Packard Bell’s EasyNote TS11HR039 features an Intel Core i5 processor and because of this the performance is great. You might wonder how Packard Bell has managed to keep the price under £400.

In answer to that question, there’s no dedicated graphics card. Instead an integrated Intel HD chip does the work and it really struggled in the FEAR tests. There’s also only 3GB of RAM – half of that in the HP, Lenovo G570 and Toshiba models.

If you’re not interested in gaming, though, this is of little consequence. And if you want a bit more RAM then it’s easy enough to add more, requiring you to remove just two screws to access the RAM modules.

Overall, though, the Packard Bell is an excellent all-rounder. The keyboard is large enough for typing to be comfortable over long periods, even if the arrow keys are a little small. The screen is bright and sharp with a good viewing angle, though it does have the seemingly ubiquitous glossy finish that so irks us. It looks smart and has a distinctive pattern and will blend in nicely in most rooms. It’s fairly portable at 2.6kg and a battery life just short of six hours suggests that the Packard Bell would make a good travelling companion. There are three USB 2.0 ports, which is generous enough, and HDMI and VGA ports as you’d expect.

There are some other concerns, though – the optical drive seems to be a bit too easy to spring open, meaning that you’ll get a surprise if you don’t pick the EasyNote up gently. It could also offer a little more hard disk space than 500GB but this is a minor quibble, and you can’t argue with a price of £399.

Packard Bell EasyNote TS11HR039: Specs

  • 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M dual core
  • 15.6in glossy LED backlit
  • 1366 x 768 display
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 3GB DDR3-1333MHz
  • 500GB HDD 5400rpm
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • VGA, HDMI
  • stereo speakers, headphone jack, mic input
  • 3 x USB 2.0
  • DVD±RW DL
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • SD/MS/MS-Pro/xD
  • webcam
  • 48Wh, lithium-ion removable battery 351 minutes
  • 382 x 253 x 33mm, 2.6kg
  • 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M dual core
  • 15.6in glossy LED backlit
  • 1366 x 768 display
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 3GB DDR3-1333MHz
  • 500GB HDD 5400rpm
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • VGA, HDMI
  • stereo speakers, headphone jack, mic input
  • 3 x USB 2.0
  • DVD±RW DL
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • SD/MS/MS-Pro/xD
  • webcam
  • 48Wh, lithium-ion removable battery 351 minutes
  • 382 x 253 x 33mm, 2.6kg

OUR VERDICT

Overall, the Packard Bell has plenty of raw performance and if you are prepared to accept a few compromises this is possibly the best £400 deal you’ll find right now. Gamers should steer clear, though, but if you’re looking for something that will whizz through most tasks whether at home or on the road then look no further.

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