Rock Pegasus 665 T7200 review

£999
Price when reviewed

We could tell Rock’s Pegasus 665 T7200 was a middle-of-the-road notebook right from the start. Its price is neither high nor low, the specification is nothing special and it certainly isn’t much to look at.

This isn’t bad news, though, especially if, as in this machine’s case, it means there’s nothing seriously wrong with it. The chassis, for instance, although dull and grey, feels well put together. The lid doesn’t flex too much and provides plenty of protection for the screen. The keyboard and touchpad aren’t the best here, but there’s nothing bad about either one. All the keys are in the right place, and both typing and navigating on them are perfectly acceptable.

The 15.4in 1,280 x 800 screen may not be the most impressive, but it’s clear, brightly lit and colours are vibrant rather than washed out. Battery life isn’t the best, but two hours under light use and 1hr 29mins under intensive conditions isn’t the worst in this group by any means. And, although it tips the scales at 3.7kg – including the power supply, it isn’t the heaviest here either.

In fact, there are areas where the Pegasus excels and the core specification is impressive. Inside is a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 1GB of RAM. This is complemented by a 120GB hard disk, and the overall performance score is helped by the 3D capabilities of Nvidia’s GeForce Go 7600. It adds up to one of the better-balanced performance results in this test, with the fourth-best score in our 2D benchmarks (1.14), coupled with an average frame rate of 33fps in the 3D tests.

Bluetooth is absent, but there’s Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, a media card reader, an ExpressCard/54 slot, plus mini-FireWire, S/PDIF out and three USB ports. The warranty is also excellent, with a three-year collect-and-return policy boosted by insurance backing. This means that even in the worst possible scenario, you still won’t be out of pocket.

Overall, the Pegasus 665 T7200 is a decent all-round package. It’s the best all-round performer, edging in front of the MSI, Evesham and PC Nextday overall.

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