Packard Bell EasyNote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 05/17/2014

Haswell bargain. The search for a quiet, efficient and inexpensive home office notebook with decent battery life is over. The Packard Bell Easynote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk, which sells for 299 Euro ($410), fits the bill exactly. An added bonus: the system is equipped with a Haswell Celeron CPU instead of a weaker Bay Trail processor.

For the original German review, see here.

Inexpensive 15.6-inch home and home office notebooks are a dime a dozen. Many of them suffer from various limitations, which can be attributed to the rather low price. Very rarely do we encounter bargain notebooks with a good price-performance ratio like the Acer Aspire E1-532 (Celeron 2955U, HD Graphics (Haswell). The Packard Bell Easynote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk is the fraternal twin of the Aspire, so the two systems are almost identical on the inside, though Packard Bell's version looks different on the outside. If the Easynote can win us over just like Acer E1 did is the subject of our review.

To see how the notebook stacks up, we compare it to the Lenovo G500s (Pentium 2020M, HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)), and HP 250 G2 (Pentium N3510, HD Graphics (Bay Trail)).

Case & Connectivity

At first glance, the case doesn't appear to be identical to the one Acer uses for the Aspire E1 series (E1-532, E1-572, E1-572G), since the E1 models use black matte plastic, while Packard Bell's version is visually different and comes with a shiny silver-gray display lid instead. The palm rest is a glossy black with a printed pattern. Rigidity, easy of maintenance, physical ports and port distribution are identical, however.

The Packard Bell EasyNote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk (photo: Packard Bell).
The Packard Bell EasyNote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk (photo: Packard Bell).
The physical ports and their location...
The physical ports and their location...
...mirror the Aspire E1-532 (photo: Packard Bell).
...mirror the Aspire E1-532 (photo: Packard Bell).
The back of the display lid is a glossy silver-gray (photo: Packard Bell).
The back of the display lid is a glossy silver-gray (photo: Packard Bell).

Input Devices

The input device of the Easynote TE69HW (photo: Packard Bell).
The input device of the Easynote TE69HW (photo: Packard Bell).

The Easynote's keyboard differs from the one Acer uses for the Aspire E1 series. We are already familiar with it, as we have encountered it before (see our review of the Easynote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk). The keyboard deck is surrounded with a silver-gray bezel, which looks a bit antiquated in our opinion.

The standard keyboard (not a chiclet design) comes with a separate numeric keypad. The keys feature medium travel and good feedback, although we'd like to see a little bit more resistance. We noticed some keyboard flex while typing, although it really isn't much of an issue. The touchpad supports multitouch and comes with a textured surface which still allows the fingers to glide easily. The mouse buttons have a short travel and depressing them can be clearly heard and felt.

Display

The review notebook comes with a glossy 15.6-inch display with a native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The brightness of 203.3 nits is nothing to get too excited about, although most bargain-priced notebooks don't have displays that are any brighter. Both the contrast (446:1) and the black value (0.46 cd/m²) are decent, however.

209
cd/m²
196
cd/m²
204
cd/m²
209
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
219
cd/m²
195
cd/m²
192
cd/m²
201
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 219 cd/m²
Average: 203.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 206 cd/m²
Black: 0.46 cd/m²
Contrast: 446:1

Out of the box, we recorded a DeltaE 2000 deviation of 11.4 for our review notebook, which is a fairly average result. None of the colors are within the desirable range (DeltaE less than 3). The panel has a distinctly bluish hue which disappears after a calibration, as our tests confirm.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Graylevels
CalMAN - Graylevels
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
The Easynote outdoors.
The Easynote outdoors.

Low-priced notebooks usually suffer from fairly restricted viewing angles. The Easynote is no different in this regard. Outdoor use is also not really possible, since the display is highly reflective.

Performance

The Packard Bell Easynote TE69HW is a inexpensive 15.6-inch home and home office notebook. The system can handle simple tasks such as web surfing, word processing, video conferencing, and watching videos. Our review notebook is available for about 300 Euro ($410).

Processor

The Easynote makes use of a dual-core, Haswell-generation Intel Celeron-2957U CPU. The processor is clocked at 1.4 GHz and lacks Turbo Boost. The TDP is specified at 15 watts according to Intel. The Celeron handled the Cinebench CPU benchmarks at the full speed. Of the notebooks mentioned, the G500s had the highest scores, since it features the strongest processor.

Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
4095 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
5080 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
2714 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3867
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
4043
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2077
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
12.55 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.2 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.62 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
14.27 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
105 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
55 Points
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Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Packard Bell EasyNote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2957U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
0.62 Points ∼34%
HP 255 G2
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.25 Points ∼14% -60%
HP 250 G2 (F0Z00EA)
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3510, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.26 Points ∼14% -58%
Acer Aspire E1-532
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2955U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
0.61 Points ∼33% -2%
Lenovo G500s-59367693
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2020M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1 Points ∼54% +61%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Packard Bell EasyNote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2957U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.2 Points ∼7%
HP 255 G2
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.47 Points ∼3% -61%
Acer Aspire E1-532
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2955U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.14 Points ∼6% -5%
Acer Aspire E1-522-45004G50Mnkk
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD050
1.45 Points ∼8% +21%
HP 250 G2 (F0Z00EA)
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3510, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1.48 Points ∼8% +23%
Lenovo G500s-59367693
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2020M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.94 Points ∼11% +62%

System Performance

Since the Easynote ships without an operating system, we installed Windows 8. We encountered no issues during the install and ended up with a smooth-running system. The result of the PCMark 7 test is actually pretty decent, although the G500s scored higher once again because of its more powerful CPU.

A glance at the comparison table below shows that the identically equipped Aspire E1-532 didn't fare nearly as well as our Easynote. The feature set of the processors, which are otherwise virtually the same, explains the apparent discrepancy: the Celeron 2957U supports Intel's Quicksync technology (hardware-based video coding/decoding), but the Celeron 2955U does not. The PCMark 7 benchmark test takes advantage of Quicksync and the Easynote scores much higher as a result.

PC Mark
PCMark Vantage3667 points
PCMark 72043 points
PCMark 8 Home v21492 points
PCMark 8 Work v22314 points
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PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Packard Bell EasyNote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2957U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2043 Points ∼31%
HP 255 G2
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1083 Points ∼16% -47%
Acer Aspire E1-522-45004G50Mnkk
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD050
1469 Points ∼22% -28%
Acer Aspire E1-532
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2955U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1484 Points ∼22% -27%
HP 250 G2 (F0Z00EA)
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3510, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1604 Points ∼24% -21%
Lenovo G500s-59367693
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2020M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2343 Points ∼35% +15%

Storage Devices

The hard drive is a Seagate Momentus Thin with a storage capacity of 500 GB and a rotational speed of 5400 RPM. The transfer rates are within the normal range for a 5400 RPM hard drive.

Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Sequential Read: 80.36 MB/s
Sequential Write: 75 MB/s
512K Read: 29 MB/s
512K Write: 37.87 MB/s
4K Read: 0.367 MB/s
4K Write: 0.633 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 0.688 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 0.64 MB/s

GPU Peformance

The HD Graphics GPU supports DirectX 11 and operates between 200 and 1000 MHz. Since the TE69HW is equipped with the most powerful GPU, it outperforms the other competitors in the various 3D Mark tests.

3D Mark
3DMark 11544 points
3DMark Ice Storm23859 points
3DMark Cloud Gate2141 points
3DMark Fire Strike312 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Packard Bell EasyNote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2957U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
544 Points ∼4%
HP 255 G2
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
372 Points ∼3% -32%
Lenovo G500s-59367693
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2020M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
390 Points ∼3% -28%
Acer Aspire E1-532
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2955U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
480 Points ∼4% -12%

Gaming Performance

The notebook can handle some current games at a reduced resolution and with the quality set to low. A game like Fifa 14 with very low hardware requirements can be played at a higher resolution and higher quality. The frame rate can be improved a little by adding a second memory module, since the RAM then runs in dual-channel mode, which improves the GPU performance. The net result is an increase in the frame rate of about 20 %.

low med.high ultra
World of Warcraft (2005) 93.739.2fps
Total War: Shogun 2 (2011) 49.2fps
Dirt 3 (2011) 51.927.414.8fps
Counter-Strike: GO (2012) 46.234.722.5fps
Crysis 3 (2013) 12.27.6fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 30.314.38.2fps
SimCity (2013) 59.611.2fps
Splinter Cell: Blacklist (2013) 14.211.5fps
Fifa 14 (2013) 57.737fps
Batman: Arkham Origins (2013) 2112fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 12.810fps
Need for Speed: Rivals (2013) 11.1fps
X-Plane 10.25 (2013) 22.113fps
Thief (2014) 10.15.7fps
Titanfall (2014) 23.113.7fps
The Elder Scrolls Online (2014) 35.213.69fps
Tomb Raider
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Packard Bell EasyNote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2957U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
30.3 fps ∼6%
Lenovo G500s-59367693
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2020M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
23.1 fps ∼5% -24%
Acer Aspire E1-532
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2955U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
30.3 fps ∼6% 0%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Packard Bell EasyNote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2957U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
14.3 fps ∼4%
Lenovo G500s-59367693
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2020M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
11.1 fps ∼3% -22%
Acer Aspire E1-532
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2955U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
14.3 fps ∼4% 0%

Emissions

System Noise

Not much to say as far as the system noise is concerned: the notebook works quietly and unobtrusively regardless of the load level. During idle, the fan frequently doesn't spin at all and the only source of noise is the soft whooshing sound of the hard drive.

Noise Level

Idle 30.6 / 30.6 / 30.6 dB(A)
HDD 30.8 dB(A)
DVD 34.2 / dB(A)
Load 33.3 / 33.5 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Easynote TE69HW during the stress test.
The Easynote TE69HW during the stress test.

The TE69HW never gets very hot. Neither during idle-mode nor during the stress test we saw temperatures outside the acceptable range. Both the G500s and the 250 G2 ran a bit hotter during the stress test.

When tasked with the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark in parallel for at least one hour), both the CPU and GPU maintained their maximum respective clock rates (CPU: 1.4 GHz, GPU: 1 GHz) regardless if the notebook was running on battery or plugged in. The CPU temperature stabilized at around 51 degrees C.

Max. Load
 27.6 °C25 °C24 °C 
 28.2 °C29.3 °C24.1 °C 
 26.7 °C29.6 °C26.3 °C 
Maximum: 29.6 °C
Average: 26.8 °C
24 °C29.3 °C29.9 °C
24.1 °C30.2 °C27.8 °C
26 °C29.7 °C26.7 °C
Maximum: 30.2 °C
Average: 27.5 °C
Power Supply (max.)  35.2 °C | Room Temperature 21.8 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The stereo speakers are located on the bottom and sound rather anemic. Bass is lacking and the speakers can sound a little tinny at times. Voices are easy to understand, however.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

During idle, all three notebooks in our comparison consume almost the same amount of power, although the Easynote still needs less than its competitors. Under medium load (3D Mark 06) and full load (stress test with Prime95 and Furmark), the Easynote draws 22.8 and 26.5 watts, which falls right in between the requirements of the 250 G2 and the G500s. Overall, the power consumption is as expected for a notebook with a Haswell ULV processor.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.1 Watt
Idle 4.6 / 6.8 / 9 Watt
Load 22.8 / 26.5 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

During our practically relevant WLAN test, a script visits various websites every 40 seconds. For the test, the Power Saver Profile is active and the display brightness is set to around 150 nits. The Packard Bell Easynote lasted for about 4 hours and 45 minutes before we had to plug it back in. The G500s (3hours 14 minutes) didn't last quite as long; the 250 G2's run time (4 hours 34 minutes) is quite comparable.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
4h 45min

Verdict

All in all, the Packard Bell Easynote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk is a good notebook and powerful enough to handle the daily work load. While many manufacturers equip their low-cost systems with Bay Trail processors, Acer/Packard Bell rely on a Haswell CPU instead. This is a definite plus, because the latter clearly outperforms the former. The Easynote is quiet, remains cool, and consumes very little power, which results in a good battery life. In Germany, Packard Bell covers the notebook for 24 months against defects. The display quality is less convincing, but certainly acceptable considering the price bracket.

We've mentioned it already: Packard Bell's Easynote is essentially a version of the Acer Aspire E1-532 (Acer owns the Packard Bell brand name). The two systems are thus quite comparable and feature similar emissions, battery life, as well as energy consumption. The CPU the Easynote is equipped with supports Intel's Quicksync technology, which in turn leads to a higher PCMark score. During everyday operation, this difference isn't really noticeable. The Aspire E1-532 features a better keyboard, is also available with a matte display and costs about 30 Euro (~$40) less. We find the Aspire to be the more visually appealing as well - but that's certainly in the eye of the beholder.

The Lenovo G500s is a better alternative if CPU power is important. The HP 250 G2 has the lowest power consumption of the three systems in our comparison.

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Specifications

Packard Bell EasyNote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel Lynx Point-LP
:: Memory
4096 MB, DDR3, single channel, two slots (one open)
:: Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Haswell), Core: 200-1000 MHz, 10.18.10.3412
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, LP156WH3-TPS2, TN LED, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142, 500 GB 5400 rpm , 464 GB free
:: Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audiokombo, Card Reader: SD,
:: Networking
Broadcom NetLink BCM57785 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros AR9565 (a b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUA0N
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25 x 382 x 256
:: Weight
2.3 kg Power Supply: 0.313 kg
:: Battery
37 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.8 V, 2350 mAh
:: Price
299 Euro
:: Operating System
FreeDos
:: Additional features
Webcam: HD webcam, Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard Light: no, 24 Months Warranty

 

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Pro

+Always very quiet
+Low power consumption
+Doesn't get hot
+24-month warranty
 

Cons

-Display not very bright and suffers from a bluish hue

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What we like

The low noise level, the low power requirements, and the quite decent battery life.

What we'd like to see

A brighter, non-glare display.

What surprises us

A 24-month warranty is pretty rare for bargain notebooks

The competition

HP 250 G2, Lenovo G500s, Acer Aspire E1-532, HP 255 G2, Acer Aspire E1-510, Acer Aspire E1-522, Asus F551MA-SX063H, HP Compaq 15-h024sg

Rating

Packard Bell EasyNote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk
05/09/2014 v4
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
70 / 98 → 71%
Keyboard
58%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
64%
Weight
61 / 67 → 87%
Battery
87%
Display
69%
Games Performance
48 / 85 → 56%
Application Performance
48%
Temperature
94%
Noise
93%
Audio
40%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
65%
72%
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Author: Sascha Mölck, 2014-05-17 (Update: 2014-05-17)