RISCBook Extreme - the fastest/best RISC OS machine available?
R-Comp Interactive is pleased to announce the availability of a new
member of our RISCBook family of laptop computers. The RISCBook
Extreme is, as the name implies, the ultimate. Or at least, as close
as you'll get right now!
The machine is quite simply the fastest RISC OS system we have seen,
turning in some staggering benchmarks, thoroughly walloping desktop
machines - not bad for something that's lightweight and portable!
The RISCBook extreme uses a ultra-high resolution LCD screen, running
at 1680x1050 widescreen resolution. That's a HUGE amount of desktop
screen space, normally associated with LCD screens costing 500+ ukp.
RISC OS works wonderfully at this resolution, with the extra width
being fabulous for the oft-cluttered iconbar, and allowing two
documents side by side with ease, at phenomenal speeds (see below).
At its heart lies the very latest 2Ghz new-generation Centrino
machine, leveraging the bandwith offered by the latest PCI-Express
technology. There's 1Gb of high speed DDR2 memory, and a 100Gb hard
drive (and camera card slots). Dual layer DVD writing, wireless
networking and bluetooth almost become footnotes. The latest X700
graphics ensures staggering 3D and 2D graphics capability for a
lightweight portable machine. The laptop will also drive extrernal
monitors using 15pin or DVI digital monitor connections.
Thats a lot of tech speak, but suffice to say that we were staggered
by the performance and features of these machines. Let's put this
into context. A Kinetic RiscPC gave just over 100 in general
benchmarks, whilst a 3200-RISCube gave 200. The RISCBook Extreme
clocked in at nearly 300. Although we don't have any figures,
Iyonixes usually give about double the performance of a Kinetic RPC
in such tests. We were benchmarking at the 1680x1050 resolution,
before anyone asks. Seeing the Artworks apple fly past is still
impressive, but this time we were able to run two side by side and
still be gobsmacked by performance.
No doubt there would be areas where desktop machines like the Iyonix
would give it a good run for its money. But you can't unplug them
from the mains and continue using them in your hands for several
Of course, this kind of thing does have a downside. The cost. Indeed,
that's why we aren't including this on our normal website price list
- people do have a habit of looking at the most expensive, and
judging the rest by that yardstick. This is a machine costing
1850ukp inclusive of VAT/delivery/RO-Adjust. However, to put it into
perspective, top end machines like this often cost 2000ukp from
deluxe PC suppliers, and that's without RISC OS! You can save
yourself 40ukp by choosing RO4 rather than Adjust, and more if you
It's a good thing we didn't announce this in a couple of weeks time,
because people wouldn't believe us. It's here. Right now. Let the
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