Packard Bell EasyNote TM98 review

  • £550

A great laptop which manages to offer a solid mix of power and portability

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Product features

  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Excellent keyboard
  • Good battery life
  • Decent performance

Against

  • Keyboard a bit flat
  • Super-TFT coating is quite reflective

The EasyNote TM98-GN-005UK is the latest in a line of impressive consumer-focused laptops from Packard Bell.

Featuring a powerful Intel Core i3 330M processor, but also a decent battery life, this laptop offers a great mix of power and portability.

The Intel Core i3 processor runs at 2.13GHz and is combined with 4096MB of DDR3 memory, producing some impressive test scores during benchmarking. While it can't provide the power of the Intel Core i5 machines, it runs resource-intensive programs with little trouble, letting you happily run photo-editing suites and office applications simultaneously.

Graphically this laptop can't match the likes of the HP Pavilion dv6-3040sa, but it will still run video editing software, HD video and DVDs with little issue. The 500GB hard drive provides truly capacious storage and will easily hold large collections of music, photos, games and high-definition videos.

The 2.5kg the chassis weighs isn't nearly as light as the Dell Inspiron M101z, but the 285-minute battery life is impressive, and you'll get just under five hours of power from one charge under intensive use.

The chassis also looks great and the white weave pattern will certainly turn heads without alienating potential buyers. Unsurprisingly, dust and dirt sticks out a mile on the white plastics, so only regular cleaning will keep the laptop looking new.

The 15.6-inch screen isn't the brightest we have used, but it is certainly detailed enough for everyday use, while colour reproduction is rich and vivid. The panel opens nearly 180 degrees to the chassis, making it easy to achieve a good viewing angle, but the shiny Super-TFT screen coating inevitably produces irritating reflections in bright light.

Excellent keyboard

The very large keyboard is generally a pleasure to use. The keys are nicely spread out and feature a crisp action, but are very flat and we occasionally got lost on the board, miss-hitting various keys. Nevertheless, the dedicated numeric keypad is always welcome and useful for those who regularly input data.

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Three USB ports provide plenty of room for peripherals, such as an external mouse or MP3 player, while an HDMI port allows you to hook up to your high-definition (HD) TV and show off your photos and movies. There's also 802.11n Wi-Fi for connecting wirelessly to a router for internet access.

Packard Bell has continued its fine run of form with the EasyNote TM98-GN-005UK. It's producing some of the best consumer laptops currently available and this machine is one of them, providing a great mix of power and portability.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEasyNote TM98
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-330M
ColourWhite
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NamePackard Bell
Processor Speed2.13 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesTM98
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelTM98-334G50Mnww
Product NameEasynote TM98-334G50Mnww Notebook
Product LineEasyNote
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.BLV02.001
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

The EasyNote TM is elegantly designed with a multi-faceted interior contrasting matte and gloss finishes accented by shining chrome features that are sure to enchant onlookers. A comfortable palm rest stylishly matches the exterior cover in red, silver, black or white, with an artistic touch created by a gentle flow of intricate wave patterns. In addition, a slender profile adds to the convenient mobility of this notebook.

Package Contents
  • Easynote TM98-334G50Mnww Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter