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Rock Xtreme 770 T7800-8800 - Rock Xtreme 770 T7800-8800
As standard there's also plenty else of note, with Intel 802.11 a/b/n WiFi and Gigabit Ethernet, a 7-in-1 memory card reader, 1.3 Megapixel camera, Bluetooth, four USB ports, FireWire and even a Fingerprint reader wedged between the two touch pad buttons. All in all, it's a very well appointed machine that packs in all the features one would expect of high performance notebook.
It's no great surprise you pay for the privilege too. This model will set you back an eye watering £2,199, a reflection of the overall specification and the fact that the 8800M GTX is an extremely new and subsequently expensive part. One could save a little money by going for the £1,800 T7500-8800, but along with the downgraded CPU, a 2.2GHz T7500, you'll also only get a tiny 100GB 7,200rpm hard disk drive, which hardly seems like an equitable compromise. Also included in these prices are a mandatory three year collect and return warranty and, though this will provide peace of mind, considering the already expensive outlay some cheaper warranty options wouldn't be amiss.
Putting aside cost considerations, it's worth remembering there's a lot to like about this chassis. Manufactured by Clevo it's used by a number of companies and unlike many OEM notebooks, it's a solidly built and moderately attractive machine. We like the slim bezel surrounding the display, while the display itself is among the best we've seen as this size - bested only by that on the Toshiba Qosmio G40.
Thanks to its 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, it's obviously incredibly sharp due to the small pixel size and its qualities don't end here, colours are warm and black levels are above average. Viewing angles are also particularly noteworthy and the scaling is very good, maintaining decent image quality at non-native resolutions provided they're of the same 16:10 aspect ratio.
There are a few nice touches here and there too. There's a lock for the screen and, though keyboard is a little cramped, keys have crisp and responsive feel to them. We also like the metal trim around the edge, which comes in either orange or silver - in this instance silver. All this said there are other things that aren't so worth of praise. Faux carbon fibre is never a good look, while the giant 'X' on the touch pad is a tad unnecessary. Moreover, although the brushed metal exterior gives the Rock a visual differentiator, it seems a clunky and slightly ungainly way of going about it.
On the whole, though, we like the X770 chassis. Despite some pretensions otherwise it's not too flashy and doesn't go for annoying lights everywhere approach, which is just fine. There's a also plenty of connectivity, with the aforementioned four USB ports and FireWire joined by DVI, S-Video and a 54mm ExpressCard slot.