Quad-core laptop with 16GB emerges for £400

For the first time ever, the arrival of a laptop that not only offers 16GB of RAM but also a quad-core processor and a decent graphics solution (via a Radeon HD 7640G) is upon us.

Meet the Packard Bell Easynote TV44 which costs £400 on eBay from save-on-laptops, with 400 Nectar points thrown in for good measure. It is powered by an AMD A8-4500M quad-core APU which is clocked at 1.9GHz, can overclock to 2.8GHz and has 4MB L2 cache. It runs on Windows 7 Home Premium and should be upgradable to Windows 8 for free (check out Packard Bell’s Windows 8 upgrade website for details).

Other features include a 500GB hard disk drive, GbE, a card reader, a VGA & HDMI port, four hour battery life, a DVD writer, a HD webcam, a 15.6in 1,366 x 768 pixel Diamond View display, two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 ports, a full size keyboard with a numeric pad and a touchpad that’s 20 per cent larger than standard ones.

As for the software applications included, they range from Nero 10 Backitup Essentials to a full version of Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Note that SaveonLaptops sells an upgraded version with an A10-4600M and Radeon HD 7660G APU for £50 extra on its website.