Rock Direct Xtreme XT Chalks Up Fastest Laptop Award

The “Best Performance Laptop” of 2005, according to What Laptop Magazine, is Rockdirect’s Xtreme XT. To be more exact, it was the magazine’s readers that voted the XT numero uno, largely thanks to it’s gaming capability (ATI Mobility Radeon X800 graphics chip), and speed-one of the quickest on the planet in 2005.

Rockdirect may not be a household name outside of the U.K., no doubt, but it’s making a name for itself in speed-freak circles. The company focuses strictly on producing cutting-edge rocketships like the XT, and since it’s founding in 1992, Rockdirect has grown to become one of the largest manufacturers of laptops in the United Kingdom.

It started out as Rock Computers, one of five founding members of the trade organization called PCS, which was established to ensure fairness and set business practice standards in the information technology industry. It was during these early years that Rock put out such “beasts” as the NP-101, with its 16 MHz processor, 1 MB of RAM, and 20 MB of hard drive. And the screen? A 8.5-inch mono LCD.

Since those early years, Rock has dedicated itself to innovation, testing, and more testing-until it has become synonymous with many of the major breakthroughs in the laptop world. Again, we’re talking here with the speed-freak world, but that’s not to say that the Xtreme XT and other Rockdirect notebooks don’t have anything to offer to the general computing public-at home, in the office, or in the classroom, notably Rock Direct’s Pegasus TL notebook.

If anything, the company offers direct to the consumer delivery with the utmost in customer service. That includes a unique 3-year collect-and-return warranty, along with lifetime phone support. The sum total of all this support is one of the most comprehensive coverages from any manufacturer out there-Xtreme XT high speed or no speed at all.

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By Matthew Brodsky

Friday, November 04, 2005