Packard Bell EasyNote TV and TE laptops launched
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The Dutch PC manufacturer Packard Bell (which was acquired by Acer Inc. back in 2008) has added two new mainstream portable computers to its EasyNote E and EasyNote V Series. The TE and TV systems are now commercially available and have starting prices of £299 and £399, respectively.
The introduction of the two notebooks seems to be strategic move. According to a report from TechRadar, an Acer Inc. representative confirmed the Taiwan-based tech corporation will, from now on, offer its more affordable laptops (sub-£400) under the PB name in Europe. Furthermore, the spokesperson was quoted as saying: “Acer will become more premium. We try to separate the two brands as far as possible, so the average consumer has no idea that the two brands are associated."
Apparently, the EasyNote TE is an “ideal notebook for social networkers” being driven by an AMD E1-1200 accelerated processing unit (APU). The chip houses two Zacate cores operating at a frequency of 1.4GHz and the integrated AMD Radeon HD 7310 (500MHz) graphics card. Moreover, the laptop comes with a 15.6-inch widescreen screen of HD native resolution and up to a 750GB mechanical hard drive.
Other specs reportedly include two USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port, an HDMI interface, a dedicated social networking key, multi-in-1 memory card reader slot, Wireless LAN connectivity and a built-in web camera for video calls.
The higher-end EasyNote TV model comes equipped with a choice of second generation (Sandy Bridge) Intel Core i3/i5 processors and a 15.6-inch display that has a maximum supported resolution of 1366-by-768 pixels (HD). Moreover, the notebook presumably sports a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT620M / GT630M GPU with 1GB of dedicated DDR3 VRAM, thus enabling users to “enjoy the most popular 3D games”.
Packard Bell claims the EasyNote TV laptop features a nature-inspired “bamboo weave” design and is available in three colours: Garnet Red, Moonstone White or Ebony Black.