Is the Packard Bell TJ68 031 laptop worth buying?

If you're looking for a laptop that's got more power than a netbook, but doesn't cost as much as some of the more high-end machines out there it can be a tough call to know where to look. There are plenty of companies who claim to have the best solutions in this niche, but often they fail to live up to expectations. We take a look at the Packard Bell TJ68 031 laptop to see if it fares any better...

In terms of price it certainly meets the criteria, barely more expensive than your average netbook and yet offering far more power under the hood. It won't play the latest games or handle some of the more processor intensive applications, but it's perfectly fine for the most common day to day use, making it ideal for students on a budget.

The TJ68 031 boasts the dual core Intel T4200 processor running at 2GHz, a maximum of up to 8GB of RAM (you'll need to have a 64bit version of your operating system installed to utilise anything more than 4GB, and fortunately this laptop does as standard) and a 250GB hard drive, which means it should be able to handle most things thrown at it on a day to day basis.

Its 15.6" WXGA screen is a welcome departure from the 10" screens of the netbooks we've been looking at lately, and offers more than enough on screen real estate to keep your workspace from ever feeling cluttered.

It ships with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit edition which, as we noted earlier, allows you to utilise twice as much RAM as is possible with 32 bit machines. It also means you don't have to worry about the computer grinding to a halt when Vista malfunctions like you would have in the past.

In sort, the Packard Bell TJ60 should have more than enough about it for most users, while shipping at a hugely accessible price. If you're on a budget but need more power than a netbook can offer, we thoroughly recommend you take a look at it.

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