Mesh Pegasus 3070 review
It’s not unusual to see British manufacturers using the same notebook chassis, as they don’t have the research-and-development budgets to specify their own. On this occasion, it’s Mesh and MV that play snap, but unfortunately their chosen chassis comes all too clearly from the budget category. As such, the Pegasus 3070 didn’t make a great first impression.
The first thing we noticed is that the 15.1in XGA screen wasn’t particularly bright. This is even more noticeable when placed next to the Elonex or Fujitsu Siemens. Viewing angles are no worse than others on test, but you’ll need to be square on to see true colours.
The next stumbling block is the keyboard, which transposes the Ctrl and Fn keys, meaning it’s tricky to use familiar keyboard shortcuts. But one plus is that key shortcuts allow you to change brightness and volume as well as turn the WLAN on or off.
Like Elonex, Mesh provides 802.11a/b/g support as well as 10/100 Ethernet and a V.92 modem. Four USB 2 ports adorn the left side along with a VGA output and a Type II PC Card slot. The S-Video output could prove useful, but note that there’s no FireWire or infrared. We like the front-mounted headphone and microphone sockets, though.
Storage is respectable thanks to a generous 80GB hard disk (double the size of MV’s) and an NEC dual-layer DVD writer. There’s no card reader, unlike the Elonex and Fujitsu Siemens.
Based on the VIA K8N800A chipset, the Mesh is one of only three notebooks here to shun Intel and opt for an AMD Sempron Mobile CPU. The 1.8GHz 3000+ is backed by 512MB of PC3200 memory and scored a credible 0.68 in our 2D application benchmarks. The good news is that Mesh has provided a single 512MB SODIMM unlike MV’s dual 256MB sticks, so there’s a spare memory socket.
Sadly for Mesh, there’s more bad news too. Even when idle, the cooling fans run almost constantly and, although measuring only 32dBA, are whiny and distracting in a quiet room. Battery life is reasonable, but not stunning. Under light use, we saw around two-and-a-quarter hours of use; with intensive use, this dropped to just over an hour and a half.
The Pegasus is covered by a 12-month collect-and-return warranty and Mesh provides free delivery. But the absence of extras like a carry case, plus the noisy fans and mediocre TFT, mean we can’t recommend the 3070.