Computer Shopper (June '03)
Rock’s Xeno-M is one of the smallest and most
portable notebooks on test:it weighs 2.82Kg and measures
37x307x272mm.The system has a DVD/CD-RW drive, a PCMCIA
card slot and three USB2 ports, plus a four-pin FireWire
port. However there is no wireless networking option.
The Xeno-M is very stylish. It has a metallic blue lid
and a silver finish. The keyboard is divided into character
and function keys, and four hot keys are situated on
the front panel. Keyboard size is limited by the small
chassis, as is the 14.1” screen. Still the keyboard
is comfortable to use, as is the touch pad.
The Rock has a battery life of 142 minutes, which is
above average. It is also an excellent performer, scoring
the highest result of all eight notebooks. This reflects
strength in all areas of its core configuration: a 2GHz
Intel Pentium 4 Mobile processor, 512Mb Ram, a 40Gb
Hitachi hard disk and the SiS650 graphics chipset.
This is an excellent notebook. Not only is it portable,
stylish and fast, but it also comes with decent software
and a three-year collect and return, parts and labour
warranty. Rock charges £116 for a spare battery.
||Looks great, very portable and performs admirably
||Only a 14.1” screen; no wireless networking
||Intel Pentium 4 processor - M 2GHz
||512Mb 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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