By .

Successors to the Intel Core i3 processors, the third generation i5 processors have been implemented on a numerous laptop models. PC operation with the notebooks running on i5 processor is found to be faster, richer and smoother than the previous versions of processors, and multitasking with i5 processors is done with ease. Our list of best i5 notebook models also support viewing of rich visuals and processing of high-end graphics.

The i5 processors from Intel are implemented on notebook models for mid-range to high-range consumer and business usages. Along with the standard notebooks, the i5 processors are also implemented on the desktop replacement notebooks where the higher bandwidth is needed for greater performance.

The need for finer processor while creating, sharing, exploring, or gaming is complemented by the third generation Intel Core i5 processors. Specific tasks such as gaming, music composing, video editing, HD video viewing are effectively accomplished with the help of dual and quad cores in the i5 processors. Compared to the notebooks with earlier version Intel Core i3 processors, the best i5 notebooks have more number of cores and more amount of cache is supported for greater speed and performance.

i5 processors support intelligent networking for reliable data transmission and are also known for effective usage of your notebook's battery power.

Technologies:
Intel Turbo Boost Technology is used to automatically boost the processor speed just when required, by adapting to the kind of task performed. This technology makes the processor cores run faster when running slower than the specification limits and the automatic boosting is done when your notebook's operating system requests the highest processor performance state.
Intel Quick Sync Video helps your notebook perform effectively during editing, burning, and sharing of the videos by making use of dedicated media processor.
Intel HD Graphics, especially implemented in 3rd generation Intel processors, integrates the graphics engine and media processing for a better (3 times than the previous generation) gaming experience - without the cost of buying a separate graphics card.

Check out our list of best i5 notebooks top rated by some of the best notebook reviewers around the web.

Browse All Top i5 Notebooks »

Apple MacBook Air

Apple MacBook Air MD760LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop


#1

#2

#3

#4

#5

Apple MacBook Air 13 inch (Jun 2013)
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch (Jun 2013)
Dell XPS 12 (2013)
Acer Aspire S7-392-6411
Apple MacBook Air MD760LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus NP940X3G-K01US 13.3-Inch Touchscreen Laptop
Apple MacBook Air MD711LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop
Dell XPS 12 Haswell Processor (2013) Laptop
Acer Aspire S7-392-6411 13.3-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook
[?]
ReviewGist
Score
[?]
ReviewGist
Score
[?]
ReviewGist
Score
[?]
ReviewGist
Score
[?]
ReviewGist
Score
Release Date
Jun 2013
Aug 2013
Jun 2013
Jul 2013
Jul 2013
Processor Type
Intel Core i5
Intel Core i5
Intel Core i5
Intel Core i5
Intel Core i5
Display
13.3 in. LED-Backlit Glossy
13.3 in. LED QHD+
11.6-Inch LED-backlit
12.5 in.
13.3 in. LED
Hard Drive
128 GB Flash Storage
128 GB SATA3
128 GB Flash Storage
128 GB SSD
128 GB
Installed Memory
4 GB LPDDR3
4 GB (DDR3 SDRAM)
4 GB LPDDR3
4 GB DDR3L
8 GB DDR3L SDRAM
Operating System
Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Windows 8
Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Windows 8
Windows 8
Processor
Core i5 1.3 GHz
Core i5-4200U Dual-Core Haswell
Core i5 1.3 GHz
Core i5-4200U 1.6 GHz
Core i5-4200U Dual-core 1.6 GHz
Laptop Type
Thin and Light Laptop, Portable
Thin and Light Laptop
Thin and Light Laptop, Portable
Ultraportable Laptop, Ultrabook, Convertible design

  • Is it worth upgrading from the last generation? From our viewpoint, only if battery life is top on your priority list. The improved GPU performance is nice, and the new PCIe SSD is too, but these components only offer a significant advantage for specific applications. That's true of the new ac WLAN module too, as you'll need a corresponding router to take advantage of it.


  • The MacBook Air 13-inch is the longest-lasting ultraportable notebook -- without a bulky extra battery -- at a more affordable price, making the best 13-inch laptop even better.


