Rock http://www.stuff.tv/rock/reviews en-GB Rock Xtreme 685 http://www.stuff.tv/rock-xtreme-685/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Skinny may be in for laptops, but that doesn&#039;t mean a bit of old-fashioned raw gaming grunt&#039;s out the window. Case in point... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/X685-main_2.jpg?1364298577" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/X685-side-angle_2.jpg?1364298577" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/X685-4607m_2.jpg?1364298577" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ultrabooks may be stealing the laptop limelight thanks to their superslinky looks and extravagant battery life claims, but if it's raw gaming power you're after they're rubbish. Take a look instead to Rock's latest Xtreme, which serves up fantastic framerates with little sophistication but a very interesting price. It's the laptop equivalent of the 1970s muscle car, and it even has a suitably retro look to go with it.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1,230.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rock Xtreme 685 – design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The hard, angular body of the Xtreme 685 is soft to the touch thanks to a rubberised finish, just like a gaming laptop from Alienware or ASUS. It lacks much refinement beyond that, though, and tops the scales at over 3kg. It does feel solid, mind, and the keyboard has more travel than most chiclet designs, an advantage for gamers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Rock-X685-branding.jpg?1364298577" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rock Xtreme 685 – screen quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We've yet to see an Ultrabook whose screen lives up to the promise of its wafer thin design. Conversely, what the X685 lacks in looks it makes up for with a beautifully sharp and well-lit panel. The 1920x1080 resolution is plenty for its 15inch diagonal, and it makes game worlds look as colourful and detailed as they should.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Rock-X685-screen_0.jpg?1364298577" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rock Xtreme 685 – gaming ability </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The screen is good, but gaming performance is excellent. The Radeon HD6990 graphics are the best currently available, and almost twice as fast as the GeForce GTX560M chip common in laptops costing £300-£400 more, such as the ASUS G53. To say its faster than most desktops is an understatement, and the dual link DVI out port means you can hook it up to a 30inch external monitor if you want big screen games too. </p> <p>As good as it is, though, it's well worth spending extra to upgrade to a true quad core processor.</p> <p><strong>Review continues after the break…&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Rock-X685-bench.jpg?1364298577" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rock Xtreme 685 – battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Somewhere, inside the inelegant chassis of the Rock Xtreme 685, there's a second generation Core i5 processor made by Intel. Which in turn means that there's a low power graphics processor which could be used for extending the battery life. Unfortunately, it's not enabled on this model, which means you're stuck with the gaming videocard on all the time – and as a result you'll be lucky to get a couple of hours of even light usage out of it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Rock-X685-ports.jpg?1364298577" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rock Xtreme 685 – audio </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xtreme 685 comes with THX Prostudio software for beefing up songs and movie soundtracks, and a built-in subwoofer underneath too. The speakers aren't up to much, though, and you'll want headphones for gaming. If you plan on using the built in Blu-ray drive, though, there is an optical audio port for hooking up a home theatre decoder.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Rock-X685-top-down.jpg?1364298577" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rock Xtreme 685 – verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Its big weight and low battery life limit the Xtreme 685, and if you're after a general purpose laptop you can get better built models for much less. What you won't find, however, is a better specced games machine for a similar price. Thanks to an excellent screen, great processor and exceptionally powerful graphics, it may not be pretty, but it's got a mean punch.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Under the ugly duckling exterior there's a beautifully specced games machine waiting to get out</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/rock-xtreme-685 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/rock-xtreme-685/review#comments Laptops Rock Xtreme 685 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:41:03 +0000 Paddy Smith 419973 at http://www.stuff.tv Rock Xtreme 840 SLI X9100 http://www.stuff.tv/rock/rock-xtreme-840-sli-x9100/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Twin graphics processors make Rock&#039;s latest a gaming powerhouse. But is it worth the cost? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="572" height="394" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/rockXtremeside.jpg?1364299407" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="350" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/rockXtremex9100.jpg?1364299407" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="552" height="500" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/rockxtremex9100open.jpg?1364299407" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="1000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/eb7a93e4202e029b46b441233277bd.jpg?1364299407" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>More like a temporary structure than a portable computer, Rock's enormous Xtreme 840 is to the humble laptop as a mobile classroom is to a tent. Yes, you can theoretically pick both up and explore the world with them, but when it comes to hiking around Europe only one of them is really practicable. </p> <p>It's huge. A massive, glossy slab of a machine, with brightly lit touch-sensitive controls across the top of the keyboard and a glowing Rock logo in the lid. </p> <p><strong>Solid build</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £3,000.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As long as you don't mind that it's barely more portable than Big Ben, this an excellent gaming laptop for a reasonable price </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/rock-xtreme-840-sli-x9100 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/rock/rock-xtreme-840-sli-x9100/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/rock/rock-xtreme-840-sli-x9100/review#comments Laptops Rock Xtreme 840 SLI X9100 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 13442 at http://www.stuff.tv Rock Pegasus 210 http://www.stuff.tv/rock/rock-pegasus-210/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rock’s new Pegasus is slim, super-light and well-specced – but can it outclass the MacBook Air? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="696" height="679" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ROCKPEGASUS-210_0.gif?1364299935" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s difficult to find a computer manufacturer who isn’t shifting a slim and light laptop for under a grand these days, but the kings of the genre remain Sony’s Vaio TX series, the <a title="Review – Asus Eee PC 701" href="http://stuff.tv/Review/Asus-EeePC-701/" target="_blank">Asus Eee PC</a> and, of course, the <a title="Review – Apple MacBook Air" href="http://stuff.tv/Review/Apple-MacBook-Air/" target="_blank">MacBook Air</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £800.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Pegasus 210 is like the Eee PC’s cooler, older brother, but lacks the processing power to be an all round winner</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/rock-pegasus-210 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/rock/rock-pegasus-210/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/rock/rock-pegasus-210/review#comments Laptops Pegasus 210 Rock Fri, 18 Apr 2008 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 9884 at http://www.stuff.tv Rock Meivo-E4300 http://www.stuff.tv/rock/rock-meivo-e4300/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rock may not yet have Sony’s reputation, but can the weird and wonderful Meivo deliver the full VAIO experience at a friendly price? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="440" height="330" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/440x330_2_0.jpg?1364300417" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At first glance you’d easily mistake the Meivo for Sony’s media-savvy Vaio VGC-VA1, and it’s true that it’s also been built to be a multimedia-guzzling monster straight out the box.</p> <p>Gimme space</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1,000.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Top marks to Rock for value - only a few finishing touches let it down </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/rock-meivo-e4300 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/rock/rock-meivo-e4300/review#comments Desktops Meivo-E4300 Rock Mon, 03 Sep 2007 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 7422 at http://www.stuff.tv Rock Xtreme CT 2.26 Ghz http://www.stuff.tv/rock/rock-xtreme-ct-226-ghz/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Rock Xtreme CT2.26Ghz is a weighty laptop with a 2.26GHz processor and 1GB RAM and giant 17in screen, not to mention built-in webcam and Wi-Fi capabilities </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="356" height="236" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/93800078fmn_0.jpg?1364300841" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Big and bold, this weighty laptop has an impressive 2.26GHz processor, and 1GB RAM, which are complemented by a monstrous graphics chip and giant 17in screen. There’s also a built-in webcam and some Wi-Fi capabilities.&nbsp;</p> <p>It makes gaming effortless, thanks to some top frame rates, while speedy Wi-Fi means the machine is easy to network. The inbuilt speakers sound meaty and the gargantuan hard drive is among the fastest we’ve seen.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1,765.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Rock Xtreme CT2.26GHz is a five-star king in a league of its own, though a little bulky it’s an effortless winner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/rock-xtreme-ct-226-ghz </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/rock/rock-xtreme-ct-226-ghz/review#comments Laptops Rock Xtreme CT 2.26 Ghz Wed, 20 Sep 2006 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 1997 at http://www.stuff.tv