Best Buy Award
PC Home (July '00)
The First noticeable difference between the Rock Sigma and
most other sub £1,500 notebooks is that the screen is larger.
Believe me, you'll notice the difference between a 13.3in
screen and the 14.1in screen on the Sigma. The processor installed
in the Sigma. The processor installed on the Sigma comes in
the form of an Intel Celeron 466MHz and is the slowest in
this round-up, albeit by a small margin. 64Mb of RAM is pre-installed
and can be expanded to a respectable 256Mb should you come
across some spare cash. There are two PCMCIA card slots on
the Sigma and, thanks to the internal modem, both of these
The Sigma has gone with the attractive metallic silver look
and the power button is located just above the keyboard. so
when the lid is closed you can't accidentally turn the machine
on., easily done with models that have their power button
on the outside.
8Mb of Video RAM. The ATI Rage Pro graphics card has 8Mb
of video RAM installed on it, which is a bonus since most
notebooks only come with 4Mb. With a fairly decent set of
speakers, as far as notebooks are concerned, and the large
screen, the Sigma acts as a very capable portable DVD player,
although the quality of the picture isn't that amazing.
Notebooks can sometimes be a little temperamental and aren't
quite as easy as desktop PC's to fix, Rock offers a good one
year collect and return warranty system and if they can't
fix it within five days a loan unit will be supplied.
The Sigma from Rock may not be the fastest, but it has a
decent sized monitor and manages to stay £150 below the price
limit for this round up; all in all, a good budget buy.
||Rock Sigma 466
|| Large monitor and fairly cheap
||Slow processor and only 64MB RAM
||Intel Celeron 466MHz
||14.1 XGA TFT
||24 x CD-ROM
|| Internal 56k modem
||1 Year Collect and Return
||£1,350 (Ex VAT)
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