Playing Devil’s Advocate for a minute (who am I kidding, I play it 24 hours a day) I’m not a great fan of gaming notebooks. The opportunity to play Half Life 2 on the train just doesn’t make up for the chiropractic sessions required from lugging it around and I don’t happen to have the inheritance of Paris Hilton to buy one. Suddenly Rock rock direct ‘rock’ just removed those barriers…
Costing little more than a grand the UK manufacturer has rolled out two new models which deliver some serious bang for your buck. The Pegasus 660 (above) weighs just 3.1Kg, comes with an nVidia GeForce Go 7600 256MB RAM, a 15.4in widescreen 1280 x 768 X-Glass screen and supports processors up to Intel’s Core Duo T2700 and a maximum of 2GB RAM.
A 120GB 5,400RPM hard drive should provide plenty of storage legroom while the likes of WiFi, FireWire, USB2.0, a 4-in-1 card reader and 8x DVD rewriter all make an appearance (though Bluetooth is absent). A three year parts and labour warranty is also top banana for a machine that costs from just £1,056.33 including VAT.
Secondly, bulking up the Quaddra line is the TX2 which at 3.5Kg is one of the lightest 17in gaming notebooks I’ve ever seen. In fact, at just 35mm deep it is one of the slimmest too.
Once again nVidia’s GeForce Go 7600 256MBer makes an appearance and 2GB RAM and a 120GB HDD remain the top options. The CPU has switched allegiances to AMD’s Turion 64 X2 TL-60, the screen sports an increased 1680 x 1050 resolution and it offers all the same connectivity options at the Pegasus 660 plus Bluetooth and a 1.3MP integrated webcam. The TX2 costs slightly more at £1,173.83 including VAT but looks to be worth the extra stretch.
Both models have rolled onto rock’s website immediately and their cost looks to have saved me from a hideous second date with Paris Hilton… There’s only so many times a man can explain that the world is round, helicopters will not save the world’s energy resources and Spode isn’t from Area 51.