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Packard Bell EasyNote TX86 review

£699 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Packard Bell

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Packard Bell EasyNote TX86 mid-range laptop offers good looks and great value, with ample performance for most users.

The Packard Bell EasyNote TX86 mid-range laptop offers good looks and great value, with ample performance for most users.

If you love shiny things, you'll admire the silver-on-silver design of the Packard Bell EasyNote TX86. It lifts its appearance well out of the ordinary, replacing the dark, drab experience of the generic black laptop with something bright, elegant and, dare we say it, cool.

This metallic finish extends to the Packard Bell EasyNote TX86's lilypad-style keyboard, whose keys appear to float in mid-air on stalks. Below is a silky, glowing trackpad. It’s a zero-button affair that delivers mouse clicks in response to being poked in the corners.

At 22mm thick, the Packard Bell EasyNote TX86 is a pretty slimline laptop. Its 2.5kg weight is average, but it feels lighter and wider than it actually is.

The Packard Bell EasyNote TX86 uses the same Core i5-430M processor as Medion's Akoya P6625. It’s also fitted with 4GB of DDR3-1066 RAM and a roomy 500GB SATA hard drive. It turned in a slightly lower performance in WorldBench 6, however: 102 points against the Medion laptop's 106. This is still ample speed for the vast majority of users.

The integrated graphics capabilities of the Core i5 processor provide enough power for work and multimedia use, including playing HD video. And if you fancy the occasional bit of gaming, the Packard Bell EasyNote TX86 can switch over to its discrete nVidia GeForce G310M chip. It’s still well behind what you’ll get from the Medion laptop’s ATI HD 5165, but the nVidia hardware will certainly cope with less taxing games.

Four USB 2.0 ports ensure the minimum of cable swapping. Like most budget laptops, the Packard Bell EasyNote TX86 has no FireWire or eSATA.

The Packard Bell EasyNote TX86 lasted for a commendable 5.5 hours in our tests – that’s an hour longer than Medion’s similarly configured Akoya P6625.

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NEXT: our expert verdict >>

Packard Bell EasyNote TX86 Expert Verdict »
Packard Bell Easynote TX86-GO-035UK Scores 8.4 out of 10 based on 17 reviews
2.26GHz Intel Core i5-430M
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
4GB DDR3-1066 RAM
500GB 2.5in 5,400rpm SATA 3Gbps
15.6in (1366x768) glossy LED-backlit screen
512MB nVidia GeForce G310M (games scores: Stalker: Call of Pripyat [720p, DirectX 10.x] = 17.7fps
Fear [Max] = 34fps)
4 x USB 2.0
802.11b/g/n
gigabit ethernet
8x DVD+/- RW DL drive
webcam
stereo speakers
audio jack
mic
multiformat card reader
48Wh lithium ion battery, 336 mins life
378x259x22mm
2.5kg
WorldBench 6 score: 102
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

For £130 more than you would pay for Medion's Akoya P6625, you get a considerable upgrade in terms of style and build quality. Performance could be better, however. You also get a large amount of bundled software with the Packard Bell EasyNote TX86, including Photoshop Elements.

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