XS - PC Home Magazine
a stylish build and a heap of features, could we find any faults
with the Quaddra XS from Rockdirect?
the past couple of years, notebook manufacturers have been fighting
it out with each other to produce the thinnest and lightest model.
These days, you’ll find some of them are so thin you’re
afraid to type on the keyboard for fear of snapping it. Although
these models have their obvious advantages, they always lack in
areas such as connectivity, internal drives and battery power.
great to have an ultra-light notebook, but when you realise you’ve
got to buy an external floppy and CD drive, the novelty soon wears
off. Thankfully, the Quaddra XS from Rockdirect isn’t ashamed
to be a little heavier and larger than the rest, weighing in at
3.3Kg. In return, you’re provided with a notebook that really
should meet all your needs.
Beating at the heart of the system is a powerful Intel Pentium
4 processor running at 2.4GHz, which is backed up by a more than
suitable 512Mb of ultra-fast DDR RAM and a large 40Gb hard drive.
What really impressed us is that along with the standard floppy
drive, a CD-RW/DVD combo drive has also been included in the package.
Being able to write CDs as well as watch DVD movies on the go
is really something to behold as well. If you think the Quaddra
will let you down when it comes to connectivity, think again.
With a grand total of three USB ports, one FireWire, a TV-out
and the usual collection of PC card, serial, parallel and PS/2
keyboard sockets, you certainly won’t be wanting any more.
What’s more, the screen won’t disappoint you either;
the dazzling images produced by the whopping 15” TFT display
puts any standard CRT monitor to shame and is a real treat for
Upon turning the notebook on for the first time, we were a little
unsure if there was any battery power left in it - it was
so quiet that we really couldn’t hear anything at all. Sure
enough, the fan leapt into action after about five minutes of
use, but it wasn’t long before it went back into Stealth
mode. The Quaddra XS supplies top-notch performance and superb
fact that you really do get everything you need in one package.
major though, naturally, it is on the chunky side.