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Review Update Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk Notebook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 04/04/2014

17.3-inch netbook. Packard Bell equips the EasyNote with a energy-saving APU that was originally intended for use in mobile and thin subnotebooks/ultrabooks. Theoretically, the customer should receive a 17.3-inch office notebook that works as quiet as a whisper and needs very little energy. But is that really the case? Read our review to find out.

For the original German review, see here.

The assortment of inexpensive 17.3-inch notebooks available on the market is not nearly as expansive as the array of cheap 15.6-inch notebooks for sale today. Nevertheless, potential buyers have a variety of options before them. Packard Bell expands the list with new models in their EasyNote LE69KB line. The manufacturer chose to install AMD APUs in these devices -- APUs that are primarily intended for use in subnotebooks, ultrabooks and netbooks. Read our review to discover whether the combination of a 17.3-inch notebook and a ULV APU makes for a commendable product or not.

To assess the notebook compared to its competition, we will look at how it does compared to the Lenovo G700 (Pentium 2020M, HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)) and the Asus F75VC-TY088H (Core i3-2370M, GeForce GT 720M). The version of the Asus F75VC we tested is no longer available -- now the TY0222D model is on the market. The latter is equipped with a Core i3-3217U processor. The rest of the components are identical. Without a Windows operating system, the Asus notebook is currently priced at 410 Euros (~$565).

The EasyNote is not unfamiliar to us. We have already reviewed two notebooks with identical construction -- the Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-45004G50Mnsk (AMD A4-5000, Radeon HD 8330) and the Acer Aspire E1-772G (Core i5-4200M, GeForce 820M). For that reason, we will not cover the case, connectivity options, input devices or speakers in this review.

The Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk.
The Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk.
The back side of the case is glossy.
The back side of the case is glossy.
There is a maintenance hatch.
There is a maintenance hatch.

Display

Packard Bell equips their EasyNote with a glossy 17.3-inch display with a native resolution of 1600x900 pixels. Compared to the competition, the screen's average brightness of 228.4 cd/m² is in the mid-range. The contrast (709:1) and black value (0.34 cd/m²), however, are good. All in all, considering the price of the notebook, these numbers are completely acceptable. When it comes to brightness, the F75VC and G700 lag only a little behind the EasyNote, but they cannot keep up with our review device's contrast and black values.

230
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
227
cd/m²
241
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
247
cd/m²
251
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 251 cd/m²
Average: 228.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 191 cd/m²
Black: 0.34 cd/m²
Contrast: 709:1

At an average DeltaE 2000 deviation (ColorChecker and grayscale) of about 8 out of the factory, the display does better than the majority of screens we have tested. However, no color enters the target range (DeltaE of less than 3). The display proves to have a blue cast, but that could be rectified with calibration -- we tried it.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color saturation
The EasyNote outdoors.
The EasyNote outdoors.

The EasyNote is not necessarily suited for outdoor use. The display's reflective surface makes it very difficult to see the screen content. In the shadows, however, it is possible to use the notebook. The display's viewing angle stability corresponds to what is generally to be expected of a notebook in this price range: If you change the vertical viewing angle, the image quickly distorts. Along the horizontal, the screen content remains viewable across a wider range of angles. It would be possible for several people to look at the screen at once.

Performance

Packard Bell's EasyNote is an inexpensive office notebook in the 17.3-inch format. The computer can handle tasks that require little in the way of performance. That includes surfing, Skyping, writing, and watching videos, for example. The EasyNote is currently available for about 400 Euros (~$550). Packard Bell is also offering a version with a 1 TB hard drive and 8 GB of working memory, priced at about 450 Euros (~$620). The model we reviewed in 2013 -- the Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-45004G50Mnsk (AMD A4-5000, Radeon HD 8330) -- is also still available for 400 Euros (~$550).

Processor

The EasyNote runs on an E2-3800 APU from AMD's current Kabini generation. The CPU portion of the APU consists of a quad-core processor with a speed of 1.3 GHz. There is no turbo. The APU does not require much energy; the TDP is 15 Watts. The processor completes the CPU tests in the various Cinebench benchmarks at full speed -- anything else would have been a surprise. The quad-core processor's results lag behind those of the two competitors' Intel processors.

