Good to see it back.
While Hugo has been getting his fill of Centrino 2 today (expect the veritable bum’s rush imminently – I can see the admin section!) I was treated to a rather more amiable look at Rock’s impressive takes on the new platform at a go-karting event yesterday in Greenwich.
Fresh from the purchase by Stone, Rock creator the irrepressible (and surprisingly quick) Nick Boardman showed us four new models pitched right across the laptop landscape.
At the ultra-high end we have the ‘Xtreme 780’ (top left), a Core 2 Duo Extreme X9100 based beast with a 17in WUXGA X glass LCD and nVidia GeForce Go 9800M GTX graphics along with a potential 8GB of DDR3 RAM and selection of HDD sizes up to 500GB. At 3.8Kg you aren’t going to be taking it anywhere other than a LAN party, but then that’s kinda the point…
Sticking with gaming we also have the ‘Xtreme 620’ (top right), a slightly more sedate 15.4 incher with Core 2 Extreme T9500 CPU and GeForce Go 9800M GT graphics. Again up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM can be specified (you nutters) and there are 250GB and 500GB HDD options.
We move into more traditional laptop spaces with the ‘Pegasus 520’ (above left), another 15.4in machine which can also handle an Extreme T9500 processor along with nVidia’s brand spanking new midrange GeForce 9600M GT 1GB graphics card.
Incidentally, all three of these machines offer Blu-ray drives and the Centrino 2 benefits of a 1066MHz FSB, Wireless N and HDMI ports – just in case you were the doubtful type.
Lastly, the Pegasus 320 (above right) is a 13.3in WXGA semi-portable 2.15Kg machine packing surprising oomph a T9500 CPU, dedicated GeForce 9300M GS 256GB GPU, up to 4GB RAM and either a 500GB 5,400rpm or 250GB 7,200rpm laptop. Which all-in-all gives you a good shot at being the quickest exec in the airport lounge.
All models will ship in August with pricing gradients still to be confirmed.
Rock Direct (Good to see it back up and running)