PC Advisor (November '04)
When we first saw the specifications
for the Pegasus Ti9, we were licking our lips in anticipation.
A Pentium M 755 processor, boasting a clock speed of
2GHz and 2MB of level 2 cache, coupled with 1GB of PC2700
DDR RAM promised much. We expected to see a good result
in our WorldBench 4 tests and we weren’t disappointed.
A score of 142 blew our socks off.
The Pegasus Ti obviously had the potential to be fast,
but this was better than anything achieved by any notebook
we’ve tested - including those sporting
AMD’s Athlon 64 chips.
Fast out the block
In terms of the overall specifications, the 15.4in screen
and 128MB ATI Mobility Radeon graphics card is a good
combination. The Pegasus will quite happily run office
applications as well as the latest games titles. The
bundled DVD drive can write not only DVD-R and DVD+R
formats but the DVD-RAM standard as well. Though DVD-RAM
is a less used format, it’s better suited to data
use. DVD-RAM discs tend to be more durable as well.
If you want to hook up to a wireless
network then there are 802.11b/g facilities, but you
can connect to a standard network as well. In terms
of other ports you’ll find three USB 2.0 sockets,
on FireWire, S-Video and VGA-out as well as a four-in-one
smart card reader.
There’s an office suite in the
shape of Ability Office and some all-important antivirus
software. A three-year collect-and-return warranty is
generous, but considering the Pegasus’ £1,762
price tag we expected much more than this.
Unfortunately, though, there’s
an obvious Achilles’ heel. Though the Rock combines
some of the best features of a powerful desktop replacement
with a relatively compact and lightweight design, battery
life is poor at just under two hours. But we weren’t
that shocked considering two other notebooks we have
seen using this chassis, the Tiny PowerLite C825 and
the AJP 8050d, have been similarly disappointing.
Poor battery life aside, the Pegasus Ti offers unsurpassed
performance and 1GB of DDR RAM will ensure that it runs
smoothly no matter what application you use. The keyboard
is a good size and comfortable to use. Given the compact
design of the rock, it’s just a shame that it
won’t be much cop as a travelling companion.
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