Quaddra DTS Pro
Laptop Magazine (May '04)
A third outing for a now familiar-looking
chassis rings the changes. Where AJP and Mesh offer
machines that deliver the basics and a little more
for under £1,500, Rock is packing the same core
design with plenty more features while adding over £200
to the cost. There’s more to make the Quaddra
DTS Pro stand than its choice of colour - black
and grey rather than white - though.
The single enhancement that accounts for the bulk
of the price difference is a rewritable DVD drive,
also found in HP’s similarly priced zd7050. The
use of a recent Sony supplied mechanism means this
drive cannot only write DVD-RW but also DVD-RAM, a
format that will be familiar to many through its distinctive
protective shell. Moore demanding users will also appreciate
the provision of a full gigabyte of memory in this
configuration, although the base model offers 512MB
The main processor configuration is near the top of
the line, combining a 3.2GHz Pentium with a Mobility
Radeon 9600 and exploiting 128MB of dedicated memory.
The set-up serves the Quaddra Pro well: our 3Dmark
test yields a rating of 10,192 - second only
to the HP zd7050 - although the MobileMark score
of 159 is less impressive. Battery life in our testing
clocks at a respectable 2 hours and 10 minutes.
It’s a standard feature of this chassis to offer
five speakers, including a subwoofer to add audio ballast,
but the Quaddra Pro goes a little further by offering
an S/PDIF output for connecting the laptop to a surround
sound system. As the name suggests, the machine’s
DVD output supports the superior DTS playback format
as well as Dolby 5.1.
Combine this with a set of speakers from someone like
Creative and you’ve got an ideal second surround
system away from the living room. Other common chassis
features, such as the built-in video conferencing camera
and the selection of media card slots are also included.
However, where the Quaddra DTS Pro does lose out against
it most direct competition is in its lack of a wireless
link, which has become especially important in the
type of home to which this laptop is otherwise well
suited. But capable performance married to an enviable
set of features means that you wouldn’t miss
your old desktop PC were you to import this instead.
||Add a Wi-Fi link and the Quaddra DTS Pro could
come out top of its class.
||Feature-packed with webcam and media slots
Excellent DVD output for home cinema use
DVD burner with DVD-RAM support
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