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Rock Pegasus 655-T56 laptop

£799 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Rock

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

On review we found the Rock Pegasus 655-T56 a well-featured laptop, with some design issues.

A solidly built laptop, at 2.9kg the Rock Pegasus 655-T56 is one of the heavier notebooks around. Both the battery life and fan indicators are located behind the keyboard, making the design and overall appearance of the Rock Pegasus 655-T56 quite sleek and uncluttered.

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The Rock Pegasus 655-T56's 15.4in screen displays games and movies well, but then we'd expect no less from a gaming and entertainment laptop.

Featuring an nVidia GeForce Go 7600 graphics card, the quality of gameplay was impressive. The Rock Pegasus 655-T56 turned in the best performance of all the mid-priced laptops we've seen of late – producing a proud score of 21fps.

As expected, the Rock Pegasus 655-T56's 61 WorldBench real-world speed points put it in the same league as the Mesh Asus F3JC. We'd have liked to have seen slightly better battery performance, however.

We found that the Rock Pegasus 655-T56 heated up quite quickly, but its biggest letdown was an irritating trackpad. It provided too much resistance and made dragging the cursor inconvenient. A practical button just below the keyboard lets you lock the Rock Pegasus 655-T56's trackpad when it's not in use, while the keyboard itself is large and easy to type on.

Equipped with Windows Vista Home Premium – but hampered by a fairly minimal software bundle – the Rock Pegasus 655-T56 lacks both an integrated webcam and Bluetooth connectivity. You get three USB ports and a selection of quick-access buttons to launch the web browser, email or enter the silent mode, which cuts off the fan.

Although relatively well-equipped and powerful, we found the Rock Pegasus 655-T56 irritating to use and its paltry 81-minute battery let down an otherwise decent multimedia laptop.

Test performance


  • WorldBench 6 benchmark score: 61
  • Battery life: 81 minutes
  • Games test: 21 fps
Rock Pegasus 655-T56 Expert Verdict »

1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5600
SpeedStep
3 USB ports, 1 FireWire port
1GB DDR2 RAM
80GB hard disk space
358x265x29mm
2.9kg
802.11 a/b/g wireless
4-in-1 card reader
15.4in, 1,280x800 screen
nVidia GeForce 7600, 256MB
8x/8x/8x/6x/6x (DVD+RAM/+RW/-RW/+RW DL/-RW DL) 24x/24x/10x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW)
Vista Home Premium, Roxio Creator 7.0, BullGuard, Microsoft Works 8.0
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Like the curate's egg the Rock Pegasus 655-T56 is a laptop that's good in parts. It's multimedia facilities are decent, but the battery life is poor and it can be tricky to use.

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