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[Note: Some details may vary between models in the current range of Packard Bell EasyNote TJ65 notebook computers as these are updated with developing technologies. This review attempts to take these broadly into account]
~~~Packard Bell EasyNote TJ65~~~
This Packard Bell laptop is still reliable and quite fast for a two year old machine running Windows Vista. It's well equipped with a fairly large screen and a decent keyboard with a numeric keypad. Battery life is surprisingly good too, considering its age and the amount it's been used.
We've had an extremely reliable Packard Bell (PB) desktop PC for many years so, when my wife asked about a possible replacement for her elderly Dell laptop, I suggested perhaps something from PB's range of notebooks. The Dell was grinding to a halt, despite regular maintenance and elimination of the usual factors which reduce everything to a snail's pace. So, for the sake of our sanity, it was time for something faster ...
We weren't keen on mail order, preferring to deal with a local supplier if possible. After some preliminary research we homed in on Currys, where we'd bought the original desktop machine - the one that's still running Windows XP quite happily (not a lot wrong with XP anyway!) The specification and price quoted (£399) were quite reasonable at the time; more recent models in this range have Windows 7 installed, plus upgraded processors and hard drives etc. for a similar price.
Please note: this is not a technical review, it's just a brief report on some two years everyday personal experience; but for those who may be interested, one or two key technicalities may be of interest.
Intel Pentium dual core processor T4200, 2Ghz
15.6 inch HD screen
250 GB hard disc capacity
4 GB RAM (memory)
Webcam (rarely used, though potentially handy - e.g. for Skype)
All the usual ports, plus HDMI
Battery life is said to be up to 4 hours, but I don't recall pushing it quite that far.
The timing of our purchase meant that this machine came preinstalled with Windows Vista (Home Premium Edition). While there was a limited time offer for an upgrade to Windows 7, we didn't bother with this. Looking back, it just didn't seem worth the hassle and it wasn't going to be entirely free. In any case, the main advantage of Windows 7 might have been speed - but this laptop turned out to be a huge improvement on its sluggish predecessor, even running Vista.
Other software 'bundled' with this machine included a version of Adobe Photoshop Elements (image editing software that I've used from time to time, though not my favourite graphics package) and a time limited version of Norton security software which I've since replaced.
~~Getting started: documentation & support~~
At 54 pages, the printed 'Quick Start & Troubleshooting Guide' is more than adequate for getting started and basic problem solving. This is illustrated and contains a useful index. For further information there is a locally installed electronic user guide and also the support section on the Packard Bell website (see below).
The only minor problem I recall having was identifying one of the extra touch-sensitive buttons. This turned out to be related to power management (the feather icon was somewhat obscure!)
~~Look & feel, build quality~~
Hardly a design icon, perhaps the best description of this laptop is 'workmanlike'. It's solidly constructed. The touchpad works well and the keys have a good positive feel. We've had no problems with these, unlike with some laptops I've owned.
While this is by no means the most portable of laptops, it suits our purposes well. Admittedly, it is mainly used for web access, word processing etc., and for this non-intensive usage it still seems a perfectly adequate workhorse.
It doesn't overheat. There may be some tendency for slow shutdowns but, to be fair, this could well be down to the operating system. I understand this version of Windows is notoriously bloated - and we did decline the opportunity to upgrade.
~~Price and availability~~
Current models in this range are available from your local Currys or PC World for around £399.
* Reliable, well specified, decent size screen and keyboard
* Slightly obscure button icons? Not the most portable of laptops.
* Good value, reliable laptop
* Well worth considering a model from this range for reliability and acceptable mid-range performance at a reasonable price.
* Packard Bell website : www.packardbell.com
[© SteveS001, 2011. A version of this original review may be found on other review sites]
The lap top I'm writing this is on is my Packard bell easy note. I have never had any problems with the it, it's slim stylish and I take it everywhere.
I'm often found in coffee shops using their free wifi connection and catching up with friends in Australia on Skype, thanks to the built in webcam. It is not the smallest lap top on the market but still easy to cart around. It weighs in at 2.7 kg. It is heavier than I'd like it to be but felt that the other features it has compensates for this. For example the 244 minutes of battery life is one of the longest you will find and keeps me juiced up when I'm out and about. I have never yet been caught short.
It took me a while to choose the lap top, wanting like most people to get the best product for my money. 320 Gb of hard drive is ample for most users. 4 Gb of memory is more than sufficient and windows 7 has some great features such as a more easy to navigate menu and is much quicker and responsive. It comes with the latest version of Internet explorer. The downside of windows 7 is that it uses a whole GB of my memory! The dual-core Intel Pentium processor is a low-powered variation which is a little disappointing. This makes the processing of adequate quality. For my usage I think it's fine but others may want to look elsewhere if they are wanting a better processor.
