CTS - PC Pro Magazine
When it comes to accessing information these days everybody needs
means that you either need to lug your desktop PC around with
you, including monitor! Or invest in a stylish notebook that is
always ready to perform any time, any place, any where…
The compact Rock is one of the most feature-packed notebooks
here and it comes with an excellent warranty. Only the hard disk
and keyboard layout count against it.
bases the Pegasus CTS on a small chassis manufactured by Clevo,
the same Taiwanese company that AJP and ACi use for their notebooks
this month. This chassis, the M3C to be precise, is much better
than the D410 used by the other two. Not only is it considerably
slimmer, but the keyboard is more solid. And the XGA screen might
be the same resolution as the ACi’s, but it has none of
the grain and is slightly brighter to boot.
when the two fans are running, the Pegasus is one of the quietist
machines on test. Like several others, the wrist rest gets warm
after a little use, but it’s not uncomfortable. The fan
cools a 1.4GHz Pentium M chip, which managed 1.19 in our benchmarks
- practically the same as the identically equipped Hi-Grade.
However, note that the 512MB of PC2100 RAM takes up both slots.
counting against the Rock is the 30GB hard disk. Most of the other
manufacturers have fitted 40GB units, while Dell goes one better
at 60GB. That said, rockdirect’s combo drive can re-write
CD-RWs at 24x, which is as quick as the best on test. If you need
to write to higher capacity DVD disks, rockdirect offers a DVD
writer for £100. This is about average for the upgrade with
NEC and ACi charging over the odds, while Mesh and Evesham are
£11 and £15 cheaper respectively. Although currently
fitted with an 802.11b wireless radio, the Pegasus CTS will be
upgraded for free to Intel’s new 802.11b/g version of Centrino
by the time you read this. The current wireless solution hardly
affected the intensive battery test at all, and the machine lasted
a colossal two hours, 24 minutes - a good 19 minutes longer
than anything else. The DVD test and light use battery lives weren’t
quite so impressive, but it still lasted over three hours in the
the AJP, Rock has a camera fitted above the screen. This captures
video at 640 x 480 and is ideal if you regularly use video conferencing.
Unfortunately both the camera and wireless connection share the
same power button, so can’t use one without the other. The
power for both is on by default, and a trip to the BIOS is necessary
to swap the option over - important for extending battery
only reason you might want to avoid the Rock is because of the
keyboard layout, which takes a bit of getting used to. Thankfully
the three-year, collect -and-return warranty easily makes
up for this: it’s the best cover on test, and it’s
insurance backed. Considering the reasonable software bundle as
well, the Pegasus CTS is a good choice if you need a more portable
machine than the Dell.