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.