  • We were worried about that 1.3 GHz clock speed at first, but the Haswell processor proves more than a match for its faster-looking Ivy Bridge predecessor while nearly a day's battery life. Combine that performance with the MacBook Air's lightweight, elegant design and you've got an ultraportable laptop that still sets the standard for its Windows rivals to copy.


  • The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus goes toe to toe with the best premium ultrabooks, then tops it off with a jaw-dropping high-resolution display.


  • In any case, the 940X3G has overall really earned a purchase recommendation, although potential buyers can choose among many, not less attractive alternatives. Another serious contender might be the soon to be released Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro that features an even better configuration for a similar price. Samsung should not rest on its laurels.


  • The ATIV Book 9 Plus keeps the slim and sleek chassis of its predecessor and adds a Retina-like display, long battery life and swift Haswell performance.


  • Is it worth upgrading from the last generation? From our viewpoint, only if battery life is top on your priority list. The improved GPU performance is nice, and the new PCIe SSD is too, but these components only offer a significant advantage for specific applications. That's true of the new ac WLAN module too, as you'll need a corresponding router to take advantage of it.


  • Apple's new 11-inch MacBook Air offers much longer battery life than competing ultraportables, along with snappier performance.


  • We were worried about that 1.3 GHz clock speed at first, but the Haswell processor proves more than a match for its faster-looking Ivy Bridge predecessor while nearly a day's battery life. Combine that performance with the MacBook Air's lightweight, elegant design and you've got an ultraportable laptop that still sets the standard for its Windows rivals to copy.


  • If you can get over the Dell XPS 12's screen acrobatics, this convertible ultrabook is a good way to get both tablet and laptop functionality in one unit.


  • Truly, there is not much to criticize about Dell's latest XPS 12. It is a top-tier piece of technology that excels in nearly every department, from its exquisite construction to its clever, versatile design. It maintains one of the best keyboards on any Ultrabook to date, coupled with a comfortable touchpad, accurate 10-point multi-touch screen, and a reasonable weight that - while still a bit heavy by tablet standards - communicates quality. And it's incredibly stylish, to boot.


  • With a fourth-generation Intel processor and a higher-capacity battery, Dell's updated XPS 12 is an excellent 12-inch tablet-laptop hybrid that can go the distance.


  • If you're looking for a svelte laptop to show off, yet still be able to do real work in Windows 8, the Acer Aspire S7-392-6411 is the ultrabook you want at the top of the list. It's the current pinnacle of the ultrabook trend and shows the brilliance that the PC makers can return under Intel's increasingly stringent standards for ultrabooks.


  • The Acer Aspire S7 is a slim, stylish Ultrabook that offers strong performance, very long battery life and a gorgeous, full-1080p touch screen.

  • Rating Unavailable

    The second time's a charm for Acer: the company's refreshed S7 Ultrabook addresses all the things we disliked about the original. Just be prepared to pay a premium over competing laptops.


Check out the comparison of different versions of third generation Intel Core processors.







Configuration/ProcessorIntel Core i3Intel Core i5Intel Core i7
Cores supported244
Maximum supported Cache3MB6MB8MB
Processor speedUp to 3.3 GHzUp to 3.2 GHzUp to 3.7 GHz
Dedicated graphicsYesYesYes
Instruction set64-bit64-bit64-bit


Cache (pronounced 'cash') is a temporary memory space and more cache means more memory on your laptop's processor for programs to perform multitasking.
Instruction set conveys the amount or size of data it can handle at once; and 64-bit architecture can effectively work when your laptop's internal memory (RAM) is more than 4GB.

Top 5 i5 notebook:

  1. Apple MacBook Air MD760LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop
  2. Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus NP940X3G-K01US 13.3-Inch Touchscreen Laptop
  3. Apple MacBook Air MD711LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop
  4. Dell XPS 12 Haswell Processor (2013) Laptop
  5. Acer Aspire S7-392-6411 13.3-Inch Touchscreen Ultrabook