Computer Shopper (April 2003)
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If you are interested in power on the move in a slightly
smaller chassis, the Rock Direct offering is worth considering.
The Rock Xeno-M is the smallest of this month’s
notebooks, measuring just 1.4x12.1x10.7. It weighs 6.29lb,
so it is easily the most portable notebook on test.
The appealing metallic silver finish gives it a neat,
tidy appearance. Its 14.1” screen has speakers
below it. The touch pad has two standard control buttons
and two scroll buttons, while the keyboard is divided
into different shades to distinguish the character and
function keys. Both the touch pad and keyboard are quality
Four hotkeys are situated at the front, as is a volume
control wheel, and headphone and microphone sockets.
Other connectivity options include TV out, Ethernet,
three USB ports, fourpin Firewire, one PC Card slot,
PS/2, VGA and modem. A copy of Windows XP Professional
Edition is installed and copies of Ability Office 2000
and Panda Antivirus are also included.
The Xeno-M’s graphics performance is powered by
the SiS 650 chipset. While this is adequate for most
purposes, the lack of a top-drawer graphics chip prevents
the system performing as well in the desktop arena as
other, similarly specced systems such as the Asus. Core
components include the Mobile Pentium 4 2GHz processor,
a 40Gb hard disk and 512Mb Ram (which can be increased
to 1Gb). A DVD/CD-RW drive compensates in part for the
lack of a floppy drive.
Portability is the main plus point of the Rock system.
It is the lightest notebook on test and it has a very
good battery performance, while maintaining good benchmark
results. Graphics performance is where it falls down.
||Portability is the main plus point of the Rock
system. It is the lightest notebook on test and
it has a very good battery performance, while
maintaining good benchmark results.
|| Intel 2.4Ghz P4-M
||512Mb DDR-266 SDRAM
||14.1-inch TFT LCD (1024 x 768), SiS 650 (64Mb
||1 x Type II PCMCIA, 3 x USB, S-Video, Monitor
Out, IEEE 1394, IEEE 802.11b wireless LAN
||56K Modem, 10/100 Ethernet, Prism Wireless
||Slimline Matsushita DVD/CD-RW
||Windows XP Professional
||Three years RTB
||£1098.72 ex VAT
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