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8280, E2-3800, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.32 Points ∼17%
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-45004G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD050
0.39 Points ∼21% +22%
Lenovo G700
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2020M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
0.69 Points ∼37% +116%
Acer Aspire E1-470P-6659
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.74 Points ∼40% +131%
Asus F75VC-TY088H
GeForce GT 720M, 2370M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.96 Points ∼52% +200%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1.36 Points ∼74% +325%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8280, E2-3800, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.28 Points ∼7%
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-45004G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD050
1.47 Points ∼8% +15%
Acer Aspire E1-470P-6659
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.76 Points ∼10% +38%
Lenovo G700
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2020M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.92 Points ∼11% +50%
Asus F75VC-TY088H
GeForce GT 720M, 2370M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2.29 Points ∼13% +79%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3.25 Points ∼18% +154%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
2316 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
4398 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
1273 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2295
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
3575
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
1041
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.32 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
12.13 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.28 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
11 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
103 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
28 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
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System Performance

Overall, the system runs better than we expected with the APU installed in the device. As long as the APU is not overtaxed, the user can work easily on the system. The results in the PCMark 7 benchmark prove to be just what we generally anticipate when testing notebooks with AMD APUs: Not particularly good. The EasyNote cannot hold a candle to the G700 and F75VC's results.

PC Mark
PCMark Vantage3592 points
PCMark 71130 points
PCMark 8 Home v21555 points
PCMark 8 Work v22125 points
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PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8280, E2-3800, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1130 Points ∼17%
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-45004G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD050
1463 Points ∼22% +29%
Asus F75VC-TY088H
GeForce GT 720M, 2370M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2130 Points ∼32% +88%
Acer Aspire E1-470P-6659
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2151 Points ∼32% +90%
Lenovo G700
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2020M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2269 Points ∼34% +101%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2630 Points ∼40% +133%

Storage Devices

Packard Bell outfits the EasyNote with a hard drive from Western Digital. The drive has a capacity of 500 GB and runs at 5400 rpm. The transfer rates we calculated with the help of CrystalDiskMark are good for a 5400 rpm hard drive.

Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Sequential Read: 90.91 MB/s
Sequential Write: 92.82 MB/s
512K Read: 31.95 MB/s
512K Write: 44.56 MB/s
4K Read: 0.372 MB/s
4K Write: 0.999 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 0.766 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 0.996 MB/s

Graphics Card

The EasyNote possesses a Radeon HD 8280 graphics core that runs at a speed of 450 MHz and supports DirectX 11.1. The GPU proves to have better performance capabilities than the G700's HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge) chip. Neither competitor can dream of keeping up with the Asus computer's GeForce GT 720M graphics core. The Radeon GPU's performance is more or less on par with Intel's HD Graphics 4000 graphics cores.

3D Mark
3DMark 11554 points
3DMark Ice Storm24017 points
3DMark Cloud Gate2054 points
3DMark Fire Strike303 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8280, E2-3800, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
554 Points ∼4%
Lenovo G700
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2020M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
258 Points ∼2% -53%
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-45004G50Mnsk
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD050
600 Points ∼5% +8%
Asus F75VC-TY088H
GeForce GT 720M, 2370M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1210 Points ∼9% +118%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1389 Points ∼11% +151%

Gaming Performance

If you are looking for a notebook capable of playing games, the EasyNote is not the computer for you. The device can only run a few games at low resolution and low quality settings. Of course, the Asus F75VC is an alternative here. It can run most current games fluidly. The Acer Aspire E1-772G (Core i5-4200M, GeForce 820M) is another option. It is structurally identical to the EasyNote, and the 54204G50Mnsk version is available for just 499 Euros (~$685) -- without the Windows operating system.

