Packard Bell EasyNote TS11 review

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Packard Bell’s EasyNote TS11 might not rival Apple’s Macbook Pros for svelte style, but it leaves them for dust in the value for money stakes. Packing a quad-core Sandy Bridge CPU for just £729, it delivers serious processing power on the cheap.

Our first sight of the TS11 was tinged with a strong sense of déjà vu. It’s clearly based on the same chassis as the Acer Aspire 5750G, which was the first Sandy Bridge laptop to arrive in the PC Pro Labs. Despite a slightly jazzier appearance, the TS11 doesn’t exactly look like a speed demon, with its ubiquitous gloss-black lid and a black interior broken up only by a silver patterned wristrest. It isn’t an ugly look, but it’s also far from stylish.

Packard Bell EasyNote TS11

Instead, this laptop is all about performance. The 2GHz Core i7-2630QM processor mercilessly ripped through our new benchmarks, and an overall score of 0.84 puts it right up with the fastest laptops money can currently buy. Unlike a few of Apple’s sleek offerings, that performance doesn’t make the Packard Bell uncomfortably warm on the lap: its CPU idled at 45°C and, after more than five hours at maximum load, peaked at a manageable 85°C. The hottest point on the chassis itself was right next to the exhaust port, which peaked at 53°C.

Admittedly, there’s no dedicated graphics chipset belching out heat, as the TS11 makes use of the HD Graphics 3000 chip built into the processor. But the gaming performance of these chips is getting better with each new generation: the TS11 dispatched our Low quality Crysis test at a playable average of 32fps. Bumping up the quality to Medium slowed the action to a juddery crawl, so don’t expect to play the latest titles in all their glory, but there’s plenty of power here for casual gaming.


Warranty1 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions384 x 257 x 38mm (WDH)
Travelling weight3.0kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Core i7-2630QM
Motherboard chipsetIntel HM65
RAM capacity4.00GB
Memory typeDDR3
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total2

Screen and video

Screen size15.6in
Resolution screen horizontal1,366
Resolution screen vertical768
Resolution1366 x 768
Graphics chipsetIntel HD Graphics 3000
Graphics card RAMN/A
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs1
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0


Hard disk usable capacity596GB
Spindle speed5,400RPM
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Optical disc technologyDVD writer
Battery capacity4,400mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0


Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a supportno
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno
Bluetooth supportno

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchno
Wireless key-combination switchyes
ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)2
FireWire ports0
PS/2 mouse portno
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
3.5mm audio jacks2
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readeryes
MMC (multimedia card) readeryes
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readeryes
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Audio chipsetRealtek HD Audio
Speaker locationAbove keyboard
Hardware volume control?no
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating0.3mp
Fingerprint readerno
Smartcard readerno
Carry caseno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use5hr 12min
Battery life, heavy use48min
3D performance (crysis) low settings32fps
3D performance settingLow

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
OS familyWindows 7
Recovery methodRecovery partition
Software suppliedN/A

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