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Review Packard Bell EasyNote TS11SB-250GE Notebook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 04/09/2013

It runs games, it runs quietly, it runs cheap. With the TS11SB-250GE Packard Bell offers a well-furnished multimedia notebook for under 500 Euros (~$654). For the price you'll get a quad-core processor, an AMD dual graphics solution, 8 GB RAM and a software packet, containing programs like Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 and Adobe Premiere Elements 9. But our review reveals whether the notebook has what it takes to make a lasting impression.

For the original German review, see here.

Those who wish to own a notebook capable of running games but want to spend as little money as possible will find plenty of fitting models on the notebook market. Packard Bell adds another option to the list with their EasyNote TS11SB-250GE. Thanks to its AMD quad-core processor and AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics solution, the computer ought to perform well in most application scenarios. The device isn't exactly fresh as the morning dew anymore though. The manufacturing date on the underside of the device reads December 26th, 2011. Whether the computer is still a good choice in early 2013 is a question for our review to answer. In 2011 we reviewed two other models from the TS11 series: the EasyNote TS11HR-158GE (Core i7-2630QMGeForce GT 540M) and the EasyNote TS11-050GE (Core i5-2410MHD Graphics 3000).

To determine the EasyNote TS11SB-250GE's rightful placement among the competition we'll bring the Acer Aspire E1-571G (Core i3-3110MGeForce GT 620M) and the HP Pavilion g6-2253sg (AMD A10-4600MAMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics) onto the stage.

Case

The case is the same as the one Packard Bell chose for the other two representatives we reviewed from the TS11 series. Packard Bell puts their faith in casing made of pure plastic. The palm rest and the backside of the lid are imprinted with a pattern over gray/dark gray. Black is the tone for the rest of the case. The shiny backside of the lid and frame around the display are very sensitive to fingerprints. Anyone who values high-quality materials won't find much satisfaction among the competition either: Both the Aspire and the Pavilion devices are also made of plastic.

The base unit makes a solid impression, though it bends a little in the area underneath the touchpad as well as to the right of the keyboard, directly above the DVD burner. The base unit's torsion resistance is nothing to complain about; it can only be twisted very slightly. However, the lid can be twisted quite a bit more easily. The lid could have been more stable overall. The backside of the lid gives under pressure, which visibly affects the display. The hinges hold the lid tightly in position and only bounce slightly. The lid can be opened using only one hand if it's opened slowly.

The technology is cased in plastic.
The technology is cased in plastic.
Fingerprints are inevitable on shiny surfaces.
Fingerprints are inevitable on shiny surfaces.
There is a maintenance hatch.
There is a maintenance hatch.

Connectivity

All three of the devices we're comparing have the same connections and conform with the norms for current notebooks. Unfortunately, none of the three computers has a USB 3.0 port. That's a shame, since all three notebooks claim to be all-rounder multimedia devices; a USB 3.0 port ought to be a prerequisite for claiming that title. Anyone who owns a large-capacity external hard drive would be grateful. The Pavilion is the only one of the three machines that only offers a Fast Ethernet port. The ports on the EasyNote are inconveniently positioned; they are all located in the front portion of the two sides of the notebook.

Left side: power plug, Gigabit Ethernet, VGA output, HDMI, USB 2.0, microphone jack, headphone jack
Left side: power plug, Gigabit Ethernet, VGA output, HDMI, USB 2.0, microphone jack, headphone jack
Right side: 2x USB 2.0, DVD burner, Kensington Lock slot
Right side: 2x USB 2.0, DVD burner, Kensington Lock slot
The memory card reader (SD, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, xD) is located on the front edge of the notebook.
The memory card reader (SD, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, xD) is located on the front edge of the notebook.

Communication

The EasyNote contains a WLAN module from Atheros. It supports the WLAN standards 802.11 b/g/n. The WLAN reception works problem-free. The connection remains stable both near the router (about 3 meters) and two floors below it. The computer's Gigabit Ethernet controller is from Broadcom (BCM57785). Anyone who buys this notebook will have to do without a Bluetooth module. The integrated webcam produces a fuzzy image at a resolution of up to 1280x1024 pixels.

Accessories

Packard Bell includes the usual accessories in their package: A quick-start pamphlet, a multi-language quick-start guide and a booklet with warranty information.

Operating System and Recovery

A preinstalled version of Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) serves as the operating system. A Windows DVD is not included. One of our German news articles reveals how any user can create their own Windows 7 DVD - for free. Alternatively, it's possible to create a restoration DVD with the pre-installed Packard Bell Recovery Management Software, which can be used to restore the system to factory settings.

Packard Bell delivers the device with a recovery system. This enables a user to repair Windows if there's a defect, or even to completely reinstall the system. Pressing the F8 key directly after turning on the computer will bring up the recovery system.

If you'd like to upgrade the Windows 7 installation to Windows 8, no problem. We tried it and installed Windows 8. Windows 8 brings with it the necessary drivers for most of the hardware components. The AMD drivers for the two GPUs can be downloaded from AMD's website. Packard Bell provides on their own website the drivers that Windows 8 doesn't bring along.

Maintenance

Behind the maintenance hatch you'll find the working memory, the hard drive and the WLAN module. There is no point of access to the fan. The EasyNote is furnished with two working memory slots. The two slots are each filled with a 4 GB module; with that configuration the device is at its maximum capacity (according to the manufacturer). Switching out the hard drive wouldn't be a problem. The drive can simply be pulled out. The hard drive installed by Packard Bell is 9.5 mm thick.

Unfortunately not every 9.5 mm hard drive fits into the notebook. The connector on the internal hard drive that comes with the system is not integrated into the hard drive caddy, which enables the drive to fit into the bay. Hard drives without this feature will run into two plastic guides and fail to couple. For this reason an industry standard 9.5 mm hard drive cannot be placed into the Packard Bell computer's SATA slot. 7 mm hard drives will certainly fit in the computer.

The installed hard drive fits.
The installed hard drive fits.
Our SSD runs into two plastic nibs.
Our SSD runs into two plastic nibs.
To the left our SSD, to the right the installed hard drive.
To the left our SSD, to the right the installed hard drive.

Warranty

The EasyNote comes with a 24 month warranty. The Aspire offers the same. Owners of a Pavilion device will have to be satisfied with a 12 month warranty. We couldn't find any warranty extension options for the Packard Bell computer.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Packard Bell chose to install an unlit chiclet keyboard in their TS11SB. They did make space for a number block. The main keys measure about 15 x 15 mm. All in all, the smooth and flat keys have a good tactile response and a medium-length travel. The keys also have good resistance. The keyboard Packard Bell offers is well-made and suitable even for prolific typists. In the upper right corner you'll notice a key not found on other manufacturers' devices. This Social Network key pulls up a tool of the same name, which gives the owner of the notebook direct access to their user accounts on common social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter.

Touchpad

A conventional multitouch-capable touchpad by Synaptics serves to replace the mouse. It sits slightly deeper in the palm rest than the rest of the case and is decorated with the same pattern. At a measurement of about 8.5 x 4.5 cm (~3.3 x 1.8 inches) there isn't a ton of space for executing multitouch gestures, but thanks to the pad's smooth surface it functions flawlessly. The various multitouch gestures can be turned on and off separately in the pad's configuration menu. The touchpad's smooth mouse keys have a short travel and a good tactile response.

The keyboard is not lit.
The keyboard is not lit.
The touchpad is multitouch-capable.
The touchpad is multitouch-capable.
This key starts the Social Networks tool.
This key starts the Social Networks tool.

Display

Packard Bell employs a glossy 15.6-inch display with a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. No other display type is offered. At 209.6 cd/m², the display's average brightness lies in the mid range. The same goes for the Aspire's display (211 cd/m²). The Pavilion's display (142.9 cd/m²) is clearly inferior and could certainly glow more brightly.

