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Review: rock Pegasus 330 thin-and-light laptop

by Tarinder Sandhu on 4 June 2006, 08:14

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Specifications and initial thoughts


System Name rock Pegasus 330
Processor Intel Core Duo T2300. 1.67GHz, 667MHz FSB, dual-core @ 1.733GHz
Motherboard Intel i945GM (dual-channel support, Napa, PCI-Express support)
Memory 512MByte (2x 256MB DDR2 PC4200 SODIMMs)
Hard Drives Fujitsu 80GB, 5,400RPM, 8MB cache, SATA
Screen 13.3" WXGA+ (12800x768)
Graphics card(s) Intel 945GM (integrated - GMA950)
Optical drive Sony DW-Q58A
Optical drive characteristics (write) 8x DVD-R, 8x DVD+R, 8x DVD+RW, 4x DVD-RW, 4x DVD+R DL, 4x DVD-R DL, 24x CD-R, 24x CD-RW, 8x DVD-ROM (read)
Sound ICH7-M High-Definition Azalia audio through Realtek ALC880 CODEC
Modem Motorola SM56k
Networking Marvell Yukon 88E053 PCIe 10/100/1000 LAN, Intel 3945ABG 802.11a/b/g Wireless
Ports connectivity 3x USB2.0, 1x 4-pin FireWire400, S-Video-Out, modem, GbE, audio, headphones
Operating system Windows XP Home SP2
Weight 2.1kg (without charger) 2.25kg with
Dimensions 316mm (w) x 224mm (d) x 31.9-34.4mm (h)
Warranty rockdirect 3-year collect-and-return
Price £880.08 inc. VAT (as at 27th May 2006)
Shipping £20+VAT
Other notables Multi-format card reasder (SD,MMC,MS, MS-Pro), 5% CPU mains overclock

A look at the specifications table highlights the fact that rock has adopted Intel's latest mobile branding, Napa, as a base for a thin-and-light laptop that tips the scales at 2.1kg. Napa, as you may know, consists of an Intel-certified 945-based motherboard, a Centrino Duo (dual-core) CPU, and 3945ABG WiFi card, all of which are present here.

A look at the chassis' clean lines and svelte form factor will pique the interest of any reader looking for a light notebook that packs in the latest features.

The front carries a switch that toggles the 3945ABG WiFi's operation from on to off. Other than that, there's only microphone and sound out ports.

Moving on over to the left-hand side shows a single USB2.0 port above the 4-in-1 cardreader. rock uses a slimline dual-layer multi-format Sony DW-Q58A ReWriter that writes at a maximum 8x and includes support for both +/-R dual-layer discs. A second USB2.0 port sits to the right of the modem port which, frankly, looks out of place with its white colour.

The Pegasus 330's 4400mAh battery takes up a large chunk of the space available on the back of the laptop. There's a power inlet, Kensington lock socket and HD15 (VGA) connection for exporting video on to a larger screen. It's possible to run two displays from the GMA950 graphics, too.

Playing name the ports game, from left to right, there's a regular PCMCIA, the third USB2.0, a single mini-FireWire400, S-Video, and, finally, an RJ45 port. The '330's hotter-running components are all located on this side, so that's why you can see the copper heatsink and vent.