Packard Bell OneTwo L review

Can this touchscreen all-in-one do better than its brethren?

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If you'll use the Packard Bell OneTwo L for watching TV and movies - both standard definition and high definition, through online streaming services such as the BBC iPlayer - then you're going to be pretty pleased with this PC. The screen looks great, with great colour reproduction and smooth playback thanks to a pretty decent response time.

We'd even recommend plugging in a PS3 or Xbox 360 into the screen if you haven't got a dedicated HD TV. The only negative with the monitor is that it's quite reflective, which led to some bad glare when viewed in a room with lots of ambient light.

As a touchscreen it works as well as could be expected, with good responsiveness and accuracy. Windows 7 is as bad with touch controls as we've come to expect, but the included Packard Bell TouchPortal interface aims to circumvent this.

At first glance this seems like a poor man's Windows 8, with a weather app and large fonts that ape Microsoft's Metro interface. To dismiss it like this wouldn't be entirely fair though - after all, Packard Bell should be commended for acknowledging that Windows 7 isn't ideal for a touchscreen, and for trying to offer an alternative.

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Applications such as TouchBrowser and TouchPhoto offer an internet browser and image viewer respectively that have enlarged interfaces and recognise touch gestures, such as a swipe of the finger to flick through photos. The gesture recognition is a tad hit and miss - it sometimes got confused about whether we wanted to view another photo or rotate the current one - but it's a nice extra feature. However, we can't really see it catching on.

Crucially, anything you can do here can be done much quicker and easier through the standard Windows 7 interface with the good old keyboard and mouse. We were hoping to see an interface that would make us want to ditch those in favour of the touchscreen, but it wasn't to be.

With the launch of Windows 8, however, this could become a fantastic touchscreen computer, with the new operating system and powerful components working in tandem to maybe produce the all-in-one PC that we've been waiting for.

As it is, though, Windows 7 just feels like a hindrance without a mouse and keyboard.

Using traditional controls reveals a nice, snappy performer, great for quickly browsing the web or watching movies. Games on the other hand didn't do well, though if you stick with casual games you'll be fine.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeAll-in-One Computer
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Total Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
Product FamilyOneTwo L5861
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-2400S
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NamePackard Bell
Form FactorDesktop
Processor Speed2.50 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size58.4 cm (23")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Memory4 GB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
64-bit ProcessingYes
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Number of Processors Installed1
Hyper-ThreadingNo
TV CardYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Screen ModeFull HD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesL5861
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelPW.U6CE2.081
Product NameOneTwo L5861 Desktop Computer
Product LineOneTwo
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberPW.U6CE2.081
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

The wide-ranging Packard Bell desktop line covers family entertainment, high performance computing, powerful gaming, social networking and more.

A Packard Bell desktop can be a true extension of your particular personality.

Package Contents
  • OneTwo L5861 Desktop Computer
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Remote Control