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cd/m²
194
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
218
cd/m²
223
cd/m²
215
cd/m²
209
cd/m²
211
cd/m²
202
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
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X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 223 cd/m²
Average: 209.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 223 cd/m²
Black: 0.26 cd/m²
Contrast: 858:1
TS11SB-250GE vs. sRGB
TS11SB-250GE vs. sRGB
TS11SB-250GE vs. AdobeRGB
TS11SB-250GE vs. AdobeRGB

Though the TS11SB's display only offers an average brightness value, it can show off in the areas of contrast (858:1) and black value (0.26 cd/m²). Even the displays on many more expensive notebooks don't offer such high values. The Aspire V3-571G is an exception, as it's outfitted with a good IPS panel. At measurements of 592:1 and 0.26 cd/m², the Pavilion's display can present itself proudly as well. Only the Aspire's values (359:1, 0.63 cd/m²) are at the expected level for the price class. The Packard Bell's display can't reproduce colors according to the AdobeRGB and sRGB color spaces.

We measured the display in its factory settings (target color space sRGB) and detected marked DeltaE 2000 deviations for white, cyan and the grayscale. The deviations for the rest of the colors were less pronounced (DeltaEs between 5 and 10). Only green was displayed in the target range (DeltaE less than 5). The display suffers from a blue cast.

CalMan - Color accuracy
CalMan - Color accuracy
CalMan - Grayscale
CalMan - Grayscale
CalMan - Color saturation
CalMan - Color saturation

The low brightness and glossy surface of the display make outdoor use - especially when the sun's shining - difficult to impossible. Thanks to the high contrast value, however, the screen content is still readable.

In regards to the viewing angles, here the display once again reveals that it's part of an inexpensive notebook: If you change the display's vertical angle, the image quickly loses clarity. The horizontal angle affords the user a little more flexibility. From the side as well (up to about 180 degrees) the display content can still be read, though the image darkens as the viewing angle increases.

Viewing angles Packard Bell EasyNote
Viewing angles Packard Bell EasyNote
The TS11SB-250GE in outdoor use.
The TS11SB-250GE in outdoor use.

Performance

Packard Bell's TS11SB-250GE is an all-rounder multimedia notebook. The hardware offers enough performance for all applications associated with that title. The device carries out everyday tasks like internet browsing, internet communication, office work and video playback without a problem. Current 3D computer games can be played on the machine as well. The EasyNote is currently available for between 460 and 540 Euros (~$601 and $706). Packard Bell also offers many other devices in their TS11 series - with technology from Intel as well as AMD.

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System Information Packard Bell EasyNote TS11SB-250GE

Processor

An AMD A8-3520M APU is at work in the Packard Bell computer. It still belongs to the Llano generation. The APU consists of a CPU and a GPU. The CPU has a quad-core processor with a base speed of 1.6 GHz. The speed can be increased to up to 2.5 GHz (AMD Turbo Core).

The processor performed the Cinebench tests at fluctuating speeds. During the single-thread tests the individual cores ran at 1.7 to 2.2 GHz. The CPU plowed through the multi-thread tests at 1.7 to 1.8 GHz. The results trail behind those of the Pavilion (AMD A10-4600MRadeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M). That isn't surprising, since the HP computer's processor works at higher base and turbo speeds. Only in the Cinebench R11.5 benchmark's multi-thread test are the computers on par with each other. The results from the Aspire (Core i3-3110MGeForce GT 620Mare better than those of the other two competitors, even though it only contains a dual-core processor. Only in the Cinebench 10 (32 bit) single-thread test does it come in behind the Pavilion.

