DTS - Computer Active
impressive widescreen notebook, perfect for watching films on
the move, with a few novel extras thrown in too.
advent of DVD-ROM has led to many notebooks being designed with
widescreen displays. These not only allow you to view DVD films
as they were meant to look in the cinema but are also great for
Windows tasks. For example, you can see far more data on a spreadsheet
or have two Word documents or web pages open side by side.
As well as a 15.4in widescreen, the Rock Pegasus DTS has a 1.4GHz
Intel Pentium M processor. This may seem a little slow by today’s
standards, but this kind of mobile processor is designed to offer
a balance between performance and battery life. Boosted by Centrino
technology, which also helps to extend battery life, this notebook
lasted for three-hours before needing a recharge. This isn’t
the best we’ve seen for a Centrino notebook but considering
the screen size, which is responsible for about a third of the
power requirements in a notebook, it’s not bad at all.
the processor, the 256Mb of memory also doesn’t seem that
much, especially considering the notebook’s price. Windows
XP needs at least this amount to run smoothly, but 16Mb is immediately
gobbled up by the integrated graphics, which suggests that 512Mb
would have been a better option. Subsequently 3D Games will struggle
as the graphics memory is almost non-existent.
30Gb hard disk is big enough for most, but if you do run out of
room then the DVD/CDRW drive can be used to archive files. However,
the Rock’s main selling point is its multimedia hardware.
As well as the widescreen display and DVD drive, it’s also
designed with surround sound audio and five on-board speakers,
which is very rare for a notebook. Two speakers sit either side
of the keyboard and a further two are built into the top half
of the notebook. A small subwoofer is built into the bottom. Sound
quality isn’t stunning but it’s far better than most
and a nice extra for anyone wanting to watch films on the go.
As previously mentioned, the Rock is equipped with Centrino technology,
which means this notebook comes with integrated Wi-Fi, When you’re
connected to a wireless network, a light is illuminated, which
is a nice touch. There’s also a new e-mail notification
light and three shortcut keys for access to the internet, e-mail
and wireless networking. The latter provides a quick easy way
to search for any wireless hotspots in your vicinity. A webcam
is also integrated into the lid, allowing for simple video conferencing
and the whole system isn’t that heavy either, weighing only
you want to connect the notebook to a TV or external monitor,
you can do so with the included ports. There are three USB 2 ports
and a FireWire socket. Rock has included some software to get
you going as well. These include Ability Office, which makes a
nice change from Microsoft Works and Panda Anti Virus, which is
a necessity if you are going online. It also comes with a three-year,
collect-and-return warranty and a carry case.
in all, the Rock Pegasus DTS is a notebook built for multimedia
fans. Memory and graphics have been traded for the surround sound
speakers and a top-quality widescreen. There are cheaper Centrino
notebooks around but not many that come with such a good display.
nice system for multimedia but a little unbalanced.