Updated on 2 August 2013 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.


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Apple MacBook Air 13 inch (Jun 2013)
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch (Jun 2013)
Dell XPS 12 (2013)
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
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Release Date
Jun 2013
Aug 2013
Jun 2013
Jul 2013
Display
13.3 in. LED-Backlit Glossy
13.3 in. LED QHD+
11.6-Inch LED-backlit
12.5 in.
Hard Drive
128 GB Flash Storage
128 GB SATA3
128 GB Flash Storage
128 GB SSD
Installed Memory
4 GB LPDDR3
4 GB (DDR3 SDRAM)
4 GB LPDDR3
4 GB DDR3L
Operating System
Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Windows 8
Mac OS X Mountain Lion
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
Laptop Type
Thin and Light Laptop, Portable
Thin and Light Laptop
Thin and Light Laptop, Portable
Ultraportable Laptop, Ultrabook, Convertible design
Average Rating
 4.4 stars
 4.1 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.1 stars