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We check out the Packard Bell Butterfly 003 Silver 15.6 Widescreen Laptop

With so many laptops available today it can be very tricky for a manufacturer to make their product stand out from the crowd. One way of doing it, or at least so it appears one company would think, is by giving your product the most ridiculously long name on the market. Allow us to introduce you to the Packard Bell Butterfly 003 Silver 15.6 Widescreen Laptop.

Packard Bell have been on the periphery of the hardware game for quite some time now. They're obviously a huge name, but they have never seemed to reclaim the market penetration of their earlier days. This is something they've been looking to change recently with their latest range of medium range laptops.

The Packard Cell Butterfly 003 Silver 15.6 Widescreen Laptop features Intel's Pentium Dual Core SU4100 processor, running at 1.3GHz with an 800MHz FSB and 2MB Cache. Those of you who are familiar with processors will immediately realise right off the bat that 1.3GHz is a paltry speed in this day age. Usually reserved for netbooks, such a slow clock speed is indeed a curious choice for a 15.6 inch laptop.

Although they do try to make up for that with the 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 320GB hard drive, the damage has most certainly been done, and with one poor judgement they have managed to alienate any potential customers who fancied doing much more than running simple word processor or spreadsheet based products, watching movies, or surfing the web.

It's a real pity because the machine itself is actually quite striking. The slick silver chassis weighs 2.5KG and boasts one of the most visually attractive form factors we've seen in a laptop within this price range for quite some time.

It's also got all the connectivity features you'd expect from a modern laptop, including 3 USB ports, HDMI out, VGA out, 5 in 1 card reader and WLAN 802.11b/g compatibility.

The 6 cell Lithium Ion battery offers a stunning 8 hours of battery life under optimal conditions, but given the lack of power from the processor that's perhaps understandable.

It's hard to recommend this laptop to anyone but those requiring only the most basic software, but for those people it offers an attractive proposition.

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