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Packard Bell EasyNote TM86 review

A 15" laptop from Packard Bell designed for home use

Our Verdict

Performance, mobility and excellent extras all in one machine at a reasonable price. We're sold

Product features

  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Processing power
  • Excellent software extras
  • Superb battery life

Packard Bell has long been a popular consumer brand and its range has grown since its acquisition by Acer in 2008. The EasyNote TM86-GN-005UK is a stylish, high-powered portable and has been designed with the modern internet user fully in mind.

The sleek, custom-designed chassis looks great. Combining glossy black and patterned silver plastics, it provides an eye-catching yet understated style. Impressive build quality is shown throughout and the laptop feels far more luxurious than its low price would suggest.

Weighing 2.5kg and with a depth of just 35mm, it's surprisingly slim. It adds little bulk to hand luggage and its curved edges make it very comfortable to carry. Battery life, at 242-minutes, also betters most similar laptops.

Raised keyboard

The user interface borrows heavily from Acer's range, with the keyboard featuring widely spaced keys raised high above the chassis' surface. Usability is excellent, but the wide spacing means dust can quickly and easily accumulate below the board.

A unique feature of this machine is its dedicated Social Networking key. Placed at the top-right of the keyboard, it activates a proprietary application that lets you access Facebook, YouTube and Flickr, all from within one window. It is a simple touch that works extremely well.

Ample performance is provided by Intel Core i3 processor technology. Hugely outperforming its Core 2 Duo rivals, this is one of the most powerful laptops you can buy at this price, with home office and media editing software running consistently quickly and smoothly.

While there's no dedicated graphics card, there is plenty of power on offer for multimedia use. High-definition (HD) video is handled with ease and you can even enjoy basic gaming.

This level of ability is matched perfectly by the vibrant screen. Striking colours, strong contrast and deep black levels are provided and image quality is excellent. The glossy coating is inevitably reflective, but an HDMI port lets you easily connect to an external HDTV if you prefer.

Rounding out the impressive features, high-speed connectivity comes courtesy of 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet. A great software package is also provided, with such tools as Adobe Photoshop Elements and Microsoft Works for photo editing and basic home office use.

Such a high-powered and well-specified laptop is something of a rarity at this price, but the EasyNote TM86-GN-005UK manages it effortlessly. It has clearly been designed for family use and we're truly blown away by the result.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEasyNote TM86
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-330M
ColourSilver
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NamePackard Bell
Processor Speed2.13 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height34.1 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesTM86
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelTM86-334G32Mn
Product NameEasynote TM86-334G32Mn Notebook
Product LineEasyNote
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.BHN02.013
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

The EasyNote TM is elegantly designed with a multi-faceted interior contrasting matte and gloss finishes accented by shining chrome features that are sure to enchant onlookers. A comfortable palm rest stylishly matches the exterior cover in red, silver, black or white, with an artistic touch created by a gentle flow of intricate wave patterns. In addition, a slender profile adds to the convenient mobility of this notebook.

Package Contents
  • Easynote TM86-334G32Mn Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter