What PC? (April
Weighing 3.2kg, the aptly named Rock was the heaviest
machine on test. However, this isnít backbreaking stuff and
you get the features to justify the size. Rock has earned a
name in the market for making well-specified portables at a
good price, and the Sigma continues this tradition.
The main reason for the extra size is the display, which
at14.1in is easily the biggest here. The size isnít
immediately noticeable: the casing in minimal and there is
only a thin silver border around the edges. The Sigma has the
feel of a functional all-rounder rather than the slinky
refinement of the Asus Hi-Grade.
The slightly bigger case is put to good use. It conceals
powerful components, most noticeably an 800MHz Pentium III
processor. With a generous 128 MB of RAM this makes for a very
fast PC- it scored 136 in our SYSmark test. However, the Sigma
uses a standard desktop processor that makes no allowance for
the limited power supply of a notebook, so you can expect its
Lithium Ion battery to last about half an hour or less than
the two and a half hours of the Hi-Grade. It has a 14Gb hard
disk- the second biggest in this test.
You donít really buy a notebook for graphics performance,
but the Sigmaís 8Mb ATI Rage Pro does a better job than most.
Thereís also an s-video output.
As with the Hi-Grade, the 8-speed DVD drive, stereo
speakers and huge display make the Sigma especially suited to
movies on the go. Work will be just as pleasant thanks to its
extra-responsive keyboard and smooth trackpad.
In terms of expansion, the machine has all of the standard
ports, including PC Card slots and a single USB socket.
Thereís also an interface for a docking station, and an IrDa
||Rock has earned a name in the market for making
well-specified portables at a good price, and the Sigma
continues this tradition....powerful components makes
for a very fast PC.|
||Intel Pentium PIII 800|
||14.1 XGA TFT |
||8 x DVD and Internal 3.5" 1.44Mb Floppy drive|
||Internal 56k modem|
||1 Year Collect and Return|
||£1,499.30 (INC. VAT)|
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