TES (January 03)
Unlike humans, PC’s are getting thinner and faster
with more memory. Witness the Rock Xeno-m, so packed
with features and accessories you’d expect it
to look like Bernard Manning. But it is Twiggy-esque
slender and its language is far from profane.
How does this pack a 2.2Ghz Pentium 4 et al at 3cm
thick (lid closed)? It’s not like the Rock has
cut back on the rest either - with 512Mb of memory
and 40Gb hard disk. It oozes features.
A real bonus for the hard working teacher is the wireless
network capability. You are no longer just a teacher,
but someone at the heart of the zeitgeist!
With a DVD/CD-RW combo and standard 56k modem and 10/100
internal network facilities built in, Firewire and three
USB ports, this little monster weighs in at 2.4Kg. And
the combo drive can make way for a battery (£99)
for six hours more battery.
Obviously out of our budget?
Price start at £999 with wireless card as an
extra £69 and a floppy drive at £49 extra.
Rock claims it is the only company to offer a three-year
collect and return warranty.
The sound is great, and the built-in volume control
was a nice addition.
Picture quality was good, but now comes the only beef.
While its 14-inch screen is excellent for my DVD’s,
the notebooks 3D performance is sluggish.
The Xeno-m is cracking value with plenty of features,
but be aware of which ones you want. If you deal with
3D graphics, think twice, otherwise stroll along to
the Rock stand at BETT (E134)
||Intel Pentium 4 2Ghz
||Fit for purpose 4/5
Ease of use 5/5
Value for money 5/5
||Intel Pentium 4 1.7Ghz
||256Mb DDR RAM
||14.1 XGA TFT
||Internal 56k modem
||Internal 10/100mbps LAN
||3 Year Collect and Return
||£999 (Ex. VAT)
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