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Packard Bell EasyNote TS11-HR-040UK review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £479
inc VAT

A good-value laptop, but not as good as Packard Bell's own NS44


15.6 in 1,366×768 display, 2.6kg, 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M, 4.00GB RAM, 500GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Packard Bell’s 15.6in TS11 looks similar to the 14in NS44, but the extra width allows for a numeric keypad to the right of the keyboard. It also has a more powerful Intel Core i5-2410M processor, plus 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard disk.

As with most Packard Bell laptops, design takes a front seat, although as this model is black it avoids some of the odd colours the company is fond of. The black lid has a subtle pattern on it which is mirrored inside on the wrist-rest below the keyboard. The keyboard panel itself is finished in matt black, while the screen bezel is glossy.

Packard Bell EasyNote TS11-HR-040UK

The extra screen size doesn’t necessarily lead to a better image. The resolution is the same 1,366×768 as the 14in NS44, so each pixel is larger, but it’s standard for 15.6in screens. The backlight is even but not amazingly bright so colours lack punch, despite the glossy screen finish. This is highly reflective and, as vertical viewing angles are tight, you’ll have to adjust the screen’s tilt carefully to get the best picture.

Packard Bell EasyNote TS11-HR-040UK keyboard

The keys have a light, crisp action that touch-typists will find comfortable, but the odd conjoining of the Enter and left Shift keys with their neighbouring keys serves no practical purpose. With the inclusion of a four-column numberpad, the shortcut keys have moved to the right of the function keys, which are inverted so that they act as shortcuts unless you use the Fn modifier key. The touchpad and its single see-saw button are a decent size and very responsive.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i5-2410M
Processor clock speed 2.3GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 39x382x253mm
Weight 2.6kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 15.6 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 128MB


Total storage capacity 500GB
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth no
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g/n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SDHC, Memory Stick Pro, xD
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input, 1x USB3


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £479

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