low med.high ultra
World of Warcraft (2005) 67.337.8fps
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 18.112.9fps
Diablo III (2012) 31.119.816fps
Dead Space 3 (2013) 47.917.614.1fps
Crysis 3 (2013) 12.6fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 25.112.48.7fps
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) 50.322.112.3fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 23.711.7fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 3.6fps
GRID 2 (2013) 28.919.913.6fps
Company of Heroes 2 (2013) 7.3fps
Dota 2 (2013) 22.115fps
Splinter Cell: Blacklist (2013) 17.711.5fps
Saints Row IV (2013) 12.310.2fps
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (2013) 14.49fps
Total War: Rome II (2013) 19.214.3fps
Fifa 14 (2013) 51.237.2fps
F1 2013 (2013) 272019fps
Batman: Arkham Origins (2013) 2113fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 15.911.7fps
Call of Duty: Ghosts (2013) 11.9fps
X-Plane 10.25 (2013) 15.87.8fps
Thief (2014) 7.8fps
Titanfall (2014) 2110.2fps
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
AMD E2-3800, AMD Radeon HD 8280, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Lenovo G700
Intel Pentium 2020M, Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Asus F75VC-TY088H
Intel Core i3-2370M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
Intel Core i5-4200M, NVIDIA GeForce 820M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Tomb Raider
-38%
133%
188%
1024x768 Low Preset25.116.1
-36%
62.8
150%
77.5
209%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x12.47.7
-38%
31.1
151%
37.9
206%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x8.75.1
-41%
17.3
99%
21.7
149%

Emissions

System Noise

We expect a 17.3-inch notebook with an APU that consumes little energy to run relatively quietly. The EasyNote does not disappoint us in this regard. In idle mode, the fan often stands still and only the whirring of the hard drive is audible. Under full load (stress test) as well, the fan does not whiz loudly -- in fact it works almost inaudibly. Things look similar on the Lenovo G700. The Asus computer produces considerably more noise than its two competitors. That is unsurprising, as the F75VC is equipped with a dedicated graphics card.

Noise Level

Idle 30.9 / 30.9 / 30.9 dB(A)
HDD 31.6 dB(A)
DVD 36.7 / dB(A)
Load 31.4 / 31.7 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The EasyNote in the stress test.
The EasyNote in the stress test.

The EasyNote's case never grows especially warm. The temperatures remain in the green in every spot we measured. The G700 and the F75VC both warm up somewhat more than the Packard Bell computer under full load.

The EasyNote's CPU completes the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark running simultaneously for at least an hour) at full speed (1.3 GHz) both in AC power and battery mode. The GPU runs the stress test at 450 MHz in AC power mode. In battery mode, the GPU throttles to 400 MHz. The CPU temperature levels off at about 53 °C (127.4 °F) in the stress test.

Max. Load
 27.4 °C27.6 °C24.2 °C 
 27.3 °C28.5 °C25 °C 
 25.7 °C29 °C27.2 °C 
Maximum: 29 °C
Average: 26.9 °C
25.5 °C27.1 °C28.2 °C
25.6 °C26.4 °C28.3 °C
30.5 °C25.2 °C26.2 °C
Maximum: 30.5 °C
Average: 27 °C
Power Supply (max.)  37.3 °C | Room Temperature 23.1 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The EasyNote's APU has a TDP of 15 Watts. The competitors' Intel CPUs both have TDPs of 35 Watts. As a result, it is unsurprising that the Packard Bell computer uses less energy overall. In idle mode, all three devices consume similar amounts of energy, but at a power draw of 22.9 Watts in the stress test, the EasyNote is clearly more frugal than the competition. The F75VC, of course, uses the most energy, as it is outfitted with a dedicated GPU.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.1 Watt
Idle 6.2 / 9.9 / 10.2 Watt
Load 19 / 22.9 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
AMD E2-3800, AMD Radeon HD 8280, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Lenovo G700
Intel Pentium 2020M, Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Asus F75VC-TY088H
Intel Core i3-2370M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-45004G50Mnsk
AMD A4-5000, AMD Radeon HD 8330, Toshiba MQ01ABD050
Power Consumption
-29%
-99%
-5%
Idle Minimum *6.26.6
-6%
8.3
-34%
6.5
-5%
Idle Average *9.911.7
-18%
12.7
-28%
10.6
-7%
Idle Maximum *10.212
-18%
12.9
-26%
10.6
-4%
Load Average *1927.9
-47%
57.1
-201%
19.6
-3%
Load Maximum *22.935.7
-56%
69.7
-204%
24.6
-7%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In the WLAN test, which is intended to simulate practical, everyday use, websites are loaded automatically at 40-second intervals. The energy-saving profile is active and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². In this test, the EasyNote reaches a battery runtime of 5:01 h and comes in just behind the G700 (5:16 h). The F75VC (3:49 h) runs out of steam considerably earlier.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
5h 01min

Verdict

Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB
Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB

The Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk has enough performance capability to complete simple tasks like surfing, Skyping or writing. The computer always runs quietly and is conservative with its use of energy. Additionally, the EasyNote offers a good battery runtime in our practical WLAN test. The display is not too bad either. Its contrast is good, and so is its brightness level. We often run into worse models in this low-end price range.

Not only is the Lenovo G700 equipped with a stronger processor -- it is also cheaper. The computer is available starting at just 299 Euros (~$410). The structurally identical G710 successor series is another alternative to consider. This line is outfitted with Haswell processors. The cheapest model at present, the Lenovo G710 59399734, comes with a Core i3-4000M processor and costs about 440 Euros (~$605) without a Windows operating system.

The Asus F75VC is a good option if you are looking for a computer capable of running games at the lowest possible price. The F75VC-TY0222D (Core i3-3217UGeForce GT 720M) version costs about 410 Euros (~$565). It does not come with a Windows operating system.

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In Review: The Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk, courtesy of Acer Deutschland.
In Review: The Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk, courtesy of Acer Deutschland.

Specifications

Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk

:: Processor
AMD E2-3800 1.3 GHz
:: Mainboard
AMD Yangtze
:: Memory
4096 MB, DDR3, Single-channel, Two memory banks (one bank occupied)
:: Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon HD 8280, Core: 450 MHz, Catalyst 13.12
:: Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1600x900 pixel, Chi Mei N173FGE-E23, TN LED, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX, 500 GB 5400 rpm , 420 GB free
:: Soundcard
AMD Kabini - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Headphone output, Microphone input, Card Reader: SD,
:: Networking
Broadcom BCM57780 NetLink Gigabit Ethernet (10/100MBit), Atheros Communications AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ8E0
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 35 x 415 x 275
:: Weight
3.2 kg Power Supply: 0.22 kg
:: Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion, 10.8 V, 4400 mAh
:: Price
399 Euros Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: HD-Webcam, Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Finetouch, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink PowerDVD 12, Microsoft Office 365 (trial version), Nero BackItUp 12 Essentials, Norton Internet Security (trial version), 24 Months Warranty

 

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Pro

+Always runs quietly
+Low energy consumption
+24-month warranty
+Good battery life
 

Cons

-Display has a blue cast

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What we like

That the computer runs quietly and uses little energy. We also like the two-year warranty.

What we'd like to see

A stronger APU and a matte display.

What surprises us

For its price, the notebook is equipped with a decent display.

The competition

Asus F75VC-TY088H, Lenovo G700, Lenovo G710, Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-45004G50Mnsk, Toshiba Satellite C70D-A-10L, Acer Aspire E1-772G, HP Pavilion 17-e126sg, Asus F75A.

Rating

Packard Bell EasyNote LE69KB-23804G50Mnsk
03/26/2014 v4
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
62 / 98 → 63%
Keyboard
60%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
64%
Weight
55 / 67 → 74%
Battery
88%
Display
75%
Games Performance
50 / 85 → 59%
Application Performance
42%
Temperature
94%
Noise
94%
Audio
50%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
66%
72%
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Weighted Average

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Author: Sascha Mölck, 2014-04- 4 (Update: 2014-04- 4)