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5 Award wins this month for the Xeno-m

Since the official launch of the new, thin and light Xeno-m series in August last year, the industry has seen rockdirect underline it's position as a market leader in notebook manufacturing with industry advisors continuing to recommend the company and it’s products over and above other manufacturers.

Journalists from leading computer publications have given praise to the company for producing the best notebook computer and warranty packages they've seen from a British notebook supplier. Furthermore, all specialist IT magazines that have reviewed and benchmarked the Xeno-m have praised the machine for it's portability, style, connectivity and suitability for efficient, productive computing on the move.

In the last month alone, the Xeno-m has received an abundance of awards and recognition, including awards from Computer Shopper, What Laptop, PC Advisor, Computer Buyer and a 5/5 star rating from The Times Education Supplement. (See reviews section of for full listing)

The year 2003 has seen the Xeno-m pull in 5 awards from leading IT publications. Here’s what they have said…

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Computer Shopper, March 2003, Hit Award.
"As well as looking slim and stylish, the Xeno-M is powerful...This is an excellent, well rounded notebook that performs

What Laptop, March 2003, 5/5 Stars.
“A light and slim laptop with performance to spare.... The rockdirect Xeno-m 2.4Ghz is a fast and friendly user laptop that more than meet the needs of those who require performance and a good degree of portability from their laptop”.

Computer Buyer, Recommended Award, February 2003.
“With its stylish good looks, the Xeno-m is an attractive proposition”.

The Times Education Supplement, 5/5 Star rating, January 2003
“The Xeno-m is cracking value with plenty of features”.

What Laptop, Commended Award, February 2003.
“This laptop will suit any purpose”.

Offering the best tailor-made portable solutions at a cost conscious price, has always been one of the prime product philosophies for rockdirect. With new improved prices already in place, and further award wins just around the corner, rockdirect expect interest in the Xeno-m to be higher than ever.

Editors note: rockdirect, a division of Rock Group Plc, is one of the UK’s leading notebook specialist manufacturers now in its 11th year of trading. For further information on the Xeno-m, please contact Sarah Chard (PR & Marketing Manager) at rockdirect on 08702 203 608, fax 08709 90 90 91 or email [email protected]

Inspired Technology From Rock Group Plc

Rock Computers entered the notebook arena with the launch of their NP-101 notebook. Featuring a 16MHz 386SX CPU, 1Mb RAM, 20Gb HDD and an 8.5” MONO LCD.

Rock Computers launched the NP-603. One of the UK’s first colour notebooks. It won the prestigious IF design award at Cebit ’93, Europe’s largest computer exhibition.

Our Modulus was the first “Modular” 486DX-33 TFT notebooks, offering swappable drive bays.

Quintet launched. The UK’s first Pentium based notebook with integrated CD-ROM.

In April, the Mentor was one of only two machines supporting the new 13.3” XGA TFT screen but the only one supporting a 200MHz MMX Pentium processor.

The Agenda 980 was the first notebook in the UK market to feature the latest Pentium 300MHz MMC-II CPU with AGP chipset, 8Mb ATI Rage LT Pro graphics adaptor and a 2 x DVD drive all as standard.

Rock computers underlined their position, as one of the UK’s largest and most successful notebook manufacturers, by changing their name to rockdirect reflecting the company’s continued commitment to e-commerce. The new website was launched, making the notebook purchasing process easier and more convenient for both new and existing customers. Working in partnership with Initial City Link, also featured an on-line tracking facility.

The year 2000 saw a significant milestone for rockdirect, receiving 24 awards from industry experts of leading IT publications.

The Rock Sigma Si was released with overwhelming praise. Receiving 7 independent industry awards from leading PC magazines within the first month of release and was the first Pentium III based 1Ghz notebook to feature an integrated CD-RW Drive.

The Rock Xeno P4 was launched. Rock Group Plc celebrated its 10th year anniversary by putting customer care ahead of
the industry standard. Rock continued to be focused on it’s customers and were the first notebook manufacturer to introduce a 3 Year, Insurance backed, Collect and Return Warranty on all their notebook computers as standard.

Rock launch its new range of thin and light, high performance portable notebooks. The new Xeno-m is the world’s slimmest P4 notebook

Rock’s Xeno-m is a huge hit with the computer press. January ’03 alone has seen the Xeno-m pull in 5 awards from leading IT publications.


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