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We review the Packard Bell TJ65 031 Laptop

With the mid range laptop market growing ever tighter as component prices drop lower and lower with each passing month, it was always going to take a lot to make the Packard Bell TJ65 031 Laptop stand out from the crowd. We take an in depth look to see if it's worth your money.

On first glance, this 15.6 inch laptop shows impressive build quality. Weighing in at 2.66 kilograms it's not exactly a light weight laptop, but it is still portable enough to make it a fine choice for anyone seeking to supplement their desktop rather than replace it.

It's got an Intel Pentium Dual Core T4300 chip running at 2.0 GHz, with an 800 MHz FSB speed and 1MB cache sitting under its immaculately crafted exterior to drive everything along with enough power to handle most multi media applications you can throw at it (aside from heavy video editing), with 3 GB of RAM and a 320 GB hard drive as standard.

The 15.6 inch display offers a 16:9 widescreen capable of delivering up to 1366 x 768 in resolution, and is powered by the slightly disappointing NVIDEA GeForce G 105 M graphics card. As we mentioned, this isn't really going to cut it for visually intensive applications such as high end video games or editing high definition video, but for most other uses it'll do just fine.

The battery should last you for anywhere up to four hours, if you turn the screen brightness down to around 40 per cent. Unlike many other laptops in its class, this shouldn't post you any real visibility problems so it should be your default display setting when you're running from battery.

On the connectivity side, it's got everything you'd expect including HDMI and VGA, a Gigabit Ethernet port, microphone and headphone inputs, a total of four USB ports and a card reader.

Its DVD writer is located on the right hand side of the machine, and although it does protrude just a little from the machine's shell, it shouldn't pose any major problems.

All in all, the Packard Bell TJ65 031 Laptop is worthy of consideration given its relatively low cost and high build quality, though the sub-standard graphics card might prove to be inadequate for some.

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