You may be surprised that the Packard Bell brand is still around. Believe it or not, products with that brand can still be purchased in Europe, and for relatively low prices. Today we're reviewing a new Packard Bell laptop that was purchased for less than you might pay for a used model. Was it a good deal? Keep reading to find out.
"You Get What You Pay For."
Everybody loves a shiny new laptop, and when the shiny new laptop was bought for less than $400, interest is raised. A colleague of mine just laid his hands on this particular Packard Bell and he promptly fell in love with it. This happened a few months ago. We were amazed at the price of the laptop (which was lugged as hand luggage from the United Kingdom so we did not pay any extra charges), and also the "obscure" notebook brand name. I have only handled one other Packard Bell laptop in my entire life.
He fooled around with the laptop for several months then went back to his Alienware Area 51 -m, which gave me a chance to use this particular piece of equipment. Aside from the obvious, I have two other angles from which I looked at this laptop. I am looking at the "brand buying" revolution, which has PC brands like Think Pad, AST and Packard Bell being bought by southeast Asian companies like Lenovo and NEC, and whether this trend is likely to continue and with which brands. I will also consider whether this Packard Bell will fall into the category of "worst PCs ever" as its predecessors in the nineties did.
We will dig into the specifications, my personal favorite bits about the laptop and then its probable shortcomings and quality flaws. Note that the Packard Bell series of computers is not available (does not retail) in the United States. But first, let's see who owns Packard Bell.
Who Owns Packard Bell?
NEC purchased the Packard Bell brand in 2000 and dumped the brand in September 2006 after claiming it did not fit with their "digital home" line of products. They sold the Packard Bell line to John Hui, former owner of eMachines. Currently Packard Bell is the third biggest PC company in Europe (in terms of sales). NEC still provides technical support under existing warranties and customers who buy the product can still call the NEC help desk.
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