Packard Bell oneTwo review

28 Jan 2010

A good, competitive all-in-one PC, but it doesn't quite have the pizzazz to sway us from rivals

Packard Bell oneTwo
Price when reviewed 
920
5

Packard Bell was bought by Acer at the beginning of 2008, and the influence of its new owner is evident in this PC. The rear of the oneTwo looks similar to that of the Acer Aspire Z5600, and the same software suite can be found on both machines.

That suite includes Acer's TouchPortal software, which isn't necessarily a good thing. It looks nice, using the metaphor of a writing desk to provide links to existing applications, but it's merely fluff. The only additions to Microsoft's Touch Pack software are simple photo-sharing and note-taking applications that add little to what’s already included with Windows 7.

The interface feels sluggish: some animations, such as the sweep that’s required to load the TouchPortal interface, judder painfully into life, and several Touch Pack applications – Globe in particular – struggled to run smoothly.

Thankfully, more positive attributes have also been carried over from the Acer. The Packard Bell’s 23in screen, for instance, is bright, sharp and evenly-lit across its 1,920 x 1,080 native resolution and it proved responsive and accurate throughout our hands-on prodding time.

It’s not quite as impressive as the Sony VAIO VPC-L11S1E – the £500 price difference reflects that – but it’s still one of the best we’ve seen.

The chassis looks and feels good, too, thanks to a glossy black exterior sitting upon clear plastic legs. The gentle curve on the rear is lifted straight from the Acer and we'd be happy with it centre stage in a study. There’s a decent selection of ports, too, with six USB sockets, eSATA and a card reader.

Packard Bell oneTwo

Inside, a 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 powered the oneTwo to a score of 1.41 in our application benchmarks, which is more than enough power to handle demanding applications. The rest of the system is kitted out well, too, with a 1TB hard disk, 4GB of RAM and a hybrid TV tuner.

The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 GPU averaged 46fps in our Low-quality Crysis benchmark and played 1080p test videos smoothly. While it’s fine for media playback, gamers will likely find themselves lowering the settings or sticking to older titles.

Nevertheless, the only genuine disappointment – especially given the size and quality of the screen – is the omission of a Blu-ray drive. These are now becoming common even in cheaper traditional desktops, but in these all-in-ones Blu-ray seems to be reserved for the dearer rivals at the moment. Hopefully that will change soon.

But the oneTwo is a solid, if not exactly spine-tinglingly exciting, all-in-one system. Its main problem is the existence of that Acer at a very similar price. With almost nothing to separate the two in terms of specifications and performance, we'd have lean towards the slightly better looking Acer.

Details

Price ex VAT £783
Price inc VAT £920
Overall rating 5
Performance 5
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 5

Warranty

Warranty 2 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,000
RAM capacity 4.00GB
Screen size 23.0in

Processor

CPU family Intel Core 2 Quad
CPU nominal frequency 2.33GHz
CPU overclocked frequency N/A
Processor socket LGA 775

Motherboard

Motherboard chipset Intel P43
Conventional PCI slots free 0
Conventional PCI slots total 0
PCI-E x16 slots free 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 0
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 0
PCI-E x1 slots total 0
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 0
Memory sockets total 2

Graphics card

Graphics card ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Low
Graphics chipset ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570
Graphics card RAM 512MB
DVI-I outputs 0
HDMI outputs 0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
DisplayPort outputs 0
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Western Digital Caviar Green
Capacity 1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity 931GB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Cache size 32MB
Hard disk 2 make and model N/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speed N/A
Hard disk 2 cache size N/A
Hard disk 3 make and model N/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 4 make and model N/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacity N/A

Drives

Optical drive Sony Optiarc AD-7643S
Optical disc technology DVD writer
Optical disk 2 make and model N/A
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A

Monitor

Monitor make and model Packard Bell
Resolution screen horizontal 1,920
Resolution screen vertical 1,080
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
DVI inputs 0
HDMI inputs 0
VGA inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0

Additional Peripherals

Speakers Packard Bell
Speaker type 2.1
Sound card Realtek HD Audio
Peripherals Media Center remote control

Case

Case format All-in-one
Dimensions 594 x 182 x 487mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 6
eSATA ports 1
PS/2 mouse port no
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel memory card reader no

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard Packard Bell wrireless keyboard and mouse

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7
Recovery method Recovery disc
Software supplied Packard Bell GameZone, TouchPortal, Adobe Photoshop Elements 7, CyberLink YouCam, Norton Internet Security

Noise and power

Idle/eco noise level 19.0dB(A)

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score 1.41
Office application benchmark score 1.11
2D graphics application benchmark score 1.65
Encoding application benchmark score 1.16
Multitasking application benchmark score 1.71
3D performance (crysis) low settings 46fps
3D performance setting Low