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Packard Bell OneTwo L I7526 review

Kat Orphanides
3 Sep 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
799
inc VAT

It's powerful and has a TV tuner, but for just a little more cash you can get Blu-ray and better gaming performance elsewhere

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Specifications

2.5GHz Intel Core i5-2400S, 4GB RAM, 23in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

At just shy of £800, Packard Bell's 23in OneTwo L I7526 has a 23in widescreen touchscreen and a fast Intel Core i5-2400S processor. Its white back and chrome stand admittedly gives it a bit of an 80s feel, but it's fairly attractive. Its living room PC credentials are further improved by its Full HD 1,920x1,080 resolution and an integrated dual DVB-T tuner that lets you watch, record and rewind digital TV.

Packard Bell OneTwo L I7526 right side

To pack all these features into a mid-price all-in-one, Packard Bell has made a few sacrifices. There are no USB3 ports, for instance, nor any eSATA ports, so you're out of luck if you want to connect high-speed storage. Internal storage is pretty respectable, though, with a 1TB hard disk. There's also a memory card reader that can handle a few more formats than most, including xD.

Packard Bell OneTwo L I7526 left side ports

The PC's performance in our benchmark tests was particularly good for an all-in-one at this price, with an overall score of 78. It's easily powerful enough for any application you care to throw at it and can even handle tasks such as video encoding with ease. There's only 4GB of memory, but the OneTwo nonetheless had no problems in our image-processing and multi-tasking tests.

Packard Bell OneTwo L I7526 back

Graphics performance is another issue. While the integrated graphics capabilities of Intel's Sandy Bridge processors are impressive, they're not good enough for serious gaming. Even at Low quality settings and without anti-aliasing, we only got a minimally-playable 24.7fps in Dirt3, so while you're all set for watching HD video or playing the odd game of Plants vs Zombies, you shouldn't expect much more from the OneTwo. There's no Blu-ray drive, either, so you'll have to use an external drive or settle for standard definition DVDs.

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