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Rock Pegasus 650
Rock Direct is a company that has managed to produce a succession of impressive notebooks at affordable prices. The Pegasus 650 continues that tradition and adds innovation to the mix. Unlike most of the Rock notebooks I've looked at recently, the Pegasus 650 is based on a Pentium M platform, rather than a full size desktop chip. This makes the machine far slimmer and lighter than the high-powered mobile gaming notebooks that Rock is well known for.
Despite being far more svelte than say, the Rock Xtreme Ti, it's not what I'd call a thin and light machine. Weighing in at 3kg, the Pegasus 650 will make its presence felt in your bag, while the dimensions of 326 x 278 x 31 (WxDxH) mean that you'll need a reasonable amount of room in that bag too. That said, it's not much larger or heavier than other 15.4in widescreen notebooks - if you want a decent size screen, you're going to have to put up with a bit of extra girth and weight.
The notebok itself looks pretty good, and you can have the lid finished in a range of striking colours. The coloured lids come at no extra cost, unless of course you opt for the two-tone chameleon finish which costs £50 extra - if you've ever seen how great a TVR Tuscan looks with this paint finish, you'll probably agree with me when I say that this would be £50 well spent.
Once you open up the lid you're greeted with the 15.4in widescreen display. Many notebook manufacturers make the mistake of including a large screen, but then equiping it with a relatively low resolution. Thankfully Rock hasn't fallen foul of this mistake and the screen on the Pegasus 650 sports a resolution of 1,680 x 1,.050 - pretty much perfect for the physical size. With this resolution you've got more desktop real estate than a 19in desktop PC monitor, making it easy to work with multiple windows open concurrently. The screen itself is a decent example and exhibits even lighting accross the surface, with no dead pixels. The viewing angle is also admirable - an important factor if you're planning on showing presentations or demonstrations to others.