What does seem odd though, is the lack of options for the finish. The fact Rock and Evesham have slightly different finishes shows it’s quite possible for the chassis to be tweaked, so it would be nice if the option was passed onto the customer – just being able to specify the colour of the edge trim would be a start. Then again, it isn’t common to have these options, so it’s not something that should be held against Rock.
Ensuring the weighty screen doesn’t open inadvertently, it is held fast by a pair of sliding clips along the front edge. The left one acts as a lock, with a good push required to open it, while the right one is just a standard spring that opens with the merest flick.
The inside of the X770 is slightly more sedate than the exterior but still features that most depressing of sporty pretension signifiers, faux carbon fibre. It doesn’t actually look bad, but inevitably just screams “I couldn’t afford the real stuff”. Even the strange Artex style motif of the Samsung R20 would have been preferable to this. Equally, the large X daubed on the TouchPad can best be described as cheesy. Admittedly, when combined with the exterior styling, everything does tie in nicely, it’s just that the whole thing seems a little half-hearted, a bit like the standard Renault Clios you see driving around with badly painted body-kits. Next time, a simple sleek black design would probably serve better.
Thankfully, the questionable styling decisions haven’t affected the layout of the interior and the keyboard in particular is a pleasure to use. All the keys are where they should be, none have been squashed up to fit them all in, and all the additional function keys are sensibly positioned. Of, course you’d expect nothing less for such a large laptop but you’ll be surprised how many do get it wrong. The action of the keys is a tad soft, which makes touch typing a little more difficult than on a decent desktop keyboard, but the great layout more than makes up for this shortcoming.
Above the keyboard are a trio of buttons for starting the default email, Internet, and media player applications and a 1.3 megapixel webcam sits above the screen. However, there are no volume and media navigation controls like on the Toshiba Qosmio and Alienware and for such a large chassis I’d expect a little more, especially for the price this top end model demands.
TouchPads seldom fall short of the mark nowadays and the X770’s is no exception. It’s a decent size with a widescreen format to match the display and is sensitive yet accurate. Of course, you also get the usual options for horizontal and vertical scrolling, as well. Below sits the now ubiquitous fingerprint sensor, flanked by the left a right mouse buttons, which can be used for logging into windows and entering all manner of passwords. It’s a bit unnecessary for a gaming laptop but for the security conscious the option is there, and it’s not like it adds significantly to the overall cost.