In the GL tests the Pavilion comes in before both competitors; the Packard Bell computer comes in second and the Aspire third. This isn't surprising either. The order corresponds with the performance of the respective GPUs.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1745
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
5583
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3728
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
2255 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
6950 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
3844 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.51 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.01 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
23.66 fps
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Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
Packard Bell EasyNote TS11SB-250GE
Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A8-3520M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD5000BPVT-22HXZT3
23.66 fps ∼19%
Acer Aspire E1-571G-3114G50Mnks
GeForce GT 620M, 3110M, Toshiba MQ01ABD050
8.37 fps ∼7% -65%
Samsung NP355V5C-S05DE
Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A6-4400M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
18.4 fps ∼15% -22%
Asus K53TK-SX114V
Radeon HD 7670M, A4-3305M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD3200BPVT-80JJ5T0
23.83 fps ∼19% +1%
Asus A56CB-XX053H
GeForce GT 740M, 3217U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
24.1 fps ∼20% +2%
MSI CX61-i530M245
GeForce GT 635M, 3210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
27.1 fps ∼22% +15%
HP Pavilion g6-2253sg
Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A10-4600M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
30.39 fps ∼25% +28%
HP Pavilion g6-2200sg
Radeon HD 7670M, B980, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
34.11 fps ∼28% +44%
Toshiba Satellite L850-153
Radeon HD 7670M, 3210M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
35.43 fps ∼29% +50%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Packard Bell EasyNote TS11SB-250GE
Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A8-3520M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD5000BPVT-22HXZT3
2.01 Points ∼11%
Samsung NP355V5C-S05DE
Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A6-4400M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
0.98 Points ∼6% -51%
Asus K53TK-SX114V
Radeon HD 7670M, A4-3305M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD3200BPVT-80JJ5T0
1.07 Points ∼6% -47%
Asus A56CB-XX053H
GeForce GT 740M, 3217U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
1.8 Points ∼10% -10%
HP Pavilion g6-2200sg
Radeon HD 7670M, B980, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1.84 Points ∼10% -8%
HP Pavilion g6-2253sg
Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A10-4600M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.99 Points ∼11% -1%
Acer Aspire E1-571G-3114G50Mnks
GeForce GT 620M, 3110M, Toshiba MQ01ABD050
2.3 Points ∼13% +14%
MSI CX61-i530M245
GeForce GT 635M, 3210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2.87 Points ∼16% +43%
Toshiba Satellite L850-153
Radeon HD 7670M, 3210M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
2.9 Points ∼16% +44%

System Performance

The system operates steadily and fluidly. The result from the PC Mark 7 benchmark lies decidedly behind those of the Aspire (Core i3-3110MGeForce GT 620M) and the Pavilion (AMD A10-4600MRadeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M). We hold the laggard hard drive and the slow processor responsible for that number. As an experiment, we placed a used Solid State Drive (Crucial C300 - 64 GB) in the notebook (since that drive doesn't fit, we connected it using a SATA extension cable) and ran the PC Mark 7 test again. The result rose by about 36% to 2229 points.

4.3
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
6.8
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
7.2
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.3
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
5.9
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage4029 points
PCMark 71634 points
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PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Packard Bell EasyNote TS11SB-250GE
Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A8-3520M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD5000BPVT-22HXZT3
1634 Points ∼24%
Asus K53TK-SX114V
Radeon HD 7670M, A4-3305M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD3200BPVT-80JJ5T0
1292 Points ∼19% -21%
Samsung NP355V5C-S05DE
Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A6-4400M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
1600 Points ∼23% -2%
HP Pavilion g6-2200sg
Radeon HD 7670M, B980, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1723 Points ∼25% +5%
HP Pavilion g6-2253sg
Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A10-4600M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2030 Points ∼29% +24%
Toshiba Satellite L850-153
Radeon HD 7670M, 3210M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
2126 Points ∼31% +30%
Asus A56CB-XX053H
GeForce GT 740M, 3217U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
2253 Points ∼33% +38%
MSI CX61-i530M245
GeForce GT 635M, 3210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2359 Points ∼34% +44%
Acer Aspire E1-571G-3114G50Mnks
GeForce GT 620M, 3110M, Toshiba MQ01ABD050
2382 Points ∼34% +46%

Storage Devices

HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark

Packard Bell outfitted our test device with a hard drive from Western Digital's Scorpio Blue series. The drive operates at a speed of 5400 revolutions per minute and offers a storage capacity of 500 GB. HD Tune reported an average transfer rate of 66.8 MB/s. CrystalDiskMark recorded a read speed of 84.64 MB/s. Neither result is especially exciting, but they lie in the expected range. Nevertheless, there are 5400 rpm hard drives that operate considerably faster.

