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Packard Bell EasyNote TS review

Luxury level laptop features at a low, low price? Surprisingly, it's possible

Performance

The low-end EasyNote TS is isn't a rip-roaring games machine however you spin it. There's no chance of it trumping a Core i7 gaming laptop, such as the Dell XPS 15.

It's not quite an all-powerful media box either; it does the important bits, but lacks a Blu-ray drive or the 3D gimmmick of a Sony Vaio F, and its speakers, mounted above the keyboard, are a little bit weedy. But it is the most reasonably specced £500 laptop you'll find.

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Let's start with the keyboard, for that's the real obvious draw when looking at the EasyNote TS open. The chiclet design is actually very effective, with little travel on the keys and a good amount of space between them.

It's not quite as consistent as the keys on the 15-inch MacBook Pro; certain areas feel a little spongier than Apple's brilliantly designed keyboard, but we can't fault it for speed or accuracy. Whether you feel you really need a number pad is a matter of taste.

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The screen is sharp and vibrant, but it suffers from the common flaw of low-price panels; a general inconsistency of brightness and an optimal viewing angle that's actually shorter than the panel itself. There's no good spot; either the top of the screen is washed out, or the bottom is.

This is a shame, because Intel's HD Graphics 3000 system actually does a strong job at pushing pixels around, even if it's not quite up the the same level as the highest end of discrete GeForce or Radeon chipsets.

It's in the same silicon package as the Sandy Bridge Core i5-2410 processor, and this clearly has its advantages; performance in 3D games is pretty decent, beyond what we'd expect from internal graphics, although you'll need to keep the resolution low in newer games.

Basically this is a slickly presented machine that performs at its level, but feels a rung higher. It's not Packard Bell that's made the big muscle advancements, it's Intel; its selection of silicon steroids are really doing the trick.

The Sandy Bridge processors are a vein-popping leap ahead of everything that went before, and this particular chip runs cool, fast, and the battery lasts an impressive length of time for such a large notebook.

Benchmarks

3DMark 03 1024 x 768: 10,669
3DMark 06 1280 x 768: 3,070
Battery life: 4hrs 48m

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
BluetoothNo
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEasyNote TS11HR
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-2410M
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NamePackard Bell
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
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
Height33.2 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesTS11HR
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelENTS11HR-2414G50Mnkk
Product NameEasyNote ENTS11HR-2414G50Mnkk Notebook
Product LineEasyNote
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.BSW02.024
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

A full range of incredible notebooks offering diverse solutions to meet everybody's needs. With an unmistakable look and feel, strong attention to detail, elegance and style, Packard Bell products fit your needs and reflect your personality. Do you need to do more with less time?

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • EasyNote ENTS11HR-2414G50Mnkk Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter