Computer Shopper (July '03)
The SDI-C2D is a new entry in Rock’s range of
Sigma Di notebooks. It is designed to be a general-purpose
system with reasonably portability and performance and,
most importantly, a price that puts it within reach
of those on a tight budget.
The Sigma Di’s chassis is compact, weighing 3.2kg
and measuring 37x308x245mm,. Although this is not ultra-portable
territory, the figures are respectable. The notebook
also looks smart, with its silver chassis and the black
inset housing the keyboard touch pad and screen. The
keyboard is colour-coded into character and function
keys and is responsive and well built, as is the touch
pad. The speaker outlets are situated below the keyboard,
and there is also a volume control wheel at the side
and three hot keys for quick application launching.
The core configuration consists of a 2GHz Celeron processor,
256MB DDR RAM, a 20GB hard disk and the SiS 650 graphics
chipset. Floppy and DVD/CD-RW combo drives are built
into the chassis, and the 14.1” screen is without
fault. The notebook does not have the strongest core
configuration, as the benchmark results of 1,003 in
the 3D Mark 2001 SE and 73 in the SYSmark 2002 show.
However, if you don’t plan to play 3D games or
run other demanding applications, this performance is
reasonable. Battery life proved respectable in our Mobile
Mark 2002 test as the Sigma lasted for around 130 minutes.
If you are looking for better performance and storage
capacity, Rock offers a variety of hardware configurartions.
For example, the same machine with a 30GB hard disk
and Pentium 4 2.4GHz costs £998 including VAT.
Visit the website for details of other configurations.
In addition to a carry case, Rock supplies copies of
Ability Office, and Panda Antivirus Titanium. A
comprehensive three-year collect and return warranty
comes as standard. Connectivity options come in the
shape of headphone and microphone sockets, infrared,
a PCMCIA card slot, PS/2 parallel, modem, VGA, Ethernet,
TV out, two USB ports and a six-pin IEEE-1394 (Firewire)
This is one of the cheapest notebooks around, due primarily
to the core hardware configuration, which is about as
basic as modern notebooks get. The SiS 650 graphics
chipset is a common choice for budget notebooks and,
while it isn’t powerful enough to handle 3D action
games, it is nonetheless adequate for applications such
as Office. Simarlily, the 256MB RAM allocation and 20GB
hard disk are sparse. The 2GHz Celeron does keep the
price down, but it simply doesn’t compare to the
modern generation of Pentium 4 processors. The fact
that the core processor isn’t a dedicated mobile
chip also decreases the machine’s potential battery
Rock’ Sigma Di notebooks are reliable, and anyone
looking for a basic Office productivity platform will
be more than happy with this model. Those with more
specific needs, such as gaming, should try one of the
others in the range.
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