PCW Magazine (March '03)
Great connectivity and battery life are on offer
Rockdirect designed its Xeno-M series notebooks with
mobility in mind and this is evident the first time
you pick up one of these units. The Xeno 2.4 is just
25.4mm thick and weighs a delicate 2.4kg - not
bad for a Pentium 4-based system.
The 2.4GHz Mobile P4 is coupled with a hefty 480MB
of DDR SD-RAM memory and a 40GB Hitachi hard disk.
With such a beefy components line-up, we expected a
solid performance in our benchmark tests. The Xeno-M
lived up to expectations in Sysmark 2002, clocking up
a score of 197. The integrated graphics on the SiS650
chipset let it down slightly in 3Dmark 2001, however,
where it managed only 1,027, less than the cheaper Advent
2.4GHz P4 notebook we tested in the January issue. Battery
life was nonetheless good for such a powerful notebook
at one hour, 44minutes.
The keyboard is robust and well designed with large
keys laid out in the right places.
When it comes to connectivity, the Xeno 2.4 really
shines. At this price a Wifi antenna, which is built
into the screen surround, and a Wifi 802.11b internal
mini Pci card are included, allowing you to tap into
wireless networks while you’re on the move. There
is also an integrated modem, a 10/100 Lan connection,
mini Firewire port and three USB ports.
On the right-hand side of the units is a DVD-CD combo
drive that can be swapped out for a second battery if
you want to use your notebook on long journeys without
regularly recharging. Meanwhile over on the left-hand
side there is a PC Card Type II slot.
There is no floppy drive, so you might want a USB key
to back up your work and make use of all those ports.
OVERALL - A good all-rounder impressive connectivity
and extendable battery life make this a good buy if
you’re frequently on the move, but you can find
cheaper deals around.
|| Great connectivity and battery life are on
||Intel Pentium 4 processor - m 2.4Ghz
||512Mb DDR RAM
||14.1 XGA TFT
||Internal 56k modem
||Internal 10/100mbps LAN
||3 Year Collect and Return
||£1842.4. (Inc. VAT)
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