PC PRO (March '03)
Intel’s latest 2.4GHz Pentium 4-M CPUs are now
hitting our shores, and Rock has updated its Xeno-M
appropriately. It has been three months since the 2.2GHz
version was reviewed, and price changes mean you can
now get the 2.4GHz notebook at the same £1,499
Good things come to those who wait, with the Xeno-M
now slightly quicker. It turned round a 2D benchmark
score of 1.13 over its predecessor’s 1.06. There
is a sacrifice to be made, however, in the form of battery
life. The new Xeno-M lasted just 89 minutes in our intensive
test, and 154 minutes under light use the 2.2GHz notebook
managed 102 and 166 minutes respectively.
This is still enough for most people, though, especially
if you’re after that extra speed. You can rest
assured that the Xeno-M will race through most office
applications and also cope well with DVD movie playback
via the supplied CyberLink PowerDVD 4 software. There’s
even an S-Video output for a high-quality signal to
your TV or otherwise.
The Xeno-M can’t cope with 3D games, though.
The integrated SiS650 graphics chip noticeably struggles
compared with the latest offerings from Ati and Nvidia,
and you only need to look at the 3Dmark2001 SE score
of 1,010 in 32-bit XGA to see this.
The rest of the specification is otherwise identical
to the original. There’s 512MB of PC2100 DDR memory,
a 40GB 5,400rpm removable hard disk and a DVD-ROM and
CD-RW combo drive in the chassis, as well as the option
of mini-PCI Wireless LAN for an extra £69.
It’s also relatively light and easy to carry
at 2.8kg, which is rare for such a powerful notebook.
You get a three-year, collect-and-return warranty included
in the package too. The only concerns are the springy
plastic palmrests and lightweight keyboard, especially
in a notebook costing £1,499.
At this price, the Xeno-M isn’t going to rival
the more competitive notebook manufacturers, but it’s
ideal for the power user who doesn’t want to be
weighed down on the move.
|| Ideal for the power user who doesn’t
want to be weighed down on the move.
||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
||£1761. (Inc. VAT)
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