PC Home (November '03)
Can Rock’s widescreen stand-up to the competition
or is it a lumbering turkey?
A few months back we rated AJPs D480W
widescreen model, since then a couple of other widescreen
laptops have appeared, all using the same generic casing
with similar specifications.
Rock’s Quaddra DTS is the latest of them and
offers a better value package with some attractive
options. Like the AJP version, the Quaddra DTS is very
heavy, therefore not too portable.
The specification is powerful enough to be considered
a desktop replacement, and with a mouse and keyboard
attached you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
Our review model is the lowest specified and came
equipped with a 2.8GHz mobile Pentium 4, 60Gb HDD and
512Mb of RAM. The graphics card is an ATi Mobility
9000 chipset, which gives a far better performance
than the average found in many portable systems. For
those who’d prefer something more powerful there
are 3GHz CPUs available and a shiny new Ati 9600 graphics,
but these don’t come cheap.
More interesting though is the DVD writer that Rock
offer as an upgrade, which for £176, replaces
the CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive with a DVD-/+RW. This
is a small amount for such a useful addition and anyone
looking at the Quaddra should seriously think about
it, especially as the 17” monitor is ideal for
The three USB2 ports and lone firewire connection
serve external hardware and there is also the welcome
addition of a floppy disk drive. The sound card is
a 5.1 Dolby Digital Theatre System (hence the ‘DTS’ tag)
that is augmented with the modular subwoofer unit,
giving some of the best sound output we’ve heard
from a notebook system.
Rock has put together an impressive package and while
it may not be cheap it’s still good value, an
attractive portable system that has the raw power to
challenge many desktop machines.
||Rock Quaddra DTS
|EASE OF USE
|VALUE FOR MONEY
||If you’re looking for a powerful notebook
system this is a great package.
The price may
seem excessive but it represents good value for
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