The Pegasus 335 from rock is aimed at those who want a no-fuss laptop that's small and light enough to be taken on the move but also has enough power to be of use in the home.
It's quite reasonably priced at £749 but is the spec good enough to cover both these scenarios?
The grey and black colour scheme looks slightly utilitarian. The laptop makes up for it in size, with smallish dimensions so you can easily shove it into a rucksack to take on the go. Despite the chassis' small size, the keyboard actually feels relatively spacious.
There are also a decent number of ports including three USB sockets, a mini FireWire port and an S-Video output for connecting it to a TV. You also get a 4-in-1 card reader, which will come in handy when you want to quickly transfer snaps from a camera.
One neat little extra is the Instant On mode. Press the S button at the top of the keyboard and the laptop will quickly start up a basic media player that lets you listen to music, play DVDs or view photos without having to fully boot into Windows.
As with most laptops these days, it uses a screen with a glossy coating. This means it produces more vivid-looking colours, which is ideal when you're viewing pictures or watching movies. This coating is also more reflective, so outdoor usage can be problematic.
The speakers, which are mounted on the front edge of the laptop, are not half bad for a machine of this size and are capable of kicking out quite a racket. However, they're mounted quite close together, so the stereo spread isn't as good as on some rival machines.
When it came to battery life, the Pegasus put in a respectable showing. It managed to keep running for and hour and 15 minutes in our Battery Eater test, which is pretty good for an ultraportable machine.
The Pegasus relies on an integrated Intel graphics chip, so as you would expect, its 3D performance is pretty poor. It managed to crawl its way to a lowly score of just 170 in 3DMark ,so even with the detail cranked all the way down it's going to struggle to produce anything approaching an acceptable frame rate in the latest 3D games.
With more regular tasks, its performance isn't too bad -- it's not stunning either. It managed to rack up a score of 3,259 in PCMark 05, but we think it could have performed better if it had more than the rather meagre 1GB helping of RAM. Still, you'd hardly expect top-notch gaming performance or blistering overall speed from this type of ultraportable machine.
What you would expect, though, is a decent keyboard. The one here feels quite flimsy as it flexes in the middle when you apply pressure. In fact, we actually had the top of one key pop off, although it did easily click back into place and stay there for the rest of the review period.
Our model had Wi-Fi but no Bluetooth support, although you can add this for an extra £21 when you're purchasing the machine.
The Pegasus is a respectable ultraportable laptop, but there's nothing exceptional here to make us really want to recommend it. While its battery life is reasonably good and the Instant On feature is a useful addition, we weren't particularly impressed by its overall performance or build quality.
Edited by Jason Jenkins
Additional editing by Shannon Doubleday