There is a stark improvement in this model regarding the screen quality. With super TFT coating it makes it only slightly reflective making it much easier to see. The HD LCD screen is 16.5" smaller than my previous laptop but it is bright, vibrant and a pleasure to watch movies on it. The sound quality when watching a film is fantastic, again heightening my movie experience. The touchpad is improved with this model making it multi gesture. For example with this text, I can highlight a whole sentence with two quick touches rather than trying to drag my finger across the pad. The key pad accessible and the keys fairy big and manageable. There is enough room to rest the wrists on; I find the tiny lap tops fairly hard to operate due to this problem.
The 5 in 1 card reader is useful for quickly downloading photographs from my camera to lap top and I'm able to use most flash storage cards with it.
A downside to the lap top is not having Bluetooth; I think I would benefit from this however the wifi is of a really fast speed.
Overall the chassis of the machine is likeable, clean cut lines and comes in a sexy shade of silver or black.
As i look down at the keyboard i currently type this review on, i cannot praise this laptop enough. This is not the first laptop i have owned, but without doubt is my favourite.
The easynote is perfect for my needs. I am a student, who carrys my laptop to and from uni and the light weight design of this laptop makes this easy. The lid of the laptop looks very attractive, with a grey, carbon fibre-like look to it. The other attractive feature of this laptop is the red touch screen bottoms at the top of the keyboard. This very sleek design was the first thing that caught my eye when choosing this laptop.
The laptop comes with a very good memory in-built and the processing speed is remarkable.
The silver bar at the back of the laptop which acts as a hinge is also very sleek and stylish and looks very different from other laptops.
The negative point to the laptop is the speakers. The laptop comes with advertised 'dolby sound room' so i expected good clarity of sound. however this was not the case. the clarity of the sound was poor and the speakers now crackle at how volumes.
All in all this is a very good laptop and well worth a buy, especially for a student lifestyle.
I got my easynote back in April, and since about the beginning of June, I've had nothing but problems with it, the main one being, it just loves to overheat, I don't know why, I never "suffocate" the fan it always has room to breathe but after about an hour it just switches off and the plastic get to the point where it could burn your skin, I downloaded an application that would monitor the temperature levels and these went up to 80°C, obviously something wrong there, also mine boasts a 1GB video card, which to be perefectly honest is a joke, a game who uses a high graphics card will last all of 15mins maximum before deciding that it will crash and not continue working. The only good thing I would say about this laptop is it's ability to work with Windows 7 (although sometime's I wonder) it does all the aero and graphical things as well as it can. Altohugh it has good capability on the new windows 7 platform, I wouldn't recommend this computer to anyone.
This laptop I am writing this review off happens to be a packard bell easynote. Its not the first laptop I have owned. It is however, the second of this type I have owned. I chose specifically to get this one after an earlier model I had of it died a few months ago, so upon replacing it I was sure to get the newer version as I have never got on with a laptop aswell as I get on with this one! Its attractive with a coloured lid to it and nice buttons which are raised slightly off the base of the key board, its easy to use with a simple desktop and start menu, its lightweight too so you dont feel like youre carrying around a desktop and its just marvellous! The battery life its long, about three hours, perfect for me to use in university, the memory is large on it too which is perfect, it has a memory card reader and a webcam, aswell as numerous other features. The laptop didnt cost the earth either! Amazing.
I have many computers in my house, including my very first 386SX, but when my three year old Easynote had to go for a checkup, a friend lent me her EasyNoteTJ65. The reason behind this was that none of my old PCs have enough oomph to run the quite powerful broadband service supplied by my ISP.
Now, I'm not usually a technology type of bloke, but I'm also not a Neanderthal nor a Luddite. However, I did a bit of nosing around on the borrowed laptop - it's okay, my friend and I keep no secrets - to see what sort of power the thing had under the bonnet. It had something called an Intel Pentium Dual-CoreT4400 Processor... that bit of news went right over my head!
But, I did notice that it runs Windows 7 as the operating system. I wondered why it was so much different than the XP Home Edition I'm used to on my own laptop. The hard drive boasted a whopping 320GB, which I thought was wasted on my friend as she would never ever fill that up, even if she stored the names of every single person in the world on Facebook, Twitter and any other suchlike sites. With me, though, I'd give the hard drive a good run for its money as my wife is always telling me to unclutter our machine.
I was suitably impressed with the 4 Gigs of RAM and it was rather like getting into and driving a Ferrari after jumping out of a Ford Focus, as my laptop occasionally struggles with 1 Gig of memory. I don't usually worry about screen size or resolution; as far as I'm concerned, if it switches on, lights up and I can read what I need to then it suits. The EasyNoteTJ65 has a 15.6 inch display with LED backlighting (okay, so I'm showing off now) but my own laptop sports a 19 inch screen so I guess mine wins in that department... possibly.
