The keyboard is surprisingly good. Each key is a good size and has a tactile, textured feel. The Shift, Caps Lock, Tab, Backspace and Return keys are all large, making it easy to hit them when typing at speed. Each key exhibits a good amount of travel, while the solid break and spring back throw your fingers back up ready for the next strike. The cursor keys are also removed slightly from the main keyboard making them easy to use. In fact the only negative aspect with the keybaord is the fact that the Fn key is in the bottom left corner where the Ctrl key should be.
Below the keyboard is a large touchpad with a separate vertical scrolling area. I do like the fact that the scrolling area is separated by a raised ridge, so you don’t stray into it by mistake. Below the touchpad are two large silver buttons which respond with a reassuring click when pressed.
Inside the spec is pretty impressive with a 2.13GHz Intel Pentium M processor driving things along nicely. The CPU is supported by 1GB of DDR memory and a capacious 100GB hard disk. The graphics solution is where the innovation that I mentioned earlier comes in, since the Pegasus 650 actually has two graphics controllers. Being that the machine is based on an Intel 915GM chipset, you’ve got an integrated Intel graphics chipset. However, Rock has also installed a 256MB nVidia GeForce GO 6600 chipset along with a hardware switch to toggle between to two.
Now, you may be wondering why you would need two graphics chipsets, but the answer is simple – you get the best of both worlds. Whereas the integrated Intel graphics solution isn’t what you’d call high-end, it will give you far better battery life than the nVidia discrete graphics. So, the idea is that when you’re plugged into the mains you can use the nVidia graphics, and when you’re running on battery power you can use the Intel solution. In practice this works very well, although the machine does require a reboot in order to switch graphics solutions.