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Packard Bell EasyNote TS review

Luxury level laptop features at a low, low price? Surprisingly, it's possible

Our Verdict

A superb machine for the price, even if it does have a few let-downs.

Product features

  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Nice full-sized keyboard
  • Reasonable on-chip graphics
  • Cool, powerful Sandy Bridge processor
  • Decent battery life for a large machine
  • Perfect at the price

Against

  • Unsusual aspect ratio
  • Poor screen viewing angle
  • Flimsy speakers
  • No cutting-edge gaming

It would be fair to say that we were a tad skeptical when we got our first look at the Packard Bell EasyNote TS. It's ostensibly a pretty laptop without much obviously going for it bar its shiny lid, so we were a little bit dismissive – that's the sort of stock response we reserve for anything in the sub-£500 bracket.

Perhaps – and this does take a certain degree of humility to say – we shouldn't have been so hasty. Because while it's not up to the lofty 3D standards of the Sony Vaio F Series and it doesn't have the leg-melting power of the high-end Apple MacBook Pro, the EasyNote TS is a mid-range performer at a low-end price, and absolutely the sort of laptop we'd be happy to welcome into our own homes.

And we see a lot of laptops, so that's no mean feat.

Packard Bell was kind enough to send us the Ebony Black edition, perhaps to save our blushes at carrying around a coloured laptop, and having fully inspected the daisychain pattern – which also spreads over the wrist rest on the front of the case – we'd had to rescind our earlier assumption that this is in any way 'girly', at least on black; it's an utterly unisex pattern. Honest. It's a bit Louis Vuitton, if anything.

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There's a pretty nifty chiclet keyboard spread across the entirety of the EasyNote TS, with a numerical pad, which is truly unusual for a laptop. It does mean the main typing surface is pushed over to the left of the unit, although the gesture-enabled trackpad (which is slick, responsive, and has a scroll section cleverly separated from the main body by a raised area) has been moved to match, which we applaud.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
BluetoothNo
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEasyNote TS11HR
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-2410M
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NamePackard Bell
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
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
Height33.2 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesTS11HR
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelENTS11HR-2414G50Mnkk
Product NameEasyNote ENTS11HR-2414G50Mnkk Notebook
Product LineEasyNote
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.BSW02.024
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

A full range of incredible notebooks offering diverse solutions to meet everybody's needs. With an unmistakable look and feel, strong attention to detail, elegance and style, Packard Bell products fit your needs and reflect your personality. Do you need to do more with less time?

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • EasyNote ENTS11HR-2414G50Mnkk Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter