A vibrant 15.6-inch screen on the Packard Bell EasyNote TSX66 proves a great means for watching films, playing games or simply killing time browsing the web.
Like most modern screens, it's a 16:9 widescreen display with a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. Photos and other images look sharp. Viewing angles are also quite strong, with no significant loss of colour when the EasyNote TSX66's screen is tilted or rotated.
The glossy coating brings images to life, with excellent colour reproduction. Unfortunately it also bumps up reflectivity, a problem that hampers most laptops we see, so you'll struggle to work outdoors on sunny days.
If you like having your entire media collection to hand, or plan on installing loads of games, you'll make full use of the EasyNote TSX66's 750GB hard drive. As always, a chunk is taken up by a recovery partition and Windows, but you'll have more than enough free space to play around with.
Packard Bell has a standard set of features that it includes with all its laptops. Most of these, such as the MyBackup tool, aim to save you time – performing useful functions at the touch of a button.
With MyBackup, press F2 at any time and a window pops up that quickly saves copies of your important files, in case the worst happens and your laptop ends up at the bottom of a stairwell/lake/tar pit.
There's also a Social Networking app on the Packard Bell EasyNote TSX66 that automatically logs you into Facebook, Flickr and YouTube and streams updates from all of your accounts. Sadly there's still no support for Twitter, Gmail and others, but we live in hope.
Another great tool for keeping in touch online is the HD webcam. When used for Skype video calling, our image was sharp and always in focus, with minimal motion blur.
You get the usual array of ports on the EasyNote TSX66, including USB 3.0 and HDMI, as well as a five in one memory card reader. Networking is strong as expected, with 802.11N Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet supported.