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Packard Bell EasyNote TSX66 review

£699 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Packard Bell

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Packard Bell EasyNote TSX66 tries to introduce some stylish colour alongside a powerful quad-core Sandy Bridge processor.

Eye-catching design in a laptop is all very well, just as long as it is eye-catching in the right way. Packard Bell, a vendor with a history of questionable colour choices, has opted to go for a bronze finish – the company calls it “honey bronze” – with the Packard Bell EasyNote TSX66, and we’re not sure we like it that much.

Each to their own, though, and if you want a laptop with a unique colour scheme then you could do much worse. Underneath the sun-tanned exterior of this Packard Bell EasyNote TSX66 lurks the powerful quad-core Intel Core i7-2630QM Sandy Bridge processor, teamed up with 6GB of RAM.

This let the Packard Bell romp home with the highest Worldbench 6 score in the group test, of 132 points.

On the other hand, the lack of a dedicated graphics processor – the Packard Bell EasyNote TSX66 uses Intel’s built-in HD graphics  – accounts for probably the poorest graphics performance results here, just 17fps in FEAR at the usual Maximum details settings.

But there are several features that help keep the Packard Bell EasyNote TSX66’s chin up, such as the excellent keyboard. Well spaced-out with full size, isolated keys (apart from the Return and Hash keys, which somewhat curiously touch each other), the Packard Bell EasyNote TSX66 is very easy to work on.

This is backed up by a trackpad that supports some multi-touch gestures and scrolling, improving the input experience on the Packard Bell EasyNote TSX66.

There’s also a generous 750GB hard drive, while the MobileMark 2007 Productivity battery life result of six hours and 21 minutes is better than many other models in this batch.

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Packard Bell EasyNote TSX66 Expert Verdict »

2.0GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM quad-core
15.6in glossy LED backlit
1366 x 768
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
6GB DDR3-1333MHz
750GB HDD 5400rpm
Intel HD Graphics 2000 VGA, HDMI
stereo speakers, headphone jack, mic input
1 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1
gigabit ethernet
48Wh lithium-ion removable battery
MobileMark 2007 Productivity: 381 minutes
WorldBench 6: 119 points
17fps FEAR
382 x 253 x 25mm
  • 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 7 of 10 overall

The colour scheme certainly makes the Packard Bell EasyNote TSX66 stand out, though it may not be to everyone’s tastes. A £700 price tag is attractive when you consider the performance of the quad-core processor with 6GB of memory. For a multimedia-focused laptop, though, the Packard Bell is compromised by its weak Intel graphics processor. The absence of a BD drive is also noted, when these can be found on laptops around this price now. The Packard Bell EasyNote TSX66 is hence more suited to work-based activities, with its excellent keyboard and trackpad.

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