We’ve looked at quite a few laptops in recent weeks, ranging from the highly durable Panasonic ToughBook CF-Y5 to the more fashion conscious Sony VAIO VGN-C2SL and Samsung Q35, and today I’m looking at another variation on the portable computer theme, the Pegasus 335 from Rock.
Billed as the “entertainment centre you can take with you on the move” the Pegasus 335 is about as close to a middle of the road notebook as you can get. It’s not an ultra fast gaming machine, it’s not a petite fashion accessory, and it’s not an underpowered cheap as chips lump. Starting at £799 - with our review version coming in at around £1,100 - it’s a powerful working laptop with a good dose of multimedia capabilities thrown in.
The last Rock notebook we reviewed was in fact the previous version of this Pegasus, the 330. Spode gave it eight out of ten right across the board but that was way back in June of last year and naturally technology has moved on a bit since then. So, will the new version still fly high or has the Pegasus had its wings clipped?
In terms of looks, the 335 bares more than a passing resemblance to the 330. It retains the black and silver theme and the exact same dimensions of 316mm x 224mm x 31.9-34.4mm, weight also stays at 2.1kg. In fact, physically, it’s pretty much identical. I quite like the plain and simple look and the rounded edges make it very comfortable to use.
The screen size and resolution remain the same, at 13.3in and 1,280 x 768, respectively. It has a high glare contrast surface, dubbed X-Glass, that really sets off the glassy windows of Vista’s Aero interface. Unfortunately rendering Aero is about as much as the Intel 945GM graphics can cope with, so you won’t be playing any games on this.
However, the inclusion of an Intel Core 2 Duo T7200, running at 2GHz, will ensure the 335 flies through any 2D work you throw at it. In fact, the Pegasus 335 has a feature that overclocks the CPU by five per cent when plugged into the mains, giving you a nice boost if you have some intensive tasks to do. Our review sample was supplied with 2GB DDR2 memory and, from our experiences with Vista, you would be wise to opt for this amount as well. The hard drive supplied is 100GB in size and spins at 7,200rpm, you can also get slower 5,400rpm 120GB and 160GB drives. For maximum performance, I’d stick with the 100GB drive, though. Then, if you really need more storage, you can always use an external hard drive.