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rockdirect announce Xtreme notebook to the gaming market



rockdirect, the UK's leading specialist notebook manufacturer, has today announced an exciting new addition to its notebook portfolio, the Rock Xtreme. Targeted towards avid gamers who demand the most powerful game-play experience from their notebook, the Rock Xtreme delivers blistering performance in a striking notebook design.

The new Rock Xtreme delivers performance with style thanks to the latest 3.2Ghz Intel® Pentium® 4 processor with Hyper-ThreadingTM Technology, 800Mhz FSB and 512Mb DDR400 RAM. For users seeking the ultimate gaming performance, the impressive specs don’t stop there. In addition to the systems stunning 15” SXGA+ screen, running at 1400 x 1050 resolution, the unit also plays host to the fastest, most immersive 3D performance available - ATI's Radeon Mobility 9600 Pro with 128Mb dedicated graphics memory making the Xtreme powerful enough to run the most graphics-intensive 3D games with ease.

In common with a Formula 1 car, the Xtreme posses the ultimate in speed, innovation and state-of-the-art technology. To further emphasise this, the Xtreme is available in the team colours of three leading Formula 1 teams, Racing Red, Piercing Blue Metallic and Team Green Metallic. Styling the Xtreme in these 3 stunning automotive finishes also means that the Rock Xtreme is a great way for customers to express their individuality or to make a statement. Each Xtreme is meticulously hand painted with multiple layers of the highest quality automotive paint. This process is then followed by four layers of crystal coat, which is then baked, wet-sanded, polished, waxed and buffed. Resulting in a clean, smooth, utterly beautiful and unique finish.

“rockdirect strives to be a leader in every area of the notebook industry and we are delighted to deliver the ultimate notebook to the gaming community,” say’s Nick Boardman, Managing Director. “We are a very forward thinking company and are committed to not just supplying the very best performing notebook systems, we strongly believe in customer choice. We are proud to be the first British Manufacturer to offer such an exquisite range of hand painted machines. The Xtreme will breath new life into the desktop replacement and gaming notebook market”

Other highlights of the Rock Xtreme include two unique flexi-bays. Bay one houses a DVD/CD-RW Combo drive as standard whilst Bay two houses a floppy drive. The FDD is swappable with a second battery, DVD/CD-RW, DVD Writer, 6-in-1 card reader module or removable 2nd Hard Disk Drive. In essence, the Xtreme can become a fast copying facility or users can double the machines battery life by swapping the FDD with a second battery.

The Rock Xtreme is feature enhanced further with the inclusion of a Bluetooth module which come as standard, with further optional extras including up-to-the-minute integrated wireless (802.11g) networking capabilities.

Key features of the Xtreme include:
• Intel® Pentium® 4 processor (up to 3.2Ghz)
• Featuring Hyper-ThreadingTM Technology
• 800MHz FSB
• DDR400 RAM (Up to 1Gb)
• Up to 80Gb Hard Disk Drive
• 15” SXGA+ TFT screen (1400 x 1050)
• ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 Graphics (128Mb)
• Bluetooth™ (802.11b)
• Integrated Wireless - 802.11g (Optional)
• Sony Multi-Format DVD Writer (Optional)
• FDD (Swap 2ND battery or HDD, CD/DVD or Card Reader)
• 65w 8-cell Li-Ion Battery
• Internal 56k V.90 Modem & Gigabit LAN
• 1 x IEEE1394 Connector
• VGA, Parallel, PS/2, S-Video, IrDA
• 4 x USB 2.0
• 5.1 DTS output
• Microsoft Win XP Home
• Panda AntiVirus Software
• Ability Office 2002
• 329mm*275mm*36.5 mm and 3.6Kg (with battery)
• Carry Case
• 3 Year Collect & Return Warranty

rockdirect has experienced unparalled success in the notebook-manufacturing field since 1992. Bringing the Xtreme to market was the natural progression for Rock and the company is delighted and is very much looking forward to its launch in Q4 this year. Prices will start at just £1,249 (excluding VAT) and units will be supplied with Microsoft XP Operating System, Ability Office 2002 Software and Panda Anti Virus Software as standard. As with all Rock notebooks, the Xtreme will also come with rockdirect’s industry leading 3-year Collect and Return Warranty package (covering all parts, labour and courier costs), delivering unrivalled support to all customers.

Editors note: rockdirect is a division of Rock Group Plc, a notebook specialist now in its 12th year of trading. For further information or a picture of the new Xtreme, please contact Sarah Chard (Marketing & PR Manager) at rockdirect 08702 203 608, fax 08709 90 90 91 or email [email protected]


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