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I tested the 335 using PCMark 05 and our in-house 2D benchmarks. Sysmark and MobileMark are still not compatible with Vista so we cannot use these yet. Therefore, to test battery life I just used the laptop until the battery ran out and I managed to get around three and a half hours out of it. I’ve pulled in results from our Sony VAIO VGN-C2SL and Samsung Q35 reviews for comparison. They are all based on similar platforms and are around the same price.
As you would expect, the faster processor and larger amount of RAM result in the Rock out performing the others right across the board. The differences generally ranging from 10–40 per cent with the only exception being the PCMark graphics score which reflects the fact all the computers use the same underpowered graphics processor.
Overall, I found the Pegasus 335 was a pleasure to use – touchpad and shortcut slip-ups aside – and for general day to day use I couldn’t fault it. However, I can’t help feeling that this notebook is just lagging behind the competition a bit. Using LEDs to backlight the screen would increase battery life and reduce weight, I’d also like to see a webcam incorporated into the screen surround, and, there’s no Bluetooth. Finally, without an ExpressCard slot you are limiting yourself for future expansion.
If you are looking for a decent notebook that is portable yet still powerful, then the Rock Pegasus 335 certainly delivers. However, as with the Sony Vaio VGN-C2SL, the Samsung Q35 offers more features, weighs less, and costs less, and ultimately would still get my vote.
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