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Packard Bell NX69 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £700
inc VAT

It’s portable, powerful and looks great. If you can look past a few minor touchpad issues, the NX69 is a great mid-range laptop


14 in 1,366×768 display, 2.3kg, 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M, 4.00GB RAM, 500GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Typing on the Chiclet-style keyboard was very comfortable, as there’s plenty of room between each key. Key travel was good and there was a firm springy action to each key press, but we did notice some flex in the keyboard tray. The glossy coating on the touchpad creates a small amount of friction, but we were still able to navigate the desktop without too many problems.

Packard Bell NX69 keyboard

The touchpad also acts as both the left and right mouse buttons, which proved irritating in everyday use. There’s very little feedback from each button press and, while you can click pretty much anywhere for a left-click, you have to click right on the bottom-right touchpad for right-clicks to register consistently.

Packard Bell NX69 left

The NX69 is one of the more expensive mid-range laptops around right now, an there’s little doubt that you’re paying for portability over performance. That said, thanks to Intel’s 2nd Generation Core processors there’s still plenty of power on tap if required. Packard Bell adds some welcome extra touches, such as such as the keyboard cover that doubles as a mouse mat and screen cleaner, and the complete version of Adobe Photoshop Elements 8, so it feels like you get what you pay for. If you don’t need a dedicated graphics card, there are very few laptops in this price range that are quite so versatile.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i5-2410M
Processor clock speed 2.3GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 22x342x245mm
Weight 2.3kg
Sound Conexant High Definition Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 14 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor Intel HD 3000 Graphics
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 384MB


Total storage capacity 500GB
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth no
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo, xD
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input, 1x USB3


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included Adobe Photoshop Elements 8
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £700