HD DVD fitted gaming laptop for under £1000? Sign me up for two!
Rock is definitely a company that thrives on its reputation as a dealer in high-end electronics products, as we have seen, so it may not surprise many to learn that in addition to all the high-end gaming components crammed into its systems, Rock is now adding high-def to the mix by including HD-DVD drives as standard across the Pegasus 670 and Xtreme 770 ranges. While we’ve seen many manufacturers add the drives as an option, this is the first time we’ve seen the option removed, so to speak, and perhaps more to the point, without it adding significantly to the cost.
The base spec Pegasus 670 will set you back a mere £999 while offering a 2.2GHz Core 2 processor, 1GB RAM (alas not the 2GB required for Vista), a 15.4in 1,680 x 1,050 screen and an 8600M GT. As a recommended upgrade an extra gigabyte of RAM, or a 1GB Turbo Memory module will set you back £70 and £20 respectively; either will help improve performance and the pricing is surprisingly reasonable.
Of course if you’re buying a laptop to play games then the Xtreme 770 we already looked at is likely the better option and also allows a Full HD, 1080p-friendly 1,920 x 1,200 panel to be specified. However, the Pegasus does have the merit of bringing HD DVD-fitted notebooks to the sub-£1000 bracket, which given the still astronomical price of the drives is unlikely to be possible with Blu-ray for some time.