It's not all that often that we get such a blatant object of desire in to the bit-tech labs. This week, we've been fortunate enough to have two: the Alienware Aurora 7500 we reviewed on Wednesday, and this, possibly the best-looking LCD monitor on the face of the planet.
Acer has built a reputation for drool-worthy products recently through their collaboration with Italian motor giant, Ferrari. First out of the gate was the Ferrari laptop, which was a Turion machine with more than a little class. Now the pair have created a range of LCD monitors, of which we are exclusively looking at the high-end model - the Acer Ferrari F20.
Sporting awesome design values and a 20" widescreen LCD panel, the F20 will be a conversation piece worthy of any desk. In fact, it could even grace your living room, since it sports a TV tuner and a good complement of inputs for the rest of your equipment. How many people can say they have a Ferrari in their living room?
The display is decked out in sexy racing-red for the stand and rear of the LCD, while the body is a glossy black. The bottom houses some rudimentary speakers, along with that all important Ferrari badge. It's impossible to fault the looks from the front - the display is simply stunning. The screen also has a glossy coating on it to aid colour intensity and accuracy. This does add a small degree of reflectiveness, but it's a good trade-off for the added vibrance.
The display is very adjustable in terms of angle, but unfortunately does not have any degree of height adjustment. With a display this big, it would be handy to position it in the ergonomically perfect position. To prop up your Ferrari LCD on a Yellow Pages just wouldn't be right.
The glossy red coating is simply awesome, and looks like a proper Ferrari paintjob, lacquered and polished appropriately. To make the entire display the famous shade of red would be overwhelming, and the mixture of the jet black really does the trick. The LCD panel itself is has a native resolution of 1680x1050 (WSXGA+), which is pretty much spot on for a 20" desktop display.