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rockdirect.com has launched the world·s first portable PC based on the Intel·s most advanced x86 microprocessor, the Pentium 4. With its superb performance and feature set, the Rock Xeno truly lives up to the name "desktop replacement," with capabilities the equal of a high-end desktop system but in a light and trim portable device.

As the slimmest P4 notebook in the world, in terms of its 36mm thinnest part, the Xeno facilitates amazing thermal technology enhancement besides its stylish body shape. Highly efficient ventilation system consists of a wide area of heatsink integrated with two powerful heatpipes, and two fans. This combination generates an excellent score of heat dissipation for running high speed P4 processors.

Running the Pentium 4 processor at speeds up to 2.2 GHz, the Xeno provides an unprecedented level of performance for a notebook computer. Together with this powerful CPU, the Xeno’s video subsystem, based on the ATI Mobility Radeon chip and 16MB of DDR video memory, also brings workstation-level 3D graphics for incredible online gaming or responsive handling of demanding modeling applications.

For comfortable viewing, the Xeno provides a large 14.1" TFT LCD. With its high-resolution large-screen LCD, the Xeno not only provides a great viewing experience for games, Web browsing, and multimedia playback, but also comfortable handling of large or finely detailed documents and images.

To be the earliest P4 notebook in the world, the Xeno chose the most mature and available Intel genuine 845 core logic, delivering the best performance with stability and leveraging the most affordable PC133 SDRAM technology. Future migration of DDR memory along with sophisticatedly integrated new graphics engine will be coming later. In addition, the Xeno supports a number of other outstanding features. For example, the new portable boasts a 400 MHz front side bus, allowing it to smoothly multitask a large number of the most memory-hungry applications without performance degradation or system instability.

For storage, the Xeno offers a choice of high-capacity Fujitsu hard disk drives with Silent HDD Technology. And within its compact form, weighing less than 3 kilograms, the notebook also integrates an optical drive—either a DVD-ROM drive, or DVD/CD-RW combo drive—as well as an internal modem, Fast Ethernet connector, optical S/PDIF sound output, and comprehensive audio facilities with built-in microphone and stereo speakers.

For connecting external devices, the Xeno not only provides standard ports such as USB port, VGA port and a CardBus-compliant PC Card slot, but also a IEEE 1394 port for connecting high-bandwidth items such as video camcorders, an S-video TV-out port, and even a parallel port for connecting legacy peripherals.

Moreover, the Xeno includes five built-in Easy Start Buttons and one button for instant checks of new email received. By simplifying common tasks, these help users save time and raise productivity. Moreover, the keyboard of the Xeno is especially designed in light of ergonomic concerns, ensuring that users can comfortably and efficiently use the notebook even over long periods of time.

“Affordable portables for end-users” is always one of the prime product philosophies for rockdirect.com; end-users will be able to enjoy a most favorable price advantage based on the most advanced technology.

With prices starting at just £1,199, the Xeno will begin shipping in February and rockdirect.com expect interest in this new product to be high.

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