Packard Bell EasyNote TSX66 review

Intel Core i7 15.6-inch power portable

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Our Verdict

A fantastic and affordable laptop with more power than Arnie Schwarzenegger and Sly Stallone's fictional love child

Product features

  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Crazy performance
  • Massive storage
  • Pretty wavy lid design
  • Highly usable
  • HD webcam

Against

  • Flex in areas of chassis
  • No dedicated graphics card

Packard Bell has been busy refreshing its laptop range. The EasyNote TSX66 is a premium version of its existing TS Series, and an impressive little beast indeed.

For a start it packs away one of Intel's second generation Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7 processors, previously seen in Acer's Aspire 5750G. Add in some great features and this is an excellent all-round laptop that should appeal to anyone demanding loads of power and strong usability at a reasonable price.

The EasyNote TSX66 aims to provide maximum comfort and convenience, wrapped in a stylish chassis. There's no denying the laptop looks smart, with a wavy design adorning the Honey Bronze lid, helping it stand out on the high street shelves.

This design continues inside on the palmrests. It combines well with the metallic finish of the plastic interior, giving the impression that the EasyNote TSX66 is something a little bit special.

Packard bell easynote tsx66

We were surprised to find the chassis flexed under pressure in spots, however, with the area around the DVD drive proving particularly weak. But the palmrests are solid and the lid tough enough to protect against bumps.

Packard Bell has stuck with the isolation-style keyboard for the EasyNote TSX66, and we're big fans as always. It's a comfortable board for prolonged typing sessions, with the keys well spaced and spread out, and you get a separate numeric pad if you love a bit of data entry.

The EasyNote TSX66's touchpad is compact but responsive. A separate scroll bar along the right edge allows quick navigation through web pages and documents.

At 2.7kg, this laptop can feasibly be lugged around on a regular basis if required. It's surprisingly slim considering its 15.6-inch screen, so at least it slips easily into any normal bag or briefcase.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity750 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 TSX66HR
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-2630QM
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NamePackard Bell
Processor Speed2 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Standard Memory6 GB
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 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 SeriesTSX66HR
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelENTSX66HR-2636G75Mns
Product NameEasyNote ENTSX66HR-2636G75Mns Notebook
Product LineEasyNote
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.BWP02.001
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

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Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • EasyNote ENTSX66HR-2636G75Mns Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter