Packard Bell EasyNote TK87 (GU-021UK) review

Packard Bell EasyNote TK87 (GU-021UK) Screen & Speakers Screen & Speakers

- 15.6 inch (1366 x 768px)
- Glossy finish
- Low brightness
- Speakers sound flat

   

The glossy screen is pretty average with good horizontal viewing angles but poor vertical angles. While the glossy finish does help with bringing up the contrast a bit it can’t cover the average brightness overall brightnes. This doesn’t make the Packard Bell EasyNote TK87 a good option for working environments where you experience lots of glare.

The average screen quality continues with the speaker quality. The two speakers seating above the keyboard sound very flat and not that clear. It will not be long before you will reach for your headphones or external speakers when you will want to enjoy videos and music.

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Packard Bell EasyNote TK87 (GU-021UK) Performance Performance

- 2.13 GHz Intel Pentium P6200
- 4 GB DDR3 memory
- Intel GMA HD Graphics
- 3DMark 06 score: ~1,400
- 500 GB 5400 rpm hard drive
- Windows 7 Experience score: 3.9

   

The 2.13 GHz Intel Pentium P6200 dual core processor should be sufficient for most tasks except for 3D heavy applications. Coupled with 4 GB of DD3 RAM you shouldn’t have much problems using the pre-installed 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium. While offering more power then the AMD E-Series based notebooks you could opt out for the TK87  (GN-040UK) that packs an Intel Core i3 which would cost you only about £20-£30 more making the Pentium P6200 configuration hard to recommend.

The integrated Intel GMA HD graphics is marginally less powerfull then the ones found in the AMD E-Series notebooks but in a combination with a better processor it scores about 1,400 points in 3DMark06. This means it will play most of your HD video content without a hickup and you will be able to play older game titles but you will need to lower the details all the way to the minimum.

You will be happy to hear that there is a 500 GB 5400 rpm hard drive included which should be more then enough for all your multimedia needs except if you will be archiving a huge HD video library.

Windows 7 Experience Index assesses key system components on a scale of 1.0 to 7.9

Packard Bell EasyNote TK87 (GU-021UK) Windows 7 Experience Index

 

Packard Bell EasyNote TK87 (GU-021UK) Battery Life Battery Life

- 6 cell battery
– 3.5 hours of reading documents
– 2.5 hours of web browsing
– 2 hours of watching video
– 1.5 hours of gaming
   

While it may offer more grunt the AMD E-Series based notebooks it falls way behind them in the battery life which is nearly half shorter. The included 6-cell 47 WHr battery is good for about 2.5 hours of web browsing, 2 hours of watching video content, 1.5 hours of gaming and if you will turn off the WiFi and reduce the screen brightness all the way to the minimum and only read and edit word documents it will be good for 3.5 hours. This might sound like a decent score but bare in mind that the £50-£100 cheaper AMD E-Series notebooks do offer up to 6 hours of battery life.

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