Pegasus TL - PC Plus (Jan '05)
The Pegasus TL is almost a carbon copy of the MV Mobeus 1.6 we reviewed last month. Not only does it share the same chassis, it also features the same ‘P’ button, providing access to either Linus-based media software, or some novel speed-stepping features.
Familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt, though, and this is actually a very good laptop. Rock is pricing its version around a hundred pounds higher than the MV incarnation, but it has spend the extra cash wisely to bring you even better value. The 1.7GHz Pentium M is a definite sweet-spot in the balance between performance and battery life, and when it’s paired with that 855GME chipset, it’s an excellent buy. That’s proven here, with the Pegasus TL making light work of most applications and breezing to an average lifespan of almost four hours. Don’t be too put off by a MobileMark 2002 score of 118; it might not match up to the beefy desktop replacements, but it represents a decent prowess for office work on the move.
As the ‘GME’ tag on the chipset suggests, there’s no space for a dedicated graphics chip, but Rock has made room for an 8 x DVD+RW and a 802.11b/g wireless card. The hard drive, meanwhile, isn’t just any old 60GB model; it boasts a rotational speed of 7,200rpm, and so produces faster transfer times than around 95 per cent of current laptop drives.
Power hungry games enthusiasts should look elsewhere. However, if you want something light and easy for working on the train, this is an ideal buy.