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UK notebook specialist Rock has begun punting an alternative to Apple's MacBook Air and Toshiba's Portégé R500: a 12in Windows Vista-running laptop that weighs just a kilo. Rock Pegasus P210 Rock's Pegasus P210: ultra-portable The Pegasus P210 is based on Intel's A110 processor, last year's precursor to the Atom CPU family …

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Sounds good but ...

... how fast will the memory hogging OS run on 1GB RAM and a non-core2duo processor ?

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Anonymous Coward

Don't expect speed..

It is a slow laptop - but then again these sort of machines often are. Sony TZ, for instance..

It's quite nicely made, however - brushed aluminium and such, and is tiny.

Quite appealing if the name doesn't bother you..

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Stop

How much?!?

£939! Who are they trying to kid? There are far better spec'ed 12" laptops from big name companies for way less than that.

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Paris Hilton

Sounds good but...

They won't sell many without a picture of a bird in bikini

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/paris_hilton_32.png

Paris Hilton

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Coat

Trialware...

No trialware... does that mean a without Vista spec is available? :)

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Thinkpad X series?

That's a shockingly high price for such an underpowered laptop. I know it's light, but my 1.6kg 12" Thinkpad X31 is light enough, thanks. Battery life will be a maximum of 2/3 quoted, so that's not much more than the 3h I get... and I have a spare battery as they're so cheap second hand.

BTW Vista is horribly sluggish on a P-M 1.4Ghz with 2GB RAM and a 7200RPM drive so I can't imagine it'll be fun on the Rock.

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Looks good, but...

Shame they got the price point so wrong. With the eee pc at £200 and a 10" version on the way with nice offerings from ecs and others about to break through in the coming months there is no way im going to spend the better part of a grand on an under powered machine.

The 1st company to get a <1kg with inbuilt 3G modem, around 10" of screen and enough power to run modern web apps (eg goole docs etc) will get my cash. These devices hit home the value of web based apps. It wont matter if you lose it, you dont need much disk space (a nice small SSD will do!), come on the market for this stuff must be huge!

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2 Power adaptors...

Why? Do they weigh 10kg each and you are supposed to leave one at the location you wish to use it often?

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Vista on a P3??

I hadn't realised the A110 was basically a P3 - no way would I run Vista on that!!

I have a P3-950 HP OmniBook 6000, with 1Gb RAM. It needed a reload, so I thought I'd bung Vista on it to see what it was like. It ran like an asthmatic three-legged donkey, not helped by the lack of Vista drivers for the ATI Rage (something) M graphics.

It still runs XP Pro quite nicely though - my Mum's getting it once I get round to putting XP on it again.

Looking at the picture, it's showing Flip-3D - I thought you couldn't do Aero Glass on a GMA-950?

Looks like a nice machine though, once you flatten it and put XP on, especially if that 6-hour battery life is on the stock battery. Screen's too low-res (and glossy) for me, but if you're after an ultra-portable...

Alan.

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never heard of them

The title was good and the spec of add ons is quite nice, but the price I can get three similar specs on a better chip as a 300 laptop has nearly all that now, and vista on something less than a gig CPU speed or RAM is suicide.

I will stick with my asus eee (sans le 'bikini' clad temptress)

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Wanted:

~10" screen / ~1kg

inbuilt 3G modem + WiFi

Enough grunt to run XP & Paint.NET without wheezing.

<£300

All I can think of is an upcomng 10" Eee w/ XP + 3 dongle. Any other suggestions?

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Paris Hilton

@How Much?!?

"£939! Who are they trying to kid? There are far better spec'ed 12" laptops from big name companies for way less than that."

You do realise this is an ULTRAPORTABLE, like the MacBook Air... Not the same as any old crap from PC World.

And for an ULTRAPORTABLE, it's a fair price.

Running Vista on it, however, is a stretch.

Paris, because she can't run Vista either.

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XP

Apparently you can opt for XP as well:

http://blog.whatlaptop.co.uk/page/whatlaptop?entry=reviewed_rock_pegasus_210

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Yesterday's parts with today's miniaturisation

*yawn*.

It has a parallel HDD? I've pretty much forgotten those things existed!

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