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Packard Bell EasyNote TX86-JO-045UK review

A solidly built and highly usable laptop, with strong performance for the price

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Solid premium chassis
  • Strong performance
  • Highly usable
  • Decent range of features
  • Great value

Against

  • Reflective screen
  • Social Networks app limited
  • Not one for gamers
  • More portable laptops exist
  • Glowing touchpad may frighten young children

Packard Bell has really impressed us lately with a number of solid entries in its consumer EasyNote laptop range. The latest addition is the premium EasyNote X-Series, which comes in two flavours - the 14-inch EasyNote NX, and the 15.6-inch EasyNote TX.

The EasyNote TX86-JO-045UK is one of the 15.6-inch models and packs a surprising amount of power into a slick and slim metallic chassis, while adding a few unique design touches.

A premium metallic build has been used throughout the Packard Bell EasyNote TX86, from the brushed aluminium finish of the lid, to the firm keyboard. The chassis is reassuringly solid in all areas, yet also just 30mm thick and 2.5kg in weight.

Simplification has been Packard Bell's motto of late, and the number of shortcut buttons provided on this and other recent models demonstrates this.

A quick-and-easy backup button was introduced in last year's EasyNote models, and one addition to Packard Bell's EasyNote X-Series is the Social key, which launches the new Social Networks application.

Social networking

This program acts as a social hub by streaming content from your Facebook, YouTube and Flickr accounts, so you don't have to separately log onto each site. You're currently restricted to using those three websites, but we're hoping Packard Bell will expand the software to other social media sites in the near future.

Even better would be the option to add any social website of your choosing, although this may be going beyond Packard Bell's simplification mantra.

For further ease of use, a row of touch-sensitive media buttons can be found above the Packard Bell EasyNote TX86's keyboard. These allow you to quickly pause or skip through songs and movies, or eject the DVD drive.

There are also two shortcut buttons in the top left corner of the EasyNote TX86's chassis. One of these can be configured to launch the application of your choice, while the other toggles Wi-Fi on and off.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce 310M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEasyNote TX86
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-430M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NamePackard Bell
Processor Speed2.26 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
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM55 Express
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 512 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesTX86
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelTX86-434G50Mnss
Product NameEasynote TX86-434G50Mnss Notebook
Product LineEasyNote
Manufacturer Part NumberLX.BK702.003
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Wherever your mobile lifestyle takes you, stay in vogue by accessorizing with the Packard Bell EasyNote TX86. The Arctic Silver cover and unique tail-fin curve express your fine, discriminating taste. Beneath the cover, the glowing touchpad in iceberg blue greets you with cool sophistication; it glows with glamour when activated and switches off automatically, like a "swimming pool" that invites you to dive into entertainment! The metallic keycaps are a delight to touch and exceptionally comfortable to use.

Package Contents
  • Easynote TX86-434G50Mnss Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter