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Review Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP Netbook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 12/26/2013

Bay Trail in a notebook. Packard Bell's 10-inch notebook is already available for just under 300 Euros (~$410). For that sum the buyer will receive Windows 8, a touchscreen and MS Office Home & Student 2013. The device runs on a new Bay Trail Celeron. Is the little notebook worth the money? Our review reveals the answer.

For the original German review, see here.

Packard Bell's EasyNote ME69BMP is conceived as a little 10-inch netbook for surfing, word processing and watching videos. The computer's technological highlight is its Celeron processor. It's based on the Silvermont architecture, just like Intel's current Atom processors. The CPU is supposed to require little energy and enhance the device's battery life. Is the netbook a success? Read on to find out.

We will use the Medion Akoya E1317T (AMD A4-1200, Radeon HD 8180) and the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145 (AMD E1-2500, Radeon HD 8240) to assess the EasyNote ME69BMP in relation to its competition. Lenovo's netbook has an 11.6-inch display.

Case

Like the Akoya and the ThinkPad Edge, the EasyNote is constructed entirely of plastic. The backside of the lid and the top of the base unit are tinted dark silver-gray, while the rest of the device is black. Good: Both of the netbook's colors are matte. In terms of manufacturing quality, the case is fairly solid. It has one weak spot at the front edge of the palm rest, where the base unit gives a little. The case resists twisting relatively well. The lid can only be twisted slightly, though it's sensitive to pressure from the back. We like the hinges; they're tightly adjusted and keep the display from bouncing. It's possible to open the lid with one hand.

The EasyNote ME69BMP.
The EasyNote ME69BMP.
The backside of the lid is silver gray.
The backside of the lid is silver gray.
Looks like a maintenance hatch, but alas, only a façade.
Looks like a maintenance hatch, but alas, only a façade.

Connectivity

Packard Bell proves to be a little stingy with their connectivity options. Buyers will have to make do without a USB 3.0 or an Ethernet port. Packard Bell is completely out of touch with the times here. Both the little Akoya and the ThinkPad Edge offer these two connections. Otherwise, all the ports you usually find on today's notebooks are available. For the most part, the connections are well-positioned. Only the memory card reader and audio jack are along the same horizontal strip as the palm rest.

Left side: Power connection, HDMI, VGA output, memory card reader, combined headphone/microphone jack
Left side: Power connection, HDMI, VGA output, memory card reader, combined headphone/microphone jack
Right side: 2x USB 2.0, slot for a Kensington lock
Right side: 2x USB 2.0, slot for a Kensington lock

Communication

The EasyNote's Ethernet module is made by Atheros (AR9565) and supports the Ethernet standards 802.11 b/g/n. Its reception is good; the connection remains stable both in the router's immediate vicinity (about 3 meters) and two floors below the router (broadcasting power at about 50%). Packard Bell decided against an Ethernet slot. Instead, the computer is equipped with a Bluetooth 4.0 module. The integrated webcam has a resolution of up to 1280x720 pixels and produces a grainy image.

Accessories

Inside the netbook's packaging, you'll find a manual with warranty information, a quick-start pamphlet and a license sticker for MS Office 2013 Home & Student.

Operating System

The EasyNote comes with Windows 8 pre-installed. Even though the netbook has a 64-bit CPU, Packard Bell installs the 32-bit version of Windows 8. Acer (owner of Packard Bell) cited "Microsoft's licensing policies" as their reasoning behind this. This argument doesn't quite make sense, as the Akoya - also a 10-inch netbook with a touchscreen - comes with the 64-bit version of Windows 8 and MS Office 2013 Home & Student. Price-wise the two devices are on common ground as well.

Maintenance

Even though it appears that the underside of the computer is covered with a large maintenance hatch, this is in fact an illusion. Acer also affirmed this when questioned. Presumably, you could access the device's insides if you removed the keyboard. We decided not to attempt it, though, as it appeared that others had already tried it a few times on our test device.

Warranty

The EasyNote is outfitted with a 24-month warranty. The same goes for the Akoya. Buyers of the ThinkPad Edge will have to be content with a 12-month standard warranty. The EasyNote's warranty period can be extended to up to three years for an additional 70 Euros (~$95).

Input Devices

Keyboard

Packard Bell equips its netbook with a standard, unlit keyboard. The keyboard takes up the full width of the device. The keys are set about 1.5 mm apart. The main keys measure about 16 x 15 mm. They have a short travel and clear click point, though the latter could be a little crisper. The keyboard yields a little bit as you type, but not enough to be considered a problem. All in all, this is a decent keyboard, and you can type quickly and fluidly on it. It does take a little getting used to. Because the keys are relatively close-set, it's easy to accidentally press two at once.

Touchpad

The EasyNote's multitouch touchpad measures about 7.8 x 3.9 cm (3.1 x 1.5 inches). Fingers glide smoothly across the surface of the pad. The individual multitouch gestures can be turned on or off in the pad's configuration menu. Not every gesture is activated by default. The pad's mouse keys have a rough surface, a short travel and a clearly audible and palpable click point. Despite its small size, we like the pad overall. It gives the user very precise control over the mouse pointer.

Touchscreen

Packard Bell also equipped their netbook with a 10-point touchscreen. The screen functions perfectly and didn't cause us any problems. It reacts to input promptly.

Packard Bell uses the full width of their netbook for the keyboard.
Packard Bell uses the full width of their netbook for the keyboard.
The touchpad is multitouch-capable.
The touchpad is multitouch-capable.

Display

The EasyNote's glossy display is of the 10-inch variety and has a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. At an average of 186.1 cd/m², its brightness is a little below average for a netbook display. The Akoya (200.9 cd/m²) does only a little better here. Neither of the two devices can keep up with the ThinkPad Edge, at 266.1 cd/m².

205
cd/m²
206
cd/m²
209
cd/m²
191
cd/m²
194
cd/m²
190
cd/m²
163
cd/m²
157
cd/m²
160
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
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X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 209 cd/m²
Average: 186.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 75 %
Center on Battery: 194 cd/m²
Black: 0.5 cd/m²
Contrast: 388:1
EasyNote vs. sRGB
EasyNote vs. sRGB
EasyNote vs. AdobeRGB
EasyNote vs. AdobeRGB

In the areas of contrast (388:1) and black value (0.5 cd/m²), the EasyNote's display continues its mediocre streak and offers no better than average numbers at best. Things don't look any different for the Akoya (424:1, 0.5 cd/m²) or the ThinkPad Edge (330:1, 0.89 cd/m²). The screen can cover neither the sRGB nor the AdobeRGB color spaces. Color space coverage is important for tasks like professional image editing. The coverage rates come to 52% (sRGB) and 36.4% (AdobeRGB).

Out of the factory, we tested the display (target color space sRGB) and measured an average DeltaE 2000 deviation of about 8.8. No color entered the target area (DeltaE less than 3). The display also has a noticeable blue cast.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color saturation

Outdoor use is only feasible when the sun isn't shining too brightly, as the display isn't one of the brightest of its kind. Also, the screen is highly reflective, so the display has to be strategically positioned to keep light from bouncing off the screen.

The display's viewing angle stability is just as you might expect from a device in this price range: Along the horizontal, the display image remains stable from quite a wide range of angles. Several people could look at the monitor simultaneously. Along the vertical, however, the screen isn't so forgiving. As you change the angle, the image quickly distorts.

The EasyNote outdoors.
The EasyNote outdoors.
Viewing angles: EasyNote ME69BMP
Viewing angles: EasyNote ME69BMP

Performance

The little netbook is primarily designed for surfing, Skyping and writing. Thanks to the version of MS Office 2013 Home & Student preinstalled on the computer, the latter is no problem at all. Playing videos isn't a challenge for the device either. The EasyNote's GPU comes with a decoder that takes a burden off of the processor during playback. That includes Full HD material (1920x1080 pixels, H.264 coding). The EasyNote is available for about 300 Euros (~$410). We were unable to locate any alternative versions with different hardware.

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System Information Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP

Processor

The EasyNote is powered by an Intel Celeron N2805. This dual-core processor is based on the new Bay Trail-M platform's Silvermont architecture -- the same platform as current Atom CPUs. The Celeron runs at a speed of 1.46 GHz. There is no turbo. The CPU doesn't require an especially large amount of energy; Intel estimates a TDP of 4.5 Watts. At that number, the CPU's energy consumption rate is on par with that of various AMD APUs from the A series - for instance the A4-1200 APU.

Because only the 32-bit version of Windows is installed on the EasyNote, we were unable to run all of our benchmarks. We only used the 32-bit Cinebench 10 tests. In the CPU tests, the EasyNote placed just behind the Akoya (AMD A4-1200, Radeon HD 8180). The two computers have almost equally strong processors. The Geekbench 3 benchmarks also attest to this fact.

One ought not to forget here that the Intel processor runs about 50% faster than the AMD processor. If the two ran at the same speed, the AMD would have a clear advantage. The ThinkPad Edge (AMD E1-2500Radeon HD 8240) demonstrates that. Its processor runs only slightly slower than the Celeron, but it performs much better. It also needs considerably more energy, however. The Akoya and ThinkPad Edge APUs are based on the same architecture.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
739
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
1393
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
1590
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Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2805, Toshiba MQ01ABF032
1393 Points ∼4%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1439 Points ∼4% +3%
Acer Aspire One 725-C7Xkk
Radeon HD 7290, C-70, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1495 Points ∼4% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2016 Points ∼6% +45%
Acer Aspire One 756-B847X
HD Graphics 2000, 847, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
2789 Points ∼8% +100%
Acer Aspire V5-131-10172G50akk
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1017U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
4155 Points ∼12% +198%
Lenovo IdeaPad S210 Touch 20257
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2127U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
5016 Points ∼14% +260%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2805, Toshiba MQ01ABF032
599 Points ∼13%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
572 Points ∼12% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
785 Points ∼17% +31%
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2805, Toshiba MQ01ABF032
1017 Points ∼6%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
986 Points ∼6% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1340 Points ∼8% +32%

System Performance

The EasyNote isn't going to set any new records in terms of speed. Like most netbooks, the Packard Bell computer is outfitted with comparably weak hardware. The user will occasionally experience short delays when switching between two windows, and loading the content of a folder takes some time. Nevertheless, subjectively the EasyNote feels a little quicker and more robust than the Akoya we recently reviewed, for example. The PCMark benchmark results reinforce this impression. The EasyNote does better here than both the Akoya (AMD A4-1200, Radeon HD 8180) and the ThinkPad Edge (AMD E1-2500, Radeon HD 8240). These results don't surprise us too much; we're used to seeing computers with AMD APUs hurting in the PCMark benchmarks. Intel CPUs are better suited to the test scenario.

3.3
Windows 8 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
3.3
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.5
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
3.8
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
5.5
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage2115 points
PCMark 71385 points
PCMark 8 Home1008 points
PCMark 8 Creative676 points
PCMark 8 Work2305 points
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PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2805, Toshiba MQ01ABF032
1385 Points ∼21%
Acer Aspire One 725-C7Xkk
Radeon HD 7290, C-70, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
640 Points ∼10% -54%
Medion Akoya E1317T
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1012 Points ∼15% -27%
Acer Aspire One 756-B847X
HD Graphics 2000, 847, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
1251 Points ∼19% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1254 Points ∼19% -9%
Acer Aspire V5-131-10172G50akk
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1017U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1973 Points ∼30% +42%
Lenovo IdeaPad S210 Touch 20257
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2127U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2144 Points ∼32% +55%

Storage Device

HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark

Packard Bell installs a 7 mm hard drive from Toshiba in our review device. It has a capacity of 320 GB and runs at 5400 rpm. CrystalDiskMark records a read speed of 66.09 MB/s. HD Tune reports an average transfer rate of 78.5 MB/s. Overall, these numbers are very low. We expect more of today's 5400 rpm hard drives. On the plus side, the hard drive manages a short access time of 16.4 ms.

Toshiba MQ01ABF032
Transfer Rate Minimum: 57.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 94.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 78.5 MB/s
Access Time: 16.4 ms
Burst Rate: 111.1 MB/s
CPU Usage: 10 %

Graphics Card

Intel's Bay Trail generation HD Graphics core is responsible for the computer's graphics output. It supports DirectX 11 and runs at speeds between 400 and 667 MHz. Intel's graphics core can't keep up with the two AMD GPUs in any of the 3D benchmarks. The Akoya (AMD A4-1200, Radeon HD 8180) and especially the ThinkPad Edge (AMD E1-2500, Radeon HD 8240) achieve better results, though the Akoya's advantage over the EasyNote isn't huge. In the GL tests, the ThinkPad Edge comes in first, as it's outfitted with the strongest GPU.

3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
1529 points
3DMark Vantage561 points
3DMark 11198 points
3DMark Ice Storm11670 points
3DMark Cloud Gate900 points
3DMark Fire Strike105 points
Help
Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP
Intel Celeron N2805, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Toshiba MQ01ABF032
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
AMD E1-2500, AMD Radeon HD 8240, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Medion Akoya E1317T
AMD A4-1200, AMD Radeon HD 8180, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3DMark (2013)
94%
9%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score1167018212
56%
12198
5%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score9001501
67%
1021
13%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score105272
159%

Gaming Performance

The EasyNote is not a device for PC gamers. The netbook manages to render a few games fluidly on the screen - at low resolution and low quality settings. This is true of the game StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, for instance. Tests we've conducted on other devices with the same GPU as the EasyNote reveal that games like World of Warcraft and Torchlight 2 are also playable.

All in all, the EasyNote's processor and the Akoya's APU perform at the same level - the benchmarks we've covered up to this point show this to be the case. The EasyNote has a somewhat stronger processor at its command, while the Akoya has a somewhat stronger GPU. Our gaming tests reinforce the tie between the two devices in the area of performance: Sometimes the one achieves a higher frame rate, sometimes the other. Neither of the two competitors can keep up with the ThinkPad Edge here.

low med.high ultra
Resident Evil 5 (2009) 17.1fps
Mafia 2 (2010) 5fps
Civilization 5 (2010) 9.3fps
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 11fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 15.1fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 12.5fps
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) 3912.3fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 11.4fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 5fps
GRID 2 (2013) 14.1fps
Saints Row IV (2013) 6.3fps
Total War: Rome II (2013) 7.7fps
F1 2013 (2013) 12fps
Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP
Intel Celeron N2805, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Toshiba MQ01ABF032
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
AMD E1-2500, AMD Radeon HD 8240, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Medion Akoya E1317T
AMD A4-1200, AMD Radeon HD 8180, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
Tomb Raider
74%
5%
1024x768 Low Preset12.521.8
74%
13.1
5%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x116.8
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
34%
-26%
1024x768 Low3946
18%
25.6
-34%
1366x768 Medium12.318.5
50%
10.1
-18%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
54% / 47%
-11% / -16%

Emissions

System Noise

In idle mode, we measure a sound pressure level of between 31.5 and 32.2 dB. The Akoya (30.2 to 33.2 dB) and the ThinkPad Edge (30 to 31.4 dB) are basically on par with the EasyNote here. Under medium (3DMark06 running) and full load (stress test, Prime95 and Furmark running), the EasyNote's noise emission rises to just 31.8 and 33.4 dB respectively. The noise levels of the Akoya (32.5 and 36.5 dB) and the ThinkPad Edge (32.8 and 35.1 dB) are a little higher.

Noise Level

Idle 31.5 / 31.5 / 31.5 dB(A)
HDD 32.2 dB(A)
Load 31.8 / 33.4 dB(A)
 
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silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP in the stress test.
The Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP in the stress test.

In idle mode, none of the three devices reach disconcerting surface temperatures. Even under load, their temperatures don't rise very high. The EasyNote warms up the most. In two different places it crosses the 40 °C (104 °F) mark.

The EasyNote performs the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark running for at least an hour) the same way in both battery and AC power mode. The CPU constantly runs at full speed (1.46 GHz), and the GPU mostly runs at full power (667 MHz). Occasionally the GPU drops to 400 MHz. The CPU temperature levels off at about 61 °C (141.8 °F) in AC power mode.

 27.5 °C27.7 °C26 °C 
 26.9 °C28.4 °C26.3 °C 
 24.9 °C28.4 °C24.2 °C 
Maximum: 28.4 °C
Average: 26.7 °C
28.8 °C30.4 °C30 °C
28.4 °C30.1 °C30.6 °C
25.1 °C26.2 °C30.5 °C
Maximum: 30.6 °C
Average: 28.9 °C
Power Supply (max.)  29.5 °C | Room Temperature 21.7 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The stereo speakers are located at the front edge of the underside of the device. They produce a somewhat thin sound lacking in bass. Speech is easy to understand. External speakers or headphones will generate a better sound.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

In idle mode, the EasyNote's power consumption rate lies between 5.4 and 6.5 Watts. These are good numbers. The ThinkPad Edge proves to be a little more conservative (4.2 to 6.3 Watts). The Akoya (4.3 to 8.7 Watts) needs a little more energy than its competitors. Under medium load (3DMark06 running) and full load (stress test, Prime95 and Furmark running), the EasyNote's energy needs rise to up to 11.8 and 12.5 Watts respectively. The Akoya (12.5 and 13.6 Watts) is on par with the EasyNote here. The ThinkPad consumes more energy (14.9 and 20.1 Watts).

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.4 Watt
Idle 5.4 / 6.3 / 6.5 Watt
Load 11.8 / 12.5 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

In idle mode, the EasyNote runs out of steam after 6:18 h. The Akoya (8:24 h) and especially the ThinkPad Edge (19:43) chug along longer. We assess a device's battery life in idle mode using the Battery Eater Reader's test. The display is regulated to its lowest brightness setting, the energy-saving profile is activated, and the wireless modules are turned off. Under load, the EasyNote plods along for 2:54 h. Again, the Akoya and the ThinkPad Edge reach better runtimes. We determine a device's battery life under load using the Battery Eater Classic test. The screen glows at full brightness, the high-performance profile is activated, and the wireless modules are turned on.

In the WLAN test, the EasyNote cuts out after 4:01 h, once again performing worse than the Akoya (5:04 h) and the ThinkPad Edge (8:19 h). For this test we run a script that loads a new website automatically every 40 seconds. The energy-saving profile is active and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². We determine how long the computer can play a movie in battery mode by running the short film "Big Buck Bunny" (H.264 coding, 1920x1080 pixels) on a loop. The energy saving profile is active, the wireless modules are deactivated and the display brightness is set to 150 cd/m². The EasyNote hums along for 4:26 h. This time, too, the Packard Bell computer comes in behind the Akoya (4:53 h). We didn't run this test on the ThinkPad Edge.

The ThinkPad Edge has its large battery capacity to thank for its long battery life (Packard Bell: 28 Wh, Medion: 33.75 Wh, Lenovo 63 Wh). The EasyNote's battery isn't even half as big. If you take this fact into account, the Packard Bell computer's battery runtimes are actually quite good.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 18min
WiFi Surfing
4h 01min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
4h 26min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 54min

Verdict

The Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP.
The Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP.

The Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP is equipped with a processor capable of performing everyday tasks. That includes surfing the internet, Skyping, playing videos and working on office tasks. The device always runs quietly and requires little energy. Furthermore, Packard Bell outfits the computer with a two-year warranty and includes MS Office 2013 Home & Student in their package. The buyer has to do without a USB 3.0 connection and an Ethernet port. Anyone who needs either of those two things won't be able to get by on this device. Also, the display has a blue cast and doesn't glow very brightly.

