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Pegasus CTS - TES Online (Mar '05)

Staying Power

Desmond Araujo finds a laptop with 7.5 of battery life but still manages to be portable.

The first thing you notice when taking the Rock Pegasus CTS out of its box is the huge black bulge on its black edge. This is the laptops battery, which offers an amazing 7.5 hours of use. So if you are after a machine that lasts a long time away from mains power this has to be a strong contender.

Although the Rock is very portable, measuring just 312mm(w) x273(d) x27mm(h), and weighing just 2.5kg, it still packs a punch with it's Intel 1.7GHz Pentium M processor. This is supported by 512MB of memory (upgradeable to 1GB) and a 40GB Fujitsu hard drive (upgradeable to 80GB).It offers great wireless connectivity through its Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 adapter. For the more conventional there is also the option of wired network connections through the internal 10/100Mbps LAN or internal 56k modem.

Although powerful , the Rock is somewhat let down by it's screen capabilities. It uses an Intel 855GM and integrated 128-bit 2D/3D graphics engine which give weaker 3D performance especially when compared to more common dedicated graphics processors such as the Mobility Radeon. On the other hand it does help keep the price down. Another complaint is that the 14.1-inch XGA-TFT screen picture quality isn't that great. So if high-quality graphics is one of your requirements (or you have a serious gamer in the family) then perhaps the Pegasus CTS isn't the right machine for you.

Another weak point of the Pegasus CTS is it's limited connectivity options. There are only two USB 2 ports, but you do get a four-pin FireWire port, a PC card slot, a VGA port and an SVdeo-Out port so that you can watch DVD's with your laptop connected to your TV. A good thing is that you wont have to use one of the USB ports for a webcam, as there's one mounted conveniently in the screen bezel. It doesn't offer amazing quality and it's a bit on the dark side, but will capture 640 x 480 video. For a camera of such small dimensions you can't expect much better than this.

The Pegasus CTS has an elegant keyboard that's pretty quiet and the cursor keys are situated smartly away from the others. The touchpad works smoothly, and situated just underneath this are black left and right mouse buttons separated by an up and down scroll button. One the edge of the notebook are three silver hot-key buttons. These are very practical and allow instant access to your default internet browser and email programs, plus you can toggle the Wireless LAN on and off.

The build quality is very good and it's robust which makes it ideal for mobile use. Even if you do somehow damage it there is an outstanding 3 year collect-and-return warranty. A recovery CD is also supplied so you can do a reinstall yourself if the unthinkable happens, and windows XP and ability office are included so you can start work immediately.

Complete with anti-virus software, the Pegasus CTS is great value for money and isn't a bad all-round package at all.

  EASE OF USE: 4/5
  QUALITY: 3/5



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