IT Reviews (January
Notebook PCs are not only a lot more
convenient than desktops, they're also close to being
better equipped. There's less scope to add extras to
a notebook yourself, so clever suppliers are adding
in more and more of what you could want to their brand
new machines, as is the case here.
The Pegasus DTS notebook is a smart silver and slate-grey
machine, based around a Pentium M processor running
at speeds up to 1.7GHz. The unit reviewed here runs
at a clock rate of 1.4GHz and comes with 256MB of memory
and a 30GB hard drive. So far so good, as these three
core components give a good turn of speed for its class.
However, the system also uses an Intel 855GM graphics
processor, which nicks 8MB of main memory to use for
video. Although widely used in notebooks, this technique
limits the graphics performance of the system, so it's
never going to excel at, for example, 3D action games.
The notebook uses a widescreen TFT display with a
15.4-inch diagonal, offering a maximum resolution of
1,280 by 800 pixels. This is ideal for viewing DVD
movies and the Pegasus DTS comes with a CD-RW/DVD combo
drive, which plays them cleanly and without any break-up.
Unusually, a miniature camera module is fitted just
about the LCD display, so the notebook is also well-equipped
The unit also has all the connectors you would expect,
with two USB 2 ports, a miniature FireWire socket and
connectors for modem and 10/100Mbps Ethernet. There
are sockets for an external monitor and an S-Video
port for a TV connection, with Intel-based wireless
LAN as an alternative to a wired link.
The audio system is quite special, as in addition to
the small speakers at the base of the hinged lid, two
panels either side of the keyboard provide extra audio
output. The sound is good for a notebook, but you still
shouldn't expect much in the way of bass output.
Under test, the Pegasus DTS produced an acceptable
Windows applications performance result, given the
specification of the laptop. The result from the 3D
graphics test was less inspiring, though. This could
restrict the games you can play, and is a result of
the memory-borrowing graphics controller mentioned
Rock rounds the whole system off with a three year
collect and return warranty - well above average cover
- and copies of Ability Office and Panda Anti-Virus.
There's a useful, leather-look carrying case in the
box and the laptop has a battery life of up to 4.5
hours, thanks to the Centrino chipset.
Rock - Pegasus DTS features - Verdict
The Pegasus DTS notebook is a well-appointed machine,
suitable for application work on the move, wireless
Internet and video-conferencing and for some entertainment
uses, though not necessarily the latest games. It's
a high value, portable workhorse from an established
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