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Microsoft gives Ferrari notebooks to blogger

updated 04:40 pm EST, Wed December 27, 2006

Microsoft gifts bloggers

Microsoft has provided numerous influential bloggers such as Scott Beale of Laughing Squid with free top-end Acer Ferrari custom-configured notebooks. Each system is said to ship with a preinstalled copy of Windows Vista Ultimate -- the premium edition of Microsoft's forthcoming operating system. Beale has documented his reception of the Acer Ferrari 1000 12.1-inch notebook boasting a 1.80GHz AMD Turion 64x2 CPU and 1GB of DDR2 memory with a 160GB SATA hard drive. The blogger received two identical notes which he says seems to confirm that the gift is related to the Windows Vista launch. Describing the laptop 'a nice surprise,' Beale surmises that Microsoft may have shipped him the notebook to reach out to Mac users, or that he was recommended by people he knows who work for Redmond-based company.

by MacNN Staff




  1. russellb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Windows Vista

    I guess that notebook must be the minimum spec required to run Vista ... sorry could not resist.

    Would be nice to see them sending notebooks that the average user would be buying then you might get something resembling reality in the feedback from it's use.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    who cares

    why beale thinks he might have gotten the notebooks. if he accepts them then his credibility has to be questioned. it's called yellow journalism and it don't matter if it's a blog or the new york times.

  1. elpancho

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ugliest piece of ...

    I could care less, this has to be the most absurd piece of technology. Hope this bloggers have some sense of aesthetics!

  1. Tack

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This is not news.

    Nat: Companies *always* do this; this is not some big underhanded thing. As if MacAddict wasn't biased enough, Apple sends them demo machines too, and we don't question their credibility.

    Those Ferrari notebooks are mighty nice; I wish I had one.

  1. allochi

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ferrari IS good

    Hay Guys, I only want to drop a word about Ferrari and Vista, I have been using Vista on my 4005 Ferrari for 2 months now, and I can tell you that it's very fast, for some reason, Vista fit Ferrari just as if it was made specially to it, I don't want to sound like these who would say "double the performance", I always hate these comments, but the performance is considerably noticeable.

    I think I'm not the only one who noticed this, this is why they are giving away these lapis.

    I'm hoping to switch to Mac when Leopard is out, I've been playing with my colleague Mac for a while, and I love the work flow, I hope in the future there will be a move to sell the OS separate for other Intel machines, it's not easy to get apple machine where I live.

  1. Smurfman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: tack

    Tack said: "Apple sends them demo machines too, and we don't question their credibility"

    As you said, Apple sends "demo" machines. These are temporary "loans" to a journalist or testing facility at a publication. They are not gifts. The machines are to be sent back after a certain period of time.

    There is a big difference between the two.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: re: tack

    Apple's demo machines, maybe. But software companys and smaller hardware companies send review machines to reviewers and do not get them back.

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It won't be long...

    And Redmond will be giving everybody laptops, just so somebody is using Windows :)

  1. tahoeskiphreak

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mac blogger wants in...

    Seems the rush is on to try and cash in on the phenom of free laptops. One guy has blatantly stepped forward with a message directed at Steve Jobs: "Send me a MacBook and I'll say nice things about Leopard, the iPod, and whatever else Apple produces." Is there no shame?

    See Comments are apparently sought.

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