There's wireless technology included, DVD rewriter as standard, and even an HDMI socket which I only thought came with television sets. There's an onboard webcam, although I didn't use it, but I bet it'll save many anxious moments twiddling around with a camera that clips on just above the screen. And, get this, the EasyNoteTJ65 that I tried gets shipped with Adobe Photoshop Elements 7. That's quite powerful photo manipulation software.
Would I use one again? You bet I would, but for the time being I'd have to rely a bit more on my friend's generosity in that department.
Over the years, I've swung between a desktop and laptop computer. For the past three years, I've had a desktop and it's served me fine, but last year, I decided that I needed something a little more flexible, which could be taken out, used on the train etc. There are literally thousands of laptops on the market, and for a computer-novice like me, it can be quite bewildering! I really don't know how anyone these days can choose!
I tend to avoid laptop makes I haven't heard of - they might be excellent, but who am I to know! That narrows down the choice to a certain extent, but there are still a great many to choose from. Packard Bell was luckily a make I'd heard of, and I'd previously had a desktop computer made by the same company: it was certainly a make that I felt I could trust.
It wasn't long ago when you virtually needed a professional to come and set up your new computer - wires everywhere, software to install etc. etc. I was thoroughly pleased to find that with this laptop, it was as easy as switch on and go. There was a very short and minimal setup process lasting only five minutes or so, and then we were away. Mine included Windows Vista, though I know that most have now moved onto Windows 7. As I had been used previously to Windows XP, Vista took a bit of getting used to!
**EASE OF USE**
The laptop is quite heavy as laptops go, but then that doesn't bother me. The keyboard is clearly laid out, and all connections clearly labelled. It is more than quick enough to do what I want it to do - word processing, internet, e-mail, iTunes etc. One thing which is a bit of a let-down is that there are only four USB sockets; considering that nearly everything these days run through a USB cable, this doesn't seem very many. I've had a bit of trouble with the numeric keypad - you type away, and the numbers don't always come out (nightmare for logging into online banking sites!). I think you just have to be careful - I'm probably too quick for it!
I know nothing about the inner workings of the computer, but for me and my needs, this laptop is more than adequate. It seems to be a solid make, and over the past year, I've really had no trouble with it at all.
This summer I finally decided to take the plunge with a new laptop purchase. My trusty old Acer was finding the heat too much, and the screen was just too small for comfort.
Reliability and screen size were really my only criteria when I mooched into PC World to check out the latest models. I groaned when I realised that they all have Windows 7, because I currently run XP on the desktop and Vista on the aforesaid Acer, but never mind, time moves on and a new computer nearly always means a new operating system.
I chose the Packard Bell EasyNote TJ65, along with a Microsoft software package, and found the total price at just over £500 quite acceptable. The 15.6 inch screen is a joy to work with, and now I can happily view two documents in reasonable type size on the same screen.
In the two months since I bought it, the laptop has not once overheated or conked out, much to my relief. I had a problem with intermittent failure of the wireless networking, until I realised that the small led light has a touch sensitive surface. I was unwittingly switching it off with an occasional brush of the hand (doh!).
No doubt there are other features of this classy machine that I will discover by chance, since there is no instruction booklet to read and I am too lazy to go through the built-in tutorial that is preloaded. The black cover is shiny, and I chose this over the white version, which to my mind looked cheap.
In short, I am happy with my purchase. It is quiet, has a huge memory and a snazzy on switch which is built into the battery section at the back. Oh and it has a built-in web cam which is an added bonus I hadn't noticed when I bought it. One day, I will figure out how to use that as well!
So if you are a non tecchie person looking for a smart, reliable and not-too-expensive new laptop, you would certainly find the transition to a Packard bell TJ65 Easynote a simple and effective choice.
When my trusty Sony Vaio started showing signs of fatigue and an age related unreliabilty a couple of months ago, I knew it was time to take the plunge and invest in a new Notebook. Much had changed in the 6 years since my last investment. The carefree (or at least childless!) man of yesteryear was a thing of the past and I needed an altogether more family orientated machine. The TJ65 fitted the bill nicely. Priority number one was budget. Kids are pricey commodities and consequently I had an upper limit of 500 English pounds. At 450 quid it was just the ticket. Secondly this purchase had to meet the needs of the whole family. The wife's burgeoining Facebook addiction needed to be satisfied by quick and relaible internet access. Not much happens around our abode without the father in law taking a photo of it with the ubiquitous SLR. As such I needed a decent sized memory. My oldest lad is just getting into gaming, and so a fast processor and decent graphics card was also a necessity. The TJ65 has satisfied all these criteria. It is quick. The Intel Pentium processor T4400 means that things happen and reasonably quickly. The 4GB memory is already housing a vast gallary of family snaps (some requested, most not!). It doesn't have a separate graphics card, but meets all our family's gaming needs. It's light, has a decent battery life (well in excess of an hour) and has a clear and sizeable 15.6" LCD screen. All told it's been a winner. And unlike the the old Vaio it's not showing any signs of spontaneously combusting!