wonder whether it doesn’t make more sense just to sell your Ferrari One and use the cash to pick up a more powerful desktop for watching videos, playing games, or doing whatever it is you were hoping to do with the thing.