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Jan 2018. Best Intel Core i5 Laptops for 2018. The Intel i5 is one of the best selling cpu’s in laptops. On this site we review good, affordable Intel i5 Apple and Windows Laptops for family, college, gaming and work/business use. laptops today have a sleek design, are lightweight and have some serious processing power with the Intel i5 processor. The laptop brands discussed below are: Dell, Asus, Apple, Toshiba and HP.
When buying a new Intel i5 laptop there are several factors to take into account: price (a laptop with better specs is more expensive), processor (older i5-4250 or the newest i5-6200u Skylake processor makes a big difference in performance and price), iMac or Windows, graphics card or not, design. Which laptop is best for you depends on your wishes and what you are going to use your new laptop for (casual use, gaming, laptop for family, student, business).
What Specs Do You Want?
An Intel i5 laptop is a midrange laptop that can be used as a family computer, as a laptop for college/school, as a laptop for “on the road”, for light/medium gaming and medium video editing/ graphical programs. It is more than fast enough for normal day-to-day internet, social media, writing reports/documents/presentations, watching a movie etc. The Intel i5 processor has two cores which makes it suitable for multitasking. After deciding for an i5 processor in your laptop there are more choices to make, the specs you want your new laptop to have.
Amount Of RAM Memory
RAM Memory is short for Random Aces Memory. This is the memory that the i5 processor directly uses to process data. The amount of RAM is therefore very important for its performance. If you want your laptop to boot fast and react fast the available amount of RAM (more internal memory is better, today laptops should have at least 4 GB, 8 GB or more is preferable).
Type Of Storage: HDD or SSD
The type of harddisk makes a lot of difference for speed. SSD is much faster than regular HDD and is increasingly affordable but if you use the storage mainly for movies/photo’s etc then the bigger amount of GB’s for the money that a HDD provides can be usefull.
When running programs or games that use a lot of graphic processing the quality of the video-card is important. The i5 is actually an Integrated CPU-GPU processor. This means that the i5 has integrated graphics processing and for normal use you don’t need a separate graphics card. A separate Graphics card is only necessary when you want to play heavy graphics demanding games on higher settings or use the laptop for video editing. Then you would better buy an Intel i7 Laptop which is more suitable for that purpose.
#1 Dell Inspiron 15 Intel i5 15.6-Inch Laptop
Dell has been a quality laptop producer for many years. The Inspiron series are laptops with good specs for a decent price. The specs for this 2016 Newest Model Dell Inspiron 15 15.6-Inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 LED Touchscreen (10-finger multi-touch support) High Performance Laptop are: Intel Core i5-4210U processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVD+/-RW Drive, HDMI, Bluetooth, Win 10, Intel HD Graphics 4400 with shared graphics memory. For a price around $510 a 15.6 inch Intel i5 laptop with touchscreen is a very very good deal!
#2 Best Intel i5 Laptop 2018: Apple MacBook Pro With Touch-bar and MacBook Air
The Apple MacBook Pro is the most popular Apple laptop, closely followed by the Apple MacBook Air. Both are excellent laptops with the best specs you can get on the market, but they are also the most expensive mainstream laptops around. The MacBook Pro shown below has a 2560 x 1600 screen, 512 Gb (very energy efficient) flash drive and four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports . Those specs make this laptop extremely fast. If you are an Apple user, nothing can compare to the quality of a MacBook or a MacBook Air. If you are not an Apple user the price and the problematic data transfers with windows and Linux devices could be an obstacle.
Specs for the 13.3 inch MacBook Pro laptop with Touch-bar:
- 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
- 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM @ 2133 Mhz; 512 GB flash MEM storage
- 13.3-inch screen, 2560-by-1600 resolution
- Intel Iris Graphics 550
- Mac OS Sierra Mac OS Sierra
- Also available in 256 GB version
#3: HP Intel i5 X360 13.3-Inch Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop
This HP 13.3 inch laptop is one of the most popular i5 laptop today. This is very logical because the specs are very good when looking at the price: around $600. For that price you get: the newest 6th generation Intel Skylake i5-6200U, 10-point Touch HD LED-IPS 13.3-Inch Touchscreen Display, 2-in-1 Laptop, 8GB DDR3L RAM, 1TB HDD, Windows 10 Home Premium 64-bit and B&O Audio. A very good laptop for everyday use at home, for a student or as a laptop for your work. It does not have the extreme quality of the Apple MacBooks but has a lot to offer for about 1/3 the of the price :) that is why I put this laptop on the #3 place in the ranking.
#4 ASUS ZenBook 13.3-Inch FHD Touchscreen Laptop 256 GB SSD
This is an ultrabook, that means that it has more features, like a touch screen and better specs but is also a bit more expensive that a regular laptop. Although it is more expensive it has an excellent price/quality and has a very sleek design. Specs: 6th-gen Intel Core i5-6200U Skylake (2.3GHz turbo up to 2.8GHz), 13.3 inch IPS LED backlit touchscreen Full HD (1920×1080) display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1.2MP HD Camera. For a price range around $850 these are awesome specs. Highly recommended.
#5 Cheap Intel i5 Laptop 2018: Toshiba Satellite 15.6 Inch Laptop
This Toshiba Laptop has the following specs: Intel Core i5-5200U Processor, Mobile Intel HD 5500 Graphics, 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM,
1TB HDD, 15.6-Inch 1366×768 pixels LED-lit Screen, Windows 10 Home. For around $480 it does not have the newest 6th gen i5 processor but with 8 GB RAM it still out preforms a Intel i3 with ease. Also the screen is not full HD. For this price it makes a very good affordable laptop for everyday use.
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