If you're looking for a more extensive set of connections, the Medion Akoya E1317T may be right for you. The Medion netbook has more ports than the EasyNote and also comes with a recovery DVD. In terms of price, the two netbooks are on par with each other. The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145 is the netbook of choice for more performance, longer battery life, a better keyboard and/or a brighter, matte display.

Finally, we'd like to mention an alternative from the convertible computer market. The Asus Transformer Book T100TA (Atom Z3740HD Graphics (Bay Trail)) is a Windows 8 tablet (no Windows RT) with a connectable keyboard. The device is equipped with a brighter and significantly higher contrast display than the EasyNote. Furthermore, the convertible's keyboard did well in our test. If you're torn as to whether to buy a tablet or a netbook, this convertible would be a good compromise. The computer is available starting at about 380 Euros (~$520) - including the keyboard.

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Specifications

Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP

:: Processor
:: Memory
2048 MB, DDR3
:: Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Core: 400-667 MHz, 10.18.10.3266
:: Display
10 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, 10 point touchscreen, AU Optronics B101XTN01_0, TN LED, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Toshiba MQ01ABF032, 320 GB 5400 rpm , 260 GB free
:: Soundcard
Intel Valleyview SoC - HD Audio Controller
:: Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Combined headphone/microphone jack, Card Reader: SD,
:: Networking
Atheros Communications AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 32.2 x 256.5 x 184
:: Weight
1.1 kg Power Supply: 0.193 kg
:: Battery
28 Wh Lithium-Ion, 11.1 V, 2520 mAh
:: Price
299 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 32 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: HD webcam (1280 x 720), Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Island, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink PowerDVD 12, Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student, Nero BackItUp 12, Norton Internet Security (Trial Version), 24 Months Warranty, b

 

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The EasyNote has a business-like appearance.
The EasyNote has a business-like appearance.
The hinges...
The hinges...
...hold the lid tightly in position.
...hold the lid tightly in position.
The battery's weight comes to about 209 grams (0.46 lbs).
The battery's weight comes to about 209 grams (0.46 lbs).
It has a capacity of 28 Wh.
It has a capacity of 28 Wh.
The power supply weighs 184 grams (0.41 lbs)...
The power supply weighs 184 grams (0.41 lbs)...
...and has a nominal power rating of 41 Watts.
...and has a nominal power rating of 41 Watts.
The speakers are located on the underside of the device.
The speakers are located on the underside of the device.
The EasyNote outdoors.
The EasyNote outdoors.
Packard Bell outfits the netbook with a variety of apps.
Packard Bell outfits the netbook with a variety of apps.

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Pro

+MS Office 2013 Home & Student
+24-month warranty
+Quiet
+Low energy consumption
 

Cons

-No USB 3.0
-No Ethernet port
-32-bit Windows
-Display has a blue cast

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What we like

The netbook's quiet operation, low energy consumption and two-year warranty.

What we'd like to see

USB 3.0, an Ethernet port and a better display.

What surprises us

Packard Bell chose to leave out a USB 3.0 and an Ethernet port. Both of these connections should be standard for any computer on today's market.

The competition

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145, Medion Akoya E1317T, Acer Aspire V5-131, Acer Aspire One 725-C7Xkk (11.6-inches), Acer Aspire One 756-B847X (11.6-inches), Asus Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR (convertible), Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB (tablet), HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11-e000sb (11.6-inches), Lenovo IdeaPad S210 Touch 20257 (11.6-inches), Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS (11.6-inches), Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130 (11.6-inches).

Rating

Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP
12/18/2013 v3
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
78%
Keyboard
78%
Pointing Device
82%
Connectivity
53%
Weight
94%
Battery
89%
Display
67%
Games Performance
52%
Application Performance
71%
Temperature
86%
Noise
92%
Add Points
73%
Average
76%
82%
Netbook *
Weighted Average

> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Review Packard Bell EasyNote ME69BMP Netbook
Author: Sascha Mölck, 2013-12-26 (Update: 2013-12-27)