Packard Bell EasyNote TS review

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

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There hasn't really been a reason to upgrade in the past few years, particularly if you can't afford the high end. But the EasyNote TS, which comes in at a resolutely mid-range price, is proof that the line between laptop levels is blurring, and the overall level rocketing up. It's fast enough, it's classily designed, it feels solid and it behaves well.

We liked

Presentation is a real strong point here. The keyboard, while very slightly inconsistent, is reminiscent of much pricier machines, such as the Apple MacBook Pro. The trackpad, with its gesture control and multi-touch capabilities, does its job admirably without getting annoying. This is a well-designed package overall; the case is glossy and classy, and the whole thing is put together well.

But out of everything, we really liked the processor. Intel's Sandy Bridge range is a true example of next-gen chip design. It's blisteringly fast, handles graphics well and, in the case of the Core i5 on offer here, it runs coolly and efficiently. Let's not beat around the bush: this is a reason to upgrade on its own. The fact that this machine doesn't cost the earth is the icing on the cake.

We disliked

Nothing is perfect; no matter how much we clenched our teeth and scrunched our eyes up and wished really hard. The on-chip Intel HD Graphics 3000 didn't reach past the level of a two-generations old discrete graphics card. That's way ahead of integrated graphics chipsets of the past, but it's not quite a world-beater.

And the screen. The poor, poor, low-cost widescreen panel, with its non-existent perfect viewing angle. We just want to give it a cuddle.


This is a great machine at a great price. The Sandy Bridge processor inside is astonishing, the case is built well with an excellent full-size keyboard, and if you can forgive a few cut corners, this is an ideal non-gaming laptop.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEasyNote TS11HR
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-2410M
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 Address
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