ICT for Education (Sept '04)
The Rock Pegasus is a sturdy 12-inch
notebook which is ideal for students. The smaller screen
means that the overall carrying weight is low, at 2.1kg.
The proportions of the machine (290 x 225 x 30mm) offer
similar portability in an ordinary case - one
is supplied with the machine. Despite its small size,
though, this is a fully featured notebook, with no significant
flaws in the specification. A strong battery performance
means the Pegasus could act as a users’ main workplace
for most of the school day.
The processor is a Pentium-M 1.6GHz,
supported by 256MB of RAM. While the machine didn’t
manage to achieve a particularly high benchmark score,
we were impressed by its performance in general use.
Office and e-learning applications will not prove a
burden to the machine, and graphics performance was
sprightly. The 12-inch screen has a wider-than-usual
aspect ratio, with a native resolution of 1280 x 800
pixels. This is very useful for DVDs, of course, but
is also useful for general Windows use, It’s probably
not the best screen for elderly staff, though, since
the high resolution reduces text in menus and on the
desktop to a small size. The Pegasus offers a high degree
of connectivity for such a small machine, though adapters
will be needed for older peripherals requiring serial
or parallel ports. The inclusion of an SD Card slot
is particularly useful for digital camera users or for
the easy transportation of documents between machines.
||A three-year collect-and-return warranty, backed
by insurance, complements the specifications to
make a great value package for pupil use.
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