WDC Scorpio Blue WD5000BPVT-22HXZT3
Transfer Rate Minimum: 9.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 88.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 66.8 MB/s
Access Time: 19.3 ms
Burst Rate: 75.4 MB/s

Graphics Card

An AMD Dual Graphics solution is responsible for the computer's graphics output. Two graphics cores work together on the computation of images for the display (AMD Crossfire). This Crossfire combo consists of an integrated Radeon HD 6620G GPU and a dedicated Radeon HD 7670M GPU. Both chips support DirectX 11. The HD 7670M is a mid-class GPU. The two chips don't always work in parallel. For less demanding tasks and in battery mode only the integrated GPU is used - thus the notebook saves energy and/or lengthens its battery life. However, it's also possible to use both graphics cores in battery mode. You can find more information regarding the Dual Graphics solution on the corresponding data sheet.

The 3D Mark benchmark results are unsurprising. In these tests too the notebooks performed in accordance with the performance of their GPUs. The Pavilion (AMD A10-4600MRadeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M) achieved the best results, followed by the Packard Bell computer. The Aspire (Core i3-3110MGeForce GT 620M) comes in third once again.

3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
7083 points
3DMark Vantage5400 points
3DMark 111604 points
3DMark Ice Storm39773 points
3DMark Cloud Gate4680 points
3DMark Fire Strike603 points
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3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Packard Bell EasyNote TS11SB-250GE
Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A8-3520M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD5000BPVT-22HXZT3
7083 Points ∼18%
Acer Aspire E1-571G-3114G50Mnks
GeForce GT 620M, 3110M, Toshiba MQ01ABD050
6768 Points ∼18% -4%
HP Pavilion g6-2253sg
Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A10-4600M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
7935 Points ∼21% +12%

Gaming Performance

A glance at the frame rates tells us that the AMD Dual Graphics solution is capable of fluidly displaying current computer games at HD resolution (1366x768) at medium and sometimes even high quality settings. All our gaming benchmarks were run with the dual GPU activated. But with a demanding game like Hitman: Absolution the notebook reaches its limits. The computer simply cannot reach playable frame rates in this game. Even at the lowest possible quality settings and the lowest resolution (800x600 pixels) the notebook only reached a frame rate of 20.8 fps in our test. In principle the Dual Graphics solution could reach somewhat higher frame rates, but the weak CPU is a limiting factor here. A game like FIFA 13 runs fluidly even at Full HD resolution (1920x1080 pixels) since it doesn't demand too much of the hardware.

The AMD Dual Graphics solution is known for the fact that small but bothersome frame drops can occur starting at around 30 fps. This is true in the Packard Bell computer as well, though it's not excessive. We've certainly experienced worse frame drops. The Dual Graphics solution doesn't scale optimally either: Within F1 2012 we measured frame rates considerably lower than those of notebooks running just the Radeon HD 7670M GPU. Not all the games we wanted to test would start. The Crysis 3 game refused to start when the game was set to high performance in the "configure switchable graphics" menu.

low med.high ultra
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 40.232.923fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 103.84127.4fps
Dirt Showdown (2012) 4130.529.6fps
F1 2012 (2012) 352927fps
Fifa 13 (2012) 120.590.588.954.2fps
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 19.617.612.7fps
Dead Space 3 (2013) 92.545.235.320.9fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 8950.430.612.8fps
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) 96.143.434.916fps

Emissions

System Noise

The TS11SB-250GE surprised us with its relatively low noise emission, on the whole. Even computer games can be played without the fan ever whirring loudly enough to become bothersome. In idle mode we measured a sound pressure level of 32 to 32.2 dB. The Aspire (31.2 to 32.5 dB) and the Pavilion (32 to 32.4 dB) yielded essentially identical values. Under mid (3D Mark 06 running) and full load (stress test, Prime95 and Furmark running) at 35.4 and 36.1 dB respectively, the Packard Bell computer doesn't get too loud. The Aspire (37.7 and 43.2 dB) and the Pavilion (39.2 and 48.1 dB) can't keep up with those measurements. Our highest sound pressure measurement was 39.8 dB when the DVD burner was in use.

Noise Level

Idle 32 / 32.2 / 32.2 dB(A)
HDD 32 dB(A)
DVD 39.8 / dB(A)
Load 35.4 / 36.1 dB(A)
 
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40 dB
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50 dB
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min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The EasyNote TS11SB-250 GE in the stress test.
The EasyNote TS11SB-250 GE in the stress test.

In idle mode the case temperatures lie in a moderate range - between 24.1 and 35.7 °C (~75.4 and 96.3 °F). Under full load the values increase to 26 to 46.7 °C (~78.8 to 116 °F). At these temperatures you don't necessarily want to place the notebook on your lap. The Pavilion warms to temperatures similar to those of the Packard Bell computer, though it reaches even higher temperature peaks. The Aspire warms up less than the other two competitors across the board.

The CPU ran at 1.6 GHz in the stress test (Prime 95 and Furmark working for at least an hour) both plugged in and in battery mode. The CPU turbo wasn't used. The Dual Graphics solution completed the stress test in AC power mode at full speed (444 MHz). Very seldom and for no more than a second did it throttle down to 276 MHz. In battery mode it steadily ran the stress test at 276 MHz. The CPU temperature leveled off at about 64 °C (~147 °F) with the notebook plugged in.

Max. Load
 40.2 °C37.2 °C28.7 °C 
 46.3 °C42.8 °C29.1 °C 
 41.6 °C45 °C35.1 °C 
Maximum: 46.3 °C
Average: 38.4 °C
26 °C30.7 °C46.7 °C
26.8 °C36.5 °C45.6 °C
32 °C33 °C41.6 °C
Maximum: 46.7 °C
Average: 35.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  50.1 °C | Room Temperature 23.5 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The EasyNote's stereo speakers are located underneath a grille above the keyboard. They generate a thin sound, lacking in bass. Speech is easy to understand. Headphones or external speakers would provide a better audio experience.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

In idle mode we measured a power draw of between 8.4 and 12.5 watts. These values are completely respectable. The Aspire (9.7 to 11.5 watts) and the Pavilion (10.6 to 13 watts) also came to numbers in this range. Under mid load (3D Mark running) the Aspire proved to be the most economical, consuming 48.8 watts (EasyNote: 52.1 watts; Pavilion: 66.5 watts). Under full load (Prime95 and Furmark running) the Aspire (55.4 watts) and the EasyNote (55.8 watts) were on par with each other. The Pavilion (70.2 watts) needed considerably more energy.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.5 / 1.2 Watt
Idle 8.4 / 11.7 / 12.5 Watt
Load 52.1 / 55.8 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

The EasyNote held out for 7:14 h in idle mode. At that number it's on par with the Pavilion (7:13 h). The Aspire (8:20 h) held out longer. The run time in idle mode is determined using the Battery Eater Reader's test. The display runs at its lowest level of brightness, the energy saving profile is activated and the wireless modules are deactivated. Under load the Packard Bell computer ran out of steam after 1:12 h. The Pavilion (1:03 h) puttered out earlier. Once again the Aspire (1:51 h) reached the longest runtime.  The battery's behavior under load is examined using the Battery Eater Classic test. In that test the display runs at maximum brightness and both the high performance profile and the wireless modules are activated.

The EasyNote ended the WLAN test after 3:18 h. With that number it lies behind the competition (Aspire: 4:27 h; Pavilion: 3:47 h). During this test websites are automatically loaded at 40-second intervals. The energy saving profile is activated and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². After recharging the battery, the TS11SB-250GE managed to play a DVD for 2:47 h. The competitors reached better runtimes here as well (Aspire: 3:46 h; Pavilion: 3:13 h). The DVD test is performed with the energy saving profile activated (or a higher profile, if the DVD doesn't play fluidly), at maximum brightness and with the wireless modules deactivated.

The runtimes of the three devices are easy to compare, since their batteries have similar capacities (Packard Bell: 48 Wh, Acer: 44 Wh and HP: 47 Wh).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 14min
WiFi Surfing
3h 18min
DVD
2h 47min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 12min

Verdict

The EasyNote TS11SB-250GE.
The EasyNote TS11SB-250GE.

