Rock Pegasus Ti 1.8 review

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The Pegasus Ti range is Rockdirect’s attempt to offer ‘all-in-one functionality and the highest level of performance in the thinnest form factor in its class’. And while that may be a bold claim, the Ti 1.8 takes up the gauntlet and nearly has what it takes.

At 35mm thick, only the Samsung is thinner; just note that the latter is 450g lighter, a difference you’ll notice on your travels. A light-use time of just under three hours shows the battery is dependable, but nothing special in this company. Extra batteries cost £69 and would be money well spent if portability is important.

Under heavy use, the system stays at around 30ûC, and the noise level wasn’t too irritating at 33.2dBA. Like all the notebooks here, it’s also quite fast: the 1.8GHz Pentium M 745 is supported by 512MB of PC3200 memory, and the Pegasus scored a decent 0.78 overall.

Graphics are handled by an ATi Mobility Radeon 9700 with 128MB of memory, and it achieved solid results. Although settings will need to be lowered for the optimal experience, 19fps in Far Cry and 24fps in Half-Life 2 put it in fifth place overall in this field.

The black and silver two-tone chassis isn’t necessarily the most stylish, but you can choose from red or blue if you desire. Build quality is very good; the lid is sturdy enough to protect the 15.4in widescreen TFT from any blows it may take on its travels. It offers a crisp and clear display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800. Also, the keyboard is one of the best of the group in both layout and quality.

Rockdirect has pushed the boat out with a 4x dual-layer DVD writer, the only one on show this month, and – archivers take note – offers an upgrade to a slot-loading DVD-RAM drive for an extra £30. A 60GB hard disk is enough for most users, but it’s the joint-smallest on offer.

Connections are standard fare, with a 3-in-1 card reader and three USB 2 ports, plus the almost obligatory 802.11b/g wireless radio. The supplied carry case will save further expense and earns bonus points. Interestingly, BullGuard Anti-virus is installed and Rockdirect bundles a generous 100MB of online backup space for free.

The cherry on top is a fantastic three-year, collect-and-return, insurance-backed warranty; insurance backing means that even if a company goes out of business, the warranty still holds. It isn’t quite enough to scoop an award this month – Evesham offers better performance and a few more features, while HP charges much less and throws Bluetooth and a fingerprint reader into the mix. However, if peace of mind is more important to you, the Pegasus is a great choice.

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