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Packard Bell EasyNote TS44-HR-035UK review

Barry de la Rosa
26 Apr 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
450
inc VAT

A stylish budget laptop with decent performance and a good selection of expansion ports. It can't quite match Dell's Inspiron 15R, though.

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Packard Bell's new EasyNote TS44-HR-035UK looks very much like previous models, and the only clue to its novelty is the new Intel sticker on the wrist rest. Unseen inside is a new Intel Core i3-2310M processor running at 2.1GHz, along with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard disk, which makes the TS44 look like great value at £450.

Packard Bell EasyNote TS44-HR-035UK

This is budget territory, but the TS44 certainly isn't 'cheap'. Its 15.6in screen has a glossy finish, which adds a little vibrancy to colours but can distract you with reflections of lights and windows. The backlight is even but not the brightest, which makes images seem a bit washed out and reduces contrast, but our main problem was with the tight vertical viewing angles which forced us to adjust the screen's tilt carefully. The 1,366x768 resolution is standard.

Design-wise, the TS44 looks similar to previous models such as the TM99, although thankfully the blue wrist rest has been replaced by a more subtle silver. The touchpad had a smooth surface and our fingers glided easily over it. It has a vertical scrolling areas and a single see-saw button which has a reasonably light action.

The keyboard has separated keys with a light action that provides adequate feedback for touch-typists. The keys' flat tops mean you fingers can sometimes slip off them, and they're slightly wobbly, but overall we found it comfortable to type on. There's a numberpad to the right with four columns, but the top row is taken up by shortcut keys, so page navigation keys and the function keys themselves (F1-F12) are relegated to Function key combinations. Those used to using shortcuts such as F5 or Alt-F4 have to press the Function key as well, which is a pain.

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