With the EasyNote TS11SB-250GE Packard Bell offers a complete package. The notebook provides good application and gaming performance, operates quietly and is outfitted with a good keyboard. It also comes with an extensive software package (including Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, among other things). The high contrast display is another credit to the device. Unfortunately, the computer is missing a USB 3.0 port, and the battery life could be better. All in all, with this notebook you can get a good 15.6-inch all-rounder notebook for less than 500 Euros (~$654).

The HP Pavilion g6-2253sg may interest any users looking for more gaming performance for a cheap price. The Acer Aspire E1-571G should be the first choice if long battery life is a must.

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Specifications

Packard Bell EasyNote TS11SB-250GE
Processor
AMD A8-3520M 1.6 GHz
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics - 1024 MB, Core: 276-444 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, 8.901.3.0, CrossFire
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3, Dual-Channel, 2x 4096 MB
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, Chi Mei N156B6_L0B, TN LED, glossy: yes
Mainboard
AMD A60M
Harddisk
WDC Scorpio Blue WD5000BPVT-22HXZT3, 500 GB 
5400 rpm
Soundcard
AMD Hudson-2 High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Headphone Jack, Microphone Jack, Card Reader: SD, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, xD,
Networking
Broadcom NetLink BCM57785 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros AR5B97 Wireless Network Adapter (b g n )
Optical drive
MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ8B0AW
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 33 x 381 x 253 ( = 1.3 x 15 x 9.96 in)
Weight
2.6 kg ( = 91.71 oz) Power Supply: 362 g ( = 12.77 oz)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion, 10.8 V, 4400 mAh
Price
499 Euro
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Additional features
Webcam: 1.3 Megapixel, Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, Adobe Premiere Elements 9, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, Nero Multimedia Suite Essentials 10, Norton Internet Security (60-day trial version), Windows Live Essentials 11, Skype, 24 Months Warranty

 

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The DVD burner reads and writes all kinds of DVDs and CDs.
The DVD burner reads and writes all kinds of DVDs and CDs.
The speakers are located above the keyboard.
The speakers are located above the keyboard.
The hinges hold the lid tightly in position.
The hinges hold the lid tightly in position.
The keys have a medium-length travel.
The keys have a medium-length travel.
The notebook is based on AMD technology.
The notebook is based on AMD technology.
...and supplies a maximum output of 90 watts.
...and supplies a maximum output of 90 watts.
The power supply weighs 362 grams...
The power supply weighs 362 grams...
...and offers a storage capacity of 48 Wh.
...and offers a storage capacity of 48 Wh.
The battery weighs 303 grams...
The battery weighs 303 grams...
Good: There are two WLAN antennae.
Good: There are two WLAN antennae.
The hard drive could be switched out easily.
The hard drive could be switched out easily.
There are two working memory slots.
There are two working memory slots.
The opened maintenance hatch.
The opened maintenance hatch.
The "Social Networks" program.
The "Social Networks" program.
There is a number block.
There is a number block.
The EasyNote outdoors.
The EasyNote outdoors.

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Price Comparison

Pro

+Good gaming performance
+Works quietly
+24 month warranty
+Display has very good contrast
+Good keyboard
 

Cons

-No USB 3.0
-Slow hard drive

Shortcut

What we like

The good application and gaming performance and the high-contrast display.

What we'd like to see

A USB 3.0 port ought to be built into the device.

What surprises us

Packard Bell manages to build a notebook that operates very quietly even with high-performance components.

The competition

Acer Aspire E1-571G, HP Pavilion g6-2253sg, Asus K53TK, HP Pavilion g6-2200sg, Asus A56CB-XX053H, Toshiba Satellite L850-153, Samsung NP355V5C-S05DE, MSI CX61.

Rating

Packard Bell EasyNote TS11SB-250GE
03/29/2013 v3
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
88%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
61%
Weight
79%
Battery
79%
Display
79%
Games Performance
81%
Application Performance
83%
Temperature
74%
Noise
90%
Add Points
85%
Average
81%
81%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average
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Author: Sascha Mölck, 2013-04- 9 (Update: 2013-06- 6)